Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Friday, March 17, 2006

War Anniversary

The Iraqi crisis will serve as a standard. The course we follow in Iraq regarding arms proliferation will be adopted in any future crisis. If war is considered to be the only solution, then we are headed down a blind alley. As of today, we believe there is nothing that justifies military action. The work of the inspectors is satisfactory. At some point in the future there could be a change—but we are a nation that remains constant…it will be those in favor of military action who will change.

Should the United States decide in favor of unilateral military action, the first question to be asked is whether such an action is legitimate; the second is what the outcome of such an action will be. As to the sentiment of France regarding a second resolution in the Security Council—assuming the United States continues on its current course--my country will do what our President stated at the outset [of the crisis]: we will not associate ourselves with any military action that does not have the support of the United Nations. Furthermore, we believe that a military solution is the worst solution. As to the use of her veto, having thus clarified her position, France, as a permanent member of the Security Council, will discharge her responsibilities and remain steadfast to her principles. You may be assured that France, in standing behind her principles, wiil remain faithful to them until the end.

French Foreign Minister Dominque de Villepin, United Nations, New York, 21 January 2003


Blogger Dr Victorino de la Vega said...

According to a New York Times article published today, it seems that the self-proclaimed “Sunni resistant” Ali Shalal Qaissi was not after all the famous man in the photograph that has become the symbol of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal: a hooded man standing on a cardboard box, shivering, with electrical wires attached to his outstretched arms…

Fans of the systematic use of torture on Ayyrab detainees and other Neocon kultists will probably jump at the chance to discredit the “mainstream media”, or even worse, pretend that there never really was such a thing as the Abu Ghraib scandal…even though we have thousands of proofs documenting the mass persecution that took place in US-administered Iraqi prisons including graphic pictures of naked Iraqi women and children surround by barking German shepherds- President Bush’s canine homage to Commander Göring.

Anyhoo, whoever he is, the unknown Iraqi soldier on the box remains a very powerful symbol of the cruel bestiality of the Neocon Neros of Washington and TeX-Aviv: the hood is a fitting metaphor for the blindness of KKK nostalgics and other Southern Evangelical revivalists such as former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Texan-In-Chief George W. Bush.

As for the wires attached to the detainee’s outstretched arms, they are the technological embodiment of a Western civilization gone awry, a once glorious culture caricatured and debased by those who now speak and act in its name: machine-men and scientific cynics who believe in “harnessing the power of new technologies” to torture, kill and maim in the name of “liberty”...

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