Category Archives: iraq

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sucking Cheneys Dick Down Under

To say that this blew me away would be a total understatement: UNITED States Vice-President Dick Cheney came to Sydney to thank John Howard for his support in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terror generally. Although the Vice-President has relatively low approval ratings in the US and is regarded as an ultra-hawk, he […]

Why They Fight

Prior to last weekend few, if any, members of the media were concerned about the status of the soldiers in Iraq or those who had returned from the fighting. There were scant reports about lack of equipment and the needless use of Humvees which only acted as magnets for RPG attacks, but overall these were […]

US Military to Target Iranians

According to a Washington Post article today the Bush administration has given the green light for the US military to kill Iranian operatives inside Iraq. To most, what would seem like escalation of the Iran-US conflict, is seen by the White House as a protection of American interests. According to them those interests, chiefly being […]

“The Limits of Democracy” by Fareed Zakaria

The basic problem confronting the developing world today is not an absence of democracy but an absence of governance. From Iraq to the Palestinian territories to Nigeria to Haiti, this is the cancer that is eating away at the lives of people across the globe, plunging countries into chaos, putting citizens’ lives and livelihoods at […]

State of the Double Standard: Immigration – Iraq

From this evenings State of the Union address: We need to uphold the great tradition of the melting pot that welcomes and assimilates new arrivals. (Applause.) From a January 2nd NY Times article: Thousands flee Iraq every day, but the US has placed strict limits on the number of Iraqi refugees allowed to settle in […]

For Want of a “War”

The invasion of Iraq which began as a mission to disarm a tyrant has since been spun as a liberation of the Iraqi people from under the thumb of oppression and violence. The US supported/led strikes inside Somalia are to stop the spread of terrorist cells, which are threats to the national security of the […]