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Friday, June 24, 2005

Ominous overtones of Civil War 

We've noted in recent weeks that the signs of Civil War are impossible to mistake in Iraq. This mainstream article, on Yahoo!, gives evidence in support of this horrible, yet almost inevitable, consequence of the US insurgency and takeover of (a small part of) a country with no plans to win the peace:

http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-06-24T214632Z_01_N24659100_RTRIDST_0_NEWS-IRAQ-DC.XML

Many American military women (at least 12) were killed or wounded in the latest attack on US troops in the supposedly "tranquilized" Fallujah.

More ominous is the quote from later in the article:

The Shi'ite-led government is trying to find ways to draw the minority Sunni Arabs, who form the core of the insurgency, fully into the political process and end the violence. But one of Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite leaders, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, ruled out dialogue with insurgents who, he said, had declared all-out war on his community and "must be terminated."

Good luck. Even though outnumbered, the Sunni have lost their "privileges" held (at the expense of the Kurd and Shi'ite majority) under Saddam, and are not to be terminated without a horrendous price. They have a lot more to lose, and so will be more desperate (which usually correlates to a higher percent mobilization, evening the odds and creating the circumstances for a vicious Civil War). Don't believe it? How did the American South last for four years against the disproportionate manpower of the north (a far greater inequity than in Iraq, and the South had to watch their slaves, as well)? Desperate times are indeed on their way in Iraq.

Think it's easy to complain and harder to solve the problem? Well, first off, The Bite has been against the War since it started. Second off, we have a solution. Split the country in three. Give the Kurds their part, the Sunni and Shi'ites their part, and reduce the bloodshed now before it reaches into Iran/Iraq war or Ruanda genocidal numbers. Nationalism is a horrible solution to any problem, but again the lesser of two evils must be taken. Look at the Balkans.

Maybe Bush still thinks he's going to "win" in Iraq, whatever that means in the face of 100,000 plus deaths. This month is his last chance for any sort of "Pyrrhic" victory. By August it will be too late for any sort of glossing over.

-Vulf

Thursday, June 23, 2005

The stolen election 

For those who have not yet read What Went Wrong in Ohio, get on it.

In case you didn't click the link above, for your convenience, click on the link below and download the 102-page report:

http://www.truthout.org/docs_05/010605Y.shtml

Here's a lowlight:

We have found numerous, serious election irregularities in the Ohio presidential election, which resulted in a significant disenfranchisement of voters. Cumulatively, these irregularities, which affected hundreds of thousand of votes and voters in Ohio, raise grave doubts regarding whether it can be said the Ohio electors selected on December 13, 2004, were chosen in a manner that conforms to Ohio law, let alone federal requirements and constitutional standards.

This report, therefore, makes three recommendations: (1) consistent with the requirements of the United States Constitution concerning the counting of electoral votes by Congress and Federal law implementing these requirements, there are ample grounds for challenging the electors from the State of Ohio; (2) Congress should engage in further hearings into the widespread irregularities reported in Ohio; we believe the problems are serious enough to warrant the appointment of a joint select Committee of the House and Senate to investigate and report back to the Members; and (3) Congress needs to enact election reform to restore our people's trust in our democracy. These changes should include putting in place more specific federal protections for federal elections, particularly in the areas of audit capability for electronic voting machines and casting and counting of provisional ballots, as well as other needed changes to federal and state election laws.

With regards to our factual finding, in brief, we find that there were massive and unprecedented voter irregularities and anomalies in Ohio. In many cases these irregularities were caused by intentional misconduct and illegal behavior, much of it involving Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, the co-chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio.

In other words, the election was stolen...AGAIN...folks. Those of you with your heads in the sand, shame on you. And there are plenty of you out there. Here's a story from yours Vulfy about a strange man who lives near me who lies about voting for Bush, yet argues for the Bush stance on everything. He had a thriving Internet business when "W" came into office, and his partner worked at a large computer company. Now his partner is without a job and his business is tanking. Yet he still sees no connection between this and the coup that has occurred in this country. Ah, if only he were somehow in the oil business. Things are going well there.

It's incredible to me how the economy tanks, the deficit boldly goes where no deficit has ever gone before, the Republicans control the White House, Supreme Court, Senate, House of Reps and have a majority of state governors, yet no one simply uses Occam's razor to note that IT'S THE BLOODY REPUBLICANS RUINING THINGS, STUPID. Look at Conyers' report--along with the systematic cheating in the election, there were nasty little neighborly happenings like the posting of signs telling Republicans to vote on Tuesday and Dems on Wednesday--my guess is that the Dems didn't post these...

Add to it their manipulation of 9/11, their illegal BLOODY wars which they are BLOODY LOSING, their stolen elections, their institutionalized torture, etc. etc....Of course, in a perfect world, I wish we only had someone more competent than the Dems to take their place. Still, I'd rather have the inept than the evil. The lesser of two evils is the only moral choice at this juncture in history.

-Vulf

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