Sunday, March 21, 2004

Millions around the world protest the Iraq War

According to this CNN report, 1-2 million people turned out in Rome to protest the war in Iraq. "We are against the war and terrorism, because one cannot answer terrorism by invading a country," said a protest organizer in Chile Here at home, in cities around the country, hundreds of thousands turned out to send a message to Bush. ""Something we have to realize is there might not be a good solution in Iraq. There might not be democracy with or without Americans," said Michael Berg, a teacher in South Carolina.

It seems the lies that brought the US to war are well known around the world. For Americans still in doubt, please see Iraq On the Record, a report prepared at the request of California Representative Henry Waxman, detailing lies the administration told about the Iraq war. What's stunning is that the group preparing the report "does not include statements that appear mistaken only in hindsight. If a statement was an accurate reflection of U.S. intelligence at the time it was made, the statement is excluded from the database even if it now appears erroneous." (Quote from the methodology page linked from the previous page.) In other words, at the point the statements in the report were made, the administration had all the facts and knowledge to know what they were saying was not true. This is a stunning document that deserves wide readership. Please spread it around.

In Tawain, conspiracy theories are growing. A round-up of stories at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer raise more questions than are answered. Why weren't the shooters caught? How many were there? How, if they got so close, did they fail to kill the President, re-elected by a Florida-thin margin. According to one of the stories, from Channel News Asia, "Local media have speculated that the shooting was carried out by assassins backed by mainland China, renegade political fanatics and even gangsters involved in lucrative betting scams over the result of the presidential race." God help us all if elections start being settled with bullets to satisfy bettors!


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