Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Tuning up, tuning in to blogging

Woah - this excursion into blogging prompted a MAJOR reorg of my computer files this morning. Switched over from Netscape to Internet Explorer, exported my bookmarks, and ended up cleaning, alphabetizing, categorizing my bookmarks. Major job, but I feel great. Better than spring cleaning - my mental cobwebs are all blasted away and my files a pristine troves of information, poised to fuel my daily writing time. Yippee!

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

More on The Village Voice: Features: Dying for War by Alisa Solomon

The other very distressing information in this article was that the Bush Administration had put this whole war plan together PRE- 9/11! I composed the following email, and sent it to a wide range of more "mainstream" media outlets.

Journalist Alisa Solomon, writing in New York’s Village Voice this week, quotes policy analyst Phyllis Bennis in "Understanding the U.S.-Iraq Crisis: A Primer" (available at “The threats of war are driven by oil and empire—expanding U.S. military and economic power." She quotes Bennis further: “Much of the plan was set forth before 9-11, in a blueprint written in September 2000 for Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and others, by the neoconservative think tank Project for a New American Century. The plan includes attacking Iraq to force a regime change and insists on ‘maintaining global U.S. preeminence’ and ‘shaping the international security order in line with American principles and interests.’” Solmon concludes that this plan has conveniently found a rationale in the "war against terrorism."

I have not seen this reported anywhere else in the media. I would hope that (media outlet name) will investigate this angle, and if it is true, see that it is reported more widely to the American public. Now is the time.

Thanks for your attention,
Liz Nealon

On February 9, 2003, I sent this email to:

NBC Nightly News
Meet the Press
MSNBC Investigates
MSNBC: Countdown Iraq
Washington Post Editorial
Washington Post News Dept.
London Times World News
London Times Comment
NPR: All Things Considered
NPR: Morning Edition
L.A. Times National News
L.A. Times Opinion/Editorial
NY Times News Tips Line
NY Times Managing Editor
Drudge Report
CBS Evening News
Fox News: O’Reilly Factor
Fox News: Special Report w/Brit Hume
Fox News Watch
Maureen Dowd
Senator Hillary Clinton

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A "Navy Junior" reflects on the beginning of the war

The Village Voice: Features: Dying for War by Alisa Solomon
Must read article.

The latest battle strategy would, as its title insists, "Shock and Awe" Iraq by dropping as many as 800 "smart" cruise missiles on that country in two days—more than twice the number of missiles launched during the entire 40 days of the 1991 Gulf War. Late last month, the architect of Shock and Awe, military strategist Harlan Ullman, gloated to the press about the effect being "rather like the nuclear weapons at Hiroshima." Such an attack would "take the city down," he said, wiping out the water and power supplies in Baghdad. "In two, three, four, five days, they are physically, emotionally, and psychologically exhausted."

So, we do a "surgical" war, where our military are doing bombing raids that keeps them safe, but kills hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians? I don't want to see any of our people die, but for Pete's sake - get in there on the ground and fight fair and square. It's no wonder the whole world thinks we value American lives over Muslim (and other non-American, non-White) lives. We do.

This is my first post, so I'm keeping it simple. I'm just going to try to see if I can get something to show up!