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the patsy and the madman:
"The obstacles, of course, are that -- well, for one thing, I don't see how you can have a vote until you have something like a census. There hasn't been a decent census in Iraq for a good deal of time."
Hitchens comes along with that statement, heel-to-toed by the report that the US rejected a plan by Iraqi census officials that claim they could have completed a census by September. As always, listening to these two go back and forth is a good time. Hitchens at least remains one of the most honest patsies for Bush's failures, but decisively picking a side between Bush and the occupation resistance seems just as mad. Then again, it might not look so mad a fews months or a year from now, or after a Democrat takes over for Bush and continues to fail. Or maybe this time we're somehow supposed to put faith in the "light at the end of the tunnel" reports coming out of the government's PR agents.
Ali, for his part, makes one very interesting argument: "if Saddam Hussein died a natural death or was captured and killed or whatever, the resistance far from dying down would actually increase, because many who are not coming out at the moment fearful that Saddam might come back, would then join the resistance."
There's also much talk of anger at the UN for the sanctions. If so it's probably fair to say that the anger is both justifiable and misplaced. George W. Bush, if nothing else, did end one of the most hideously criminal campaigns against a helpless population of the 90s when he decided to wage a hideously criminal war and then a, likewise criminal, occupation. Not surprisingly none of the culprits involved have been formally charged with anything criminal, including, as it happens, Saddam Hussein.