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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

It's Coolsville, Daddy-O! If only for a day or so!

Better read this little story about Falluja before it's dunked into Yahoo's archives or until the situation changes tomorrow. Whichever comes first.

A moderate Muslim reformation…

… could start here.
This is the second op-ed by a Muslim woman to appear in a big New York paper in the last three weeks; the last one appeared in the New York Times week before last. Apparently any reformation in Islam will be left to women. How many of Manji's ideas have appeared in the op-eds of others over the years? I feel certain about saying this - the context and urgency are here as never before for these women.

N.b.: according to Manji, the Koran is not arranged in chronological order, but by the size of verses, large to small. So unless Alain Robbe-Grille was introducing zero-degree writing as the Prophet's scribe, the Koran isn't a narrative after all. Whoulda thunk it?

Soft-drink I Ching.

Pepsi-Cola man.
Coca-Cola woman.
Distance.

On the searing press coverage of discovery of small quantities of WMDs.

We have some tough journalists, tough enough jeer that
'if the chemicals had degraded, no major threat' of a toxin like sarin. But not tough enough to admit that the distinction between 'none' and 'some' is as crucial regarding WMDs as it is regarding the Abu Ghraib abuses. Some soldiers committed abuses on some prisoners - and despite the military trials to come, the sum remains 'some'. The military in Iraq is still held to be disgraced as a whole.

On the other hand, discoveries of some amounts of WMD toxin dating from the first Kay report last January to this week's sarin-laden IED are held by much of the press to be pretty lame,
as this op-ed observes.. Now, technically, the NY Times is right to suggest that the 155mm shell is a 'leftover' from Hussein's article, because nowadays any WMD discovered in Iraq would be a 'leftover' from Hussein's arsenal. But all that crap was supposed to have been destroyed, and as Hans Blix himself told Time Magazine just days before the war, Iraq had no excuses for messing up their records - they had one of the best bureaucracies around.

A little literary license for what follows:

You get the feeling that some of these NYT writers say stuff like "Three quarts of sarin? That's all?!" The newsroomies smile among themselves, swiveling back and forth in their ergonomic chairs, waiting 'til the Office Wit finally comes through with: "I could powder my baby's butt and my wife's nose with three lousy quarts of sarin!" Laughter finally explodes. 'Yo!' a voice calls out to the OW. 'You sure three quarts could powder your big ass too!?' The laughter freezes for a moment. Then the OW doubles over with laughter, points at his ass and nods. Laughter resumes. Pizzas are ordered, to be sent to the White House.

License recinded. I'm sure that the anthrax reportage from 2001 to last year now seems a little panic-stricken to the papers these days. So the skepticism re: the Bush admin's reportage on WMDs isn't without good reason. But a simple unwillingness to grant three quarts-to-a-gallon's worth of sarin its' toxic nature is.

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