"The U.S. and its NATO allies have been at war in each of the eleven years of the new century, the new millennium - the longest continuous period of combat in the history of both - with not only no indication of the war cycle ever ending but with every assurance that it is now a permanent state of affairs.....As with the last ten Easter Sundays, Washington and Brussels are laying the groundwork for future bombing campaigns, ground operations and military occupations for succeeding ones ad aeternum or until the Second Coming, according to one's lights."
"The U.S. and Europe are still deliberating on whether or not to establish a No Fly Zone over Libya to prevent Gaddafi’s air force from slaughtering innocent Libyans. They claim they need international backing, legitimacy, and a request from the Arab League before proceeding. Miraculously the Arab League did officially request a No Fly Zone over Libya. That wasn’t enough for the ever waffling spineless Obama who’s caught between the Arab League’s decision and NATO’s willingness to implement a No Fly Zone and the collaborative opposition of Israel and the Arab Oil Rich states who support the stability of dictatorships and fear that a No Fly Zone will set a precedent that may give support for rebellions against the Oil Tyrants....But the U.S. has attacked Libya and imposed year’s worth of a No Fly Zone on Iraq without either a UNSC Resolution authorizing such or having the support of the Arab League....When Israel demands and Oil beckons the West has no need for any international backing or permission from anyone to impose its will. So, why not in Libya?"
Will the presidential election of 2008 reprise, to some extent, the 2000 event? Don’t be surprised if Sen. “Turncoat Joe” Lieberman (IND-CT) ends up as the V.P. choice of Sen. John McCain on the GOP ticket. At every photo op during this election year, Lieberman’s mug has showed up next to McCain’s. Lieberman helped to drag Al Gore down to defeat in 2000. Will he do the same for McCain or will another Israeli Firster get the nod? Stay tuned.
Tommy Tomorrow, the cartoonist, said that William Kristol’s career as a warmonger had “failed upward!” On Aug. 11, 2008, activist Russell Mokhiber picketed the NYT’s office and demanded that Kristol, who was recently named to its Op Ed Page, meet with severely wounded Iraq War veteran, Tomas Young. Young is featured in Phil Donahue’s film, “Body of War.” Being a repulsive Neocon, like Kristol, means you never have to say you’re sorry.
Despite its renown and popularity, [Charles] Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is trite and predictable because Scrooge is less a character than he is a plot device designed to get us to the treacly ending. The 1951 movie retains this ending but Noel Langley’s screen adaptation surpasses Dickens’ story by giving Scrooge needed dimension.