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The Balance of Power – Unions

Posted by zaphriel on October 19, 2005

Jimmy B of The Conservative UAW Guy did a great job hosting this weeks Balance of Power post. He did a great essay about conservatism, and unionism. Very passionate, and well laid out, it is a great read.

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A Pearl in the Sky

Posted by Mark on October 19, 2005

Closeup of Dione, a small moon of Saturn, orbiting so close it actually is inside the outer rings. Almost looks like you could put a string of these on a necklace, doesn’t it? Posted by Picasa

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Saddam’s First Trial: An Eyewitness Account

Posted by Mark on October 19, 2005

There is a certain fascination in watching Saddam’s trial this morning. The plodding, slow scene in the courtroom gives one a certain security that this really is a trial, and Saddam will be judged fairly. It’s a great day for Iraq, and for the United States.

It’s also boring. The translation is poor, when the folks on FoxNews and CNN allow you to actually hear the proceedings instead of their commentary. I’m a little surprised at how little the networks seem to know about the trial itself, or the other men being tried with Saddam. Hopefully more info will be forthcoming, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

In the meantime, Iraq the Model has an eyewitness account of the first of the many charges Saddam will face, the massacre at Al-Dujaile:

Date: 7/8/1982, Saddam decides to visit the village, the Ba’ath party in the region prepared the people to make a big reception, they took us out of the schools(I was 7 years old). They made us line in a row on both sides of the road to wave for him and cheer his name. It never occurred to me that it would be my last day in the childhood world. I was forced to skip that period of my life with such cruelty that I can not explain.
-17 of the finest young men in the village had decided to put an end to the tyrant’s life at that day, they had the courage to face him, we didn’t know about their intention.
The brave men set an ambush among the palm trees, they couldn’t tell which car was his, there were dozens of cars, all identical in model and color.
-The attack starts, the brave young men open fire from their simple weapons, some of the body guards get killed, others wounded, the tyrant get panicked, imagine that (Saddam is afraid) the man who enjoyed terrorizing people lives a moment of fear with all its details, he was so close to death this time.
8 of the attackers were killed, the rest fled out of the country.
(Woe to the sinners) who dared to make him scared, you should fear his revenge, you should learn the lesson so that it won’t happen again, you should bow more and more and fear more and more, you should be scared to death so that you don’t dare even to think of harming him; the shadow of god on earth.
-The answer was fast, one hour after the escape of the tyrant, we had to face his anger, I heard the sound of helicopters over our heads wreaking their vengeance upon our small village, backed later with shovels that leveled the trees with the ground, the order was clear(the terror should be great) so that the others would learn.
I ran away to my home into my mothers’ lap, my younger brother and sisters gathered around me, I realized something huge has happened and anticipated the eminent evil. it didn’t take long for the security to get to our house, we were taken to the unknown, me, my mother(who was 4 months pregnant), my sisters Einas(5 years), Zeina(3 years)and my brother Mohammed(1 year).
-The first station in our long journey was Al-Hakimiyah prison that belongs to the intelligence, I found hundreds of my village people, old, young, men, women and children, we were 480 there. Out of whom 80 were relatives of mine.
It was enough to say the word Hakimiyah for any Iraqi to be completely paralyzed(the one who gets in is a missing-the one who gets out is reborn-this was what we used to say about this prison, the walls of which tell thousands of horror stories that you refuse to believe.

This looks to be but the beginning of the horrors of Saddam’s reign.

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A Pearl in the Sky

Posted by Mark on October 19, 2005

Closeup of Dione, a small moon of Saturn, orbiting so close it actually is inside the outer rings. Almost looks like you could put a string of these on a necklace, doesn’t it? Posted by Picasa

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Saddam’s First Trial: An Eyewitness Account

Posted by Mark on October 19, 2005

There is a certain fascination in watching Saddam’s trial this morning. The plodding, slow scene in the courtroom gives one a certain security that this really is a trial, and Saddam will be judged fairly. It’s a great day for Iraq, and for the United States.

It’s also boring. The translation is poor, when the folks on FoxNews and CNN allow you to actually hear the proceedings instead of their commentary. I’m a little surprised at how little the networks seem to know about the trial itself, or the other men being tried with Saddam. Hopefully more info will be forthcoming, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

In the meantime, Iraq the Model has an eyewitness account of the first of the many charges Saddam will face, the massacre at Al-Dujaile:

Date: 7/8/1982, Saddam decides to visit the village, the Ba�ath party in the region prepared the people to make a big reception, they took us out of the schools(I was 7 years old). They made us line in a row on both sides of the road to wave for him and cheer his name. It never occurred to me that it would be my last day in the childhood world. I was forced to skip that period of my life with such cruelty that I can not explain.
-17 of the finest young men in the village had decided to put an end to the tyrant’s life at that day, they had the courage to face him, we didn’t know about their intention.
The brave men set an ambush among the palm trees, they couldn’t tell which car was his, there were dozens of cars, all identical in model and color.
-The attack starts, the brave young men open fire from their simple weapons, some of the body guards get killed, others wounded, the tyrant get panicked, imagine that (Saddam is afraid) the man who enjoyed terrorizing people lives a moment of fear with all its details, he was so close to death this time.
8 of the attackers were killed, the rest fled out of the country.
(Woe to the sinners) who dared to make him scared, you should fear his revenge, you should learn the lesson so that it won’t happen again, you should bow more and more and fear more and more, you should be scared to death so that you don’t dare even to think of harming him; the shadow of god on earth.
-The answer was fast, one hour after the escape of the tyrant, we had to face his anger, I heard the sound of helicopters over our heads wreaking their vengeance upon our small village, backed later with shovels that leveled the trees with the ground, the order was clear(the terror should be great) so that the others would learn.
I ran away to my home into my mothers’ lap, my younger brother and sisters gathered around me, I realized something huge has happened and anticipated the eminent evil. it didn’t take long for the security to get to our house, we were taken to the unknown, me, my mother(who was 4 months pregnant), my sisters Einas(5 years), Zeina(3 years)and my brother Mohammed(1 year).
-The first station in our long journey was Al-Hakimiyah prison that belongs to the intelligence, I found hundreds of my village people, old, young, men, women and children, we were 480 there. Out of whom 80 were relatives of mine.
It was enough to say the word Hakimiyah for any Iraqi to be completely paralyzed(the one who gets in is a missing-the one who gets out is reborn-this was what we used to say about this prison, the walls of which tell thousands of horror stories that you refuse to believe.

This looks to be but the beginning of the horrors of Saddam’s reign.

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