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Saturday, April 26, 2003

More positive news about the attitudes of the people of Iran. (via Instapundit)

Iranian officials are worried. Worried of the American presence next to their doors, on the East as well as to the West, worried of the invasion of Iraq "with so little popular resistance", worried of the fast fall of the Baghdad regime, worried of the sidelining of the UN, worried of the total disillusion of the Iranian people that, since the beginning of the Iraqi crisis, has resulted in a fierce pro-Americanism of the population... but, especially, worried of the vox populi, that asks for "a change of the regime with the help of the American marines", the daily "Le Monde" wrote.

I urge you to read this entire article. This new fueling of the democratic voices in Iran is a direct result of our victory in Iraq. A lot of people there want change, and my prediction is that if Bush gets re-elected, a revolution in Iran will take place before the end of his 2nd term.


This will almost certainly enrage you (via LGF):

The first Iraqi files to emerge documenting French help for the regime show that Paris shared with Baghdad the contents of private transatlantic meetings and diplomatic traffic from Washington.

The information, said in the files to have come partly from "friends of Iraq" at the French foreign ministry, kept Saddam abreast of every development in American planning and may have helped him to prepare for war. One report warned of an American "attempt to involve Iraq with terrorism" as "cover for an attack on Iraq".

Angry? Consider taking a few breathes and counting to 10 before reading further. Here is what our good friend Jack Chiraq had to say to us a week after 9/11:

PRESIDENT CHIRAC: Thank you. I've come here to tell you of the emotion -- the emotion of France, the French people, an emotion which has no precedent in history before this tragedy, which does not have a parallel. Indeed, it is a tragic event, something which is beyond crime; there are no words to qualify it.

I want to tell President Bush, who is my friend, that we stand in total solidarity -- we bring you the total solidarity of France and the French people. It is solidarity of the heart.

I also wanted to say that we are completely determined to fight by your side this new type of evil, of absolute evil, which is terrorism. And I also wanted to say that France is prepared and available to discuss all means to fight and eradicate this evil.

We'll have to make sure these documents are legit too, but, given France's behavior, it is difficult to believe that they are not. Chirac was the first foreign leader to visit the White House after 9/11. Remember Vito Corleone's advice that Michael reiterated in The Godfather II? "Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer." Chirac had been playing us all along. Bastard.


The Telegraph reports of a possible Iraq-Al Qa'eda connection.

The documents show that the purpose of the meeting was to establish a relationship between Baghdad and al-Qa'eda based on their mutual hatred of America and Saudi Arabia. The meeting apparently went so well that it was extended by a week and ended with arrangements being discussed for bin Laden to visit Baghdad.

There will, undoubtedly, be people who will immediately decry this as planted evidence. Their argument will sound like this:"Well, since Bush couldn't find any WMDs, he had to make it look like the war stopped one of the dangers he talked about, and that is why the papers were planted." We can't jump to conclusions on something like this, and it will take some time before it can be verified. However, if it is, then it is incredibly damning.

I must say, even I didn't really buy the Iraq-Al Qa'eda connection that the Bush team was pushing. There just wasn't much evidence. And the idea that Saddam was behind 9-11, which a lot of people apparently believed, was a joke to me. Bush and co. had to sell the war, and that was obviously the best way to do it. Den Beste has thoroughly investigated what he believes to be the real reasons that we went to war with Iraq, and the possible Al-Qa'eda link is only a part of it. I agree with a lot of what he says. However, it was the combination of terrorist links and weapons of mass destruction in Iraq which caused me to support the war.

We haven't found any weapons yet, but I think we've done a good job so far of destroying Iraq's connections to terrorism in general. Even if Iraq wasn't connected to Al Qa'eda, they paid families of Palestinan suicide bombers and had connections with various groups in that region. My theory was always that sooner rather than later, these groups would get their hands on the WMDs that Iraq has been developing, and use them on either us or Israel.

We will see whether these documents are genuine or not. If they are, then it only magnifies the danger that we eliminated in Iraq.


Who said she's trashy?


Friday, April 25, 2003

Let's learn a little about Iran, shall we?



Someone needs to punch this fool in the gut!

In a quirky new video and DVD called the “Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend,” your beau greets you with flowers and tells you he’s done your washing, cleaned behind the refrigerator and has dinner ready. He also showers you with compliments and offers to give you a massage.

Something tells me that these people might be inducing unrealistic expectations:

So far there are no plans to create an "Incredible Instant Adoring Girlfriend."

"That could be controversial, since she'd probably be a girl in her underwear with tape over her mouth handing you a beer," Lim said.


Thursday, April 24, 2003

Don't these cops have anything better to do, like solving crimes maybe?

Police say Dillon not only barked, but also shook his fist at Odin. Wilkie cited Dillon on a charge of willfully and maliciously interfering with the duties of a police dog.

Dillon denies that he shook his fist at Odin, and said he only barked once at the dog, from a distance of about 10 feet, Tasto said. Neither Wilkie nor Dillon could be reached for comment Tuesday.

The charge, which carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail, is unfair for two reasons, Tasto said: Dillon didn't bark maliciously, and Odin wasn't working at the time.


Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Tell me one more time how the Iraqis aren't better off now than they were under Saddam.

Thousands of people are missing in Iraq, victims of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, but a more visible legacy are the parts that are missing from people who survived. Missing eyes, ears, toenails and tongues mark those who fell into the hands of Mr. Hussein's powerful security services.

A network of Baath Party informers, intelligence service investigators, secret police operatives and the feared Fedayeen Saddam preyed on the populace to snuff out dissent before it could spread. One man encountered in Baghdad in recent days said he had his hand cut off and a cross carved in his forehead for dealing in dollars.


Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Double-Ouch! Beyond belief. The Avalanche squander a 3-1 series lead and blow game 7 to a bunch of nonamers. The greatest goalie in NHL history along with the league's points leader and goals leader just couldn't do it. Unf-ingbelievable.


Hey, it's good to be king:

Well, u-- um, can we come up and have a look?

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Monday, April 21, 2003

It appears that I have angered Blogger for it now says    at the top. Well, that won't get fixed for awhile! Jeff Jarvis has some more news about the Iranian blogger who was arrested.


Light blogging for the rest of the month. This thing called school is really starting to get in the way. For comic relief, go here and watch the controversy unfold.


Sunday, April 20, 2003

This is exactly what I am talking about. (via Iraniangirl)

''We are here to show solidarity and try to inform world public opinion that the biggest challenge and threat to US forces, Iraqi Kurds, and the Iranian resistance is one thing, and that is the Iranian regime,'' said Alireza Jafarzadeh, US representative for the council, which is part of a 560-member Iranian Parliament in exile.

The United States, however, considers the group's military wing to be a terrorist organization that drew support from Saddam Hussein's secular regime, which fought an eight-year war in the 1980s against Iran.

Throughout history, there have been times when we must choose between the lesser of two evils. I am no expert on this group, and I don't know how active they are, but if they are against the mullahs, and are part of the old Iranian Parliament, I'm sure we will be talking to them.


Jeff Jarvis and Instapundit are talking about this. Editor:Myself reports that a weblogger in Iran was arrested this morning by that country's police. His crime?

He is accused of threatening the national security by giving interviews to Persian language radios outside Iran, wrtiting articles both in newspapers and his weblog.

I think we all forget how lucky we are to have free speech here.


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