Apologies don't have to be full of self-hate or regret. They can be simple statements of acknowledgment of things that are wrong. Just admitting that "yup, I'm part of that and that's part of me" is a great beginning.
Another important story ignored in the US press. America is to punish Germany for leading international opposition to a war against Iraq. First we undermine the UN (remember our decade of non-payment?) and then say "gee, they don't seem very powerful". Then we undermine NATO by trying to force our allies into defending a member who doesn't even wan the US on their territory. Now we go after individual countries that have supported us for decades. Sounds like the kind of country you want to trust for the long-term, yes? Via Follow Me Here.
How sweet. Our government has been saying that we need to install a democratic government in Iraq. Now we don't want a democratic government in Iraq after the war. Well, we probably do want a democratic government after the war, but someone in the State Department or the CIA pointed out that it was impossible to force that on Iraq under the best of circumstances. So we'll just occupy it forever, or until we get bored. Certainly, that's worth a few hundred thousand Iraqi lives! Via This Modern World.
The US's shameful attempt to split NATO has taken an interesting turn. Turkey doesn't want US troops, not because they are afraid of being attacked by Iraq, but because the US never followed through with its promises after the last Gulf War. So George Bush Jr. loses face because George Bush Sr. was dishonest; seems fair.
It seems like everyone in Los Blogos is incredibly thrilled about Google buying Pyra, the folks who (sometimes) bring you Blogger. I wish Google well, but Blogger was waaaay too unreliable as a purveyor of publishing services for me. I suspect that the very reliable folks at Google will fix that, but I still don't see much synergy. "Corporate blogging" didn't even get 15 minutes of fame, and personal blogging doesn't make money.
Google has fooled me before, always positively, so I look forward to see what springs out of this.
I just discovered this stunning description of the origins of the song "Cassidy" by the Grateful Dead. Regardless of what you think about the Dead, this should give you a feeling for what they offered the world through their music. Deep bows to Follow Me Here for exposing this to the world.