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Thursday, October 30, 2003

Potter 'gives children headaches'

New American Century gets over 250 headaches, 3000 sick and almost 4000 ill
on Google.

See how easy spin is!

wo 10:46 AM - [Link] - Comments ()

Where is the White House determination in making progress in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict - U.S. Slowly Scaling Back Role in Israel

Is Bush accustomed to getting his way? Does he expect someone pull him out of the holes he is determined to get into or does he side-step the rules? What happens now when he is at the top and there is no one to save him? In Bush's own words, "I'm all name and no money,". Spooky isn't it? Then again, the American people can save themselves next election, or earlier.

It appears to be determination that stops the White House from getting the UN more involved in Iraq. Is that because the UN is not in the plan?

wo 8:21 AM - [Link] - Comments ()

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Please place your politics aside...

Kofi Annan, the secretary-general of the United Nations, urged reluctant countries yesterday to leave politics aside and help to donate billions of pounds towards the reconstruction of Iraq while Iraqi official says limited German, French help won't be forgotten

wo 9:42 PM - [Link] - Comments ()

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

U.S. Rebuffs to Neighbors Should Raise Concerns - by Barbara Crossette, October 14, 2003 - U.N. Wire
What the Canadians got from Washington last March was not thanks, or even much of a hearing, but an abrupt dismissal. Canada saw its effort to help the British and Americans develop a stronger position on Iraq treated as unwelcome interference.

Mexico, which had been talking with the Canadians about their plan?as had Chile, another Security Council member?was in the thick of council debate over the evidence being presented to justify war with Iraq and under huge pressure to back Washington. The Mexicans had done their homework, said Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, Mexico's U.N. ambassador. He had studied intelligence, satellite photographs and as much other material as possible and concluded that there was no way Mexico could buy into the justification for war offered by the United States. Nobody seemed interested in Mexico's opinion if it was contrary to Washington's, but Aguilar Zinser decided not to go public on the American media and risk a damaging battle of words between the two countries.

Both Canada and Mexico often feel not only underappreciated but also invisible. Or worse. A few weeks ago, when Secretary of State Colin Powell was making the case in the Security Council that the United States had no imperial ambitions in Iraq, he turned to a past all too familiar to Mexicans. Aguilar Zinser recalls Powell saying that "the United States never acquired territory by conquest."

"There was a member of the Security Council sitting in front of Mr. Powell whose country lost half of its territory to a conquest by the United States," Aguilar Zinser said. "That amazed me. Even for diplomatic purposes you don't say something like that in front of the Mexican ambassador."

How about The U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-48. And let us not forget Canada and the War of 1812 ...
The United States planned to take over Upper Canada (the basis of modern-day Ontario) and Lower Canada (the basis of modern-day Québec) in a single mass attack. The invasion was to occur at four strategic locations: across from Detroit, in the Niagara area, at Kingston, and south of Montréal. If they succeeded, they would isolate and then capture the stronghold of Québec City, thereby cutting off any further British troop movement up the St Lawrence River and into the Great Lakes.

wo 9:31 PM - [Link] - Comments ()

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