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June 20, 2005



Giuliana Sgrena, the Italian journalist who was kidnapped and had a brush with death after her release (in the form of the US military) was reporting on the use of Napalm by American troops as early as last November.

Here's her article:


I think the nature of war is revealed-- and it's a horrible, despicable action. The problem is that civilizations bound by rules and laws have tried throughout history to legislate combat, which represents the absolute breakdown of rules and laws. Today it is Napalm, 200 years ago, it would've been "targeting officers on the field of battle," as at the time, it was against the rules of engagement, and considered un-gentlemanly. (is that a word?)

Regardless, I stand by the belief that the use of physical force is never justified by the aggressor, and it can never be justified save for cases in which it is a retaliation against physical force or the very imminent threat thereof. By this, I mean that war can never be justified by the party who starts it. Not ever.


It's eerie because Apocalypse Now was showing on the History Channel this weekend. I watched about the last hour, enough to catch Col. Kurtz famous line about "The Horror". According to Kurtz there are no rules:

It's impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means. Horror. Horror has a face... and you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not then they are enemies to be feared. They are truly enemies.

We've decided to take horror and moral terror to our enemies. The show of overwhelming and brutal force in such acts as "Shock & Awe" and the use of MK 77 and DU only prove this weird Hobbesian state of war that we exist in.

Night Bird

Time to Impeach a War Criminal

Slowly, but steadily, the Downing Street Memo is getting the public attention it deserves and making the case that President George W. Bush should be removed from office.

He should be tried as a traitor for his crimes. War criminals deserve no less.

Thank You, Heretik and The BBA!

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