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Musings of a database designer, right-wing constitutional anarchist and overly idealistic schmuck.

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A middle-aged database designer, specializing in Oracle. I have a teen-aged son and Chinese wife.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

The Reaping of What was Sown

It’s been too long between posts for me; working for a living sure crimps both time and intellectual energy for such things.

So now there been a bombing in Qatar and Natasha Tynes, a reporter for Al Jazeera who seems very much more reasonable than nearly all of her organization, is scared.

Well, I wish Natasha well, but her own organization has proven itself as an invaluable asset to the goons who set off bombs amidst civilians. They are spreading out from Iraq now, at Bin Laden’s request, which is clear proof that the Coalition- and the Iraqi people- have essentially won. I think most people expected that to mean terrorist actions in the U.S. However, the terrorists don’t have the organization or support network that they have in surrounding Middle East countries. So, to the consternation of those people, that’s where the monsters have moved their operations first.

Once these terrorists are brainwashed by the decades of Wahabism, they don't see the nice demarcations that those that merely tolerate or encourage the brainwashing (Arabic media, governments and royalty included) would desire.

Natasha seems like a very decent person and I pray for her safety. Just as I do for everyone who goes to a mosque or church. or who attends a funeral or wedding in Iraq and Lebanon.


Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Time to consider A Memorial to Iraqi Courage

Considering this latest act of Iraqi bravery, I think it's time to consider planning a memorial in Iraq- paid for by the U.S. and whatever Iraqi civilians would like to contribute- to honor extremely brave Iraqi troops, police officers and civilians. There are a number of old Sadaam statues that could be melted down and the bronze recast into such a structure.

As appalling lacking in artistic talent, I do have a pretty good imagination. I envision the following design for the memorial:

Three middle-aged women- a Shia, A Kurd and a Sunni- leaving a polling place with dyed fingers in a victory sign. A group of determined civilian men- some armed- stand guard by the exit with a lone Iraqi Policeman standing guard at the entrance to the poll. On a road passing away from the poll, a
group of four policeman alert by their car; a little farther on, a little girl with a small bear sits by the roadside. Further down the road, a U.S. Captain is shaking hands with his counterpart from a group of ING standing beside a canal. The U.S. officer is part of a small group of U.S. soldiers- weapons slung- that are departing. A young boy, standing with the ING troops, waves to the departing U.S. detachment.

A separate plaque would detail each story at the base of the sculpture. What do you think?

P.S. I can't find the link to the story for the armed civilians at the poll exit. That refers to a small village that, after the election, a group of terrorists visited to 'punish' for turning out to vote. When it was over, three civilians were wounded, but five thugs were dead, eight wounded and the citizens burned the terrorist's cars. If you can find the link to this story, please send it on.