Author Archives: Oz

Afghanistan was Afghanistan

Sex sells, and Iraq is a rockstar. It has everything a 24 hour news network could ever ask for; political attention, pubic attention, protesters on every side and in every country. It’s acting as a springboard for the much anticipated 2008 Presidential Election and every day hundreds of innocent civilians die in a rainbow of […]

The British 15 and Guantanamo

Now that the 15 British Soldiers have been released by Iran we can focus on similar matters. I’m sure the international community – with the cooperation of the American Government, of course – will waste no time addressing the plight of those in Guantanamo Bay. The 15 captured by Iran had clearly endured a painful […]

When The Troops Come Home

There is an myth out there – perpetuated by long discredited failures – that if the United States pulls out of Iraq, emboldened terrorists will sweep across land and ocean to ruffle our feathers closer to home. That may very well be the case, although many beg to differ, myself included. But whether US forces […]

“Is This America?” by Nat Hentoff

Brilliant. …on January 18, 2007, Vermont senator Patrick Leahy assessed how Bush’s war on terrorism has affected many people around the world who do not hate us but no longer trust us as a lover of liberty and the rights of man. Said Leahy: “The administration’s secret policies have reduced America’s standing around the world […]

When Humanity Takes a Seat

For anyone who has been paying attention, the presence of secret CIA prisons administering torture to suspected terrorists is not anything new. What is new though, is that at least one of these gross violations of Human Rights is currently under the scrutiny of trial. I am of course talking about Jose Padilla, a US […]

Harping on the Harped / Forget the Soldiers

Even though I touched on this a few days ago, it still gets under my skin that not only where brave young men and women thrust so needlessly into wars for the sole purpose of satiating the machismo of BushCo, but that they have returned home only to be tossed aside like dirty laundry. The […]

America Goes to the Oscars

I’m not going to go off on a tirade of why the Oscars are a joke, because I’m watching them myself. Or, they’re on in the background. But all night they’ve been doing short little film clip collages on a variety of subjects, one of them being “America.” One of the clips on Americana was, […]

US Generals Threaten To Quit Over Attacking Iran

From The Sunday Times: “There are four or five generals and admirals we know of who would resign if Bush ordered an attack on Iran,” a source with close ties to British intelligence said. “There is simply no stomach for it in the Pentagon, and a lot of people question whether such an attack would […]

Clench That Ass Canada

Living in a country with such large oil deposits, so close to the United States has always been awkwardly frightening, albeit in a very non-threatening way. Jokes have always been fluttered north and south of the border in regards to an American invasion of the Great White North, however unlikely. Not to suggest that situation […]

Disconcerting

I was just checking out some of the blogs of those who have left comments and I came across this What Famous Leader Are You? quiz, linked from White Noise Insanity. I’ve taken similar tests in the past and found myself lumped in with Gandhi (just as the author of WHI was) and Nelson Mandela, […]