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Jul. 13th, 2005 11:54 pm
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"According to B'tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, the number of Israelis killed by Palestinians between September 29, 2000, and November 30, 2002, is 640. Of those, 440 are civilians, including 82 under the age of eighteen. Some 335 were killed inside Israel proper, the rest in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians also killed 27 foreign citizens during this period. The number of Palestinians who were killed by Israelis between September 29, 2000, and November 2002 was 1,597, 300 of them minors. Since March there have been no accurate numbers for the occupied territories; B'tselem estimates that during Sharon's operation "Defensive Shield" in March and April 2002, some 130 Palestinians were killed in Jenin and Nablus alone."
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/15979
"This really came out of the Vietnam era," Lucas said of the "Star Wars" story during yesterday's press conference, noting the relevance today and adding that such themes have recurred throughout history, as well. And, he emphasized that "Star Wars" is strikingly relevant today. [Ed. Note: A partial plot summary of "Revenge of the Sith" is included in this paragraph.] A key line that draws parallels to today occurs during a key confrontation between Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), accepting the role of Darth Vader, and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) his betrayed mentor. If you're not with me, you are my enemy," threatens the wayward Jedi, with his master responding, "Only a Sith deals in absolutes." The democratic Republic, led by a poisoned Senate, hands over power to its Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, a Sith Lord known as Darth Sidious who empowers Darth Vader.

"When I wrote 'Star Wars', Iraq didn't exist. We were just funding Saddam Hussein and giving him weapons of mass destruction, we weren't worried about him," said George Lucas yesterday at the press conference. And then he added, "The parallels between Vietnam and what we're doing in Iraq now are unbelievable. I didn't think it was going to get quite this close -- I hope this doesn't become true in our country. Maybe the film will wake people to see how easily a democracy can be subverted."

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Apr. 6th, 2005 08:47 pm
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"It is impossible to imagine a Newt Gingrich responding, say, to LBJ's Great Society by concocting its own expensive plan to feed the poor black man--but we fully expect that a Democrat who loses an election will suddenly start to reconsider his opposition to preemtpive invasion and Reaganomics.

We expect these things, so they strike us as logical when we see them happen. But they make no sense. A merely cynical opposition party would be emboldened by poll numbers showing majority opposition to the war to court those votes. And a moral one would seize upon news of the sort coming out of Britain to argue to not only to their own voters (who would unanimously support them in this aim), but to the country at large, that the invasion of Iraq was based upon a fallacy, illegal and impeachable.

But the Democratic leaders do neither. Instead, they tell 53 percent of the country that they are mistaken, and throw their chips in with the other 47 percent, who incidentally support the other party and are not likely to ever budge. They then go further and try to argue that fighting the war on terror requires abandoning health care, education and Social Security--an idea that, let's face it, makes no fucking sense at all.

Franklin Roosevelt never argued anything like that, and he fought a global world war against two mighty industrial powers. But now 4000 retards in caves are going to close down the entire American school system. If that is the Democratic idea of looking 'strong,' one hates to imagine what weakness would look like. "

http://www.freezerbox.com/archive/article.asp?id=338

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Mar. 28th, 2005 11:52 pm
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palestinian boy in his crushed home

"This child is standing in the rubble of his own home. I watched, with my own eyes, as he was made homeless by Israeli bulldozers as I was taunted and harassed by Israeli soldiers for my display of disapproval at this scene. He has known only this home for all 12 years of his life, and in an instant, it was taken from him. Why? In the name of Israel."

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This is an excellent summation, via:

-- Orthodox Anarchist

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Mar. 19th, 2005 09:27 pm
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From the recent MeFi post on Terry Schiavo:

"So, the same entity that rubber stamps a war that kills thousands of people needs to take specific steps to try and save the life of one lady who has been in a vegetative state for over a decade."

-- edgeways

I pretty much agree with his/her statement.  At least, that is part of a broader context in which I see this whole issue.

Also...

" I swear, the sun can't go red giant soon enough."

--mischief
http://www.guardian.co.uk/westafrica/story/0,13764,1329985,00.html

good read on rap's fascination with bling, and the misery of the African homeland fueled by this capitalist greed...

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