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I am not saying anything much about our headlong rush to war. I feel
too shocked and sickened to say much at this point. I did run across
this article on America
that Arrogant Empire
and really didn’t have anything to disagree
with in it. One quote:

Being pro-American should not be a political liability for our
allies. The diplomatic fiasco over Turkey is an excellent example. For
well over a year now it has been obvious to anyone watching that the
Turkish people were deeply opposed to a war in Iraq. Yet the
administration assumed that it could bully or bribe Turkey into giving
it basing rights. But Turkey over the last year has become more
democratic. The military is less willing to overrule politicians. The
new ruling party, AK, is more open to internal debate than Turkey

The take home lesson that I think history will bear out is
that there is always a cost in winning. Our obvious
lack of good faith in the diplomacy leading up to the current war
are causing wounds that will take decades to heal and will make the
world a worse place. I fear tomorrow.

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I found this heartwarming: Tim
Bray, cocreator of XML finds it hard to work with
. This was via SlashDot.
I do the same thing he talks about in this article – when I really
only care about a small part of the XML, I find what I want by using a
regular expression to parse it out. I actually don’t have as much
issue with it as he does, which is the heartwarming part. I
guess. Unless that means I’m not smart enough to dislike it.