Friday, September 08, 2006

leave Osama bin Laden alone

* digby:
"ABC had better hope their plan to keep the GOP in power works because they appear to have started a serious fight with what might very well be the majority party come November."
* reuters:
"Americans who question evolution are testing a new tactic in Ohio, arguing that schools should be required to discuss all controversial issues from creation to stem cell research and global warming.

In what critics on Wednesday called a new attempt to bring religion into the classroom, the Ohio State Board of Education will consider a proposal next week that would oblige schools to teach critical thinking in all subjects."
oh the ironing!. it burns.

* samefacts:
"An interesting letter in the 5 September International Herald Tribune:
President George W. Bush has rightly pointed out that America is addicted to oil, but he fails to note the predictable consequences. Addicts break into houses, steal stuff and shoot people. America is breaking into countries, stealing stuff and shooting people. Why is anyone surprised that those homeowners object to our addictive behavior?
Sheila Stoll Morcote, Switzerland
If this were the whole truth, where's the flood of looted oil? But Ms Morcote's image does resonate with the sheer weirdness of the Bush Administration's foreign adventures. Compulsive, short-termist, and reckless persistence in behaviour that an ounce of commonsense shows to be self-destructive does look very like addiction. But if not to oil, to what? Ambition, like Macbeth or Napoleon? Self-justification, like the inquisitors? Glory, like Alexander and Achilles? Subjugation, like Don Juan?"
* Ron:
"Major General Shaukat Sultan Khan, press secretary to the president of Pakistan, tells ABC News that -- if found -- Osama bin Laden won't be arrested, as long as he promises to behave like a "peaceful citizen."

"If he is in Pakistan, bin Laden 'would not be taken into custody,' Major General Shaukat Sultan Khan told ABC News in a telephone interview, 'as long as one is being like a peaceful citizen," report Brian Ross and Gretchen Peters at ABC's blog, The Blotter.

"No, as long as one is being like a peaceful citizen, one would not be taken into custody," said Khan. "One has to stay like a peaceful citizen and not allowed to participate in any kind of terrorist activity."
News that Pakistan will "in effect" leave Osama bin Laden alone if he behaves "peacefully" in the region is certain to cause a stir less than a week before the five-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Democrats, as well as many Republicans, may characterize Pakistan's stance as going against President Bush's 2001 declaration that nations which harbor terrorists should be considered "hostile.""

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