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The Show Must Go On

The US can't let a little thing like lack of international consensus stand between it and its imperial plans to spill more blood for oil - this time into the Strait of Hormuz.
The message to Iran is that it has "crossed the international red line" and engaged in unacceptable enrichment activity "and there must be a U.N. Security Council process to deal with that," Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said.

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"I am not aware of any specific proposals or any specific ideas that would require or force any kind of delay in Security Council action," spokesman Tom Casey said.

Casey also downplayed a new twist to the Russian proposal that diplomats described to The Associated Press. Under it, the U.N. atomic watchdog agency would set a level of small-scale uranium enrichment that Iran would be allowed to conduct on its own soil as part of an attempt to keep Iran from using the fuel for nuclear weapons.

"You can't be just a little pregnant," Casey said of the U.S. attitude toward small-scale uranium work by Iran.
What a crass remark. Some spokesman.
On Wednesday, Lavrov is due to meet in New York with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

[Meanwhile, in] Vienna, headquarters for the nuclear watchdog group, ElBaradei said the Council might not have to explore Iran's actions. "I am still very much hopeful that in the next week an agreement could be reached," he said.
We'll soon find out who gets their way. I suspect, however, that this is mostly theatrical posturing on the part of Russia and the IAEA - a feigned struggle before the kiss of death that lies ahead.


At Tuesday, March 07, 2006, Blogger Unknown said...

Or maybe the kiss of life! Wars have a strange way of bringing out the best and the worst in us - a periodic catharsis of human tensions.

War is where international politics' rubber meets the road. It should be avoided at all cost - but not at the cost of subjugation or slavery.

2006 is the year of "Peak Oil". US cities' architecture and layouts depend on oil and there is only enough for 10 or so more years at current consumption rates. There is not enough money to build public transit in major US cities - and a civilizational collapse is staring US in the eye without oil and the car. I will quote from Jared Diamond's "collapse" which I am finishing up today, hopefully.

Ringside seats please - the battle will be won by the US, but the aggressor is always the loser in the long term unless the aggressor wipes out the annihilated totally. The real question is: will the US embark on global genocide in 20-30 years, or be defeated.

If torture and pre-emptive war can be rationalized by our prostituting intelligentsia, anything can. They are not far from Hitler at this point.

When Bush winked last week when he said "interrogation" revealed the plot to destroy some tower in LA, I literally threw up. When Bush says: "the civilized world" what is the "uncivilized world". Please spend a moment over these two last sentences of mine and you'll see where we are headed for.

At Tuesday, March 07, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

Akber said: "War is where international politics' rubber meets the road. It should be avoided at all cost - but not at the cost of subjugation or slavery."

I agree.

I read a short account of William Wallace last night, the Scottish hero dubbed Braveheart. It reaffirmed my belief that a life without dignity is not worth living.

William Wallace responded to the charges with the following statement.

"I can not be a traitor, for I owe him no allegiance. He is not my Sovereign; he never received my homage; and whilst life is in this persecuted body, he never shall receive it. To the other points whereof I am accused, I freely confess them all. As Governor of my country I have been an enemy to its enemies; I have slain the English; I have mortally opposed the English King; I have stormed and taken the towns and castles which he unjustly claimed as his own. If I or my soldiers have plundered or done injury to the houses or ministers of religion, I repent me of my sin; but it is not of Edward of England I shall ask pardon."

To no one's surprise, William Wallace was convicted of treason. Following his trial, he was dragged alive through the streets of London to Elms in Smithfield. He was hung at the gallows for a short time and then taken down, allowed to recuperate for a few short minutes and was drawn while the blood-thirsty crowd watched.

To be drawn is to have one's intestines ripped from the body and burned, a hideously painful act that extends the torture because the victims do not die immediately. Afterwards, William Wallace was quartered, a dispicable act of cruelty which consists of having all one's limbs and head cut off.

Following the public execution, Wallace's head was stuck onto a pole which was placed in a prominent location on London Bridge, thus giving it the greatest exposure possible. A similar fate met his arms and legs: his right arm was displayed on Newcastle bridge, his left arm went to Berwick, his right leg to Perth and his left leg to Aberdeen. Legend has it that Wallace's left leg ended up in the wall at St. Machars Cathedral.

The Wallace statue in Aberdeen bears an inscription, supposedly told to Wallace by his Uncle, "I tell you a truth, liberty is the best of all things, my son, never live under any slavish bond."

At Tuesday, March 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

... and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Check out some Ray McGovern stuff. He comes from the neighboring island, though. :D


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