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Friday, June 06, 2003
 
Belgian State Radio at it Again

A few days ago The Guardian proudly announced that Paul Wolfowitz had admitted that the Iraq war was all about oil. It later turned out that this was completely untrue: Wolfowitz had said no such thing, and on the corrections page of the Guardian we now find this notice:
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Corrections and clarifications
A report which was posted on our website on June 4 under the heading "Wolfowitz: Iraq war was about oil" misconstrued remarks made by the US deputy defence secretary, Paul Wolfowitz, making it appear that he had said that oil was the main reason for going to war in Iraq. He did not say that. He said, according to the Department of Defence website, "The ... difference between North Korea and Iraq is that we had virtually no economic options with Iraq because the country floats on a sea of oil. In the case of North Korea, the country is teetering on the edge of economic collapse and that I believe is a major point of leverage whereas the military picture with North Korea is very different from that with Iraq." The sense was clearly that the US had no economic options by means of which to achieve its objectives, not that the economic value of the oil motivated the war. The report appeared only on the website and has now been removed.

Yet yesterday the 'news' of Wolfowitz's 'admission' was reported by Belgian state radio. I wonder if they'll run the correction too?

 
That Was Quick!
According to Belgian police standards, anyway...
Yahoo! News - Belgium Detains Iraqi Man in Toxic Letters Case
Belgium Detains Iraqi Man in Toxic Letters Case
By Gilles Castonguay
BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) - Belgian police said Thursday they detained an Iraqi man after letters containing a nerve-gas ingredient were sent to the prime minister's office, the U.S. and British embassies and a court trying al Qaeda suspects.
Police detained the 45-year-old suspect late Wednesday in the western Belgian town of Deinze, the head of police investigation, Glenn Audenaert, said.


Wednesday, June 04, 2003
 
Eat That, Appeasers!

Herald Sun: Mass grave found in north Iraq [03jun03]
Mass grave found in north Iraq

03jun03

A MASS grave containing the remains of 200 Kurdish children has been discovered in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk, the Kurdish newspaper Taakhi reported today.

"Citizens discovered on May 30 a communal grave close to Debs, in Kirkuk. But this is different from other mass graves discovered since the fall of Saddam Hussein's terrorist regime because it contains the remains of 200 child victims of the repression of the Kurdish uprising" in 1991, the paper said.
"Even dolls were buried with the children," it said.
Dozens of mass graves have been uncovered all over Iraq since Saddam's ouster by invading US-led forces on April 9.


Mr. Chirac, Mr. Schroder, Mr. Verhofstad, Mr. Michel: sleep well tonight...

 
Letter Terrorism is Back Baby!

Today five letters were opened at various locations in Belgium, containing hydrazine and fenarsazine powder. Both are poisonous and irritating substances, although not lethal in small amounts.
The letters were sent to the Ostend airport, the cabinet of the P.M., the port authority in Antwerp, the U.S. embassy and the Court of Appeals in Brussels. All locations that have something to do with U.S. arms transports to the Gulf in the build-up to the Iraq war. A connection to the trial of over twenty muslim terrorists in Brussels is also not ruled out.
Terrorists? 'Peace'-activists? Nutjobs? (Evil) pranksters? Who can tell?
Unfortunately, people are going to use this as an excuse for not helping the U.S. anymore: but if we help them, the terrorists will attack us...! I've got news for you: they will anyway: Trabelsi and his thugs were plotting to blow up stuff here way before 9/11. And what are we, cowards? Didn't Julius Caesar say that the Belgians are the bravest of all the peoples of Gaul?*



(*: he did, but added that this was because they were also the least civilized of the bunch...)

 
Amazing...

Simply stunning what a bunch of amateurs can do with some video cameras, a PC and a whole lot of time. Check out the Matrix XP!

Monday, June 02, 2003
 
Service Announcement

The driver of the black Opel Zafira with Belgian licence plate DAC896 is an asshole, in my opinion. Throwing out empty drinks containers, plastic and other shit on the side of the road is a very asshole-y thing to do.
I might eat green hippies for breakfast, but even I am of the opinion that we better put all the garbage in one place where it bothers the least amount of people. And that place is not the side of the frigging road!
Just venting...

Sunday, June 01, 2003
 
What He Said...

Steven Den Beste has some thoughts on his blog USS Clueless on the reason why so many blogs have seen a drop in traffic in the past few weeks. I fully agree with what he says. Go read it!