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Tuesday, April 15, 2003
Well fuck.
1990 FEMA Nuclear Weapon Target Map for Minnesota

posted by Rachel 4/15/2003
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I'm really not a rabid right-wing Republican. I just get so much flak for not being on the left-liberal-democratic party bandwagon that I sometimes sound like a real right-winger. I'm not. The right-conservative-republican party is just as evil. It's just that the other guys are being more evil at the moment. (though not by much)

posted by Rachel 4/15/2003
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Hmmm.
Even Marc Herold of Afghani casualty infamy says
less than 2,000 Iraqis dead.
Meanwhile the fact that the Baghdad museum may have been looted by Saddam's fleeing people and the fact that the looted shops and buildings were also almost all Baath party facilities goes unmentioned.
(All pilfered from Instapundit.)

posted by Rachel 4/15/2003
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Ahhhhh. So nice to see it said.

posted by Rachel 4/15/2003
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More on CNN's abysmal record in Iraq.

posted by Rachel 4/15/2003
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Boy it sure was a mistake to pass on the International Criminal Court
wasn't it? (Aside from that pesky US Constitution, that is.)

posted by Rachel 4/15/2003
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Well, if you needed proof that Mbeki isn't fit for office
here it is. As if his behavior with regards to HIV didn't already demonstrate that.

Ony a few weeks ago I was saying to Benno that Mugabe is just as awful as Saddam but since it's Africa and he's one of the Mandela generation we won't get involved. After all he's only stealing white people's land. Never mind that he's killing black people. The whities deserve it and well... africans are always killing other africans. What can you do?

posted by Rachel 4/15/2003
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An
analysis of CNN's decision not to report the brutality of the Iraqi regime.
"Jordan has obviously been anguished over this for some time. But I think a serious issue remains: by Jordan's own admission, CNN's reporting was compromised over the past decade because its top news executive knew terrible things about the regime of Saddam Hussein that he could not say.

What should he have done differently? Here's one possibility: he simply should have pulled CNN out of Iraq and explained that the regime was not allowing the network to report on the country fully and honestly.

At a time when Fox News and MSNBC have been all but marching into battle on behalf of the White House, CNN has been a sober and serious alternative. Unfortunately, we now know that CNN's reporting on Iraq has been compromised all along. Yes, CNN and the Iraqi government had contentious relations, and I don't doubt that CNN was as tough on the regime as Jordan dared. But at a certain point, ethics dictate that you seriously consider walking away."

posted by Rachel 4/15/2003
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That headline says it all really.
"
Anti-War Front Collapses as Iraq Gold Rush Begins"
"They couldn't prevent the war, but that hasn't stopped the "Non-Nyet-Nein" coalition of France, Russia and Germany from staking their individual claims to a role in shaping, and profiting from, the new Iraq.

Even before the fighting stopped, the three European powers were moving to build bridges to the United States and Britain to ensure their companies get a share in rebuilding the infrastructure in Iraq.

France says it wants to be pragmatic, Germany says it is an honest broker because it has no economic interests in Iraq, and Russia says it will consider Washington's call to forgive some $8 billion in Soviet era debt.

All three have sounded conciliatory in the past week, while saying they want to see the United Nations play the lead role in post-war reconstruction -- tactics widely seen as an effort to avoid being locked out of business deals by the United States.

Their fears are understandable, especially after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure last week to bar French, Russian and German companies from winning business in Iraq after the war they resisted. The measure did not become law."


Are we surprised?

posted by Rachel 4/15/2003
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