Friday, March 03, 2006

We are not killing them faster than they are being created

At his show trial, Saddam Hussein copped to having ordered the execution of the several hundred people who conspired to assassinate him, saying that’s how you respond to that sort of thing. For example, he didn’t go on to say but should have, the US invaded an entire country to get “the guy that tried to kill my dad.” (Update: Jeanne D’Arc suggests Hussein has been cribbing from John Yoo.)

Here’s what Bush wrote in the visitors’ book at the Gandhi memorial: “I am grateful to have the opportunity to honour Mahatma Gandhi at this sacred site. His life was an inspiration to people and the world and his contribution to all mankind place him among the great leaders of history.” “People and the world”? You’ll notice there’s nothing that couldn’t have been said about a million other people, nothing specific to Gandhi, some message that he personally might have taken to heart.

And on the same day he went to “honor” Gandhi, his lawyers were making the case that torture is legal, or if it’s illegal, that law isn’t enforceable by a court of law.

Today he went to an agricultural college to do his favorite thing, clearing brush, using primitive peasant tools.

And to have a water buffalo perform the task usually allotted to Condi or Joe Lieberman.

The Reuters caption to this picture: “Indians throw stones during a protest in the northern Indian city of Lucknow March 3, 2006.”

Brig. Gen. Robert Caslen, who evidently has the title Deputy Director for the War on Terrorism, says of terrorists, “We are not killing them faster than they are being created.” No kidding, but you have to love the choice of the word “created.”

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