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Monday, March 24, 2003

The un-democratic Turks

The Turks have banned another Kurkish political party. Around 25% of the population of Turkey is Kurdish, and they are not allowed political representation.

I wonder WHY Turkey is afraid of them trying to break away, as they have tried to do periodically since the founding of modern Turkey. Maybe because their language and political parties have been so repressed.

And the Turks STILL won't own up to their genocide of Armenians in their territory.

The Kurds in northern Iraq have proven that they are at least capable of ACTUAL democracy, with formerly violently opposed parties participating in the govt. of their autonomous zone together.

Who's more democratic and worthy of our support?

The US isn't the only country that's burned up a bit of diplomatic capital lately.
posted by David 3/24/2003 11:12:00 PM

The Lighter Side of the War

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Watch out, Saddam! Poland Admits Iraq Combat Role After News Photos

Poland admitted on Monday that its elite GROM commando unit had taken part in the U.S.-led attack on Iraq after the soldiers posed for a Reuters news photographer.

The Defense Ministry had denied that GROM (Thunder) special forces were involved in combat, but on Monday it confirmed their participation after dailies splashed photographs of the soldiers in the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr, where U.S.-led troops are battling pockets of Iraqi resistance.

Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski refused, however, to divulge details of the troops' role in supporting the main U.S.-British force fighting to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. "We are determined not to comment on secret operations," Szmajdzinski told reporters, saying only that GROM troops were operating "in the coastal region" of Iraq and in Gulf waters.
You know they're Special Forces because it only takes three of them with a ladder to screw in a light bulb instead of the whole battalion of 50 to turn the whole house around.
posted by Laurence 3/24/2003 06:26:00 PM

Sunday, March 23, 2003

Times Takes Turkey to Task

How's that for a headline?
posted by David 3/23/2003 11:48:00 PM

It's Halliburton or the French

Ok, after reading this, I feel the need to point out that the two largest oil field services companies in the world are Halliburton, and Schlumberger, which is French.

So WHAT if the only US company up to the job of rebuilding Iraq has ties to the US vice president, I guarantee you there are connections between those in power in France and Schlumberger, the number 2 in the field.

Who the hell else is gonna do it, the Russians?

posted by David 3/23/2003 03:35:00 PM

As Jerry Pournelle commented, now it's personal.

And he was AGAINST this war until it started.

These people truly do not understand the "American Street".

posted by David 3/23/2003 03:03:00 PM

Hans, Jacques, Gerhard: Bite Me
posted by David 3/23/2003 02:58:00 PM


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