All the news that’s fit to regurgitate
Did he ever look this young? Yeegads I’m getting old. :(
Jimmy Carter, the liberal that most Republicans love to hate, said some bad things about Mr Bush. Basically he said that Bush is the worst president in history when it comes to America’s foreign relations. The jury is still out on that one, but I’d say the man has a shot at the title. We’ll see how Bush’s last few years play out. In an odd move the White House fired back and called Carter “increasingly irrelevant.” Um, Mr Bush, if Mr Carter was irrelevant as you claim…there would be utterly no need to respond to his claims now, would there? I think it’s far more accurate to say that Bush is increasingly irrelevant as he has backed himself into such a corner that he has fewer options domestically or internationally every day. And I’ve never quite understood the loathing the right has for Carter, Dear God, at least the man has principles unlike 99% of politicians, Republican or Democrat. I sometimes wonder if that is what they most loathe about Carter, he makes all the rest of the sorry lot in Washington look bad as they feed at the public trough.
Sadly there has been fighting in Lebanon, the worst since the end of their civil war some seventeen years ago. Long story short, the Lebanese army is fighting with Fatah al-Islam (a Palestinian militant group) fighters who are based in a Palestinian refugee camp. There are twelve Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon that the Lebanese government is not allowed to enter due to an agreement made with the Arab League in 1969. Many of the Palestinian refugees have lived in these camps since the creation of Israel in 1948. What a situation.
Some say Syria is trying to cause trouble, some say Israel is stirring up the problem, people like me say “who cares.” This is just another legacy of the unresolved situation in Israel and the occupied territories. That Palestinian refugee camps have existed for more than sixty years is appalling and makes all the players involved look bad. In a side note, some Lebanese were observed cheering as Lebanese tanks fired into the refugee camp. Go figure, Christians cheering while Muslim innocents are killed? I thought only Muslims cheered when innocents were killed. Insert rolled eyes here. Hopefully this won’t expand into something worse and cooler heads will prevail. I know I say that a lot, but it’s worth repeating.
In Gaza, the world’s largest refugee camp, violence continues. Palestinians fight each other and shell Israel, Israel responds in turn. Everyone involved blames the other side for a another legacy of the creation of Israel in 1948. It’s far past time that the Palestinians and Israelis, all of their factions, sat down together and worked out a deal that everyone can live with. Won’t happen during the Bush administration, deals are for wimps in the Bush play book. Plus his international influence is waning daily, though many would disagree. Note that Iran continues to call his bluff, that’s proof enough for me.
In Afghanistan and Iraq violence continues to spiral upwards as attacks on westerners increase and the west increasingly uses air power to respond. Which of course kills innocent civilians and makes the west even less popular…which increases attacks on westerners. In both countries their legislatures are considering bills asking that western forces leave their respective countries. Who would have guessed it, the people of Iraq and Afghanistan would rather solve their own problems. Ingrates, don’t they understand we invaded and occupied their countries for their own good? OK, I’m being sarcastic here. There are some reports the new British Prime Minister is going to withdraw British forces from Iraq. I can’t see the USA holding out much longer after that, but who knows.
In other words, the depressing start to another violent week. My Vietnam War quiz is almost ready, and Memorial Day is coming up, so going to be more war posts this week.
(The above image of Jimmy Carter was taken while he was president as part of his official duties, as property of the Federal Government the image is public domain under US law.)