by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Both U.S. President Bush and Iranian President Ahmadinejad are shooting off their respective mouths at each other and each other's nations. Major elements of their respective power elites are more and more nervous that such shooting off may lead to real shooting between the two countries, in the worst interests of both. There is common ground between the countries. First and foremost, a shooting war between them would bring immense harm to both. Further, it would have the potential for bringing even more immense harm to the world at large, especially should the U.S. use nuclear weapons, an idea that apparently has been bruited about, at least, it is rumored, about the office of the U.S. Vice President.
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Bill Quigley
Cathy Webster, a grandmother living in Chico California, organized “A Thousand Grandmothers for Peace” to protest in November 2006 against the torture-training School of the Americas (SOA) (now called the Western Institute of Security Cooperation or WHINSEC) located at Ft. Benning Georgia.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
The great thing about conservatives' hypocrisy when it comes to social issues is that it's perfectly OK for them to meddle with your affairs, but their private lives are their own business. This fits in with their whole ideology of looking out for themselves at the expense of everybody else.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Peter Michaelson
This week, archeologists working near Stonehenge in England reported finding the ruins of Neolithic homes and evidence that the former residents enjoyed festivals of raucous dance and wild partying. The party didn't last, however. Over the centuries, the authorities clamped down on public rituals of collective joy and stole from the people the ancient source of human solidarity.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Washington, DC – Developments in the trial of former Cheney aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby revealed a number of startling revelations surrounding the outing of a covert CIA agent during a time of war and the inner workings of the White House Iraq Group (WHIG). News accounts today indicate that Karl Rove, the President's top advisor, "told a reporter that an administration critic's wife worked at the CIA" and "Libby then confirmed Valerie Plame's CIA status a day later during an 'off-the-record' conversation." [USA Today, 2/1/07] And, it was also reported that "copies of handwritten notes by Vice President Dick Cheney, introduced at trial by defense attorneys ... would appear to implicate George W. Bush in the Plame CIA Leak case," according to http://truthout.org/.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Linda Bilmes, a public policy expert at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, concluded in a paper that total veterans' benefits stemming from our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could end up costing more than $660 billion over the next few decades. In response, the numbers she used to form her conclusions were criticized by high-ranking Pentagon officials.