I'm not a fan of making a big deal out of the anniversary of terrorist attacks but UberDesi asks a good question. Have you heard about Mumbai today?
Don't worry about crafting the perfect exit strategy for BushCo's War on Iraq. Don't worry about what your neighbors will think, although odds are that you'll get an overwhelmingly positive response. Don't tell yourself you don't have the time. Don't believe that dissent isn't patriotic. Don't worry about having been slow on the uptake. Find a busy corner in your town and start a weekly vigil to end this war today. Bring your IMPEACH signs. The message is the same. (via Arvin)
It looks like China's lobbyists are earning their money as what amounts to a giant ad meant to quell the consternation over China's habit of sending poisonous goods all over the world showed up in the NYT Week in Review on Sunday. The question asked is Can China Reform Itself? The answer: Sure! Because the Chinese government is just like Teddy Roosevelt's only better.
Friedman is a fantasist (great qualification, that, for a Times foreign affairs correspondent) and a thug, which makes him spiritual kin to the neocons. Doug Feith with a Times portfolio. His only requirement for the world—small enough thing to ask of it, Friedman thinks—is that it never cease to vindicate him: his foresight, his intellectual and moral superiority. Sadly, the world has decided to go in a different direction—as, being real and not a fantasy, it inevitably has to—and Friedman has nothing to respond with but threats. Cowardly, stupid threats of others acting out Friedman's own rage, like the one on offer today.