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Welcome to the musings and notes of a Cadillac, Michigan based writer named Micah Holmquist, who is bothered by his own sarcasm.

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Sites Holmquist trys, and often fails, to go no more than a couple of days without visiting (some of which Holmquist regularly swipes links from without attribution)

Aljazeera.Net English
AlterNet (War on Iraq)
Alternative Press Review
Always Low Prices -- Always
Another Irani online
antiwar.com (blog)
Asia Times Online
Axis of Logic
Baghdad Burning (riverbend)
BBC News
blogdex.net ("track this weblog")
The Christian Science Monitor (Daily Update)
Common Dreams
Daily Rotten
Democracy Now
The Drudge Report
Eat the Press (Harry Shearer, The Huffington Post)
Empire Notes (Rahul Mahajan)
frontpagemag.com (HorowitzWatch)
Guardian Unlimited
The Independent
Information Clearing House
Informed Comment (Juan Cole)
Iranians for Peace

Iraq Dispatches (Dahr Jamail)
Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation
Iraq Occupation and Resistance Report (Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice)
Mr. Show and Other Comedy
The Narco News Bulletin (blog)
The New York Times
Occupation Watch
Political Theory Daily Review
Press Action
Project Syndicate
Raed in the Middle (Raed Jarrar)
The Simpsons Archive
Simpsons Collector Sector
Technorati ("search for mth.blogspot.com")
United States Central Command
U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq
War Report (Project on Defense Alternatives)
The Washington Post
Wildfire (Jo Wilding)
wood s lot
www.mnftiu.cc (David Rees)

Blogs that for one reason or another Holmquist would like to read on at least something of a regular basis (always in development)

Thivai Abhor
As'ad AbuKhalil
Ken Adrian
Christopher Allbritton
Douglas Anders
Mark W. Anderson
Aziz Ansari
Atomic Archive
James Benjamin
Elton Beard
Charlie Bertsch
alister black
Blame India Watch
Blog Left: Critical Interventions Warblog / war blog
Igor Boog
Martin Butler
Chris Campbell
James M. Capozzola
Avedon Carol
Elaine Cassel
cats blog
Jeff Chang
Margaret Cho
Citizens Of Upright Moral Character
Louis CK
Les Dabney
Natalie Davis
Scoobie Davis
The Day Job
Jodi Dean
Dominic Duval
Steve Earle
Daniel Ellsberg
Tom Engelhardt
Lisa English
Barbara Flaska
Brian Flemming
Joe Foster
Yoshie Furuhashi
Al Giordano
Rob Goodspeed
Grand Puba
Guardian Unlimited Weblog
Pete Guither
The Hairy Eyeball
Ray Hanania
Mark Hand
Hector Rottweiller Jr's Web Log Jim Henley Arvin Hill Hit & Run (Reason) Hugo Clark Humphrey Indri The Iraqi Agora Dru Oja Jay Jeff Lynne d Johnson Dallas Jones Julia Kane Blues Benjamin Kepple Ken Layne Phil Leggiere Brian Linse Adam Magazine Majority Report Radio Marc Maron Josh Marshall Jeralyn Merritt J.R. Mooneyham Michael Scott Moore Bob Morris Bob Mould Mr. Show and Tell Muslims For Nader/Camejo David Neiwert NewPages Weblog Aimee Nezhukumatathil Sean O'Brien Patton Oswalt The Panda's Thumb Randy Paul Rodger A. Payne Ian Penman politx Neal Pollack Greg Proops Pro-War.com Pure Polemics Seyed Razavi Rayne Simon Reynolds richardpryor.com Clay Richards Mike Rogers Yuval Rubinstein
Steven Rubio
Saragon Noah Shachtman Court Schuett The Simpsons Archive Amardeep Singh Sam Smith Soundbitten Jack Sparks Ian Spiers Morgan Spurlock Stand Down: The Left-Right Blog Opposing an Invasion of Iraq Aaron Stark Morgaine Swann Tapped (The American Prospect) tex Matthew Tobey Annie Tomlin Tom Tomorrow The University Without Condition Jesse Walker Warblogger Watch Diane Warth The Watchful Babbler The Weblog we have brains Matt Welch
Alex Whalen
Jon Wiener
Lizz Winstead
James Wolcott
Wooster Collective
Mickey Z

Thursday, January 23, 2003
"What would be enough?"

miniluv has recently asked antiwar bloggers to explain, "What would be enough?" for them to justify war with Iraq. (I assume by this he means what I would consider the escalation of the war with Iraq.) I figure I might as well take a shot at the answer.

I would support U.S. military action against Iraq for the sole purpose of preventing Iraq from attacking the U.S. or some other country in a manner that is designed to kill civilians. And after such action has been completed, I would not favor a broader war with Iraq. I would not favor retaliation to a an attack by Iraq on the U.S., U.S. interests or U.S. allies because quite frankly I feel that what the U.S. has been doing since 1990 is waging war on Iraq and that such actions just provoke Iraq to, rightly or wrongly, want to strike back. The U.S. appears to me to be a serious threat to Iraq while Iraq doesn't look like much of a threat to the U.S. I don't believe the U.S. should be attempting to control countries in the Middle East, or anywhere else, because it can and so I think the U.S. should be getting out of the area as soon as possible and let Iraq have all the weapons of mass destruction it wants unless the U.S. decides, or is forced, to get rid of its weapons of mass destruction.

I disagree with people like Eric Tamm who believe "Evidence of currently ongoing and widespread human rights violations that are grievous enough so that we can be confident that the human cost suffered by the Iraqi civilian population (as well as the poor bastards involuntarily conscripted into Saddam's army) as a result of a war would be LESS than the human rights violations that we would be stopping" is enough of a reason to go to war. But I do respect them so long as they:

-clearly state what constitutes crossing the quantitative and/or qualitative line of abusing human rights to the point that other countries have the right to overthrow that country’s government.

-have drawn up a list of all countries that have crossed that line and favor U.S. military action against all such countries so long as war is not expected to cause more suffering than the ongoing human rights violations.

-fully accept that being a force for freedom in the world means that lots of really evil and mean people are going to hate you and perhaps attack you but right of those risks as nothing more than the cost of bringing justice to the world.

-believe that country that abolished slavery before the U.S. abolished slavery would, after having abolished slavery, justified in taking over the U.S. prior to at least September 22, 1862 in order to get rid of slavery in also that in all likelihood it is unfortunate that the Great Britain lost the American Revolutionary War as Great Britain would allow slavery in all of the Crown’s land well before slavery was abolished in the U.S. and slavery was a far greater injustice that anything suffered by the colonists.

Funny I have never ran into anybody who met these criteria.