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Iraq Armchair War Diaries

and overzealous cops. I’m for socialized medicine, against the
petroleum and automotive industries’ foot-dragging on alternative
energy….blah, blah, blah, blah. I’m still a fucking liberal and I
won’t vote for Bush next year.

well i am happy to at least you bring these to the table

But I don’t hate Republicans like I used
to. I can talk to them. They’re your neighbors, Kraig, deal with them.

I talk to republicans every day at work. the worse kind to. Im not out to
kill Em.
But they are hell bent on enslaving us all. Its not like we aare dealing
with nixons and reagans, we are dealing with fundementalist who want to
make this the christian version of Iran. And they will start ww3 to prove
that their god is right.

If the situation were reversed and a larger power took over L.A., yes,
you’re right, the anarchy would be worse. that’s what I’m saying:  The
Iraqis ARE civilized. so they didn’t deserve Saddam

  can’t there ever be a
reason for the use of force?

a just cause is the worst reason to kill anyone.
if we as a species are going to do such things, don’t you think their
should be some protocol?.
I’ll take this further. As much as i am against Capital punishment, I can’t
say i like the idea of putting people in a cage for their whole life where
they are subjected to daily torture. Is this more humane? no . but i guess
the point is you don’t institutionalize a punishment if you say that it is
wrong. but could we not call imprisionment, kidnapping?. If we have the ten
comandments and god tells abraham to kill his son the answer should be , go
fuck yourself god, but instead “god” or some higher authority gives us a
right to do the right thing? We have an opportunity to progress our
adolences as a species and deal with such things in a way that would
benefit the race more in the long term. It is a shame we missed the
opprtunity. It will possibly appear soon enough, hopefully before a blood
bath in syria (they have so many there as it is) or Iran which you will
have a hard time convincing me of this place being so totally evil. Despite
the control of the church there, it seems to be moving away from this on it
own, at least as much as China! And to be perfectly biased. they have the
best music in the area.

—-Kraig Grady

out goes Hitler, in goes Stalin

as if this is or was the problem facing us all

we can’t solve any of our problems so lets go bust into
our neighbors house and break up the domestic violence.

this is psychotic mental illness

John Dentino wrote:

Liberation day
Even those opposed to the war should celebrate a shining moment in the history of freedom—the fall of Saddam Hussein.

i’ve seen pictures on al-jazeera of some of the iraqi children we’ve
liberated.  we have a long and glorious history of fighting wars of
liberation, aiding the oppressed of the world.  when did we start believing
our government in matters such as this, and how is it that such a towering
moral and intellectual figure as dubya is able to get it right while the
rest of the world is wrong?  wasn’t that a tremendous performance the other
day by our secretary of war…. errrr, defense, rummy:  “henny penny, the
sky is falling.” the fatal flaw of this administration is their lack of
appreciation for irony, as they speak with apparent naive sincerity (i
think not, but let’s give them the benefit) of winning the “hearts and
minds” of the iraqis.  my commentary on this matter is also pertinent to
the article you sent me a couple of weeks ago drawing parallels with the
bush crowd with hitler and his boys:  historical events occur first as
tragedy, then repeat themselves as farce.  on to damascus!

Take up the White Man’s burden—
Send forth the best ye breed—
Go, bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives’ need;
To wait, in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild—
Your new-caught sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child.

Take up the White Man’s burden—
In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred times made plain,
To seek another’s profit
And work another’s gain.

Take up the White Man’s burden—
The savage wars of peace—
Fill full the mouth of Famine,
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
(The end for others sought)
Watch sloth and heathen folly
Bring all your hopes to nought.

Take up the White Man’s burden—
No iron rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper—
The tale of common things.
The ports ye shall not enter,
The roads ye shall not tread,
Go, make them with your living
and mark them with your dead.

Take up the White Man’s burden,
And reap his own reward—
The blame of those ye better
The hate of those ye guard—
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light:—
“Why brought ye us from bondage,
Our loved Egyptian night?”

Take up the White Man’s burden—
Ye dare not stoop to less—
Nor call too loud on Freedom
to cloak your weariness,
By all ye will or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent sullen peoples
Shall weigh your God on you.

Take up the White Man’s burden!
Have done with childish days—
The lightly-proffered laurel,
The easy ungrudged praise:
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years,
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgement of your peers.

bid the sickness cease,

in friendship,

Marc Ferguson

I would celebrate that the fighting and bombing stopped and allah let me

John Dentino wrote:

Ok, you may have been right about that statue being pulled down being

But the subsequent celebrations I’ve seen are real.

apply it where you will

Sartre points to the real issue
at stake:

“This rebellion is not merely challenging the power of the settlers, but

their very being. For most Europeans in Algeria, there are two
and inseparable truths: the colonists are backed by divine right, the
natives are sub-human. This is a mythical interpretation of reality,
the riches of the one are built on the poverty of the other. In this way

exploitation puts the exploiter at the mercy of his victim, and the
dependence itself begets racialism. It is a bitter and tragic fact that,
the Europeans in Algeria, being a man means first and foremost
to the Moslems. But what if the Moslem finds in his turn that his
depends on equality with the settler? It is then that the European
begins to
feel his very existence diminished and cheapened.”

—-Kraig Grady

Funny along thee lines is when i saw the monk cells in italy done by fra
angelico they all had these torture scence on the cross and what have you
until you got to medici’s which was the three wise men bringing gifts!

John Dentino wrote:

they weren’t really Christians. Christ said, “It is easier for a camel
to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into
the kingdom of God.”

i know it’s time to talk about music when I start quoting scripture.

There is no confusion about this. Jesus made them rich because they are
more spiritual than the masses. I remember my father who worked on a
individuals in this bracket. and this is what some thought
—-Kraig Grady

Posted at 5am on 10/24/2004 | comments are closed Filed Under: Under the Lens

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