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February 28, 2003
Thatcher we Love You Aren't you simply delighted to hear that the British tax-payer picked up almost 1 Billion in military and civil credit sales losses from the Gulf War MkI. "The article in the Guardian":http://www.guardian.co.uk/armstrade/story/0,10674,904684,00.html?=rss highlights those firms gleefully doing business with the Butcher of Baghdad with full complicity from the British Goverment (then under the Thatcher Junta). More amazing for me in my naive view of the world, is why we citizens have to pick up the pieces when big businesses wiling to deal with tyrants have their deals bomb. If I give all my savings to a known criminal hoping to make a bit of extra dosh, and he then runs with the money, will the Government cover me too? Money hungry and unscrupulous power-sharks (i.e. probably all of the military-industrial 'complex') must simply love these pure risk free opportunities - like something you see in the unclassified ads at the back of a dodgy investment magazine, except they are guaranteed to work... See individual entry…
Posted by Ian at 01:35 PM
February 27, 2003
Moral paradox Ariel Dorfman in a beautifully written, but morally complex "opinion piece in the independant":http://argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=381753 argues that (if given the opourtunity in 1975) he'd rather Pinochet continuing in his murderous power than submit Chile to a hostile takeover by a foreign power (as will be the case in Iraq). Wow, this is like one of those philosophical moral dilemmas (i.e. kill one person to save five more). Tough stuff... See individual entry…
Posted by Ian at 06:38 PM
Fun for all the Family Simon Tisdall has "written an interesting opinion piece":http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,5673,903751,00.html?=rss in the Guardian this morning about the complicity of war. Based on a super-condensed micro-history of US and global conflict, he suggests that many nations are playing to enhance their hand, to bluff one way hoping for a rich pay-off in another. Turkey has potentially won hansomely (in a financial sense), but others are still playing. It crystallizes a feeling I have over this situation in an nice (if limited) metaphor. The world (i.e. citizens, not rulers) watch on in this macabre and horrific game being played supposedly for their benefit. But, just like the Casino which never loses, the same will undoubtably happen with this situation, those most powerful will reap the richest rewards. See individual entry…
Posted by Ian at 10:36 AM
February 25, 2003
Conviction I find the human shields building up in Iraq fascinating. I am somewhat disappointed by the facile criticism one often hears about them (idiots supporting Saddam), as that collapses down the complex nature and substance of this endeavour (i.e. right or wrong, the human story unfolding interests me). "This article":http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0225-05.htm reveals some information about one of them, with additional info on a few others. I would be too paralysed by doubts one way or the other over this complex mess to feel such absolute conviction, but I hugely respect their courage to follow through on their principles. I nevertheless feel that the US will simply bomb installations regardless of human shields, and that they will sadly die in vain. I really do hope I am wrong. *update:* "recent comments by General Franks":http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-2437974,00.html suggest that human shields will make little difference... See individual entry…
Posted by Ian at 08:54 PM
February 20, 2003
Cephalopod Love Like me, you may have been desperately^[1]^ trying to find a friendly source of information about your pet cephalopod! Well, here is the definitive source: "The Online Octopus and Squid Magazine":http://www.tonmo.com/
Don't you just love the sheer _diversity_ of the passions of humanity (so transparently accessed through the web)?
[1] Only kidding, although I would love to have a pet giant squid, think of the fun when taking it for walks... See individual entry…
Posted by Ian at 06:41 AM