Sunday, January 09, 2005

Opinion round-up

Iraqi Elections: a cynical deception. While the whole world mourns the fate of the thousands killed and made homeless by a natural disaster in Asia, a man-made disaster is continuing to spread death, destruction and misery in an ancient country on the banks of the Euphrates and Tigris. (Alan Woods via Bellaciao Collective)

Defining victory down. The President prides himself on being a pig-headed guy. He is determined to win in Iraq, even if he is not winning in Iraq. So get ready for a Mohammedan mountain of spin defining victory down. Come what may—civil war over oil, Iranian-style fatwas du jour or men on prayer rugs reciting the Quran all day on the Iraqi TV network our own geniuses created—this administration will call it a triumph. Even for a White House steeped in hooey, it’s a challenge. President Bush will have to emulate the parsing and prevaricating he disdained in his predecessor: It depends on what the meaning of the word “win” is. (Maureen Dowd via ABS/CBN news)

Iraqi and Palestinian elections Real democracy or an American-made formula? First and foremost I would like to express my condolences for all the victims of the typhoon-flood which was originated by the Indian Ocean’s Tsunami earthquake, and thank endlessly nations and individuals doing anything to alleviate this human tragedy. (Yahya Al-Olfi via Yemen Times)

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