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Re: [casi] an experiment in non abjact pleading

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In a message dated 07/15/2003 9:17:24 PM Central Daylight Time,

> Wanted to know why the U.S.

I am also wondering why.  The only reason that comes to mind is that George
the Lesser actually believed Pearl, Wolfowitz, et al., that the Iraqi people
were sitting around hoping to be bombed into democracy/military dictatorship of
another stripe and would patiently await the US figuring out how to "do" it
after they were liberated/killed.

The ineptitude of it all is mindboggling.  I read/heard (saw) somewhere that
some thinkers were harassing the military (prior to the invasion) about what
they were going to do about feeding the refugees and those solely on the food
basket after destroying the food chain, they replied that they had 3 million
meals ready and waiting.  The thinkers responded that that would give 1/3rd of
those who would need meals, breakfast for one day.  Apparently at this point
the military ordered more food.  How dumb are they, I think Bob S said, "Pretty
(It occurs that I saw this on satellite and it was an international
Physicians "group" which was dialoguing with the US military)

Roger Stroope
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff USA

During the war crimes trials at Nuremberg, psychologist Gustave Gilbert
visited Nazi Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering in his prison cell. "We got around to
the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not
think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war
and destruction," Gilbert wrote in his journal, Nuremberg Diary.

"Why, of course, the people don't want war," Goering shrugged. "Why would
some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can
get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? ... That is
understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy
and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a
democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a parliament or a communist dictatorship
... That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and
denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to
danger. It works the same way in any country."

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