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:: Thursday, June 05, 2003 ::

"Send In Your Dead..."


The Guardian is collecting obituaries of people who died in Iraq for a "Memorial" page. I suggest that anyone who has stories about Saddam's pre-war victims send those in as well so the "memorial" isn't so one-sided.


I spent two hours arguing more-or-less this topic with four Europeans today (Spanish, German, Italian and Ukrainian - there just has to be a joke in there somewhere), and they seem to be constitutionally incapable of considering in any way, shape or form any harm that isn't caused by war. In their world, "Not War" is always better than war, even if "Not War" leads to far more death and suffering or even mass graves full of children.


It's a point of view I find incomprehensible and it was a disheartening experience -- these are genuinely nice, intelligent people who I like a lot, but they have blind spots you could sail an aircraft carrier through. Including Saddam's victims in the Guardian's "memorial" is one small way to make it harder for them to ignore the suffering caused by inaction.
:: Erik | 6/05/2003 01:23:00 PM | | ::

:: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 ::
Crime and Punishment


A 13-year old in Munich who lives in a home for troubled youth and is "well known to the police" stabbed a retiree with a "weaponized" kitchen fork so hard that it stuck in his skull. He was caught at the scene and has openly confessed, but (according to the S´┐Żddeutsche Zeitung) due to his age the police were forced to release him at the scene and he has absolutely nothing to fear from the courts. He is literally unpunishable due to his age.


Unbelievable.
:: Erik | 6/03/2003 01:56:00 PM | | ::

Send The Marines!


This graphic (from last week's Focus magazine) summarizes the ca. 1500 pieces of artwork that have gone missing in the year 2002 in Austria alone. Clearly, there aren't enough US troops patrolling the streets of Vienna.



:: Erik | 6/03/2003 08:31:00 AM | | ::

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