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Saturday, May 10, 2003
Although I hardly have a perfect record on that matter, I do believe that honesty is one of the most positive qualities a human can possess and that dishonestly with the intention to mislead is one of the most negative. This probably comes through in my entries where I critique the mendaciousness, or perhaps merely idiocy, of the Bush Administration.
It is with that in mind that I want to give them credit for acknowledging yesterday, in a draft resolution for the United Nations Security Council, that the United States and the United Kingdom are an "Occupying Power" in Iraq. In the lead up to this war the White House worked hard to avoid referring to what they wanted to do in Iraq as an "occupation" or saying that the U.S. was going to "occupy" Iraq. Instead they used the no doubt intentionally selected terms "liberation" and "liberate." While the idea that "liberation" of Iraqis was even one of the primary concerns of Team Bush is laughable, it may in fact happen as a result of their actions in a way no more imperfect than any "liberation" is. Still the “liberation” is undoubtedly coming through an “occupation” where the Iraqis have less control over at least some of their natural resources and media outlets than the “Occupying Power” does. In fact the draft resolution wants to institutionalize control by the “Occupying Power” over Iraqi oil and take that away from the U.N.