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Wednesday, 03 January 2007 06:58

Paul Rogat Loeb: Gerald Ford's Failure of Nerve

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
By Paul Rogat Loeb

Compared with Nixon and the Republicans who followed him, Gerald Ford looks like the embodiment of Main Street decency and prudence. Ford's judgment seems even better when we learn that he told Bob Woodward that the Iraq war was "a big mistake," concluding, "I just don't think we should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people, unless it is directly related to our own national security." Ford's words should give strength to all of us who've questioned the war and were attacked as unpatriotic in the process. They reflect well on his common-sense willingness to acknowledge discomforting truths. But because he'd told Woodward to keep the interview private until after his death, they don't represent courage, but in fact a failure of nerve.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter

Annual Media Awards Recognize the Best of the Brave -- who are the media heroes of 2006? The News Dissector shares his; who are yours?

Wednesday, 03 January 2007 04:47

Don't Hang the Messenger for Saddam Video Leak

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

The stolen camera phone video clip of Saddam Hussein's execution revealed a chaotic, barbaric botching of what should have been a serious and solemn procedure. Feet and hands bound, Saddam was taunted mercilessly before his violent death by a shouting mob of Iraqi officials and guards, who told him to "go to hell." They also chanted the name of Moqtada al-Sadr, the infamous rebel cleric and militia leader.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Just a thought---if a delusional mind-set and a life-long fierce competition with your father, conjured up Saddam Hussein as having bested your father because your father failed to go the full mile into Iraq and oust Saddam Hussein, would you indeed see yourself in the end as the better, stronger man because you were able to execute Saddam? Would a sick mind be able to rationalize all the death and destruction, all the horror of war, in order to kill one man? Could then returning to an overall failure become an acceptable, familiar comfort zone?

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION

Fallout From Saddam Hussein's Execution

by Tony Peyser

In terms of basic magnitude
Call this story a megaton bomb
I bet Trent Lott got teary-eyed
(Hangings always remind him of Strom.)

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended “site of the day” will also appear occasionally following the summaries.

1//GulfNews.com, United Arab Emirates
US BODY TO HELP YEMENI TRIBESMEN SOLVE CONFLICTS

The Yemeni tribesmen need help like any civil society organisation to defuse their conflicts, said the new director of the Sanaa-based American National Democratic Institute (NDI). "We want to help the tribesmen engage constructively with the district, province and parliamentary levels to have good voice in terms of resources they need," Peter Dimitroff said. "Because conflicts are always about resources or scarcity of resource, so to defuse these conflicts, we have to be involved in some way." Previously, the Yemen NDI was accused of interfering in internal affairs after initiating a project in tribal areas to help the tribesmen solve their revenge problems. "We are going to engage the government and offer it input and wisdom. In the cases that happened in the past we simply had a lack of communication and it is my commitment now to engage the government fully so that they can notice that what we are doing is to help and support the tribesmen," Dimitroff told the Gulf News. ... Dimitroff said democracy and security should go hand in hand. "We can't have a democratic election and democratic practices without security, so I think democracy and security have to go hand in hand," said Dimitroff who served as the country director for NDI operations in Afghanistan before being appointed in Yemen last month to run a regional office.

Wednesday, 03 January 2007 01:11

Larry Beinhart: 2007 - Year of Madness

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Larry Beinhart, author of Wag the Dog, The Librarian, and Fog Facts

PART ONE: THE GREAT AWAKENING

The vote in 2006 made it clear that people's eyes are actually open.

A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW

I think what he does is he turns everybody who disagrees with him into his father. It doesn’t matter whether it’s actually the concrete representation of his father, like Baker, or the voters who vote against staying in Iraq. We have become his father. We are the people he is now defying. He will turn everybody, any authority, anybody who disagrees with him, into a father figure who he’d have to defy. -- Justin A. Frank, M.D.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dennis Loo, co-editor of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney

"There is a kind of conventional 'wisdom' slightly to the left of center which analyzes the United States this way: we have political democracy, but not economic democracy. It points to the 'democratic' institutions: the three branches of government and the 'checks and balances' which are presumed to prevent a monopoly of power by any one branch; the voting process for the president and Congress, especially now that women and black people have the right to vote; the Bill of Rights.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Linda Milazzo

I heard it in my Italian family, and in my Jewish family growing up in New York. And I've heard it in Los Angeles, or Hollywood as some would say, over the years that I've lived here. "Death comes in threes." "Watch," they'd say. "As soon as one famous person dies, two more will follow." And though I'm not superstitious, I must admit I've seen this "death comes in threes" often enough that it's really quite freaky... even scary.

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