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Sunday, September 10, 2006


Political humor of the day

In the "complete lack of self (or national)-awareness" category, these excerpts from an article in today's New York Times entitled "Shades of Supergun Evoke Hussein’s Thirst for Arms":
...a concentrated picture of the obsessive martial mind that ran this country for 25 years...the weaponry seems equal parts Jules Verne, power-mad dictator and adolescent boy...“I would say that Saddam’s regime was not a model of rationality,” said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington-based organization that has studied Mr. Hussein’s weaponry. “He did in some respects share Hitler’s fascination with wonder weapons.”...Mr. Hussein’s scientists could not satisfy his craving for wonder weaponry...There was a reported program to create a “rail gun,” in which electromagnetic pulses would accelerate a projectile to high speeds, research on elaborate multistage rockets and re-entry vehicles, and, before 1991, endless tinkering with weird biological agents.
I'm not privy to secret U.S. military programs, and I'm not going to take the time to research the numbers, but I think it's safe to say that the "obsessive martial mind" that ran Iraq for 25 years didn't spent one one-hundredth the money on weaponry that the "obsessive martial minds" who have been running the United States during the same period have, and I think it's also safe to say that there's not a single weapon that Iraq was working on -- not rail guns, not elaborate multistage rockets, not "weird biological agents," and not even "super guns," that the U.S. hasn't also looked into, if not developed, not to mention the bunker busters, mothers of all bombs, tactical nuclear weapons, and other absolutely heinous weapons in the U.S. arsenal. But author James Glanz wants us to think that it was Iraq and Saddam Hussein that was weapons-crazy. Please. Iraq wouldn't even qualify for the Little League compared to the United States and its power-mad rulers.

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