damnum absque injuria

April 20, 2003

Support Democracy in Iraq, and Elsewhere

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 10:48 pm

I’m trying to figure out when would be the appropriate time to take down the link urging readers to support democracy in Iraq. On the one hand, it’s probably going to be some time before any real, functioning democracy can exist there. On the other hand, that’s true of a lot more countries as well, and now that we’ve removed the biggest obstacle to democracy in Iraq, it doesn’t make sense to single that country out anymore. What say you?

Satire, Right Back Atcha

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 10:46 pm

I recently alluded to a truly vile attempt at a political parody which made light of the plight of Ali Ismaeel Abbas, the Iraq boy who lost both arms during the war in Iraq. I originally learned of this sick “humor” through Howard Owens, but felt it needed broader exposure. So I tattled and emailed Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, who posted it immediately. Long story short: LGF gets a lot of readers, so these would-be “parodists” have gotten a lot of other-than-positive attention, and something good finally came of it.

Speaking of satire, I’m cautiously optimistic that whoever kidnapped the staff at The Onion at the beginning of the war must have have finally let them go. This article about Saddam’s accomplishments and this one on a man supporting most of the troops are as good as anything they’ve put out over the years. I will never badmouth The Onion again (assuming, of course, that I never feel like badmouthing them again, which probably won’t happen, but might…).

Saddam’s Weapons, Mass Destruction Of

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 10:14 pm

Last week I wondered aloud whether the whole question of whether or not Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction” may hinge on a Clintonian definition of what the meaning of “weapons of mass destruction” is. Now, however, this article from the New York Times (Link via Command Post) suggests that no such confusion existed after all. According to the linked story, an Iraqi scientist now claims that it was the weapons themselves that were destroyed en masse, days before the war began. This might explain why we seem to keep finding the trappings of WMD without finding the WMD themselves. On the other hand, it does not explain why Team Blix couldn’t seem to find any of them while they still existed.

This may explain why Saddam’s lead science adviser, Lt. Gen. Amer al-Saadi, denied upon his capture that Saddam’s regime had any WMD. There is no truth to the rumor that the more recently captured former finance minister, Hikmat Mizban Ibrahim al-Azzawi, denied that Saddam’s regime had any money.


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