“We don’t care if it all goes to Hell. Lets just get out of here!” That is what the Senate seems to be saying when it voted this week its non-binding bill to partition Iraq. The truth is Iraq is already partitioned and, as a result, has already gone to Hell. There is no viable sovereign central government in Iraq.
When the new interactive web site Rue89 broke the story that President Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife Cecilia did not vote in the second round of Presidential elections, the story was not that the woman did not back her husband. For Rue89, like most of the French press, the story was the news was censored in the Journal du Dimanche (JDD) by its wealthy owner, a close friend of the President.
The worst thing Bill Clinton did was not receiving oral pleasure from Monica. It was not bombing a pharmaceutical plant in Khartoum. Perhaps not even letting al-Qaeda and the Taliban grow, nor even maintaining an embargo on Iraq, which killed some 500 thousand people through lack of medicine and food. No, the worst thing he did may well be messing with the Balkans and backing ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
It occurred to me a while back that George W. Bush and his neo-con friends have a lot more in common with Marxism than they would like to think. The Communists always said that politics should be in control; that the base of society should mold the infrastructure or what they could call ‘perceptible reality’.
On October 26, 2006, six kids, all under 18, all from immigrant families, boarded a crowded bus in Marseille, threw gasoline and lit a match. A Senegalese student did not get out in time and was burned over 60% of her body. She is still in hospital. The trial opens next week.
I was wrong. If there was one thing I thought Sarkozy could not radically change, it was French Foreign Policy.
The Yaounde train station is a two-story concrete rectangle with a grill-gate shutting off the main hall. When we arrived an hour-and-a-half before the train was due to leave for its sixteen hour journey North to Ngaoundere