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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/2945045.stm 'Bush tells Syria to 'co-operate'...He added that he believed Syria possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD)- the charge against Iraq which sparked the war there.' I'd rather not believe they'll get away with it - but the louder hawks are so impressively busy making the Iraq treatment for Syria look plausible that at least some of them *must* have it in mind as a realistic and impending move. How can Bush feel the need to describe Syria as he just has and not do anything about it? In fact, isn't describing it in this way his best way of making the unthinkable seem necessary - if only for the sake of consistency? Of putting forward mendacious claims 'of an order which permit the mind to progress from the unthinkable to the thinkable *without thinking*'? (that was EP Thompson in 1980...) ...and a telling foretaste of what's to come from Channel 4 News, which sounds grimly similar to the 'dialogue de sourds' which we heard over Iraq for most of the last year: Presenter (Mark Easton): Ambassador, Saddam Hussein's brother was arrested on your border with Iraq today. Surely he must have believed that you were going to give him shelter, as Mr Rumsfeld alleges?' Syrian Ambassador: 'Er, no. That's why he was arrested'. Best, Tom _____________________________ Tom Hill Senior Editor, TOPIC Magazine www.topicmag.com/subscribe.html 'TOPIC is the best new magazine of ideas since, well, Granta.' - Jonathan Levi, Founding Editor, Granta 'Not since Granta or the original Grand Street has there been such an original and absorbing new lit mag. Reading it is like letting your mind play: a totally pleasurable intellectual experience without the hip, stylish, babyish annoyances of the average new publication...TOPIC is edgy without self-consciousness, meta without dopey implications. No magazine I've read in the past year has been anywhere near as consistently intelligent or fresh.' - Amy Wilentz in The Nation _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk