Thursday, February 01, 2007

So fucking glib.
Josh Marshall:
"Regarding when the bombs might start falling in Iran, a few different pieces of evidence point to a time frame in early March. More on this later this evening."
As if this is were simply a matter of American politics.

Tony Judt:
If... the United States of America is to resume its lost leadership of the world community... then it will need to begin by recognizing, in Eisenhower's words, that "with all the defects, with all the failures that we can chalk up against it, the UN still represents man's best organized hope to substitute to conference table for the battlefield." In Europe this realization only took root after Europeans had spent 30 years torturing and killing tens of millions of other Europeans; so long as they were merely killing colonial "natives," attitudes changed little.

Here in the US, at the time of writing, the death of more than three thousand American soldiers in Iraq has registered with the public; but the killing of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis hardly at all.

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