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The Gravitational Physics of a Settlement in Iraq
Icarus's father knew it; scientists dropping iron balls from leaning towers knew it; even markets in the heady throes of bubbles begrudgingly know it: gravity eventually wins. Gravity is the reason that the Iraq Study Group's recommendations will no more produce peace in Iraq than have Bush's...
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The Baker Agenda: Troops Out, Oil Companies In?
Recommendations 62 and 63 confirm that control of Iraqi oil is a fundamental premise of Administration policy. This was denied in the first years of the war, but this week the President confirmed his belief that Islamic extremists will “gain access to vast oil reserves and use Iraq as a base to...
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Iraq Study Group Report Rebuffs Neo-Conservatives, But Still Seeks “Success” Through Lower-Profile War
The report of the Iraq Study Group, if implemented, closes the door on the neo-conservative dreams which have been a nightmare for the people of Iraq and the United States. Since the Nov. 7 election, we have applauded the disappearance of Donald Rumsfeld and John Bolton. The ISG report would bury...
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The Surreal Politics of Premeditated War
George W. Bush, who proudly claimed the mantle of “war president,” was keenly rebuked in the recent mid-term election. The event was notable, but it merely continued the surreal politics of premeditated war—a politics that has dominated the last six bizarre, hideous years of our nation’s history...
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A "Thug," Nancy?
So Hugo Chavez comes to the United Nations and calls George Bush "the devil" and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco responds that not only has the Venezuelan President "demeaned" himself, but while "he fancies himself as a modern day Simon Bolivar ... all he is an everyday thug...
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Rehabilitating Fascism: How Would We Know It If We Saw It?
With his announcement that the war on terror is actually a war against "Islamo-fascism," President Bush has opened a fruitful debate. As is so common with Bush, however, his use of the term seeks to stigmatize more than characterize, to evoke glandular excretions more than intellectual reflections...
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Why Air Con is Ruining Our Environment
Our love of air con is making the world even hotter
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The Nagasaki Principle
Today is the anniversary of what did not happen. Sixty-one years ago yesterday, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The scale of nuclear devastation was apparent at once. The next day, no decision was made to call off the bombing of Nagasaki. Why? Historians debate the justification of the...
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HIROSHIMA ATOMIC BOMB - August 1945 Views
Was the Atomic Bombing of Japan Necessary?
There was no pressing military necessity for dropping the atomic bombs on Japan
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel cuts a roasted wild pig beside U.S. President George W. Bush during a barbecue with residents in the northeastern German village of Trinwillershagen at the German Baltic sea July 13, 2006. Bush on Thursday defended Israel 's attacks on targets in Lebanon. Views
Dear Israel: Bombing Doesn't Work
I am always amazed at the childlike faith that powerful nations put in bombing. In the past 70 years we have seen nation after nation launch hideous bombing attacks on enemies, confident that the resulting carnage will “break the spirit” of their adversaries. It never does. What it does, for the...
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