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June 24, 2004

Anonymous (An insider's view of the war on "terror")

Many good links below. I know sometimes I seem like a broken record but a lot of it has to do with the fact that I believe you can never yell loud enough when you see people (the world as a whole) in grave danger. Check out the "reward Bush" link.

Everyone's favorite unidentified 22-year CIA veteran who used to hunt Osama bin Laden, Anonymous, is back with a new book, "Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror," and suggests that al-Qaida may try to reward Bush before the election. Last year, Anonymous created a stir with another book and was interviewed on Nightline. If only he had a scramble suit, he could do a book tour. [MetaFilter]

Posted by beamz at 9:08 PM | Comments (0)

June 19, 2004

Amazing insight into al Qaeda's possible goals

Al Qaeda appears to be a hornets nest which just got knocked from the tree. Unfortunately the political strategist in Washington seem ignorant to this and have inflamed the situation by their actions in Iraq. The battles won't be won with guns, it will be won by public opinion. In a sense, our invasion of Iraq was probably the single biggest mistake anyone could have made at a time when the tension is so high between the Muslim public at large and Israel. When we hear that this is a war between "good and evil", everyone else hears the message but instead of the United States being the "good", we are viewed as the evil ones.

Chalk it up to ignorance or whatever you may like but being isolated from most of the world by the atlantic and pacific oceans has exacerbated our ignorance of everyone else in the world. Our culture values individualism and that is ever so apparent in the current administration's aim to plant seeds of "democracy" in the Middle East.

More interesting than my commentary are excerpts from the following link:

The Saudi Arabia: Al Qaeda's Strategic Goals

"Stratfor accurately predicted in October 2002 that a war in Saudi Arabia would erupt between al Qaeda and the ruling House of Saud. That war is under way. Al Qaeda's tactics have become all too clear, with killings and kidnappings of Westerners having become a common event." ...

"Al Qaeda's endgame is simple: complete control of the oil-rich kingdom. It hopes to establish a transnational empire."

and lastly:

"Based in what is now called Saudi Arabia and with the ability to influence global energy supplies, al Qaeda would have the tools to shape the political and security environments of dozens of other states. It would also have a sanctuary where it could establish and train conventional armed forces while maintaining its cadres of militants."

Posted by beamz at 12:34 PM | Comments (1)

June 15, 2004

Your vote counts. Most of them anyway.

The New York Times > Opinion > Making Votes Count: Gambling on Voting

Democracy is a powerful force when it works. Aside from the money dumped into campaigning, it's hard to imagine but gambling machines are more accountable than voting machines. This November is going to be much more interesting than the hanging chad fiasco of the last presidential election.

Posted by beamz at 3:12 PM | Comments (0)

June 14, 2004

Back in action...

Is U.S. like Germany of the '30s?

This was a great post that instead of coming off as Bush-bashing seems to study the idealism in the White House.

"Today many Americans celebrate a ''strong'' leader who, like Woodrow Wilson, never wavers, never apologizes, never admits a mistake, never changes his mind, a leader with a firm ''Christian'' faith in his own righteousness. These Americans are delighted that he ignores the rest of the world and punishes the World Trade Center terrorism in Iraq. Mr. Bush is our kind of guy.

He is not another Hitler. Yet there is a certain parallelism. They have in common a demagogic appeal to the worst side of a country's heritage in a crisis. Bush is doubtless sincere in his vision of what is best for America. So too was Hitler. The crew around the president -- Donald Rumsfeld, John Ashcroft, Karl Rove, the ''neo-cons'' like Paul Wolfowitz -- are not as crazy perhaps as Himmler and Goering and Goebbels. Yet like them, they are practitioners of the Big Lie -- weapons of mass destruction, Iraq democracy, only a few ''bad apples.''

Posted by beamz at 11:56 AM | Comments (0)

June 2, 2004

On hiatus

I don't know what's going to become Leaky Faucet yet. Sorry for the inactivity. Something may come back here or somewhere else. I'll try to keep the 1-2 people who read this site informed.

Posted by beamz at 9:38 PM | Comments (0)