February 7th, 2003


Does this mean that Tony Blair will get expelled?!

So, let's say you're one of the world's largest, most influential governments with a historic, prestigious security agency and you need a report justifying a potential invasion of another country.

What should you do?

A> Have your intelligence service craft a carefully drafted report using declassified top secret information garnered at great risk and difficulty that documents how evil your enemy is.


B> Plagiarise a report from a postgrad student in Monterey, California. Imply that your report is based on reliable evidence garnered by your intelligence service. Lift more information out of magazines. Have Colin Powell cite your report in front of the U.N.

And the answer is...!

By the way, Ibrahim Al-Marashi, the postgrad in question, is an Iraqi American who is a member of the Iraqi opposition force. He favors an invasion of Iraq, but he also estimated that there would be as many as 100,000 casualties during an invasion. Those numbers appear to be on the low end, according to a paper by Medact, the British version of Physicians for Social Responsibility. They predict between 50,000 and 261,000 casualties... more if civil war breaks out, with up to 200,000 additional civilian casualties based on the longterm health effects of such a war.

Good thing for us that most of them will be innocent Iraqi civilians, right?! No wonder Bush "unsigned" the War Crimes Treaty, a binding international agreement that was already signed by Clinton. The rest of the world doesn't recognize the "unsigning" of treaties though, for some reason.

By the way, the French are unsigning the Louisiana Purchase and returning the 60 million francs, adjusted for inflation. They want their country back.

There's one way to get the Bush administration to change their policies...

Impeach him.

Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark has drafted formal articles of impeachment for President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Defense Sec. Rumsfeld, and Attorney General Ashcroft, accusing the current administration of some very serious charges...

Violating the rights of other nations, torture, executions, kidnapping, secret detentions, bribery, violating the constitution, claiming powers not granted in the constitution, violating numerous international treaties and laws... all valid charges.

I, for one, am going to cast my vote to impeach. It might not start the impeachment process -- yet -- but it might actually make a difference for reports to trickle in saying that a million people support formal impeachment.
What we are really fighting for is our nation's soul. If we allow the US to use "any means necessary" to resolve international disputes and allow our executives to knowingly violate and disregard treaties, we lose our honor, trust, and respectability as a nation. This country was founded upon a clearly voiced code of conduct called the Constitution, but somehow, rather than improving upon our nation's ideals and advancing the cause of humanity, we have allowed the ideas and ideals that we stand for to be twisted and distorted. What is the point of educating our children about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, only to have them grow up to learn that, thanks to corrupt laws and leaders, both documents are moot and, for all intensive purposes, no longer mean what they say any more.

It's time for the people to stand up for the Constitution. It's time to stand up for the Bill of Rights. It's time they stood up for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and for all the ideals that express the best of humanity. The only way we can stand up for these high ideals, however, is to make sure our leaders behave in a manner consistant with such high and honorable ideals. That's why I am going to support the formal impeachment of the president and his administration -- I hope you will too.

A bit of a congratulation, and a point towards a good site...

I can't believe I didn't notice this before, but I just wanted to give a round of applause to habibi and noway for helping document the life and thoughts of Studs Terkel. I didn't even notice it until I visited Studs' site today and noticed them credited in the multimedia interviews.

Studs likes to talk about ordinary people doing extraordinary things and about how you can change the world through a dedication to your local community. Indeed!

Thanks for putting this out there, guys. Very cool. If you aren't careful, you'll be the next Ken Burns, in spite of yourselves. ;->