Well, according to this news article the U.S will be holding Iraq's oil in trust for the Iraqi people- and U.S troops won't be mired there for years- that anyone official will admit to.... (remember this contrasting link about Iraq the 51st state? posted here 1.8.03) Russia might be willing to help America administer this oil trust- they have economic interests. Russian media sees the attacks coming in February. The whole world has a stake in what happens. But not everyone's aboard in the international community. France won't be steamrollered. Nor will the Democrats, hey, they are speaking up... Let's encourage them. Read this (please, and if you have time click on the 'The Iraq Debate' link on the Post's webpage as well...) to see just how long this has been planned. One might think weapons have very little to do with events planned against Iraq...
You are probably familiar with past UNSCOM weapons inspector Scott Ritter and his outspoken stand as a military man who voted for George Bush that sees us rushing into an unwarranted military action. He has an arrest record from 2001 involving a sting operation having to do with the internet and underage girls...
This is a personal voyage of discovery:I didn't initially post the Ritter story myself when I saw it at Byte Back because I thought " Obviously this is 'news'; but what does this have to do with the facts he is presenting about Iraq?" "Nothing." I tend to be disinterested in the sex lives of public people, it seems a sphere of being that is not publicly pertinent, moral questions aside. But it sure has a lot to do with the messengers image, his percieved veracity and if it were a Bush staffer, yup, I'd probably post it. It makes me disappointed to read about Ritter, but it also led me to think about honesty and integrity... that basically, I might self censor 'cuz I feel it will save innocent lives and help keep America to its stated values. The truth is what this project is about. Warts and all. And what gives the democratic medium that is the weblog community such hope as a valuable resource.
Speaking of community, you'll note that now there is now an email link on the page. I am getting a really nice sense of community since starting this project; a sense heightened when Dimn let me know my sight was missing all its postings (I had a desolate horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach, a sense that something had died; until I fixed it- I'm hooked on this medium). The link will allow you to easily air your thoughts and suggestions until I figure out a public comment system.
Speaking of comments, dial up the White House comment line, let him know your feelings on attacking Iraq.The line only accepts calls from 9-5 EST., Monday thru Friday. Just call the White House at 1-202-456-1111. A machine will detain you for only a moment and then a living human being will listen to your opinion.
I'd like to thank Adrian for this MLK quote:
We must rapidly begin the shift from a `thing-oriented' society to a `person-oriented' society.
When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important
than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered....
Martin Luther King