A Little Something to Fight the Poison

Saturday, December 14, 2002
Shows how little I know...

Henry Kissinger resigns as chairman of the 9/11 inquiry.
Friday, December 13, 2002
Walter Isaacson, on what Kissinger has to prove, and how he can do it. Isaacson makes an obvious, yet interesting point: the man of the "crinkly hair and glassy stare and Machiavellian schemes" has never squirmed from dealing with unpalatable dictators in order to achieve his ends, and

"Kissinger's worldview has tended to be more nuanced than the for-us-or-against-us approach that the Bush administration, in rhetoric if not always in practice, has promoted."

Its almost as if Kissinger would have been a better fit in the administration of Bush I (though he seems to have spent a fair bit of time undermining Poppy).

Of course, Kissinger's stated role is to look into the calamitous events that led to 9/11 -- one of the reasons why the left's hyperventilation over his appointment seems a little overblown. As Isaacson points out, HK has little patience with bureaucratic intransigence, a quality that will no doubt come in handy as he examines the myriad security and intelligence failures that preceded the terrorist attacks.

"I know they say that you are very vain,
And short and fat and pushy, but at least you're not insane..."

Tuesday, December 10, 2002
To make peace with our American friends...

Drew Fagan outlines the pattern of reflexive anti-Americanism on the part of the Chretien government -- and suggests that Canada may suffer in the long run.

I don't think that the Washingtoonians will be too pleased about this, though.
Monday, December 09, 2002
Not much posting recently -- been busy in the lab. A couple of years ago, our lab showed that injecting mice with chlamydia-derived proteins (as well as infecting them with chlamydia itself), could cause these mice to develop heart inflammation. I'm trying to determine which molecular pathways cause the immune system to act in this way -- in the meantime, I think it serves as a pretty compelling argument for condom use, as if you needed another one.

Anyway, it was recently reported that two Canadians are going to Baghdad to act as human shields, in the case of a U.S.-led invasion.

"I'm not too scared," Vandas told CBC News Online the day before she left. "I think it will be a powerful experience."

I'll go out on a limb and say that these two are idiots. However, this CBC story led to a flood of responses from angry Americans -- and they are just awesome in their intellectual heft and depth. Most of these clowns seemed to miss the fact that the group organizing the human-shield effort is based in Chicago. I did, however, learn from Frank Tricarico of Seattle that Canadians should "grow up and face this religious war" -- against secular, Ba'athist Iraq. It was also instructive that G.A. Anderson of Plano veered off course to slag our "cesspool system of health care". Way to stay on message!

I will concede that the letter from David John of Middletown PA made me chuckle. The two ladies from Vancouver are indeed likely to miss their ascendant Canucks win the Stanley Cup -- finally wresting it away from Detroit, Dallas, Colorado and the rest of the Yanks :)