| "To call party-based parliamentarism "democracy' is the greatest bluff in the history of mankind." http://home.swipnet.se/~w-38823/jiri1.htm "There is no causality between elections and democracy. To issue every four years "carte blanche" is the most humiliating thing that can be expected of democratic citizens." http://direkte-demokratie.de/public/pro.htm
Kobach states at the end of his book, "Too often, observers deem Switzerland an oddity among political systems. It is more appropriate to regard it as a pioneer." In many countries, there is a rising agony towards politics. Politicians are either corrupt, or not keeping their promises from election time. There's much of demagogy - at the same time, the really burning issues of society are not adressed. Armies go to war, even though a vast majority of the population is against it.
At the same time, the USA is legitimizing the war in Iraq partially with the slogan "we bring democracy to the world!".
A lot of western people, in a "weak hour", get second-thoughts: "Is democracy any good?".
Well, first of all, since we have witnessed the rise and fall of the "German Democratic Republic", we should know that not everything labelled "democratic", really IS democratic! Actually, it would be more appropriate to say "we bring oligarchy to the world!". Because that's a more appropriate designation of the real-life political systems on national level in most western countries today.
So, the disappointments and reservations in relation to western countries politics today are in most cases not issues of democracy, they are issues of oligarchy. ( What is REAL DEMOCRACY then?Collapse ) ( 20st century - a lost century for democracy!Collapse ) ( Forms and levels of True DemocracyCollapse ) ( Advantages of Direct DemocracyCollapse ) ( Questions and doubts about Direct democracyCollapse ) ( ConclusionsCollapse ) ( Interesting links about Direct DemocracyCollapse ) ( Zurich Voting News - HOW WOULD YOU HAVE VOTED?Collapse )
"An unknown number of Iraqi women and children died of phosphorus burns during the hostilities".
Yeh...Chemical weapons indeed. But who brought them? who's using them?
" U.S. forces used a combination of white phosphorus and explosives known as "shake 'n' bake." "
Ho shit! Somehow not surprised...sad...
"U.S. forces do not use napalm or white phosphorus as weapons," the American ambassador to London, Robert Tuttle, wrote in a letter to the Independent newspaper
(The suspicion that former president Saddam Hussein was developing chemical weapons, as well as biological and nuclear ones, was one of the Bush administration's main justifications for the 2003 invasion of the Persian Gulf country. )
1) "We do not torture," Bush declared
2) Bush supported an effort spearheaded by [...]Dick Cheney to block or modify a proposed Senate-passed ban on torture. [The same day...]
3) "We are finding terrorists and bringing them to justice.[...]" Bush said.
4) "Foreign governments, [...] have criticised the tribunals as fundamentally unfair because the prisoners have no rights under the Geneva Conventions and limited rights as defendants" (ref to "guantanamo")http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-1862098,00.html
Question (again): which justice is he refering to? The torture or...?
Milanese prosecutors accuse the 13 of having organized the cleric's
kidnapping on February 17, 2003, and secretly flying him to Egypt, where he was
interrogated and allegedly tortured, a source close to the investigation told
CNN last week.
The 13 are believed to have left Italy and none have been arrested, according
Does this mean that Bush Administration Sectret Service is now permitted to kidnap people for torture, brutally violating the country laws and get away with that..?
Current Music: soilwork-figure_number_four-the_mindmaker-vis
"The USA Patriot Act, in the name of fighting terrorism, allows the government to find out which books and Internet sites a person has seen. It lets investigators secretly search homes and monitor phone calls and e-mail. Now, officials in the wealthy New York City suburb of Summit are using the law to justify forcing homeless people to leave a train station ..."
What a great country....
|» Tired of Bush speeches|
From yesterday's speech...|
"There is only one course of action against them: to defeat them abroad before they attack us at home."
"This nation will not wait to be attacked again [...] The only way our enemies can succeed is if we forget the lessons of Sept. 11."
well, the point is: Iraq has NEVER attacked USA, neither planned to, neither had any usable weapon (WMD) to do such an attack.
M. Bush, I need more explanations. 911 terrorists were Saudis, and Bin Laden was (apparently) organizing attacks from the Taliban country called Afghanistan. What's the link with Iraq?
As reminder: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0616-01.htm (9/11 Commission: No Link Between Al-Qaida and Saddam )
"Our mission in Iraq is clear. "
wait there...then why do you need to give a speech?
"We are advancing freedom in the broader Middle East."
Toady we are at 25500 Iraq civilians death. Free to die or died for free?? Anyway...It keep running....(www.iraqbodycount.net)
"The American people do not falter under threat and we will not allow our future to be determined by car bombers and assassins."
WHY last week you actually tried to NEGOTIATE with your so called terrorists? http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=3&u=/ap/20050626/ap_on_re_eu/britain_iraq (Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld acknowledged Sunday that U.S. officials met with insurgents in Iraq)
M. bush, there are no terrorists in iraq, but insurgents trying to use the war as a way to control the country. That happen all the time. Before Iraq war, there were NO insurgents in Iraq, no suicide bombers and so on...You put this mess yourself.
oh fuck you...I'm tired (again ? :-p )...I stop here...
|» "Do what I say, don't do what I do" FUCKIN TIRED OF IT|
"The Bush administration is planning the government's first production of plutonium 238 since the cold war, stirring debate over the risks and benefits of the deadly material. The substance, valued as a power source, is so radioactive that a speck can cause cancer. Federal officials say the program would produce a total of 330 pounds over 30 years at the Idaho National Laboratory, a sprawling site outside Idaho Falls some 100 miles to the west and upwind of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Officials say the program could cost $1.5 billion and generate more than 50,000 drums of hazardous and radioactive waste. Project managers say that most if not all of the new plutonium is intended for secret missions and they declined to divulge any details. But in the past, it has powered espionage devices."
Full ref: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/27/politics/27nuke.html?ei=5065&en=dce782f4ec16c055&ex=1120536000&partner=MYWAY&pagewanted=print
|» in dah news: war till 2017|
"Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Sunday he anticipates even more violence in Iraq and acknowledged that the insurgency could go on for any number of years. Defeating the insurgency may take as long as 12 years, he said, with Iraqi security forces, not U.S. and foreign troops, taking the lead and finishing the job. The assessment comes shortly after the latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll showing public doubts about the war reaching a high point — with more than half saying that invading Iraq was a mistake." |
and what a mistake! not for Bush oil though. ( http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8366705/ )
|» New! USA approves the RACIAL pill!|
Honestly, I couldn't really believe it :-p
[...] for the treatment of heart failure in black patients.
ok, for the fun of it: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050623/dcth067.html?.v=10