Eve of War
Can’t quite believe that we are on eve of this war. Still glued to news.google.com. Lots of new on the internet of course. Most interesting things:
* “Clare Short on Channel 4”:http://www.channel4.com/news/2003/03/week_3/18_goodman.html. Amazing turnabout.
* “Tony Blair at House of Commons”:http://politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,916790,00.html. Wow, is it me, or do the British politicians sound so much smarter. I thought it was great the way she asked, what would I do if I was Tony Blair.
* “Large scale Anthrax Attack Analysis”:http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID=000C22EA-4A06-1E76-A98A809EC5880105. For the record, Iraq is thought to have 10,000 litres of antrax. A report in the Scientific American shows that 1 litres of antrax in city would kill between 123,000 people. Uh. Food for though.
* “Bill Clinton on Tony Blair”:http://politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/comment/0,12956,916302,00.html. Lucid explanation from Clinton on what happened. Surprisingly sober IMHO.
* “Washington Post-ABC News Poll”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/polls/vault/stories/data031803.htm. Amazing to me to see the US population support levels. Astounding really. 64% approval for George Bush’s handling of Iraq. 75% disapproval of UN handling of Iraq. 71% support US war with Iraq. 72% think US has done enough to win support from other countries. I’d love to see the regional breakouts on these statistics. Doesn’t represent Seattle I bet. Also “John Zagula”:http://zagula.com points out that this is common at the start of a war. LBJ had an incredible approval rating the first two years of his administration.
* “Latest UK Poll”:http://politics.guardian.co.uk/polls/story/0,11030,916494,00.html. Interesting to see the same phenomena in the UK.
Finally, the world’s best blogs are at “Washington Post Embedded Correspondents”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/nation/nationalsecurity/abroad/iraq/field/. These are the folks who are with units in the Middle East. Interesting snail-eye-view of things.