Friday, November 12, 2004

Iranians in Falluja?

I don't think so.

Bush and his puppet Alawi have been killing themselves trying to link Iran to the Iraqi resistance, and while claims of Iranian interferance in the Shia dominated south may not break the bullshit-o-meter, the mere idea that Iranians would be hanging out--much less fighting side by side with--the resistance fighters in Sunni Falluja is ridiculous.

But Lieutenant General Thomas Sattler, the commander against the attack on falluja, claims that U.S. forces were making progress in Falluja "killing about 600 insurgents and capturing 150 during the assault, including at least a dozen foreigners, ten of whom were believed to be from neighboring Iran".

How can US forces claim on the one hand that falluja is gripped by former Saddam royalists and Zarqawi followers AND iranians? Iranians joining forces with followers of their arch-enemy saddam? Iranians fighting alongside supporters of the rabid Shia hater/killer Zarqawi? Are people expected to believe this? I guess the same fools who bought the hogwash about sadam's links to al-qaeda will swallow this one too.

By the way, the article i linked to above quotes the spokesman for allawi saying about the resistance in falluja: "They are foreigners. They were not invited to come to Iraq and we want them out of here".

Can someone remind me who invited the U.S. to conquer Iraq?



Monday, November 08, 2004

As Japan was recovering from killer typhoons and shaking from earthquakes and after shocks,24 year old backpacker Shosei Koda was kidnapped in Iraq on October 26.

Even after his beheaded corpse was found on October 30th, there was not an outpouring of sympathy or support for him. I thought it was because Japan was in the midst of the onslaught of natural disasters. But our friend in Japan, the indefatigable Yoshiko Ikeda (her sites are in Japanese)told us that the maojority of people seemed to dismiss him as stupid and irresponsible, some even going as far as implying that he got what he deserved.

In response to this, the artist DoX, painted this picture:



DoX wrote an article in accompaniment/explanation of the painting, and Yoshiko has translated it for me. it reads in part:

I don't know if this painting is good or not, but this is how they
seemed to me; those people who utter their 'splendid opinions' to
someone who is being killed. No words can be found.

I still don't know what I can say, so let me quote someone else's
words:

"It's all too easy to call him stupid. I just wondered if I could
ignore him because he had nothing to do with me, when he was
making his last-time pleadge in front of a video camera. It's "us
or them" mentality. I just don't think it's my cup of tea. If you
think he doesn't deserve your attention, the best thing should be
just to keep quiet. Even if he was stupid, it doen't make you
cleverer than him"


Anyway, I am still feeling sad for this guy, and i can't express myself nearly as well as DoX, so I will leave it at that. I just wanted to do my small part in honoring the memory of a young man whose only crime was suspecting that lies were being told about Iraq and wanting to get to see for himself what the embedded media was not telling him.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

This is just what i expected. sort of.

yesterday i was talking on-line with my brother, and we both had an inkling that bush would be the victor. or as he put it, bush would either win or "win", the way he did last time.

but lo and behold, looks like bush didn't need to "win" because he really did win. according to the bush campaign people, bush will be the first president since 1988 to have captured both the popular and electoral vote and that the popular vote reflects the most any american president has received ever.

now they can't blame nader for this one now can they?

and now, after months and years of capitulating to republicans and letting them set the framework on practically every issue, John Kerry and the democratic party, which is perhaps the world's stupidest party, decide to stand their grand and refuse to concede ohio?

i'm afraid the time for showing some resolve is long past. for god's sake, concede already, and go back to approving whatever the polls tell you to pass.

without having won the popular vote in 2000 and having been appointed president, with the majority of the world governments and peoples against him and with falsified proof for an illegal war, bush managed to strong-arm his way into plunging Iraq into disaster and ruining the U.S. economy to boot.

what do you suppose he will do now that he has a solidly republican congress and a mandate from his people?

it's not just the rest of the world that has to brace for the upcoming nightmare, it is the U.S. too. they just don't know yet what a colossal mistake they have made.

canada start patrolling your borders. i predict a mass northern migration.