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Suddenly, I’ve seen the light, joined the “sensible left,” and set myself upon all the soul-selling that goes with it. TNR subscription inbound, Lieberman donation outbound, and in the middle, an ‘merican flag perched off the porch. Why? Well, the threat of a dry caliphate, of course…

The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremist groups that includes al Qaeda in Iraq, issued a statement on a Web forum vowing to continue its holy war against the West. The authenticity of the statement could not be independently verified.

The group said Muslims would be victorious and addressed the pope as “the worshipper of the cross” saying “you and the West are doomed as you can see from the defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere. … We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose head tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (killed by) the sword.”

After all this time, busily doing my academic leftist bestest to inaugurate the worldwide caliphate… only to find out that they’re going to, what, spill all the liquor? When you pry it out of my cold, dead fingers, Mujahedeen Shura Council… I do my liquor spilling well enough for myself, thank you very much…

It is funny, though, isn’t it, how both sides cooperate in telling the same ridiculous story…

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September 18, 2006 at 2:18 pm

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to show that it can

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Krugman has a nice one up, behind the firewall of course, at NYT:

So why is the Bush administration so determined to torture people?

To show that it can.

The central drive of the Bush administration — more fundamental than any particular policy — has been the effort to eliminate all limits on the president’s power. Torture, I believe, appeals to the president and the vice president precisely because it’s a violation of both law and tradition. By making an illegal and immoral practice a key element of U.S. policy, they’re asserting their right to do whatever they claim is necessary.

In other news… Has my mother-in-law started consulting for the Pope?

I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address at the University of Regensburg, which were considered offensive to the sensibility of Muslims.

That sure as hell sounds like her work – the patented passive-agressive pseduo-semi-projective-non-apology.

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September 18, 2006 at 9:59 am

Posted in america, empire, war