Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket?

with 15 comments

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The Four Horsemen, coming to a neighbourhood near you soon…

I was going to post a nice science post about Fritz Zwicky and dark matter, but alas, once again I read the headlines. Maybe later Fritz. The US has announced that the Iranian government, at the “highest levels” has been providing sophisticated IEDs to the insurgents in Iraq. The proof? Um, they’ll get back to us on that, apparently the president’s dog ate it. The mind reels. Coming ten days before the UN deadline for Iran to suspend its entirely legal uranium enrichment program, I can’t help but think this is a declared intent to attack Iran in all but name.

The same way that Bush went to great lengths to mention Saddam and 911 in the same breath ad nauseam before the invasion of Iraq, his administration is now doing the exact same thing with Iran. Every time they mention our failed occupation in Iraq, Iran gets mentioned. And thus millions of Americans come to believe that it’s Iran’s fault that the “mission” in Iraq is failing. No, it’s the fault of the people in Washington who have been pretending for years that a few hundred thousand troops could do a job that required at least a half a million troops. The unwavering ability of pro war politicians to find someone else to blame when things don’t go their way has been a hallmark of American politics for decades. At least people like Nixon and Clinton knew it was BS, the current administration appears to actually believe its own propaganda.

It’s especially galling that this is happening now, at the very same time that the lies and cooked intelligence used to “justify” the illegal conquest of Iraq are being exposed. And just in case anyone takes umbrage of my characterization of the invasion of Iraq as illegal, let me explain. Iraq did not attack the United States, the United States unilaterally invaded and occupied the sovereign nation of Iraq. The invasion of Iraq was a war crime and it was no more legal than Hitler’s invasion of Poland. No piece of paper arm twisted or manipulated from the UN or Congress, no foreign coalition mercenaries, no quisling Iraqis changes this fact. The United States attacked Iraq, not vice versa.

And tragically, it appears like the proverbial one-trick pony, Bush is going to to the exact same thing again. Except of course this is far stupider than the invasion of Iraq, and may very well result in a world war or a world wide depression or both. When the US invaded Iraq, I said mark my words: In ten or fifteen years the end result of the invasion of Iraq will be UN armies marching into the ruins of Washington to arrest Bush and company as war criminals. Attacking Iran is another milepost on this road to ruin. Thinking and acting like you are invincible is the surest way to find out you aren’t.

End rant. God help us all.

(The above image of the apocalypse pre-dates 1923 and is public domain under US copyright law.)

Written by unitedcats

February 11, 2007 at 11:45 am

Posted in Bush, Iran, Iraq, Propaganda, War, WMDs

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  1. Oh yes. When spoiled rotten brats want something, they’ll say ANYTHING to get what they want! That’s what is happening. Even if the whole world had evidence that Iran’s program is for peaceful purposes, the Bush Regime would refute it. They’re on a mission and no one is going to stop them. If the democrats start defunding the war? No problem. Bush has the military at his disposal and will have them carry out his atrocious missions.

    Only we, the American people, and our military can stop the Bush Regime at this point. The republicans of the past six years have created a monster and now that their spoiled brat has gotten what he’s wanted all this time, he’s not willing to give it up. He’s formed a habit. Like all narcissist sociopaths, he’ll try to form his own reality to make himself feel better, because in his mind, it’s he that only matters.

    Have I mentioned how much I hate this man’s guts and those or around him or do I need to be more open about it? LOL

    kayinmaine

    February 11, 2007 at 1:44 pm

  2. Why yes, you have mentioned it before. In fact you have expressed yourself so eloquently, like Pavlov’s cat, I see your smiling face and am consumed with dismay for all things Bush. The fact that we can still express opinions like this shows there is still hope though. If Americans can stop this madness before it starts, I’ll reconvert to Christianity. For my part I go to the zoo regularly and torment the elephants, and pray a lot. Plus I’m stocking up before the war starts and the hoarders hit the stores, am I a patriot or what? Welcome. :) BB and JMO Doug

    unitedcats

    February 11, 2007 at 2:04 pm

  3. The problem with Bush and those around him is that we all see their tricks, but can do nothing to stop them! Or maybe some day somebody will be able to do that. Let us hope before the attack on Iran!

    balkanbalkan

    February 11, 2007 at 2:38 pm

  4. There’s the dis-information machine getting warmed up again, giving plenty of new crap for Fox News to spread around.

    tga

    February 11, 2007 at 2:46 pm

  5. the invasion of Iraq as illegal, let me explain. Iraq did not attack the United States, the United States unilaterally invaded and occupied the sovereign nation of Iraq. The invasion of Iraq was a war crime and it was no more legal than Hitler’s invasion of Poland. No piece of paper arm twisted or manipulated from the UN or Congress, no foreign coalition mercenaries, no quisling Iraqis changes this fact. The United States attacked Iraq, not vice versa.

    But Iraq did invade Kuwait a while back, and part of the ceasefire that ‘ended’ the liberation of Kuwait was that :
    The UN Security Council passes the Cease Fire Agreement, Resolution 687. The resolution also called for the destruction, or removal of all chemical and biological weapons, all stocks of agents and components, all research, development, support and manufacturing facilities for ballistic missiles with a range greater than 150km and related repair and production facilities, recognize Kuwait, account for missing Kuwaitis, return Kuwaiti property and end its support for international terrorism. This resolution created a special commission, UNSCOM, to inspect Iraq’s chemical, biological and nuclear facilities. Iraq was required to turn over all biological and chemical weapons to Unscom for destruction, and ordered to respect the 1968 Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty.

    None of these things happened, so the US and the UN had every right to cancel the ceasefire and resume the invasion that was postponed in 1991.

    The truly sad part of the war is that it was not resumed in September ’94, when Iraq was threatening Kuwait again. Perhaps if the cease-fire had ended then with the overthrow of Saddam, it may have prevented the murders of thousands of people in Israel, the Palestinian territory, the rest of the greater Islamic Middle East, not to mention right here in New York, Pennsylvania, and DC.

    Instead the world watched twelve years of toothless posturing by the UN while Saddam killed hundreds of thousands of his own citizens and flipped the bird to the world community.

    Shoulung

    February 11, 2007 at 5:26 pm

  6. Thanks for the comment on my page. God bless you too. BTW… I agree with your sentiments in this post!

    Asabagna

    asabagna

    February 11, 2007 at 7:07 pm

  7. Hey Doug!

    This may make you feel better:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article1363818.ece

    -Jack

    bereans

    February 11, 2007 at 7:13 pm

  8. What I wonder is if there’s any hope the legislators will not bother with a debate on a non-binding resolution and just have the balls to cut off funding.

    The ONLY way that’s going to happen is if WE call them and tell them we want them to do that. They’re too chicken and intent on protecting their jobs to actually stand up on their own.

    No matter what the party, we have to hold them accountable. Hopelessnes and apathy only continues to give Bush et. al. free reign.

    notfainthearted

    February 11, 2007 at 7:48 pm

  9. Jack, do you think there is some conflict between Christianity and science? I’m curious why you want to deny reality.

    whig

    February 12, 2007 at 2:23 am

  10. Im wondering if there will be any European et. al backing *when* the US invade Iran…..

    ….I think you have an optomistic outlook…..I don’t actually believe that Bush will be charged as a war criminal, nor anyone else in his administration.

    Bush makes me hope that Hell actually exists.

    Anitsirhc

    February 12, 2007 at 6:57 am

  11. @Shoulong:

    “But Iraq did invade Kuwait a while back, and part of the ceasefire that ‘ended’ the liberation of Kuwait was that :
    The UN Security Council passes the Cease Fire Agreement, Resolution 687. The resolution also called for the destruction, or removal of all chemical and biological weapons, all stocks of agents and components, all research, development, support and manufacturing facilities for ballistic missiles with a range greater than 150km and related repair and production facilities, recognize Kuwait, account for missing Kuwaitis, return Kuwaiti property and end its support for international terrorism. This resolution created a special commission, UNSCOM, to inspect Iraq’s chemical, biological and nuclear facilities. Iraq was required to turn over all biological and chemical weapons to Unscom for destruction, and ordered to respect the 1968 Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty.

    None of these things happened, so the US and the UN had every right to cancel the ceasefire and resume the invasion that was postponed in 1991. ”

    Well, how do you explain: “Despite varying degrees of cooperation from the Iraqi authorities at the time, the United Nations inspectors successfully oversaw the destruction, removal or rendering harmless of Iraq’s declared WMD programmes in the chemical, biological and missile areas.” [From the UNMOVIC Compendium released 6/2006.]

    I think “not a leg to stand on” is fairly à propos. But then again, “facts have a well-known liberal bias.”

    Also, unless, Saddam Husayn was responsible for Israeli heart disease, this statement is utterly untethered : “Perhaps if the cease-fire had ended then with the overthrow of Saddam, it may have prevented the murders of thousands of people in Israel.” Seriously, what the hell are you talking about? Furthermore: he had no role in the Palestinian territories, the 9/11 attacks, and certainly didn’t kill “hundreds of thousands of his own people.”

    Jesus, they’re called facts. Give ’em a chance every now and then.

    Jeremy

    February 12, 2007 at 10:05 pm

  12. Italy foiled an arms to Iraq attempt:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6355101.stm

    Actually arrested four people.
    No mention of Iran, however.

    misterlister

    February 13, 2007 at 6:42 am

  13. Hi Whig,

    Do you have an email address that you use for web communication (other than personal)? I hate to clutter up Doug’s blog–thought we could correspond via emai. Mine is newssnipet@gmail.com if you want to drop me a line.

    Regards,

    -Jack

    Jack

    February 13, 2007 at 7:25 am

  14. Hi Jeremy. Come on over to my blog and check out some facts that you seem to be unaware of. I didn’t want to take up a bunch of space here in the comments.

    Thanks, Doug, for such a provocative piece!

    Shoulung

    February 13, 2007 at 10:37 am

  15. I couldn’t upload actual documentation so I responded in kind:

    Put Your Shoe Back on Nikita, It’s Time to Tango

    Jeremy

    February 13, 2007 at 8:19 pm


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