Saturday, September 07, 2002

The anniversary of the WTC attacks is coming up, marking the perfect opportunity for public-figure haranguing (and just in time for elections too). In my opinion, the day should just be another regular day, without pause for public ceremonies and endless news stories of heroism. The American public is quite capable enough to reflect on their losses in private without the help of the inevitable carnival of talking heads. Every deep and meaningful speech that just happens to be done within view of a media camera is just exploiting one more opportunity to gain votes.

It'd be nice if Bush would stop lobbying for his private little war. Whether Saddam Hussein is a bad man is irrelevant; the stated goals of any war started by the U.S. will not match the ulterior motives of the people in power. My prediction for the future: The U.S. will continue seeking approval for its war on Iraq while loudmouthing November as a drop-dead date. Around late September or early October, we'll attack Iraq covertly and then apologize for our actions afterwards. Critics of such an action will be labelled as unpatriotic, especially 'in the wake of 9/11' and the adminstration will gain another public relations bonus while all our global allies look on in mute censure but don't do anything about it.

If there's no update tomorrow it's because I've been detained as a pinko and put to work in the mines.

"A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof. And when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven." - Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, on what kind of proof of biological weapons will make Canada support the war effort

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