May 28, 2004

REWRITE

Wow. Paris airports authority remove all mention of collapsed 2E.
I guess they threw it down the Memory Hole. Scary.

(Thanks, Merde in France.)

UPDATE:

Seb says it's not true.

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TORTURE

An Iraqi who was in prison under Saddam Hussein weighs in on Abu Ghraib:

Ibrahim Idrissi has mixed feelings about the recent uproar caused by the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib under the US occupation. "As a humanitarian organization, we oppose this," he says. "But these are soldiers who have come to Iraq to fight, not to be prison guards. It was to be expected. Of course, if there are innocent people in there ... it is possible, I guess, that some of them are innocent."

If Idrissi seems a bit callous about the fate of the Iraqis in US-run jails, he has probably earned the right to differ. He recalls a day in 1982, at the General Security prison in Baghdad:

"They called all the prisoners out to the courtyard for what they called a 'celebration.' We all knew what they meant by 'celebration.' All the prisoners were chained to a pipe that ran the length of the courtyard wall. One prisoner, Amer al-Tikriti, was called out. They said if he didn't tell them everything they wanted to know, they would show him torture like he had never seen. He merely told them he would show them patience like they had never seen."

"This is when they brought out his wife, who was five months pregnant. One of the guards said that if he refused to talk he would get 12 guards to rape his wife until she lost the baby. Amer said nothing. So they did. We were forced to watch. Whenever one of us cast down his eyes, they would beat us."

"Amer's wife didn't lose the baby. So the guard took a knife, cut her belly open and took the baby out with his hands. The woman and child died minutes later. Then the guard used the same knife to cut Amer's throat." There is a moment of silence. Then Idrissi says: "What we have seen about the recent abuse at Abu Ghraib is a joke to us."

(Thanks, Hud.)

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May 27, 2004

INTERVIEW

Amritas pointed out a great interview. I don't even know who Jon Schaffer -- or Iced Earth -- is, but I really like him.

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May 26, 2004

BOOS

Oda Mae always shoots me good stuff in the morning:
Doctorow's Malpractice: Hofstra students use boos responsibly

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May 25, 2004

MISLEADING

If you didn't see Iraq Now's comparison of misleading media quotes on Instapundit, you should read it.

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ANONYMOUS

It has been a while since I first read the Americans Anonymous webpage, but thanks to Amritas I returned to it this evening. What a great site.

(Oh and yes, despite what I said before about using my French to read things in the original, I'd give anything to not speak French today so I wouldn't be able to understand this magazine cover.)

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May 24, 2004

TIM

Look, we may not get Tim's research and voice for much longer, so if you're not spending a few minutes every day scrolling through everything he unearths, you're missing out.

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SUSPENSE

Wanna feel your heart pound? Read this soldier's story, via Belmont Club.

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May 23, 2004

NOPE

No wedding party. Thanks, Oda Mae.

(No time to blog: I have been slacking majorly this morning and still have 11 final papers to read.)

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May 22, 2004

WMDs

(Via Hud) No one really cares about the WMDs after all.

(For those who get rap references, there's a WMDeezNuts joke out there somewhere...)

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HORSE

The newest installment in my segment called Dead Horse Beating is from James Hudnall; he says everything that I learned this morning about prison scandals in one succinct post.

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May 21, 2004

BLAME

And here I thought we couldn't blame anything else on President Bush...

(Thanks, Dave.)

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May 19, 2004

SCROLLING

It was a red-letter day at Tim's: he's got loads of feel-good stories. Heroes who fight back despite holes in their arms, soldiers from our post who capture the bad guy instead of shooting him, Iraqis who can tie their shoes, and so on. Go start scrolling...

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May 18, 2004

YAY

Yay! Our guys got 'er done...

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DEAD HORSE

I was walking through the blogosphere and I came upon a dead horse. I thought I'd beat it again, just to make sure the message got through. But this time it's really worth it...

Oh, and this was in the paper version of the Stars and Stripes yesterday: Something That Didn't Make The News

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PACKAGES

Thinking of sending a package down range? A Kim du Toit reader has some advice...

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May 17, 2004

TEN BUCKS

Ten bucks you won't hear about the sarin-filled IEDs or Saddams atrocities at Abu Ghraib on the TV.

(Thanks, Nighthawk.)

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KNEE-JERK

Beth found a great article about a teacher's reaction to anti-Americanism abroad. I found myself nodding while reading most of it. I too was a teacher on September 12, and I endured my own share of knee-jerks in my ESL class that day.

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GRRRRR

Grrrrr. Heart. Rate. Rising. Must look at the puppy. Or read Lileks; he makes me laugh out loud. "Don’t eat the cup this time." -- HA!

MORE:

But then I went to Merde in France and started scrolling down through all the political cartoons. Clenched teeth. However, the last cartoon puts everything in perspective:

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CROSSFIRE

I think the world of Mark Steyn. His new article was almost too good to pull out one quote, but I managed to pick one:

Back before 9/11, real crossfire was long ago and far away. Not anymore. And that's the problem: We still have a ''Crossfire'' culture in an age of real crossfire. We have the ersatz warriors, the ham actors of Washington -- Senators Kennedy, Levin, Leahy, Harkin and others too fond of seeing their names in print to mention -- ''calling for Rumsfeld's head'' at a time when America's enemies have already got Nick Berg's, and they're swinging it around on camera for the snuff video they'll be distributing as a recruiting tool.


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