Harry Tuttle: Bloody paperwork. Huh! Sam Lowry: I suppose one has to expect a certain amount. Harry Tuttle: Why? I came into this game for the action, the excitement. Go anywhere, travel light, get in, get out, wherever there's trouble, a man alone. Now they got the whole country sectioned off, you can't make a move without a form.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

United they stand...

Here's a great article on how Shiite and Sunni Muslims can unite and still preserve their autonomy. Bet you didn't know that up to 30% of marriages in Iraq are between Shias and Sunnis! You can read "extremist" in the article any way you want. You know where we're coming from.


Here’s an Economist article from 2004 that gives a perfect example of the doublethink being applied to the resistance. ”As coalition forces battle with both Sunni and Shia militants in Iraq, influential voices in Washington are asking if the country is descending into civil war”. Now people, please think about this. How can the country be headed for civil war when the two major rival factions are working together? Go ahead, read it again.

Case in Point

On May 16 Shi'a Cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr
had this to say:

"I demand several things, including punishing Saddam and calling on the Iraqi government, religious movements and political factions to work hard to kick out the occupier," al-Sadr said. "I want the immediate withdrawal of the occupation forces."

This is what we're talking about; a prominent group leader urging peace between Sunnis and Shi'as, and everyone else for one clear purpose-expelling the occupier.
Well, we can't have that, can we? So a string of relative muslim clerics are assassinated...the very next day. Two Sunni clerics and a Shi'a cleric. Hey, that'll take the piss out of 'em, right? Wrong. As of late, relations between the two groups have only been strengthened. With the pressure on, US forces attempt a "Baghdad Crackdown" on the people, I mean insurgents. We need to get our men and women OUT of there.(Thanks to Raed for the info-best website for real news on Iraq from a very human and secular point of view!)


Saturday, May 28, 2005

Occupation 101

If you're going to occupy a country that has numerous political and religious factions, you must keep them divided. If you don't, they will unite against you. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." Catholics and atheistic Communists fought side by side to throw out the fascists in Spain. Think about how easy it would be if you believed in the same God! The early American revolutionaries were composed of divergent religious/political groups united against the Crown of England. Try as they might, the resistance fought under the banner of religious and political freedom for all. I'd imagine it's much easier when dealing with two large rival groups say, Sunnis and Shi'as, or Republicans and Democrats for that matter. Divide and conquer. Allow only one faction to dominate the sham bureaucracy you've set up so there's always a have/have not relation and, hopefully, one will covet the other's manufactured station. Play on their jealousies. Next, instigate actions to disrupt any burgeoning relations between the two. Attribute attacks on one group to the other. Car bombs in civilian areas, attacks on mosques, kidnapping, etc. will fan the flames of hatred. To do this, you need people who are capable of blending into the environment and are devoid of any ties to the two targeted groups. A foreign intelligence agency (adept in covert operations) from a nearby, friendly country (Read Mossad ) or an indigenous people who have their own reasons for feeling marginalized by the two main groups, say Kurds . This also affords you plausible deniability if one of your “agents” is exposed. Blame the resistance. Blame the resistance for high oil prices (In America AND Iraq!); blame them for civilian casualties, for drought, for colon cancer, anything that makes anyone feel pain. Codify the image of your adversary; make it out to be easily identifiable; this is mainly for your audience at home. Paint them as Saddam supporters, or Al-Qaeda operatives (Associating the Iraqi resistance with 9/11), or even better-foreign fighters (Future targets Iran, Syria). An American audience can digest snapshots like that, and it optimizes time on air for commercial breaks. Discourage any portrayal of the resistance as pluralistic and united in common cause. Now that you have successfully incited civil war, sit back and reap the benefits: a peacekeeping excuse for staying longer, a divided and tired populace begging for security, and of course a police state to keep the people, I mean insurgents, in check.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

It's a good thing we can do this in America! Posted by Hello

Eye Ball R1 Throwable Camera Posted by Hello

Bush likely to back weapons in space Posted by Hello

"Your papers please." Posted by Hello

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Empire Lite Posted by Hello

Feel the love. Posted by Hello

Monday, May 23, 2005

Interesting. Posted by Hello

Winning Hearts and Minds... Posted by Hello

This kid doesn't get any candy. Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 19, 2005

"Yeah, thanks...now leave my country." Posted by Hello