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Where, oh where are the…

Where, oh where are the Democrats on this issue?
The strongest opposition to an Iraq war is currently coming from conservatives while, apparently, Democrats are snoozing or too timid to speak out.

Bush family advisers at war over Iraq

The Bush family advisers on national security are staging a dramatic face-off on the fate of Saddam Hussein, as the man who advised the former president George Bush warns that an attack on Iraq would jeopardise, if not destroy, the war on terrorism.

Brent Scowcroft, who helped put together the international coalition that went to war against Iraq when it invaded Kuwait, warned that the fallout from a new war with Iraq could be “Armageddon in the Middle East”.

The Scowcroft pitch in The Wall Street Journal followed a BBC interview in which Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser to the current President George Bush, argued there was a powerful moral case for regime change in Iraq because left to his own devices, the “evil man” Hussein would wreak havoc on his people and his neighbours.

Dr Rice’s argument was seen as an attempt by the White House to rally sceptical public opinion in Britain and Europe. But Mr Scowcroft is seen as the linchpin in a loosely organised campaign by influential Republicans to stay the president’s hand.

Top Republicans Break With Bush…

Top Republicans Break With Bush on Iraq Strategy

Leading Republicans from Congress, the State Department and past administrations have begun to break ranks with President Bush over his administration’s high-profile planning for war with Iraq, saying the administration has neither adequately prepared for military action nor made the case that it is needed.

These senior Republicans include former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft, the first President Bush’s national security adviser. All say they favor the eventual removal of Saddam Hussein, but some say they are concerned that Mr. Bush is proceeding in a way that risks alienating allies, creating greater instability in the Middle East, and harming long-term American interests. They add that the administration has not shown that Iraq poses an urgent threat to the United States.  Link   New York Times Aug 15 [Moreover – moreover…]

In Texas he would have…

In Texas he would have gotten 450 years and six life sentences…

The ringleader of Sydney’s notorious pack-rape gang screamed an obscenity at the judge after being sentenced yesterday to 55 years’ jail, with a non-parole period of 40 years – believed to be the longest non-murder sentence in NSW history.

Interesting that Australia was horrified at a 55 year sentence for gang rape while in California  some unfortunates are doing life no parole for non-violent crimes.

Sword of justice fells worst rapist [Sydney Morning Herald]

World Summit on Sustainable Development

World Summit on Sustainable Development

Email from David Steven of The Daily Summit:

You might be interested in, a blog we’ve set up to report from the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Joburg next month.  I’ve long been interested in the potential of blogging to open a window onto major events.

We now have the chance to report on what happens when you ask 106 world leaders and 65,000 other delegates to come up with a “blueprint for the 21st century.”

At the moment, the site is mostly a “linker,” tracking preparations for the event and reflecting opinion from across the political spectrum.  We officially launch on 19 August and will be live from Joburg a few days later.

To be honest, we don’t know what will happen then, but the idea is to wander the streets and the corridors, picking up the news and the gossip and post to the site as often as a working internet connection looms into view.

It’ll all be over in the first week in September – so it’ll be great if you can link to the site sometime between now and then. Also, please let me know if you write about the summit in your blog – so we can keep up with the blogosphere’s take on world summitry.

Politics in the Zeros has picked up the news feed from The Daily Summit and will be reporting fully on this important conference.  Yes, through the miracle of XML and Radio UserLand (the software this blog runs under), subscribing to news feeds becomes simple.  Even more to the point, Daily Summit found this blog via Radio UserLand.