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What about Iraq? Bring the major players together in one room - anyone with a constituency. Tell them, "fellas, we're out of here in time for Christmas. Start talking. You've got a chance to make your country something much better than you could have imagined. Or you can turn it into hell on earth. It'll be your doing one way or another." Stop paying non-Iraqis to do work Iraqis can do.Ultimately, unless the Americans turn imperialist overnight, the Iraqis are going to have to deal with their country their own way. The heavy lifting, getting rid of Uncle Cuddles has been done. Now the question is whether or not the Iraqis will be able to work it out for themselves. How soon? Pretty damn quick would seem like a good idea and part of that good idea may well be the partition of the country. After all, the Kurds had it worked out even before Uncle Cuddles was sent to the spider hole. As for the Shi'ites there is no particular reason why they should not be given control of the south of Iraq. The fact they might, or might not, turn it into a theocratic hell hole is really up to them. As for the Sunnis in the middle, they have to come to terms with the fact they are not at the top of the heap any longer. Which might take a while. But it will not go any faster because the Americans or the UN or whomever is still in Iraq past Christmas.
One suspects Currie would cheer if Bush shipped Martin to Guant?namo. Or even if he launched the 82nd Airborne against Ottawa. Tell me, Currie, is Canada allowed to have an independent foreign policy? If not, why not?Independent of whom? The conduct of the Chretien gang and its Foreign Affairs minister in the run up to GWII was more an attempt to become Chirac's bitch than to set an independent course.
kevin michael grace
Canada remains a sovereign country. And every sovereign country has unique interests. Canadian interests will usually coincide with American interests. But not always. Liberal MP Bonnie Brown had it exactly right when she asked what the "payoff" was for Canada's involvement in the American-led war on terror. Canadian foreign policy is supposed to pay off for Canadians. We do not want to go so far in antagonizing the Americans as to invite reprisals, but we must always insist on our independence.I would agree with him that Canada as a soverign nation has its own, unique, interests. Those interests include defending Canada and the West from the onslaught of Islamofascist terrorists and the states which, directly or indirectly, support them.
Saddam Hussein, senior UN staff members and companies from Security Council member-countries are accused of conspiring together to skim billions from the program.Now, do you think this Franco Russian desire for discretion might have had anything to do with their veto threats in the leadup to the war? And, for a moment consider whether there would have been a war at all if France and Russia had lined up with the United States and England during that run up.
Russia and France wanted a discreet internal probe, thinking it was better to keep the corruption charges in-house at the UN rather than have outside investigators poking into the alleged links between Saddam, top UN staffers and Russian and French companies.
"You won't rat on them, you won't rat on us," Dingwall said, according to the retired bureaucrat.Nice to see Cowboy Chuck was willing to employ the code of silence with the corrupt Conservatives as well as the corrupt Liberals.
They've since managed to change Spain's. So why should the traffic be all one way? About two weeks after 9/11, I came to the conclusion that almost anything was better than Moussa's much-vaunted "stability." The fetishization of stability was a big part of the problem. Falling for the Moussa line would give us another 25 years of the ayatollahs, another 35 years of the PLO and Hamas, another 40 of the Ba'athists in Syria and Iraq, another 70 of Saudi Wahhabism. Even another 20 years of Mubarak doesn't have anything to commend it. All stability means is that the most malign Middle Eastern tyranny – Saudi Arabia – has wound up being the wealthiest and thus is able to export its toxins around the world, via the madrassas it has built in Pakistan, South Asia, the Balkans, and North America.
Weapons change, but the goal of the sniper remains the same: harass and intimidate the enemy, make him afraid to venture into the open, deny him the chance to rest and regroup.Nasty, you bet. But infinitely more humane than some homicidal jackass driving a car into the midst of civilians. The Americans in Iraq need to ensure that the thugs and terrorists are actually scared to be armed in the streets. Snipers help.
The Marines believe their snipers have killed hundreds of insurgents, though that figure alone does not accurately portray the significance of sniping. A sign on the wall of sniper school at Camp Pendleton displays a Chinese proverb: "Kill One Man, Terrorize a Thousand."
"Sometimes a guy will go down, and I'll let him scream a bit to destroy the morale of his buddies," said the Marine corporal. "Then I'll use a second shot."
In negotiations aimed at ending the standoff in the city, the insurgents have demanded the Marines pull back their snipers.
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Crown Prince Abdullah and the interior minister, Prince Nayef, visited the wounded, news agencies reported, with Prince Nayef pledging that the "hand of justice" will punish the attackers, Reuters said.The Saudis have known for some time that they had a huge al Qaeda problem right at home. And they have, to a degree, been working to stamp it out. However, given their track record and their unwillingness to step on the Wahabbi clergy's toes, the Saudis seem divided on how to solve the problem.
"It pains us that these people call themselves Muslims and citizens of this nation," Prince Nayef was quoted as saying.
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Mr. Martin told the MPs that he is proud of former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's legacy of refusing to join the war, and criticized Mr. Harper for going to the United States to appear on a Fox News program and criticize the Liberal government for refusing to have Canada join the war.Is there anything so vile as a politician in trouble depositing his principles at the door. Martin is going to Washington next week where he will meet President Bush - maybe. Frankly, if I were Bush I would suddenly find a reason to be out of town.
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No one doubts the family's loathsomeness, not to say their gall. Maybe they should never have been given citizenship in the first place: certainly the father should not have. But having been granted it, you can't take it away purely on the basis of their views. Neither can they be denied access to what is supposed to be a universal health care system: the government cannot, in a free society, be in the business of punishing people whose opinions it doesn't like. (And yes, I would repeal existing legislation to that effect, including the hate laws. The ban on incitement to violence is quite sufficient to keep the peace.)Which pretty much nails it. But Andrew's commenters were all over him. Some want to compare the Khadrs to the Japanese and the Germans in World War II, some are irritated at Walkom for pointing out the fact that Mrs. Khadr's views on homosexuality and drugs are indistinguishable from Stockwell Day's.
Bullseye Andrew.And, Kevin, when are you going to get a blog of your own?
Yeah it stinks. Their views are loathsome. But, there is only one kind of citizenship.
I don't want to go down the path of deciding on what basis you get some of the rights of citizenship and sometimes not.
The only basis on which the citizenship can be revoked is if they lied when applying for it eg: Zundel. If they received it through fraud then they were granted the citizenship wrongly.
Park meticulously deconstructs the absurdity of homeopathy with his explanation that standard homeopathic dilution formulas of 30C — one part medicine to one-followed-by-60-zeroes parts water — are based on an assumption of "more molecules than there are in the entire solar system." Homeopathic solutions contain not one molecule of active ingredient.via Instapundit
The release of internal government memos dashed any hope Martin had finally escaped the sponsorship scandal, with opponents leaping on two 1995 memos to drag the prime minister deeper into the fiasco.Meanwhile, over at Warren Kinsella's blog (sort of) Kinsella links to a CP story in which:
Senior government officials dismissed the documents Tuesday as a distortion of reality and the subject of a decade-old dispute within government now being resurrected to damage Martin in the sponsorship scandal.
In 1994-95, the Finance Department then led by Martin awarded seven communications contracts worth $525,900 to two Martin-friendly firms without following appropriate guidelines, according to the memos.
Those allegations were made in letters exchanged between a key figure in the sponsorship scandal - Public Works bureaucrat Chuck Guite - and Warren Kinsella, an assistant to then-Public Works minister David Dingwall.
They agreed that the contracting practices in Martin's department had to be stopped.
"None of these procurements were conducted through (Public Works) contrary to cabinet-approved guidelines. This is simply unacceptable,'' said the July 24, 1995, memo from Warren Kinsella, an aide to then-public works minister David Dingwall.If ever there was a torpedo shot at the waterline of the good ship Martin this is it.
"I require an immediate explanation as to how the department in question (Finance) was permitted to breach the guidelines in this way, and what is being done to remedy the situation.''
British police foiled a series of suicide bomb attacks at a Manchester United soccer match with the arrest of 10 people in anti-terror raids on Monday, the Sun newspaper reported on Tuesday.Yes, it is the Sun. But the raids are real and so is the threat.
The paper quoted an unnamed police source as saying the suspects had bought tickets for seats around the club's 67,000-capacity stadium for their premier league match against Liverpool on Saturday.
"The plot involved several individual bombers in separate parts of the stadium," the source told the paper. "If successful, any such attack would have caused absolute carnage."
Ten people were held under anti-terror laws in a series of dawn raids involving 400 police across northern England on Monday.
Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal on Monday called for an Arab and Muslim alliance to defeat the United States and Israel.The odd thing about Hamas, and many of the rest of the Palestinian terrorists, is how detached from any sort of reality they are. After having two of your top people blown away in less than a month it would be reasonable to ask whether or not you really needed more enemies. But not Hamas. No, for Hamas it is always about continuing the fight. Sending more, poor, ignorant people into Israel to scatter body parts.
"Our battle is with two sides, one of them is the strongest power in the world, the United States, and the second is the strongest power in the region (Israel)," he told hundreds of people at the al-Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus.
Campaign co-chair David Herle explained how Liberals will paint their election platform as a positive one, compared with what he described as Harper's anti-Canadian agenda.What's amazing about Herle is his ability to conclude that if you take issue with the Liberal agenda in Canada you are anti-Canadian.
Canada's soldiers would be fighting in Iraq today against public will if it were up to Harper, and the country's social programs and medicare would be gutted by the major tax cuts he has proposed, Herle argued.
"They actually don't like Canada the way it is," Herle told reporters after delivering a presentation to about 400 Liberals at an Ontario meeting. The longtime Martin adviser delivered a similar talk later Saturday to a Quebec audience.
"They do think it's some socialist backwater that's in decline and they do think that it needs to be fundamentally changed. Stephen Harper says, 'If we get into office, you won't recognize this country.' Well that scares Canadians. That's not what they're looking for."
The rules of the blogosphere demand displaying corrections quickly and prominently, said Mr. Denton (and sarcastically, in Ms. Cox's case), but he has no hesitation about running an item with paper-thin sourcing. "I think it's implicit in the way that a Web site is produced that our standards of accuracy are lower," he said. "Besides, immediacy is more important than accuracy, and humor is more important than accuracy."Denton is a very smart guy and I think he understands that in a media world in which The Apprentice is taken as an acccurate portraryal of business, Wonkette will be way more interesting than Bob Woodward's latest book. Which likely means we are all going straight to Hell. But in the most entertaining way.