That Shit, Indeed
I love your site.
It and Lew Rockwell are my favorite sites
on the Internet, and the ones I read most regularly. You have even published
a couple of my own articles in the past. So, I am a huge fan. With that said,
may I humbly suggest that you remove the s-word title of a current article from
your site? The article may well merit reading, but placing such a word in full
view of the world grieves me and indicates a coarsening of our sensibilities.
Plus, I like to refer friends and students of mine (I am a history teacher)
to Antiwar.com, and having such vulgar language placed in so prominent a position
on your site (in a title currently running at the top of the page in the "Highlights"
section) gives me pause in doing that. I hope these comments are received in
the spirit I intend them, of respect, admiration, and support.
~ John J. Dwyer
It is our policy
not to use vulgar language in our original articles.
But this is a
rare exception. When the president of the U.S. uses such a word in a very important
(although overheard) political statement, it is important to be clear about
what he said and why he said it. This is essentially a direct quote from the
man who believes he is the most important person in the world and has the power
to show it.
I hope you can
understand why this is such a rare exception. I hope that it does not become
necessary to repeat it.
wish to address Mr. Potemkin's letter concerning the legitimacy of the Israel
Article 51 of
the UN Charter provides for legitimate self-defense against impending or armed
attack. For the sake of clarity, I will ignore any controversial issues involving
provocation and accept Israel's prima facie claim of self-defense. Article 51
also requires the member to immediately report to the Security Council whose
mandate is to restore peace. Article 51 is not a blank check to bomb bridges,
water systems, power stations, roads, wheat silos, hospitals, etc. On the contrary,
Israel, when exercising her right to "self-defense," is bound by the protocols
established in the Geneva Conventions (to which she is a signatory). The Geneva
Conventions are quite clear: collective civilian punishment is prohibited.
Can you call what
Israel is doing anything but collective punishment of Lebanon for the actions
claims her war is with Hezbollah, not the nation of Lebanon, so her actions
should be seen as directly violating Article 2 of the Charter, among other international
If Mr. Potemkin
is interested, a simple google
of the UN Charter or Geneva
Conventions should supply him with all the answers he needs.
~ B. Charest
Pinochet Is Guilty, so Is Bush
greatest "crime" was privatizing their Social Insecurity system. He was always
be vilified by the socialists and the neocons for doing that.
~ Chris Baker
reader has a point. Pinochet is hated because he undid the socialist state.
His regime had to deal with domestic terrorism. He did less damage to civil
liberty in Chile than Bush has done to civil liberty in America, and the Pinochet
government killed far fewer people than the Bush regime has killed. Moreover,
Pinochet invaded no other country. Nor did he drop bombs on civilians. Moreover,
Pinochet voluntarily stepped down and reconstituted constitutional democracy
in Chile. It remains to be seen what Bush does.
current conflict between Israel and Lebanon drives me to again ask the question:
Who killed Rafiq Hariri?
As your readers
will recall, former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri was assassinated by
parties unknown in February 2005.
Blame was largely
assigned to Syria and international pressure forced Syria to end its army's
29-year occupation of Lebanon completed in April 2005.
Barely 14 months
later, ground forces of Israel, with the aid of air and sea power, have taken
control of portions of Lebanon with the threat of a full-scale invasion looming.
If the goal was to shift the axis of power in Lebanon from Damascus to Tel Aviv,
it would seem that the assassination of Mr. Hariri has helped to accomplish
Who, then, killed
~ Vijay Venkataraman,
Baton Rouge, La.