“After the bombings, investigators found a wooden sign wired to the farm’s fence with Kehoe’s last message, ‘Criminals are made, not born,’ written on it.”
FIGHT TONY FIGHT
God, I love X-Statix.
Best Iron Man. I’d forgotten.
The Marines are coming under fire in Oakland.
[Scott] Olsen, 24, was in 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, before leaving the military last year. He had been opposed to the Iraq war even before his first tour to the country, Shannon said. Shannon and Olsen met in November or December 2005, and share an apartment in Daly City, south of San Francisco.
“It’s really hard,” Shannon said. “I really wish I had gone out with him instead of staying home last night.”
Shannon, who is also 24, said he had seen the video footage showing Olsen lying on the floor as a police officer throws an explosive device near him.
“It’s terrible to go over to Iraq twice and come back injured, and then get injured by the police that are supposed to be protecting us,” he said.
— Foreign Policy argues that war may soon become obsolete.
How to Have a Rational Discussion.
[via Wired’s geekdad]
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said the planned burning of Qurans on Sept. 11 by a small Florida church could put the lives of American troops in danger and damage the war effort. Gen. David Petraeus said the Taliban would exploit the demonstration for propaganda purposes…. “It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort,” Gen. Petraeus said in an interview. “It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community.”Counterpoint:
Jones told the AP in a phone interview that he is also concerned but wonders how many times the U.S. can back down. “We think it’s time to turn the tables, and instead of possibly blaming us for what could happen, we put the blame where it belongs — on the people who would do it,” he said. “And maybe instead of addressing us, we should address radical Islam and send a very clear warning that they are not to retaliate in any form.” … “It’s hard for people to believe, but we actually feel this is a message that we have been called to bring forth,” he said last week. “And because of that, we do not feel like we can back down.”
Dylan Thomas reads WH Auden’s “September 1, 1939”
Couldn’t resist. Man knows how to read. Other guy knows how to write. And it’s all still true.
Who was Thucydides? What happened at Linz? Who was Nijinsky? Answered here.
Martin Luther King, on Vietnam. Just in case we’d forgotten where he stood and why.