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Tuesday, July 29
Iraq - War and Aftermath

Terror has little to do with the war on Iraq
Bush has said that we attacked Iraq because 1) they indirectly sponsored terrorism and 2) tyrants are inherently unjust. But many other countries have these characteristics.

Iraqi tourism?
Mr. Hindo, a 55-year-old entrepreneur, does not just want to lure history buffs. He envisions package tours, four-star hotels and resorts, American families cruising in minivans down new superhighways, water-skiing, maybe even a Disneyland on Lake Habbaniya. Religious tourists will flock to see where Job and Jonas died, or to the Muslim holy cities Najaf and Karbala.

What Saddam might have been thinking
Saddam was convinced that at most Bush would have ordered an aerial bombing campaign. He might have destroyed or stashed chemical, biological, and nuclear agents to make sure that no evidence of wmd would ever be found by UN inspectors.

Don't talk to me, I'm right
At this stage of their presidencies, Clinton had held 33 press conferences, the first Bush 61, and our current president: eight.

Brutality of Saddam
"Farris Salman is one of the last victims of Mr. Hussein's rule. His speech is slurred because he is missing part of his tongue. Black-hooded paramilitary troops, the Fedayeen Saddam, run by Mr. Hussein's eldest son, Uday, pulled it out of his mouth with pliers last month, he said, and sliced it off with a box cutter. They made his family and dozens of his neighbors watch."

Arnett got off easy
Some 17 journalists have died in the course of covering the fighting in Iraq, according to Reporters Without Borders, an advocacy group based in Paris.
"We were all there, for at least half an hour," Stephan Breitner of France 2 television told The A.P. "They knew we were journalists. After they shot Mazen, they aimed their guns at us. I don't think it was an accident. They are very tense. They are crazy."

The administration has lied about wmd, iraq's connection to al-qaida, and uranium yellowcake from niger.

Deputy SecDef Paul Wolfowitz :
"I think all foreigners should stop interfering in the internal affairs of Iraq."

Jack Handey:
"Instead of trying to build newer and bigger weapons of destruction, mankind should be thinking about getting more use out of the weapons we already have."