Information Landmine

"The Americans keep telling us how successful their system is. Then they remind us not to stray too far from our hotel at night." - An un-named EU trade representative quoted during international trade talks in Denver, Colorado, 1997.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Tragedy, Farce and Outrage: Bush be thine name!

Now more than ever, one has to wonder how exactly the Bush Administration can be taken seriously by anyone in its claim to be waging a global "War On Terror". The latest disclosure to drive a stake through the heart of any such misguided assertion is that W. and co. have apparently been channelling US taxpayers' money to Al Qaeda militants in Iraq in order to shore up their fight against Shia militias allied to Iran.

The fact that such a policy has been implemented while such insurgents are also busy killing US soldiers with roadside bombs and the like doesn't seem to have raised strong enough concerns within the Administration to have prevented it from happening anyway.

Of course, Republican administrations seem to have a nasty habit of illicitly funding Osama bin Laden and his merry band of jihadists, but one would have hoped that such a policy would at least have ended after the events of 11 September 2001, or indeed after such atrocities as the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. But it appears such hopes would have been misplaced in the hands of the worst president in US history.


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