Best of Blogs: February 6, 2006
EDITED BY PIERRE TRISTAM/Candide's Notebooks
Non-disclaimer: We're liberal to the core, but we include in this daily blog review the political, the social, the cultural and the undefinable from the left, the right, the in-between from all over the globe. And we're suckers for good writing regardless of ideology. Clicking the link will take you to the original post.
Featured Blog I: Drug Prisoners
Meth Murder's Legacy
Kim, Death by Meth /Feb. 5, 2006
I sympathise with those who are in prison because of meth related crimes. I am not caring for anyone who is in prison. At least not as a family member. I know of 4 men who are in prison related to my son's kidnapping, torture and murder. I have forgiven them and plan to write to them soon. What will I say? I don't know, but it won't be a hate filled message even though they took the most precious thing to me, my only son. In my case, I believe that Frank Miller (the man who shot my son 11 times in the head and wouldn't tell us where he killed him at) could be redeemable as a person, but I could be wrong. I will try though to get across to him that he is forgiven and what he did affects many including his own family and children. The guys who helped kidnap him and put together the premeditated plot of my son's demise are getting what they deserve. Prison time. I would however, like to see them rehabilitated, see their error and gain strength to become responsible citizens. Maybe even helping others out of the world of meth by their own stories of victory over the drug. I agree that most people probably don't belong in prison, but they need help from adolescense. Read the rest at Death By Meth...
Featured Blogger II: Iraq's Hamas
The Shiite Majority's Ballot Box Theocracy
BAGHDAD BURNING /February 2, 2006
Iraqi election results were officially announced nearly two weeks ago, but it was apparent from the day of elections which political parties would come out on top. I’m not even going to bother listing the different types of election fraud witnessed all over Iraq- it’s a tedious subject and one we’ve been discussing for well over a month. The fact that a Shia, Iran-influenced religious list came out on top is hardly surprising. I’m surprised, however, at Iraqis who seem to be astonished at the outcome. Didn’t we, over the last three years, see this coming? Iranian influenced clerics had a strong hold right from 2003. Their militias were almost instantly incorporated into the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Defense as soon a move was made to create new Iraqi security forces. Sistani has been promoting them from day one. Why is it so very surprising that in times of calamity people turn to religion? It happens all over the world. During tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, blockades, wars- people turn to deities… It’s simple- when all else fails, there is always a higher power for most people. After nearly three years of a failing occupation, I personally believe that many Iraqis voted for religious groups because it was counted as a vote against America and the occupation itself. No matter what American policy makers say to their own public- and no matter how many pictures Rumsfeld and Condi take with our fawning politicians- most Iraqis do not trust Americans. America as a whole is viewed as a devilish country that is, at best, full of self-serving mischief towards lesser countries and, at worst, an implementer of sanctions, and a warmongering invader. Even Iraqis who believe America is here to help (and they seem to have grown fewer in number these days), believe that it helps not out of love for Iraqis, but out of self-interest and greed. Read the rest at Baghdad Burning...