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Today's Note From a Madman

September 20, 2007


Mid-East Bust

After all of this time, it appears we've gone full circle... at best. As our troops patrol areas of Iraq and Afghanistan that once were thought of as being "safe", certain situations are occurring that brings us the question: "What in the world is going on here?"

Just look at what's happening today: Anbar Province, once the scourge of Iraq, appears to be more peaceful because those we removed from the political hierarchy there - the Sunnis - have taken it upon themselves to fight al Qaeda in their territory. All one has to do is remember that there was no al Qaeda presence in Iraq prior to our occupying that nation. It was the Bush administration's misguided ideas that actually put al Qaeda in Iraq in the first place. The Sunnis, the minority Muslim sect who once ruled that nation, is making a strong case for their being put back in power.

It was the Bushies who enforced a no-Baath-Party solution in Iraq, and instituted the de-Baathification orders. In turn, that led to schools closing; an infrastructure collapse; and a confusion that soon turned "flowers at our feet" into "IED's killing our troops." And what's worse is that we've actually helped put in a system which fosters hate and distrust. Let's face it, even with all of the political wrangling going on in Iraq, there should have been, at least, an agreement as to how to share the nation's oil revenue. Iraq is the second biggest oil producer in the world, and one would think that their leaders would want to get the oil revenue money rolling so their constituents (those with and without purple fingers) could have a bit more than three hours of electricity and air conditioning they're rationed every day.

Who's running that country anyway... Enron?

And now we have multiple videos of Osama bin-Laden telling those who would follow him to get this Jihad moving. Not only that, but he even has a price out on the head of Pakistan leader General Pervez Musharraf.

Storming the Red Mosque in Islamabad "demonstrated Musharraf's insistence on continuing his loyalty, submissiveness and aid to America against the Muslims ... and makes armed rebellion against him and removing him obligatory. So when the capability is there, it is obligatory to rebel against the apostate ruler, as is the case now,"
-bin Laden

And Musharraf is the guy who allowed bin-Laden a free pass to live (and work) in his nation's Warizistan section, a feudal area of Pakistan near the Afghan border. The fear that the al Qaeda leader can find enough suicide bombers in a hurry for their 72 virgins to carry out his rebellion is real. The way the Bushies have been handling the Middle East, is it any wonder that bin-Laden is so brazen in his words and actions?

And, speaking of brazen, has anyone else noticed that the new government in Afghanistan is now ready and willing to negotiate with the insurgent Taliban?. It was just a few short years ago that we ousted the "Islamo-Facists", as the Bushies like to call them, from their perch high atop that nation in response to the terror attacks of 911. And it was in the days after 911 that we watched as a plane carrying Osama bin-Laden (no doubt with a Dialysis machine in tow) take off from a mountain airport in the Tora Bora region; and it was in those same days that we allowed the blind leader of that nation, Mohammed Omar, who allowed bin-Laden free reign, to escape as well. The Taliban now controls the southern portion of Afghanistan and are doing business as usual. And even with negotiating, many think that the Taliban will reject talks in their entirety, opting for a new war, forcing us to keep our troops there even longer.

But as long as new Afghan leader, Hamid Karzai gets a book deal and an American book store tour, everything's going to be fine, right?

Let's face it - as long as the Bushies are around there will be no peace in the middle east. And as long as they stay, the likes of Omar and bin-Laden will feast on their ineptitude.

-Noah Greenberg

In response to, "Orenthal James Simpson - a.k.a., 'The Juice' - was involved in a robbery which might put him away for many years to come. Allow me to be the first to say this: I don't care," Eddie Konczal writes:

I agree 1000%! On a day when the London Times reported that Alan Greenspan said the war in Iraq was being fought over oil, the US media went with wall-to-wall OJ.

Karl Marx was wrong - religion isn't the opiate of the masses, sensationalism is.

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-Noah Greenberg