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Monday July 15, 2002
09:52 PM

News from the Left

[ #6376 ]

Ever feel like a Lotus eater? After reading a few of these tidbits, you might.

Overfishing has driven the cod to virtually vanish from the North Sea, conservationists say.

--BBC News

Perhaps the most important taboo is the longevity of the United States as both a terrorist state and a haven for terrorists. That the US is the only state on record to have been condemned by the World Court for international terrorism (in Nicaragua) and has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling on governments to observe international law, is unmentionable.

--an extract from John Pilger

What’s not in dispute is that Sudan government officials forced Osama bin Laden to leave their country in 1996. Or that the Al Shifa factory had been purchased by a Sudanese businessman five months before the missile attack -- a fact that was unknown to the U.S. at the time it targeted the plant.

Three years after the U.S. government may have killed and injured innocent people on foreign soil in a misguided "retaliation against terrorism," media voices are again calling for a quick and forceful reprisal.

--International Socialist Organization

Gosh, that's all a little too heavy for me. Time for a dandelion break.

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  • Perhaps the most important taboo is the longevity of the United States as both a terrorist state and a haven for terrorists. That the US is the only state on record to have been condemned by the World Court for international terrorism (in Nicaragua) and has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling on governments to observe international law, is unmentionable.

    The only reason they are the "only one" is because such a court would never ever go after one of the real terrorist states. That Iraq has not
    • I was wondering how long it was going to take you to bite. :-D

      The last two links selected can safely be called extreme Left views. It is interesting to note that Noam Chomsky (whose 9-11 book I'm currently reading) and Wallerstein both see the extreme Left as discredited (and presumably consider themselves apart from that crowd).

      It appears that you assume that the UN is anti-American and therefore their condemnation is illegimate. Chomsky and Wallerstein seem to believe that bad US foreign policy is to

      • It appears that you assume that the UN is anti-American and therefore their condemnation is illegimate. Chomsky and Wallerstein seem to believe that bad US foreign policy is to blame and take the UN debacle as evidence of US guilt.

        I think the truth is somewhere in between.


        The point is that it is nearly self-evident, that by any possible measure what the US did in Nicaragua pales in comparison to what other nations, like Iraq, like Afghanistan, have done. Where's the condemnation? And it is also self-ev