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swallow
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posted 15 September 2003 07:28 PM      Profile for swallow     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Kani Xulam speech at Washington anti-war rally, Sept 11/03
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Foxer
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posted 15 September 2003 08:35 PM      Profile for Foxer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Is it ok if i make fun of THIS person's use of commas?!?

Perhaps one of the most distressing things for me that emerged out of 9/11 was the incredible self denial of the americans in associating their past behaviour with the events of that day.

To hear them talk, the big question of the day was: WHY?!?

Whereas for me after hearing them ask this, the big question was: Are you kidding me?!?

Some shows did a decent job of making note of the connection, and pointing out that bin laden was american trained. But that soon was drowned out.


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swallow
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posted 16 September 2003 11:52 AM      Profile for swallow     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Yeah, there are some problems with the transcription of the speech.

Colin Powell is in Halabja now, crying crocodile tears for an atrocity his government aided and abetted. How dare he?


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posted 16 September 2003 03:20 PM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Not just "his government", but Powell himself, apparently:

quote:
Before we left for Turkey, Senators Pell, Al Gore, and Jesse Helms had introduced legislation to impose comprehensive economic sanctions on Iraq for its use of chemical weapons. The Prevention of Genocide Act of 1988 unanimously passed the US Senate just one day after being introduced. ...

The Kurds were to be disappointed. The Reagan administration, which had been providing Iraq with $700 million a year in credit guarantees, saw Hussein's Iraq both as a potential security partner in the volatile Persian Gulf and as a promising market for American products and investment.

Secretary of State George Shultz denounced Iraq's use of chemical weapons, but others in the administration seemed more concerned about the Iraqi reaction should the sanctions become law. (Senate passage of the Pell legislation produced the biggest anti-American demonstration in Baghdad in 20 years.) Working with the Republican House leadership and some House Democrats, the administration was able to water down and ultimately defeat the Prevention of Genocide Act.

... the Kurds have not forgotten that Secretary of State Colin Powell was then the national security adviser who orchestrated Ronald Reagan's decision to give Hussein a pass for gassing the Kurds.


Boston Globe

Is there such a thing as an award for Hypocrite of the Year?


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