Posts from December 14, 2003

Coverboy

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Coverboy
: Tomorrow’s covers, via Rexblog.

Joe, Joe, he’s our man…

Joe, Joe, he’s our man…
: Here’s a link to Joe Lieberman’s much-quoted (and deservedly so) statement on Saddam:

This news also makes clear the choice the Democrats face next year. If Howard Dean had his way, Saddam Hussein would still be in power today, not in prison, and the world would be a more dangerous place.

If we Democrats want to win back the White House and take this country forward, we have to show the American people that we’re prepared to keep them safe. I consistently supported Saddam’s removal for the past decade, and am prepared to do what it takes to win the war on terrorism at home and abroad.

Many have said this was a Christmas gift to George Bush. It was also a Chanukah gift to Joe Lieberman: On the first day on Chanukah, he got Al Gore’s endorsement of Howard Dean, extending Gore’s I-blew-it coodies to Dean. On the second day of Chanukah, he got Saddam’s capture. Hmmm, what could be in that pretty package we’re going to open next?

The wacky despot

The wacky despot
: Time has leaks from Saddam’s airport interrogation. Looks like he’s setting up his insanity defense.

The dark-cloud crowd

The dark-cloud crowd
: I find it entertaining to read University of Michigan Prof. Juan Cole every day to see how much negative — always negative — news he can find from Iraq.

He manages to turn even today’s news of a murderous tyrant’s capture into bad news.

Oh, he has to take many detours to get there. He has to — responsibly, morally — acknowledge Saddam’s many heinous crimes.

But then he throws the task of finding the dark lining to this bright cloud to his wife. Getaloada this “analysis:”

My wife, Shahin Cole, suggested to me an ironic possibility with regard to the Shiites. She said that many Shiites in East Baghdad, Basra, and elsewhere may have been timid about opposing the US presence, because they feared the return of Saddam. Saddam was in their nightmares, and the reprisals of the Fedayee Saddam are still a factor in Iraqi politics. Now that it is perfectly clear that he is finished, she suggested, the Shiites may be emboldened. Those who dislike US policies or who are opposed to the idea of occupation no longer need be apprehensive that the US will suddenly leave and allow Saddam to come back to power. They may therefore now gradually throw off their political timidity, and come out more forcefully into the streets when they disagree with the US. As with many of her insights, this one seems to me likely correct.

Well, at least they each found the perfect mate.

: Here are links to reaction from anti-war bloggers.

: Tons o’ links — from all perspectives — from N.Z. Bear.

Lessons for dictators

Lessons for dictators
: Pedram has a wonderful graphic lesson for tyrants here.

The former Baghdad blogger speaks

The former Baghdad blogger speaks
: Salam Pax has all but given up blogging, even on this day. No post. Instead, he blathers for the Guardian, saying very little.

Another great day for citizens’ media: The Iraqi blog roundup

Another great day for citizens’ media: The Iraqi blog roundup
: Read the latest on Saddam’s capture and Iraq’s reaction from bloggers on the ground in Baghdad — excerpts and links here and here.

Pardon me for banging this drum, still. But look at all the very human, very real, so honest and immediate reporting and perspective we are getting from Iraq. No delay. No filters. No reporters. No editors. The people speak and a world away, we get to hear them.

Only two months ago, one man in Iraq was inspired to start a weblog. He inspired others to start. And look what they give us on this day.

Liberation vs. occupation

Liberation vs. occupation
: The proof that our action in liberation will be the trial of Saddam Hussein at the hands of his own people.

Imagine if we had captured Adolf Hitler (a novel I’ll never get around to writing). He would have been tried and likely executed by the victorious armies. There never would have been a moment’s thought of letting his own people do it; they were the perpetrators and the losers.

In this war, we see the Iraqi people as the victims of this tyrant and so it is their right to judge their past and build their future.

We have liberated them for that future.