Minutiae
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"So. Our ancestors clawed their way out of the caves, fought behemoths with their bare hands; survived earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, meteor showers and plagues, all so their descendents could sit on the road and wail."
- Pundita

Monday, February 17, 2003
Lileks can always be counted upon to make anything funny. This week it's terrorism.
"People. People! Sit. Down. Stay. Relax. Let's imagine a meeting of the terrorists in some undisclosed location. Everyone gets comfortable, they pass around the cookies, then get down to business.

"Well, gentlemen, we've narrowed the options to two. Either we throw the container into the concourse at Grand Central Station at 5 p.m., or we release it in the subway system. Either approach guarantees mass panic and death in the heart of the American news media -- yes, yes, you with your hand up, what is it?"

"No! I've a better idea. I say we release the gas on a street corner in St. Louis Park, preferably in the winter when no one is outdoors."

(Slapping of foreheads around the table; murmurs of "Of course!" and "Why did we not think of that?")

The leader speaks: "But are they not prepared for us? Do they not have the tape of the duct?"

"They do, but not all. If the wind is right we can kill four, perhaps five crusaders."

"Done! St. Louis Park it is, then!"


posted by Rachel 2/17/2003
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This is what the anti-war folks should really get into if they want to gain converts.





posted by Rachel 2/17/2003
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Oooh...
That's never a good thing.

posted by Rachel 2/17/2003
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I so could not work on computers all day every day. I'd get so sleepy. I'm sitting here with nothing to do because one of the computers in the office decided to commit suicide. The other is being used by someone who has more important work to do than me (which is fine) but I'm left with a computer that doesn't have the files I need to do anything productive. So I'm trying to get idiot-level descriptions of various diagnoses from WebMD but something about this computer is skitzy and won't read bits of the site. Oh well. I guess I'll go fight with Excell some more.

posted by Rachel 2/17/2003
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What an
ASSHOLE!
Smirk.

posted by Rachel 2/17/2003
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The Times gets it
right.
"The demonstrators were not people who had opposed Saddam’s refusal to disarm under the terms of the UN ceasefire in 1991. They were not people who had marched against Iraq’s treatment of the missing hostages seized in Kuwait, or of the Iranian prisoners of war, or of Iraqi dissidents, or of the Kurds and Marsh Arabs. All of these things had passed them by. When the United States decided to act to enforce the UN resolution on disarmament, or to remove the regime, then, and only then, they decided to protest. Subjectively the march was for peace; objectively it helped Saddam Hussein. He knows that; the march was shown for seven hours on Iraqi television.
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The United States has a settled national policy, which continues to enjoy majority support in public opinion and Congress, that the US cannot accept the possession of weapons of mass destruction by the present Iraq regime. In the last resort, which is now quite close, Iraq must disarm or the US will invade. In Britain, we do not control this policy. We may or may not agree with it. But the decision is an American one. As the US supplies the only substantial capacity for the enforcement of UN resolutions, the US and not the UN will take the vital decision.

As this is so, the only way to avoid war is to convince Saddam Hussein that he has no choice left but to disarm. He has successfully avoided that conclusion for 12 years. Not unreasonably, the United States is not prepared to give him more time, whatever we may think. Peace is not impossible, but it is almost inconceivable unless Iraq disarms. Therefore any action which encourages Saddam Hussein not to disarm is extremely dangerous; it makes war more likely.

Beyond question, the Franco-German stand in the United Nations has encouraged Saddam Hussein. One must assume that these sophisticated governments knew what they were doing. Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schröder must take the responsibility for making war more likely. Most of the marchers are not willing to face the reality of this risk. They are closer to Charles Kennedy than Jacques Chirac, innocents in a wicked world, such people as Lenin, when referring to foreign sympathisers with his dictatorship, unkindly called “useful idiots”. The marchers did not think they were helping to maintain the torture chambers of Baghdad, but they were. They did not think that they were making war more likely — but they were. And they are good people. One should not forget that. "
Seven Hours! They should blush in shame.

posted by Rachel 2/17/2003
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Google bought Blogger.

posted by Rachel 2/17/2003
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