To misuse a phrase from Blue Velvet, …why are there people like Frank in the world? Read the papers this morning and didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. The sheer Orwelian-ness (is that a word?) of the Iraq situation, combined with the unstopableness (now that can’t be a word?) of the American machine have sapped my will to argue. I’ve spent the last month composing and re-composing posts to this blog, but in the end never posted them as I used to foolishly think I might just get one or two readers to reconsider their position on the issues but have now lost all hope.

In the end I find this debate is a cruel rock. The opposing camps go over the top and human rights, humanist values cherished for centuries pile up in body-bags while the fucking front line doesn’t budge an inch. Frankly, it makes me sick.

The two faces of Rumsfeld
2000: director of a company which wins $200m contract to sell nuclear reactors to North Korea
2002: declares North Korea a terrorist state, part of the axis of evil and a target for regime change

Randeep Ramesh in The Guardian, Friday/05/9, 2003

Under the US proposals, a new body comprising Britain and the United States - known as The Authority - would decide how income from the sale of Iraqi oil would be spent.

Does “The Authority” not suggest “Oceania”? From the BBC website