December 14th, 2004


The new voice of the Iraqi uprising

Speaks English... and apparently knows a bit about propaganda. (Windows Media.)

The transcript for the video is available at Information Clearing House.

That said, the video is a bit over the top on the music. It kind of reminds me of the first Starvin' Marvin South Park episode, where the citizens of South Park face an epic battle against mutant attack turkeys... the one where both Chef and the lead turkey cover themselves in warpaint and give a "Braveheart" speech.

Unfortunately, our president isn't nearly as cool as Chef. How we wish that he were...

Wise words.

"Let us have the courage to see things as they are. There are two options. The option of war might seem a priori to be the swiftest, but let us not forget that having won the war, peace has to be built. Let us not delude ourselves. This will be long and difficult because it will be necessary to preserve Iraq's unity and to restore stability in a lasting way in a country and a region harshly affected by the intrusion of force. . .

No one today can claim that the path of war will be shorter than the path of inspections. No one can claim that it would lead to a safer, more just, more stable world, for war is always the sanction of failure. . . Such intervention could have incalculable consequences for the stability of this scarred and fragile region. It would compound the sense of injustice, increase tension and risk paving the way to other conflicts. . . Would such intervention today not be liable to exacerbate divisions between societies, cultures, peoples; divisions that nurture terrorism?"

Dominique de Villepin, French Foriegn Minister
Feb. 14th, 2003

Personally, I think we owe the French -- our allies in Afghanistan -- a debt of gratitude for telling it like it is, even when it could only hurt them economically and politically.

That's bravery. Sorry about that whole "cheese eating surrender monkies" thing.