A Little Something to Fight the Poison

Saturday, July 05, 2003
ROOT CAUSES OF TERRORISM, ANYONE? How about from softie Condi Rice? Hey look, the Bush Admin is still making distinctly progressive noises with regard to Liberia, as the last graf of this Washington Post article demonstrates:
Condoleezza Rice, the president's national security adviser, said a stable Liberia is important to U.S. interests, citing concerns that "failed states" create conditions of chaos that provide a breeding ground for terrorism.
This might actually work out OK, if someone can just keep Don Rumsfeld locked up in a closet for a few months.
Thursday, July 03, 2003
ON THE OTHER HAND, maybe one very good thing that will come out of the Iraq invasion is that the U.S. and the Bush Admin will have to start putting its money (and its troops) into peacekeeping so as to stop grievous humanitarian disasters, like the one that's been unfolding in Liberia.

A suggestion to fellow lefties and anti-Bushies: U.S. troops in this case would be a good thing. Chalk it up to your critical pressure and Bush's desire to avoid looking like a hypocrite, not to some long-term conspiracy. The thing to do here is to make sure that the Bush Admin actually bears its responsibility in Liberia, and makes its role there more than just a photo op to cover up for its missteps in the Middle East.
RESPECT MY AUTHORI-TAY! The leader of the free world displayed his wisdom and gravitas in addressing the security situation in Iraq yesterday:
"There are some who feel that the conditions are such that they can attack us there," Bush said. Extending his right hand for emphasis, he added: "My answer is: Bring 'em on. We've got the force necessary to deal with the security situation."
There are also some (like WWII vet Sen. Frank Lautenberg) who feel Bush's statement was supremely callous, but I think it's totally appropriate, given that Bush bravely risked his own life in Iraq by personally leading U.S. troops into battle.
Wednesday, July 02, 2003
A few belated birthday gifts for Canada...

Vancouver wins the right to host the 2010 Winter Olympics,

and Toronto is removed from the WHO SARS list.
Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Happy Canada Day, everyone!

In celebration:

The Governor General's and Prime Minister's messages

A not-so-easy quiz (I got 20/36...feh, not even a 'B')

A charming The Washington Post article speculating on how "Peace, Order, and Good Government" Canada became more hip and less patriarchal than the supposedly libertarian U.S.--it's all about decriminalized pot and gay marriage, baby! Psst: It may have something to do with the entire country really and truly coming to terms with modern secularism...

Joyous links to my Canadian blogging compatriots: Jane Finch, Demosthenes, Invisible Adjunct, Alex Avila, and Andrew Ma.

(Wishing I could be at a party up there, somewhere)