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Saturday, November 09, 2002
It must run in the family, "Double tragedy for Al Sabkhis."
The tragedy of Jama'an Ismael Juma'a Al Sabkhi whose only child, Rashid, was taken away by his British wife, Jacqueline Anne, is the second in the family, with his younger brother, Mubarak, having had a similar experience.Scroll down four posts.
The Saudis are given a seriously deserved treatment by Laurence Simon in response to this complaint in Arab News. (link via Emperor Misha I)
Emperor Misha I provides the Imperial misting to Bab's post-election whining:
There's much more where that came from.The Democratic Party was not able to articulate a clear message
Friday, November 08, 2002
The UNSC passed the Iraq resolution with a 15 - 0 vote. I have little doubt that the results of the mid-term elections helped bring about that quick and unanimous decision.
"WHAT NEXT?"Any breach constitutes further "material breach" which will be met with "serious consequences" based on UNSC consultations that do NOT require another resolution.
During the Senate hearings at the end of July I said,
The current bluster seems designed to push Saddam into either backing down (like Qadhafi) or making a irrevocable mistake that can justify a US attack. If he does the former, there will be no US/Iraq war, if he does the latter he will be toast.This latest UNSC resolution puts Hussein in the box. I think he will accept the resolution, send the list, and then the inspectors will go to work. Although the president said (paraphrasing), "the seriousness of the breach doesn't matter, any breach will be a serious material breach," don't expect an invasion the first time the inspectors run into trouble or turn up something not listed on the "currently accurate, full, and complete declaration;" instead, expect a few cruise missiles into the offending location and/or Saddam's personal palaces—with the US follow-up depending on Hussein's reaction to those strikes. He and his regime will crumble a bit more each time he backs down, and if he goes on the offensive he will be destroyed.
UPDATE: I don't think the strikes I conjecture will be the Clintonian after-hours strikes on empty facilities. I think they will be broad daylight, in your face, hope we take out your technicians and get lucky and hit you, too strikes.
And, yes, I think the Congressional and UNSC resolutions followed by a major attack/invasion after January 1, 2003 should probably count as "the 'go slow' crowd" having won out.
Thursday, November 07, 2002
A turnabout situation of the kind we don't often hear about: British mother flees UAE with 7-month old son.
A Briton has escaped with her seven-month-old boy to the UK, leaving a shocked UAE national father groping for clues that will lead him to his child.It's not a kidnapping, yet:
The British mother who took her baby son from Ras Al Khaimah to the UK without her UAE national husband's permission, is not a "kidnapper" yet according to UAE law, says a leading advocate.I couldn't find anything in the British press. This one will be interesting to follow-up on just to see how it turns out.
UPDATE Nov 8, 2002: "National ready to forgive British wife."
Jama'an Ismael Juma'a Al Sabkhi, said he is ready to drop all charges he had filed against his wife, Jacqueline Anne, 43, a private school teacher.I still haven't seen anything about this in the British press.
Howard Kurtz cast a wide net for today's Media Notes column and hauled in a load of post-election commentary from across the country (Wall Street Journal to Los Angeles Times) and across the political spectrum (from National Review to the New Republic). Worth taking a look through to separate the keepers
"Shell-shocked Democrats emerged from Tuesday's midterm election in their worst shape since landslide defeats of 1984 and 1994, and began the process of picking up the pieces without the presidency or either house of Congress, without a dominant national leader and without a clear agenda to take into the 2004 presidential election.from the trash.
"Now the Democratic voters who chose not to show up Tuesday are going to find out what their decision meant, in a country ruled by President Bush, Trent Lott and Tom DeLay. From drilling in Alaska to regressive taxation to unilateral war, the agenda of the corporate and religious right will shape our future."
A Pratt and a Frum on a couple of folks who shouldn't be overlooked when casting blame for the Democrats' fizzle.
"The elections in Maryland show how small the Brady Campaign's constituency really is," he said. "We see that [Sarah Brady's] endorsement tended to be the kiss of death for her candidates."
…targets for Democratic recriminations, though, would be Rep. Jim McDermott and former Rep. David Bonior--the two congressmen who traveled to Baghdad on the eve of war to stand with Saddam Hussein and denounce their president. Today’s Democratic party has come a long way since the bad days of the 1970s and 1980s--and in one photo op, McDermott and Bonior managed to throw away a decade of efforts to prove that maybe Democrats can be trusted with the nation’s security after all.
Startling new findings: "Left-Wing Hates America."
Wednesday, November 06, 2002
Of all the post-election analysis I've seen, this best sums it up.
Sunday, November 03, 2002
It's "deja vu all over again" in the story Glenn Reynolds points to on the low numbers of student anti-war protesters. I recall plenty of nearly identical articles written in late 1990 through early 1991 about the "apathetic" or "greedy" college students who weren't interested in their professors' anti-war politics and just wanted to "party" or "get their MBAs" instead of organizing or attending protests against the Gulf War.
Thanks go out to Jim Henley for sending some visitors this way with his Friday roundup. Jim, as every blog reader probably knows, has been sniper central throughout the entire case, a subject I pretty much avoided just because I never felt there was enough evidence to speculate on the who and why—or, more precisely, the evidence available tended to support almost any and every speculation offered. I think Jim's post-capture pieces on where he went wrong and where everybody else went wrong illustrate that.