Opinion

SEYMOUR HERSH ON BUSH’S PLAN FOR IRAN

  • Posted on: 9 October 2007
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

by Thomas Riggins

Seymour Hersh is back with another New Yorker article (“Shifting Targets: The Administration’s plan for Iran,” issue of October 8, 2007). It seems that the Iran plan has changed a bit since his last article, six or seven months ago,appeared.[An article about it is in the blog archives] Hersh isn’t sure that Iran will be attacked, but there is certainly a hugh military build up taking place. Since there is no real evidence that Iran is making the Bomb, the new rationale for attack is that Iran is attacking us!

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THE FISHERS OF MEN: OFFICERS VS PSYCHOPATHS

  • Posted on: 2 October 2007
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

by Thomas Riggins

One of the best arguments for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq can be based on our own self-interests. The fact that we are murdering and killing Iraqis and destroying their country and culture does not seem to impress the political class in the US. Only a few Congress people even seem to be aware of it. The way the Senate stumbled over itself in defending Gen. Betrayus is a case in point.

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NAOMI KLEIN ON "DISASTER CAPITALISM"

  • Posted on: 26 September 2007
  • By: Anonymous (not verified)

By Thomas Riggins

This article is a review of Naomi Klein’s important article in the October 2007 issue of Harper’s Magazine (“Disaster Capitalism: The new economy of catastrophe”) based on her new book, The Shock Doctrine.

A major theme in this article is the analogy between the effects of war and of “natural” disasters on people and the environment. The contrast between the Green Zone in Iraq (a safe haven) and the Red Zone (the rest of Iraq) is analogized with the aftermath of Katrina and the difference between the areas of New Orleans inhabited by the rich (reconstructed and prospering) and the poor (neglected and festering).

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