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Saturday, June 16, 2007


Iran: blaming the victim

The California legislature moves to divest $2 billion investment in companies that do business with Iran:
Despite opposition from state pension board leaders, the Assembly overwhelming passed an Iran divestment measure by El Cajon Republican Joel Anderson. With an initial 68-0 vote, Assembly Bill 221 heads to the state Senate.
And why?
"This is a country looking to pick a war. We can't have our retirement (funds) there," Anderson said.
Iran is "a country looking to pick a war"? Don't you wonder what life must be like on the other side of that looking glass?

Back here in the real world, of course, just today we have ex-Vice Presidential candidates of the Democratic Party, and Republican Vice Presidents of the country (and many others), demonstrating the bipartisan nature of U.S. foreign policy by openly calling for war on Iran. And, as they do so, the media helps them along by studiously avoiding any mention of the word "war" in this context. They're only calling for "limited military strikes," don't you know. Launching any military strikes on another country, "limited" or not, is an act of war. But you'd never know it reading the articles about Lieberman or Cheney or any of the other politicians calling for such actions.

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