Thursday, February 27, 2003

Today's post at USS Clueless is absolutely brilliant. I have nothing to add, except go read it.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

How the "Human Shields" Could Reduce Civilian Casualties



Apparently, the "human shields" in Iraq are (1) convinced that the depose Saddam coalition is less likely to strike a water plant if it knows that a bunch of hippies are camping out near it; and (2) concerned that Saddam is actually placing them near military targets, or is placing his military assets near civilian targets.

Well, I have a perfect solution. If the human shields really want to reduce human casualties, and they see Saddam committing the war crime of deliberately placing military assets near mosques, hospitals, etc., all they need to do is e-mail the US military with the GPS locations of the (1) protected civilian target and (2) nearby military target. That way, we can make sure that our bombs hit the right thing (after satellite confirmation of the targeting data, of course). In fact, the more targeting data the human shields send us, the fewer civilians will die in any war, and the less incentive Saddam will have to hide his military assets near the civilian installations the human shields are allegedly guarding.

Of course, if the human shields send us incorrect targeting data, then more civilians will die. But lefties like them would never do that, right? Not even the ones who think the Quisling government was funny. . .

Monday, February 24, 2003

Why Avril Lavigne Is Mean



On the pressing issue of the day, I agree with Goblin-Queen that Avril Lavigne is mean. Not because the single housewife in "Skater Boy" made a mistake though, but because she didn't. Even if she'd given it up to the Skater Boy in highschool, the chances that he'd still be with her several years later are approximately zero.

Granted, she would have an "I slept with Avril Lavigne's boyfriend" story to tell, but it's really her choice on whether it would be worth it. (See Katie's post if you really want to know what I'm talking about).

Resolved: Israel's Doing Pretty Well



Expategghead has a great piece analyzing Israel's performance under the various UN resolutions issued over the past fifty years. He analyzes which resolutions have been completed, which resolutions Israel cannot complete without cooperation of other countries or groups (for example, resoultions calling for an end to Israeli-Palestinian violence) and so on. I don't think the UN is a fair judge of Israel's conduct, for various reasons, but the breakdown is still a good read. (Via TalG).