Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Today's episode was brought to you by the letter P (for predicatability)

Oh. My. Gawd. And in other news, there is no other news.

Everyone (Leftists) always attest that the United Nations is a perfect forum for discussion. I agree with them there. The General Assembly does a whole lot of talking. But when nothing gets done, people start dying. [follow the links for full effect, and to save me some typing]

Oh, sure, when it comes to something that is in the public interest - such as infringing on the little guy, then the General Assembly is all for the a collective condemnation.

I can understand why we Jews need to have some sort of conspiracy. Everyone else has one...

Edits and Updates:
It would seem The Economist is one step further than I am. They are so smart. It's paid subscription content, but it is worth the read.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

WAR BEGINS!!!

With a W.  Respek.

So in my travels to the US of A, I've been watching a lot of CNN.  And when I've been watching said CNN television, I've heard a lot of the 9/11 commission report which just happened to have been released (July 22, 2004) eight days after Lord Butler's report (14 July, 2004).

So rather than commenting on the specifics of these reports, I feel I need to address the reports themselves, and what kind of political issue they represent.

For those who don't know, the Butler Report was compiled by Lord Butler, of British Fame.  The report addressed the issues surrounding the Iraq war, the problems with the British participation in said war, and the information that caused the British to participate in the war.  The report did not name any specific names, nor did it finger point, when assigning blame.  Tony Blair's approval rating fell heavily over the past two years.  It's soon to be re-election time in Britian.

The 9/11 Commission's report, if you weren't paying attention, focused on what fatal flaws were exploited leading up to the Two Towers coming down on September 11th, 2001.  The report layed equal blame on both Bush and Clinton administrations, but didn't go beyond that.  Now, I know you Americans loved your Big Willy Style, so if the Bush Administration made the same mistakes as the Clinton Administration, then nothing bad could have happened... right?  George W. Bush's approval rating fell heavily over the past two years. It's re-election time in the United States.

So now what do these reports accomplish?  Publically, they acknowledge the fact that no one is to blame, rather a collective "mistake".  Unfortunately, and this is all conjecture (of course), these reports serve a totally different purpose.  Privately, the powers that be know that there was a major screw up.  Privately, they acknowledge the fact that the general populus needs to be reassured that all is okay.  Jadakiss asked "why Bush had to knock down the towers", but what Jadakiss should be asking is 'why the industry is so ill equipt to handle incoming threats?'

So what purpose to these reports serve?  Well, just like Michael Moore can put out propoganda assuring us that all is not okay, the government can put out 'reports' assuring us that all is okay.  Okay?  It just seems 'funny' that these reports came out around the same time, both dealing with the "major western-world issues", and both before an election.  Question everything.

Weekly book recommendation:
Kavalier and Clay.  I'm going to buy it.  You should too.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Changes from yesterday...

Ok, sure, the Universe Sucks Balls.

But it took a break from sucking today.

  • Last night I went back and reconciled my TELUS bills to figure out what a package that allows hosting would cost. Well, I discovered that TELUS was charging me between $5 and $9 extra per month - totalling $67.33. So I called them up, and they stated that, "Yes, [they] were over charging me." So to rectify things, they're "giving [me] a month free of Internet access, and will still apply a credit to my account.

  • Today marks the day of gainful employment. I start working in the office at Mission in Calgary. Decent job, great guys, good perks. Yay.

  • While I may not be going to Vegas, I'm still going to San Francisco for six days. It should be sweet, considering I have a nice wad of cash to go with (thanks Dad :-). Insert a random statement about more money than brains. I can forsee some jetskiing!

  • I went hiking today. I saw some cows. I saw some mountains. ... Man, I love getting back to nature.


Oh yeah... never look a cow straight in the eyes. It gets spooked and will poo. That's gross.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

I swear the Universe is out to get me this year...

I hope I don't turn this into a livejournal... but...

So I just turned 21 a few days ago. Let's go through the shoddy things that have happened since.

  • Three people (out of 25 that RSVP'd) turned up for my Birthday shindig. This resulted in me spending my Birthday with a close friend and four 17 year olds down at the Calgary Stampede. I hate the Calgary Stampede. Bunch of steers and queers.

  • I was supposed to be going to Vegas for a week. My cousin's boyfriend does videography, and was supposed to be filming an Adidas something-or-other out there. He got word today that of the six permits he needs to film, one was not approved.

  • I used TELUS for my internet connection. Monday night (Tuesday Morning), they decided that they were going to start filtering port 25. This means I have no way to retrieve any of my e-mail. Why not? Cause I thought I'd save some cash by hosting my website and e-mail on my box.

  • I've had chronic heartburn (acid reflux) for the past three days. No matter what I eat, or how many heartburn meds I take, it keeps on burning.


So all in all, fuck you you stupid fucking Universe. Stop being such a bitch and give me my comeuppins. I'm a good guy. I smile at the elderly. I pay my taxes.

Ugh. I'm going to bed.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Not your average White Picket Fence

On July 9th, the day which I was born, the International Court of Justice found against Israel's excuse for national security. That's right, the Wall (aka: Security Fence).

It's funny, this whole conundrum started with a Wall. In September of 2000, then chairman of Israel's Likud Party, Ariel Sharon, decided to go for a stroll on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. At that point in the game, the Israelis and Palestinians were quite close to reaching some equivalent to détente wrapped in a tasty appeasement exterior. But Sharon's visit gave the PLO the fodder needed to spark their "I'm not listening to your offers of peace" Intifada. There would be no such thing as detente in this hotbed for a long while.

During February of the following year, the Israeli elections would take place. The residents of The Holy Land were to decide whether or not to keep Ehud Barak around to continue playing the appeasement game with Yasser Arafat, or whether to bring Ariel Sharon, a man who successfully removed Yasser Arafat from Israel, in for a hard-line government. Barak stated during the election that, "a stronger Israeli response to the Palestinian Intifada was no solution." And to an extent, he may have been right. But ultimately, the Israelis elected Sharon to crush this blatent violation of the sanctity of life.

During the Cold War, escalation was a scary reality. If the Russians had a nuke, the Americans had to have two nukes. If the Cubans had a revolution, the Americans had to incite a revolution elsewhere. What no one seems to realize these days, is that escalation is still just as scary a principle as it was during the Cold War.

So where does that take us to now? For one, it takes us to some abysmally high number of dead – both Israeli and Palestinian. Secondly, it gives copious amounts of highly illogical (see: the petition to Caterpillar Inc. to stop selling tractors in Israel because a Lefty tried to pull a Tiananmen Square stunt) protest material for Leftists. Hand in hand with said illogical material is gross condemnation and broad sweeping statements in regards to the state of events in Israel. But more importantly, it takes us to a long stretch of concrete and barbed-wire.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, the Great Wall of China was annexed to ensure that invaders from the north would be kept out. Now, show me where, if anywhere, in the history books the Mongol Horde complains to the world community that the Great Wall of China is 'unfriendly.' And before making the comparison of the Israel / Palestine wall to the Berlin Wall, take into account that the Berlin Wall was another Cold War sphere of influence event. As the Soviets described the wall, it was an 'antifascist wall of protection.' Accordingly, the Soviets never publicly acknowledged that the wall interfered with daily life. Now then, if no one was allowed to leave, this wall was seemingly more of an impregnable containment device than anything else.

I seem to recall Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Vice Premier, publicly acknowledge that the Security Fence would impede Palestinian daily life. But don't you worry, the UN wants to get the 'martyrs' back on the busses so that those quirky 'martyrs' can swiftly find their 42 virgins up in heaven. Douglas Adams was right; 42 is the answer.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Friday, July 9th, that the "separation fence contravenes international law, that it must be dismantled, and that compensation must be paid to the Palestinian owners of property confiscated for its construction." In fact, the judges in the ICJ are not convinced that the specific course Israel has chosen for The Wall was necessary to attain its security objectives. 14 of the 15 judges found against the security fence; the only dissenter being the American Judge, Thomas Buerghenthal.

From Ha’Aretz, "Most of the justices believed that in building the fence, Israel violated international humanitarian law, by infringing on Palestinians' freedom of movement, freedom to seek employment, education and health."

First, let us assume that the ICJ's rulings hold some water. And let us postulate for a moment that the UN has the ability to pass a resolution that places sanctions on Israel. Obviously, and it is obvious, the US would then proceed to boycott the UN and we would have us another League of Nations fiasco.

We could still postulate that the ICJ's rulings held some water. But, as the BBC's reporter emoted, this is just a parrot victory for the PLO. Israel is not compelled to abide by any ruling passed. And what can the PLO do about it? "Suicide squad... ATTACK! Oh wait, there seems to be a wall in our way."

Addressing the Justices’ view that Israel infringed on the Palestinians’ freedoms and such, one would have to take the stance that the Palestinians are in fact citizens of Israel. As it stands right now, they have no 'official' state declared. This makes them squatters. If anything, Israel should be approaching the ICJ to have the Palestinians forcibly removed, as they are infringing on Israelis' freedoms in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. If one side can forget the Oslo Accord, surely the other can as well?

The fact of the matter is, and Ehud Olmert stated this best, "Terror built the wall, and lack of terror will unbuild it." The number of suicide bombers has fallen in number from 60-plus in the first half of 2002 to 17 in the first half of 2003, and six so far this year. Six. And the wall isn't even finished yet. I’m not sure how the world community is able to justify condemning this wall, but it would seem that they are opposed to Israeli security.

Terrorism is a long-term problem. I anxiously await the day when the need to have such a wall disappears.

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