Monday, February 27, 2006

Update: Domes and Nukes

I don’t have time for a real blog today, but there are a few short items worth noting relevant to past ones.

On the one involving the Shrine destruction. There have been a few pieces of evidence coming in indicating it was an occupation operation. The first is that it was a demolition requiring a lot of skill and time; this was not just a few guys throwing in some sticks of dynamite. They drilled through the pillars and planted explosives – a very carefully conceived and executed plan. In addition, there has been at least one report coming out that American and Iraqi National Guard troops showed up the night before, told people to stay indoors, and left early the next morning just before the explosion. While this could be disinformation from the vast al Qaeda media network, the one whose resources dwarf those of poor Rumsfeld's impoverished defense department, I suspect it’s true. Of course, since the al-Aribiya reporter that showed up there to interview people was promptly kidnapped and executed it’s hard to get first hand accounts. And not that there aren’t a lot of really nasty guys running around Iraq, but it’s amazing how many journalists who might have bad things to say about the occupation meet unfortunate ends. I’ll write an appropriate full blog on that at some point in the future.

On a more positive note, the NY Times, the newspaper I love to hate (their motto should be “all the news we want you to hear”) had a big, headlined op-ed piece today that said that which must not be said: It may be ok for Iran to have nukes, after all. Blow me down. Maybe tomorrow they’ll break down and talk about vote fraud or 9/11. I’m not holding my breath, but it was still good to see them have the guts to publish that piece, given that their news reporting, which is often much more biased than their usually reasonable editorial page, has been focusing on the evils of Tehran for quite a while now.

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