Daily Archives: May 17, 2002

Reuters Wire | 05/17/2002 | EU Wrangle Over Bethle…

Reuters Wire | 05/17/2002 | EU Wrangle Over Bethlehem Militants Drags On

Isn’t this just perfect? All the Euros are willing to take them in to Europe. But none of the European countries is willing to take them, at least not all of them. Maybe they can all stay on the borders.

Meat from endangered whales said on sale in Japan …

Meat from endangered whales said on sale in Japan

Our tour of Asia continues with Japan. Some whaling is allowed, but for whatever reason — greed comes to mind — Japanese whalers are cheating. They’re hunting species — notably humpback and gray whales — that are protected. Probably they’re taking more than their quota from other species. Cretins.

Middle East: Activists Oppose Israeli Military Act…

Middle East: Activists Oppose Israeli Military Actions, Seek To Dispel Stereotypes

Expanding a peaceful Palestinian resistance movement is also the goal of Grassroots International Protection for Palestinians.

Well, that’s odd, because for some reason they went out of their way to protect violent militiamen. I’m sure there’s a good explanation.

Hillary and Breaux, Do Si Do – On welfare, she’s t…

Hillary and Breaux, Do Si Do – On welfare, she’s the “centrist” now. By Mickey Kaus

The “New” Kausfiles bugs me. Simple browser reason: if you click the back button you go to a forwarding screen of some sort, then right back to Kausfiles. It’s a trap!

www.AndrewSullivan.com – Daily Dish "There is n…

www.AndrewSullivan.com – Daily Dish

“There is no scandal! Dubya didn’t know anything! It’s all Clinton’s fault anyway! I’m not listening to you! I have my fingers in my ears and I’m singing! God save our gracious Queen, Long live our noble Queen, God save the Queen!

U.N. Urges Saudis to End Floggings, Amputations …

U.N. Urges Saudis to End Floggings, Amputations

“The committee itself had no doubt that flogging in almost every case constitutes torture, and amputation of limbs probably in every case…would constitute torture under our definition,” said Peter Burns, Canadian law professor and committee chairman.

That seems self-apparent to me, except when is flogging warranted?

The Human Rights Commission won’t take on the Sauds, but the UN Committee Against Torture is talking. And it’s obvious to anyone that they’re in violation of the Convention Against Torture — which they signed. But the Saudis say that Sharia law prescribes these punishments; I don’t think they’re actually required, are they? If it does, then the law has to change.

Everybody Cut Footloose! Here, as I see it, is …

Re: Foreknowledge of 9-11 Regular corresponden…

Re: Foreknowledge of 9-11

Regular correspondent Frank Helderman writes:

In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor there were years of congressional hearings, and both the Army and Navy commanders in Hawaii never again commanded troops.

The difference, I believe, is in the nature of the response of those bodies being investigated. The Bush administration has stonewalled every single attempt to look behind the curtain of the administration, and has laid the groundwork for accusations of cover up to stick. Although I am not a scholar of the Pearl Harbor inquiries, it is my understanding that they received what one would consider the full co operation of the administration and the War Department, considering, of course that there was a very big war going on. I strongly suspect that getting the Bush administration to co operate fully with an investigation into 9-11 would be like bathing a cat. I strongly suspect the administration will have a great deal of trouble with the now inevitable investigation into 9-11, both from its (possible and by no means proven) misdeeds and its own temperament.

The two things that have so far been revealed that most stick in my craw are Ashcroft’s decision to not fly on commercial aircraft in the second half of the summer, and Bush’s avoidance of the White House in the aftermath of the attacks. Sure, they are important men, and if, God forbid, the worst happened, they would be sorely missed. But Bush and Ashcroft are not irreplaceable. In fact, there is a line of succession for their posts enshrined in the constitution. I wonder if, while Bush was in an undisclosed location, there was not someone vacuuming the Oval Office, someone who might not have a line of succession laid out for what would happen if they were to tragically die. If Washington, D.C. was not a safe enough place for a couple of grown men surrounded by the secret service, surely it was not a safe place for all the women and children who reside in that city. John Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt, U. S. Grant, Andrew Jackson, and George Washington, and for that matter George Bush the Elder, all demonstrated at at least one time in their lives that they understood leadership means accepting the danger one asks others to accept. The actions of Bush and Ashcroft look, to this writer, craven in comparison.

I really don’t have anything to add; the regard of members of the administration for their own personal safety seems all the more selfish when compared to their lack of concern for ordinary citizens. Ashcroft looks worse than Bush to me; after all, the President was already out of the city when the attacks occurred.

CNN.com – 11 more moons found around Jupiter – May…

CNN.com – 11 more moons found around Jupiter – May 16, 2002

Are they still naming these moons? I mean, with 39 satellites, even Zeus would run out of lovers to name them after.

CNN.com – Belgium passes right-to-die bill – May 1…

CNN.com – Belgium passes right-to-die bill – May 16, 2002

Normally, I would say something snide, in accordance with my Make Fun of the Euros policy. Something like, “If I lived in Belgium, I’d probably want to kill myself too.” But this is a Good Thing, and good for the Belgians.