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Saturday, June 28th, 2003

SIGNALLING THE NEED FOR A ” DEMOCRATIC EISENHOWER ” ?

Former President Bill Clinton points Democrats toward former NATO commander General Wesley Clark, currently poised to enter the race for the Democratic nomination. Why ? As a political tactician and behind the scenes power-broker, the former president is indicating to his party that establishing national security credentials in the eyes of swing voters is an absolute must, regardless of what President Bush does or how the economy performs. Put Clark on the official Democratic Veep short list for 2004.

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Saturday, June 28th, 2003

AYATOLLAHS ON THE ROAD TO RUIN – CRUEL ENOUGH TO BE HATED, TOO WEAK TO KEEP POWER

The Khameini-Rafsanjani-Pasdaran clique arrests 4000 students as students remain defiant.

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Saturday, June 28th, 2003

” OLD EUROPE ” – LITERALLY

Go here. Can nations in retirement be partners in managing the world ? Will the Europeans continue admitting Muslim immigrants with Islamist politics in a quest for population growth to pay for overly generous welfare states until they risk what remains of their democratic and liberal values ?

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Saturday, June 28th, 2003

THE ” PINOCHET OF THE EAST ” ON TRIAL FOR MASS-MURDER

General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the ex-Communist dictator of Poland who declared martial law to crush Solidarity at the behest of the Soviet Union is on trial for mass murder – specifically, his earlier actions as Defense Minister in 1970 when security troops shot and killed 44 striking workers and injured up to 1000 others.

The old East bloc has a very sketchy record for dealing with ex-Communist human-rights violators. On one extreme the Ceaucescus were shot by a firing squad when their neo-Stalinist regime was toppled by a coup during mass-protests and on the other you have aged despots like Erich Honecker being allowed to flee abroad to escape trial or original Stalinist monsters like Lazar Kaganovich dying peacefully at home. Or GRU chief Peter Ivashutin living to ripe old age in retirement. Jaruzelski was far from the worst of the lot but unlike some of the others he carried out his efforts at repression despite having once been a tortured zek in the hands of Beria’s NKVD ( he had been deported to Siberia as a Polish P.O.W. – Stalin did not honor the Geneva accords so the Poles were treated as counterrevolutionary political criminals and spies). If anything, Jaruzelski had greater moral responsibility to resist repressive policies; the trial is merited.

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Thursday, June 26th, 2003

FORGIVE THE POSTING DELAY

Blogger was not allowing me to log on until today and now that I can get on, ” real world ” priorities have impinged on blogging until Saturday. I will return with some interesting links and pointed opinions.

In the meantime, the administration has finally begun moving toward putting some of the al Qaida war criminals before a military tribunal – a position I have advocated here and on H-Diplo. Wolfowitz is repotedly the one who will make the call ( watch the” neocon cabal ” theorists on the Left go bonkers on this one)

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