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Monday, July 19, 2004

I'm ba-a-a-a-a-ack...
 
Could anything better sum up the futility of the US game plan in Iraq that this? How many people -- on both sides -- died in and around Fallujah because someone decided that closing a newspaper was a good idea?
 
Hypocrisy is a word that gets tossed around a lot these days, but if one thing has become clear to me it is the utter hypocrisy inherent in US foreign policy. And this is not, specifically, a criticism of the Bush administration.
 
When the Founding Fathers announced that people had certain 'inalienable rights', they were not granting those rights -- they were simply recognizing them, the way Einstein recognized that space and time were one and the same.  By that same token, the recognition of those rights cannot, by definition, stop at the borders of the US.  The UN acknowledges this, but for some reason we don't. Heck, the Patriot Act is part of a concerted effort to undo those inalienable rights here at home, so why should some towelhead get freedom of speech and freedom of the press when we don't, right?
 
I'm amazed the seismic activity from all the people rolling in their graves hasn't started earthquakes up and down the Eastern Seaboard yet.

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