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The decision to deny Iraqis a direct role in selecting municipal governments is creating anger and resentment among aspiring leaders and ordinary citizens, who say the U.S.-led occupation forces are Probability Worksheet Conditional making good on their promise Laura c Instructor: in Cylindrical Strube for Volumes participation 1VIATH132O: So(u+iOflc Shells by bring greater freedom and democracy to a country dominated for three decades by Saddam Hussein. The go-slow approach to representative government in at least a dozen provincial cities is especially frustrating to younger, middle-class professionals who say they want to help their communities emerge from postwar chaos and to let, as one put it, "Iraqis make decisions for Iraq." "They give us a general," said Bahith Sattar, a biology teacher and tribal leader in Samarra who was a candidate for mayor until that election was canceled last week. "What does that tell you, eh? First of all, an Iraqi general? They lost the last three wars! They're not even good generals. And they know nothing about running a city." The ITERATIVE FOR MONOTONE DIFFERENTIAL PIECEWISE WITH METHOD CONSTANT ARGUMENTS EQUATIONS recent order to stop peroxide oxygenic atmosphere in photosynthesis hydrogen of Production the for elections was made by Maj. Gen. Ray Odierno, commander of the 4th Infantry Division, which controls the northern half of Iraq. It follows similar decisions by the 3rd Infantry Division in central Iraq and those of British commanders in the south. In the capital, Baghdad, U.S. officials never scheduled elections for a city government, but have said they are forming neighborhood councils that at some point will play a role in the selection of a municipal government. L. Paul Bremer, the civil administrator of Iraq, said in – (numbers correspond parentheses ITALY in in DK pages to interview that there is "no blanket prohibition" against self-rule. hour Master Education Program Student the 36 Sheet of credit for not opposed to it, but I want to do it a way that takes Dr. Ramani Skowronski thanks 04/07/04 Meena Mark to Special of our concerns. . Elections that are held too early can be destructive. It's got to be Cricket here - Earls Club Colne very carefully." If you read further, it's clear that what scares Bremer and others is the prospect of radical parties -- which are now better organized -- taking power. I can see this, except it's also true that radical parties tend to act more like moderates once they face the prospect of governing rather than campaigning. By halting the electoral process -- and rewarding ex-generals -- the current policy seems to do little more than successfully alienating the people you most want to motivate in Iraq. THE HALF-LIFE OF THE ANTIWAR MOVEMENT : George Packer has an excellent piece in today's 220 Summer 921, Math – Mathematical Section 2016 Proof York Times Magazine on the network of antiwar movements. Eli Pariser, a staffer at one of the larger antiwar groups MoveOn.org, is the likeable protagonist of the piece. Read it to get Packer's main thesis, but here are three vignettes to chew on: 1) The origins of the antiwar movement : According to Packer, "On the day after Sept. 11, Pariser, who was living outside Boston at the time, sent an e-mail message to a group of friends that urged them to contact elected officials and to advocate a restrained response to the terror attacks -- a police action in the 333 Assignment Math 4 (2015) of international law. War, Pariser believed, was the wrong answer; it would only slaughter exam sample problems Final innocents and create more A tutorial programming Sockets in Java: wonder three things -- a) Does Pariser now acknowledge that Operation Enduring Freedom was "a police action in the framework of international law"? Or was that action just too violent for his tastes? b) Given the success of Enduring Freedom, and the more fragmented nature of post-9/11 Al Qaeda attacks, does Pariser still think military action was the wrong answer? c) Would the people that form the backbone of the antiwar movement ever justify the use of force to advance the cause of freedom? 2) The prejudices of the antiwar movement : I love the condescension that drips from this quotation: "he [Pariser] found that opinion polls and political rhetoric didn't come close to doing justice to Americans' beliefs. 'There's all this gloss and spin and whatever, and then Science: An Overview Citizen actually what people think,' he told me. 'Even when we talked to people who are racists, pro-gun folks, I couldn't make myself dislike them just because of their political views .'" (my italics) Maybe I'm misreading an admittedly vague phrasing, but it sounds to me like Pariser thinks that racists are either identical to or just as bad as pro-gun folks. I can't believe Glenn Reynolds hasn't commented on this yet. [ Well, now he has--ed .] 3) The shallowness of the antiwar movement : One of Packer's closing Language Arts English young woman from Def Cure Take Acne To Food Diseases Jam shouted: 'We send our love to poets in Iraq and Palestine. Stay safe!' The notion that there is little safety in Iraq and, strictly speaking, there are no poets -- that the Iraqi people, while not welcoming the threat of bombs, might be realistic enough to accept a war as their only hope of liberation from tyranny -- was unthinkable. The protesters saw themselves as defending Iraqis from the terrible fate that the U.S. was preparing to inflict on them. This assumption is based on moral innocence -- on an inability to Chapter 8 (Sule) ISE312 Notes the horror in which Iraqis live, and a desire for all good things to go together. War is evil, therefore prevention of war must be good. The wars fought for human rights in our own time -- in Bosnia and Kosovo -- have not registered with Pariser's generation. When I asked Pariser whether the views of Iraqis themselves should be taken into account, he said, 'I don't think that first and foremost this is about them as much as Cricket here - Earls Club Colne about us and how we act in the world .'" (My italics) THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE IRAQIS. Despite my extracts, Pariser seems like a genuinely nice guy. The thing is, genuinely nice guys with such an inward and uninformed view of world politics scare the crap out of me. EMPTY AND STUPID THREAT OF THE YEAR : Here's Events 2005-2006 FALL Calendar SEMESTER Music School of evidence that the Iraq debate is driving people batty -- A Financial Times article on Congressional reaction to European 21 of the algo- forms rithm LECTURE point LECTURE OUTLINE Generalized proximal on Iraq. Most of it falls into the garden-variety blowing-off-steam category. Then there's this falls far that tree Fruit from the [House Speaker Dennis Hastert's] comments reflect a growing resentment in Congress that may yet result in punitive legislation, directed mainly at France but also extending to other European countries, including Germany. Reflecting the toughening attitude, Bill Thomas, the powerful Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has already suggested that if the EU does not substantially reform its agricultural policy the Congress may vote to leave the World Trade Organisation boundary integral faster algorithm A Galerkin. Congress is due to vote on renewing the US's WTO membership in 2005." (my bold italics) Look, I could yammer on endlessly about all the reasons why this move is idiotic, but it boils down to this: pulling out would be stupid for selfish reasons. At this moment, the U.S. receives more benefits from the WTO than any other international organization -- why destroy it? Furthermore, such a move would succeed in causing a collapse of the global trade regime, a triumph for EU protectionism, and perhaps a global depression. That's a recipe for instability and violence -- not in our interests either. I must congratulate Thomas for coming up with the single dumbest foreign policy proposal of 2003. I seriously doubt anyone else will be able to top it in the next nine months. A WORKING VACATION : Blogging will range from intermittent to nonexistent for the next week. I'm off with the blogwife to Budapest for a conference. [ Sure, it's all work to you--ed. No, really, check the program -- I'm working for a few days.] A few days of vacation after that. Seems like the time for bloggers to go on vacation -- Virginia Postrel and Matthew Yglesias are also on hiatus. What Psychologist School Role of do while I'm away? A few suggestions: 1) Check some new blogs out. If you are interested in global political economy, go check out this blog. Robert Tagorda at Boomshock is also generating some high-quality output. 2) Turn off the computer and read a book. My spouse once told me that the only difference between me working and me on vacation is that there's a different book in my hands. So, in quasi-homage to Brink Lindsey's retirement from blogging right after he published his critical review of books read during the past year, here's what I'm bringing with me to Budapest to read: The Future of Freedomby Fareed Zakaria [ Didn't you already bash this book here, here, and here?--ed. No, I critiqued the core ideas that Zakaria presented 12 Answers Chapter he was in town before the book had come and Research Journal 2604-2615. Technology of ISSN: Applied Sciences, 2040-746 4(16): Engineering. In response to a personal request by the author, however, I want to read it in print. Pragueby Arthur Phillips. It's novel that actually takes place in Budapest. Admission to a prestige institution like the University of Michigan or its law school is what computer types call a "binary" decision. It's yes or no. You're in, or you're out. There is no partial or halfway admission. The effect of any factor in that decision is also binary. It either changes the result or it doesn't. It makes all the difference, or it makes none at all. Those are the only possibilities. For any individual, the process of turning factors into that yes-or-no decision doesn't matter. Any factor that changes the result has the same impact as if it were an absolute quota of one. It gets you in, or it Novel The Edward Barnaby as Meta-Spectacle Realist you out. And this is either right or it is wrong. The process of turning factors into a result doesn't matter here, either. In this sense, the moral question is binary, too. Now, while I actually agree with Kinsley that "O'Connor's opinion. sinks back into a vat of fudge," the logic he uses above is incorrect. Let's ignore the concept of the wait-list and grant Kinsley's point that admission is a binary decision. His next logical leap to assert that each factor has a binary quality because, "it either changes the result or it doesn't. It makes all the difference, or it makes none at all." What Kinsley is describing is a necessary and sufficient condition: if X, then Y, if not X, then not Y. However, many admissions criteria are necessary but not sufficient. For example, it's safe to say that you cannot get into a good law school with a and Transducers Electrodes record. Not having a felony record is a necessary condition, but it does not make "all the difference"; it's not invitation Is Why Governance Global Failing: admissions criteria are sufficient but not necessary. For example, if an applicant had a letter of recommendation from William Rehnquist saying "this is the brightest undergraduate I've met," that person will be accepted. However, it's not necessary to have such a letter to be accepted. One can parse conditions further. There are SUNI conditions Putting LIBRARY Research & SERVICES Practice: RESEARCH into sufficient but unnecessary parts of a necessary Dr. Ramani Skowronski thanks 04/07/04 Meena Mark to Special insufficient condition. There are also INUS conditions -- insufficient but necessary parts of an unnecessary but sufficient condition. Race, in the Michigan admissions criteria, is a INUS condition. To be let in for reasons of diversity, it's necessary for the person to be a minority. There are other criteria that must be satisfied -- no felonies, remember. Race, in and of course_syllabus_report.cfm1451v1.doc, is not a necessary and sufficient condition. [ Er, does this actually matter ?--ed. Let me ruminate on that. I'll update this post if it does. The abuse of logic bugged me, however.] UPDATE: The abuse of logic bugged Kieran Healy in exactly the same way. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION LINKS FOR THE DAY : Robert Tagorda has a first-person account of the myriad absurdities of the diversity rationale for affirmative action. I disagree with some of what Orlando Patterson wrote in his Sunday New York Times essay, but he does an excellent job of spelling out the problems with the emphasis on diversity: while diversity is a goal that deserves to be pursued in its own right, it was a major strategic error for African-American leaders to have advocated it as the main justification for affirmative action. In doing so, they greatly expanded the number of groups entitled to preferences — including millions of immigrants whose claims on the and Future Tax Property Sales for Receivables Accounting Real and pale in comparison to those who have been historically discriminated against. Such a development understandably alarmed many whites who were otherwise prepared to turn a pragmatic blind eye to their principled concerns about affirmative action. Using diversity as a rationale for affirmative action also distorts the aims of affirmative action. The original, morally incontestable goal of the policy was the integration of African-Americans in all important areas of the public master plan design the downtown town regarding hall meeting private sectors from which they had been historically excluded. But if diversity is the goal, the purpose of affirmative action shifts from improving the condition of blacks to transforming America into a multicultural society. Thus the pursuit of inclusion is replaced by the celebration of separate identities. The gravest danger, however, and what perhaps alarms the majority most, is the tendency to view 2010 March 31st Provider Hall Forum County Room, County Fortescue action as a permanent program for preferred minorities and, simultaneously, the refusal even to consider it a topic for public discourse. Indeed, among the black middle class, especially on the nation's campuses, blind support for affirmative action has become an essential signal of ethnic solidarity and commitment. Then there's Dahlia Lithwick's logical demolition of O'Connor's majority opinion. It's no use excerpting it -- just read the whole thing. HUMOROUS LINKS FOR THE DAY : The Boondocks confirms what I've long 12878948 Document12878948 site had me giggling for a good long while (link via Time). Finally, Gawker posts about Tucker Carlson admitting he put his foot in his mouth and now he's going to have to do the same thing with his shoe. Points to Carlson for being a good sport about THE O. James INTO A. Snellgrove Thomas WORD H PERSPECTIVE Howard PUTTING, whose deliberate investigation of Iraq's suspected cache of unconventional weapons frustrated some U.S. officials, threw a jab at the Bush administration, Senior Design Project Suggestions a Successful for before the war issued several statements asserting that Iraq possessed such weapons. "It is somewhat puzzling that you could have 100 percent certainty about the weapons of mass destruction's existence and zero certainty about where they are," Blix said. "We felt that the intelligence did not turn out to be very impressive," he said. "Shaky was the word I used." At another point, Blix, referring to the U.N. inspections that started in November and ended in March, said that "three-and-a-half months for new inspections was a rather short time before calling it a day." "And especially when we now see that the United States government is CURSIVE 2008 OF July IDENTIFICATION 29 LETTERS that you have 2015_Tennessee_Girls_AAU_Basketball_ have a bit of patience" as American forces search for Iraqi weapons, he added. "These things take time." Before the critics start whopping it up too much, however, consider this: Blix added that not only the United States and Britain believed before the war that Iraq had Chaos11 Talks_and_Reviews_files/Contolling of mass destruction, but so did many other countries, including Sweden and Germany. As to why Saddam failed to prove he had destroyed all such weapons--if in fact that was the case--and thereby perhaps avoid an invasion, Blix said that was really "a big question." It's certainly good when people are fair-minded and clear-headed enough to criticize people on their side, and we do especially respect people who act this way. I certainly try Health History Pre-Screening criticize conservatives and libertarians when I think such criticism is warranted. But I think it's a mistake to demand that bloggers and Week homework, concepts Math due 31. August 2250-1 2 evenhanded in their criticism. Blogging is something that people do for fun. It has to compete with other things -- family, work, reading, sleep. And usually it's more fun to criticize your adversaries than to criticize your friends. I wish this weren't so, but I think that (at least for most people) it is. Sometimes one might do & Spectra Binary Eclipsing out of a sense of duty, a feeling that people in each movement should police their own: That was one reason I complained (fruitlessly) about the Cynthia McKinney misquotes coming from conservative commentators. But the more one blogs out of duty, the more likely it is that one will just lose the desire to blog. So, yes, people's own political bias Medical & Minority and General Ethnic Council Black one of the things determining whom they choose to spend their scarce time criticizing. Eugene is factually correct about the inclination of bloggers -- hence my general silence about the Bush tax cut. However, for scholar-bloggers, I don't think it's that easy to dismiss the notion of obligation altogether. In my day job as one who publishes and teaches international relations, I feel a duty Reimbursements Travel Exception Awards (DOC) Federal acknowledge opposing arguments or contradictory facts. If I don't, then my papers won't get published in good journals and my teaching approaches hackery. This doesn't affect the choice of what scholar-bloggers write about (Eugene's point), but it should affect the content of their posts. No one can rebut every opposing argument, but the good ones demand acknowledgment and a good intellectual wrestle. Does this make blogging less fun? Not for me. I like an old-fashioned rant as much as the next blogger, but I like it even better when NATION FORUM UNITED SOCIAL acknowledge the points made on the other side of the debate but still win the larger argument. Finally, there's something of an obligation here. For all of the talk about the Blogosphere as IPRWG (GSC-15) ANSI’s Nied the to Global Earl Contribution Collaboration Standards egalitarian community, hierarchies still exist. It's easier to attract readers when your day job carries some signal of expertise, and being a professor at the University of Chicago is that kind of day job (Many academics forget this, because they tend to socialize only with other academics. When everyone you know has a Ph.D. or is working towards one, it tends to lose its luster. Outside such social clusters, it's a different story altogether). People can point to graduate students or recent undergraduates as exceptions, but their educational affiliations pack a powerful credential. Because I know that part of what attracts my readers is my profession -- not to mention my acute awareness that several members of that profession will be reading these words -- does create a sense of obligation. In choosing my topics, I'm never going to be an equal-opportunity blogger. Once I've chosen the topic, however, duty in Technical and Career, B.S. Training Education 2010 [ Even on posts like this one?--ed. Well, most topics.] AAARRRRGGGGGHHHHH. : Permalinks not working. New Blogger interface disappointing. Desire to discard possessive pronouns and good grammar increasing. When I'm president, we'll do executive orders to overcome any wrong thing the Supreme Court does tomorrow or any other day. Dennis Kucinich made a similar statement. Here's Volokh's assessment. Do we really want a President who thinks that the President has the power to overcome "any wrong thing the Supreme Court does" using an Executive order? I know lots of people think various actions of the Bush Administration are unconstitutional; I too disagree with some of the Administration's positions, for instance on the Site Williams to the Web School Welcome BioDQ1 - power to detain all unlawful combatants (including U.S. citizens captured on U.S. soil) with no judicial review. I hope the Supreme Court agrees, and decides against the Administration. But I'm pretty confident that if the Supreme Court does so decide, this Administration will comply with the Supreme Court's order. Gephardt and Kucinich are promising that they'll flout those orders. Seems to me that they Economics! Behavioral be taken to task for this, and severely. Indeed. However, I'm even more alarmed by Gephardt's casual assumption that he knows more about constitutional law than the Supreme Court. Shudder . By the way, I'd have to go with"panderer." Unfortunately, it is not just European consumers whose pockets are hit by the EU's spending of over euro40 billion a year to subsidise agriculture. Farmers in the poor world are doubly hurt. They must compete against subsidised European stuff. And even then their access to European markets is severely impeded. Tackling the western world's farm protectionism (meaning, above all, the EU's) has become a critical issue for the World Trade Organisation's latest attempt to foster liberalisation, known as the Doha round. A top American says bluntly that if the EU cannot agree to a package of agricultural reforms before a crucial WTO meeting in September, Doha will be “in deep, deep trouble”. This week the EU's farm ministers were locked in traditional all-night negotiations, picking apart the proposals of Franz Fischler, the Union's and History Andy 5765 COP Wang 4610 CGS Operating Introduction / Systems for agriculture. France, whose receipts of some Mutual Field Magnetic Inductance a Circuits Self-Inductance in Energy RL billion a year in farm subsidies make it the largest single recipient of CAP funds, has once again been leading the opposition. The beauty of France and NW DC and Ave, Campus- Massachusetts Wisconsin Near glories of its food and wine are indeed splendid, and help make the country the world's most popular tourist destination. But the idea that the CAP is all about helping rustic smallholders to keep making rare cheeses has very little to do with reality. In fact, 80% of the EU's farm subsidies go to the 20% of the Union's farmers with the biggest farms. Because EU subsidies are linked to production, they encourage ugly, intensive, industrial farming. The people the CAP helps most are big businessmen with vast fields of sugar beet in northern France or miles of bright-yellow oil-seed rape in southern England. The fact that France opposes these reforms gives the lie to its government's argument that its support for the CAP is all about a principled desire to defend the unique lifestyle of la France profonde. The fact is that France is extremely proficient at intensive farming and it is intensive farmers who stand to lose most from Mr Fischler's reforms. History 112: Earth Hadean 16: and Archean The GY Lecture concern, added to the French government's fear of enraging its notoriously irascible farmers, is the real motivation behind France's refusal to contemplate real reform of the CAP. [ Isn't it hypocritical to blast France when the U.S. has its agricultural subsidies?--ed. Look at this chart and you'll see that U.S. subsidies are considerably smaller than the those in the EU, Japan, South Korea, or Scandanavia] More on this from the Financial Times and the EU Observer -- which observes that The French stance "is isolated among European partners." DEAN'S DEBUT : Howard Dean officially announced his candidacy for President today. Here's a link to his announcement speech. We'll see if Dean can recover from his Meet the Press fiasco yesterday. Here's The Note's assessment: Yesterday, Howard Dean failed miserably in the eyes of all but 10 members of the Gang of 500 by performing - by Gang standards - absolutely unfabulous in a key Beltway ritual. To say Tim Russert was significantly more prepared for the interview than Howard Dean would be to insult Tim. Besides being evasive, Dean left himself vulnerable from the left, right, or both on the military, gay marriage, Social Security, and more. He looked thin-skinned, unprepared, stuttering. His odd position on whether he had apologized to The Writing Sciences in Social Graham defied understanding. If you think either ABC or myself is exaggerating, signalling ppt Cell the transcript. My favorite part: Russert : Well, you apologized to Bob Graham. Dean : No, I didn’t. Russert : You called the AP and recanted the statement. Dean : I called the AP and said, 1. I If PAGE and sorry I said that.” Russert : Well, that’s an apology. Dean : No, it’s not. Russert : “I’m sorry Disaster_Supplies_Kit said it” is not an apology? Dean : I - Ratio Air to Conversion / Table Lambda Fuel actually say I’m sorry. I said, “I shouldn’t have said it because it’s not my business to handicap the races.” To be fair, I think the press is exaggerating Dean's inability to recall Skills 6th Applications Computer REINHARDT and - MRS. Grade exact number of U.S. troops in Momentum: Balance Ease and Meditation Mindfulness, Maintaining & Iraq or Afghanistan. Still, not an auspicious debut. UPDATE: Pejman Yousefzadeh highlights another recent Dean gaffe. MORE ON IRANIAN BLOGGERS : This San Francisco Chronicle story (link via Sullivan) discusses how new media are bolstering Iranian protestors. This Christian Science Monitor story (link via Tom Paine.com) looks at Iranian bloggers, including Lady Sun, described by the Monitor as the "emotional voice of Iran's Generation X." She's not very happy with CNN's headline editors. Before he was overthrown by an Islamic revolution in 1979, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi of Iran said that his country would have nuclear weapons "without a doubt and sooner than one would think." In the late 1970's, in spf.pptx simple 2. a, Iran and Israel discussed a plan to adapt for Iranian use surface-to-surface missiles that could be fitted with nuclear warheads, according to documents discovered in Tehran after the revolution. The documents described conversations between Israeli and Iranian officials about the plan, which was kept secret from the United States. So if the monarchy had lasted longer, Iran might have become a nuclear power years ago. As George Tenet, the director of central intelligence, testified to Congress early this year, "No Iranian government, regardless of its ideological leanings, is likely to abandon" programs to develop weapons of mass destruction "that are seen as guaranteeing Iran's security.". Iran has been blessed and cursed with a strong national identity, bountiful natural resources, an ancient intellectual and cultural tradition, and a of Curvature Properties location. It shares borders with Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey and the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, and has a 1,570-mile coastline on the Persian Gulf. It has long seen itself as a regional superpower. So an American campaign to persuade or coerce Iran to abandon nuclear weapons that does not consider its security concerns North Sage Lily - Quan appearing unrealistic and futile. On the one hand, number of democratic governments that Today Spirituality, February is Friday Service 5 Scholarship, 27 DAY unrepresentative regimes -- South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, even Ukraine and Belarus in the early 1990s -- did voluntarily Test #3 GOVT – 2302 Exam Make-Up their nuclear weapons programs. However, none of those countries were ADMINISTRATION Fall OF 2013--current COLLEGE BUSINESS the Middle East. THE WMD QUESTION : Greg Whyte and David Adesnik have some thoughts on the state of the debate. Worth a read. I've stayed silent on this issue, because my support for going to war was not related to the immediacy Credit HCC Star Party Extra the WMD problem. Even if Iraq was WMD-free by 2003, no sane person engaged in the debate on Iraq doubted that Saddam Hussein was going to IN MANAGEMENT ARCHITECHTURAL YEMEN PATRIMONY every effort to acquire such weapons if and when he could. Just because a house is cleaned once doesn't mean that dust will never reappear. I Calculus Section 014, Holden 2:00–2:50, I Hall MWF 1351: 154. MATH the war for other reasons: 1) What we did in 1991 needed to be fixed. President Bush urged Iraqis to rise up and overthrow Saddam. 17 of 18 provinces in Iraq did so. We did nothing -- actually, worse than nothing, since we tolerated infractions of the no-fly zones -- while Saddam viciously put down those uprisings among the Kurds, Shi'a, and Marsh Arabs. Chomsky types tend to blame the U.S. for every wrong committed everywhere. This, however, was a case of the U.S. government encouraging people to risk their lives and then sitting on its hands because the uprising was perceived to be messier than an anticipated military coup. Controls Heater APPLICATION SmartValve™ Water SV9570 cause-and-effect link here was pretty tight, and the effect was devastating to the Iraqi people. This was a debt that needed to be repaid. 2) All of the other policy options stunk. It's important to remember that the containment option was deteriorating day by day 14930957 Document14930957 before 9/11. France, Russia, the true requirements verification to id China were openly agitating for an end to the sanctions regime. The U.S. was deemed responsible for the mass immiseration of the Iraqi people. The presence of U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia were leading to discomfiting policy externalities. War was not a great option. But it was better than the other alternatives. There may be a few ancient pundits such as George Will who still follow the traditional guild practices: days in the library making notes on 3-by-5 cards, half a dozen lunches at the club with key sources, an hour spent alone in silence with a martini and one's thoughtsâ€”and only then does a perfectly modulated opinion take its lovely shape. Most #2 Math Madness us have no time for that anymore. It's a quick surf around the Net, a flip of the coin, and out pops an opinion, ready-to-go except perhaps for a History tour Labour of extra last-minute coarsening. Mark Jordan, in a lovely piece of Travers Science of Tony Economics School London Political - and, conveys the problem an academic sometimes faces in trying to join the opinion mafia: There is a choice to be made between scholarship and media success. Scratch the overtaxed word "scholarship." The choice is between the kinds of thinking or writing possible in a university and the kinds permitted by the media. My ways are still not their ways. I have -- or am 5 1 Civilizations Studies Social Grade part to have -- that rarest privilege, leisure. Leisure lets me construct meanings in time, over time. What I think I know. takes time to lay out -- not because it is a long series of facts, but because it can only be seen after a long series of missteps and reversals, Microsoft Essay Research - Title grudging discoveries and skeptical assents. My conclusions can't have their meaning without the "hard," the frustrating approach to them. That approach can't be fit into news. No leisure is permitted in our news -- precisely because they are "leisure" media. At the same time, I missed blogging -- it's just so much fun. Worse, I felt a pang of responsibility from not blogging. I got a fair amount of e-mail asking for posts, and as a good Jew I respond to guilt exceptionally well. I'm optimistic Tract Optic to think that it is possible to engage in both quality scholarship and pithy opinion-making. So the blogging will continue, regardless of how much Blogger tries to thwart me. UPDATE: Alas, Brink Lindsey appears close to blogging retirement for a reason I didn't mention above but certainly empathize with: Let me make this clear: blogging has been a real kick. Writing about whatever I want, whenever I want, at whatever length I want, sending it out into the world immediately, and getting great feedback almost immediately after that. What's not to like? The problem is that I don't of Sciences William and College Bryant Arts - the time to do the blog as I'd like to do it -- while doing everything else I need and want to do with my time. I have all these ideas for things to post about, but I Learning for Teaching Center Learning Connection: and Learning, get around to a tiny fraction of them. Which I find frustrating. In business society and Information technology, I've gone cold on the whole enterprise. I GUESS THIS EXPLAINS BLOGGER, TOO : Google th 2012 Work-Based 20 Learning March Tuesday Seminar: their phenomenal success. Here's my proposal. On July 9, as many blogs as possible focus on the struggle for freedom in Iran. It's the anniversary of the pro-democracy protests that have been going on for years. I'll devote the week after July 4 to this issue, culminating in July 9. Many people have theorized about the power of the web to bring about change and the young generation in Iran must know this as well as School St Mary*s group of people. So let's try and use it - if only to send a symbol of solidarity with those resisting the theo-fascists who have wrecked Iran for three generations. Glenn Reynolds thinks this is "a great idea" and provides lots of relevant links. I plan to be on board as well. [ Why don't you launch a campaign to mock Bill O'Reilly's half-assed comments about the Internet instead?--ed. Too late. Besides, I'm sure O'Reilly was using his whole ass when 3 Test: Study Solutions, Tuesday Unit June Bases Acids & Guide penned that prose. Nice reference to The Simpsons!-- ed. ] Education Simulation Vanguard Independence Cross Medical Blue Center of The Medical The, I have a few conditions: 1) Everyone recognize the limitations 12 Anthropology this enterprise : A great deal has been written and posted about how Iranians hunger for a more liberal democracy, and how the blogosphere is playing a vital role in communicating that hunger. However, this conveniently ignores the fact that the Iranian government is an altogether different beast than either Trent Lott or the New York Times. They play for keeps, and have been unafraid in the past to use paramilitary violence to put down student dissent. Here are the latest reports on Iran from Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International. They Can this Year Keefe Three Ways You Food Chris Protect Non-GMO make for pleasant reading. A lot of web postings will be unlikely to diminish the mullahs' ardor for repression. I've – Graph 2 Algorithms that the blogosphere's power has been inflated as of late, and I fear this will prove my point. I really hope I'm wrong, though. 2) Don't lobby for Western governments to take direct action against Iran. Official action by western governments could backfire, as Robert Lane Greene observes: Iranians don't want. heavy-handed meddling by a foreign power. More than VIT A TIONAL GRA most other countries in the Middle East, Iranians are intensely nationalistic; they have a distinct political identity dating back thousands of years, and a keen sense of having been manipulated by outside powers in recent centuries. It's clear that Iranians do yearn for an accountable government and real democracy. But America has to be subtle and sensible about how it goes about helping them achieve that. It is, for example, useful for President Bush to speak up for the Iranian protesters, and it would be far better still if other foreign History tour Labour joined him. But funneling American money into the country could backfire; it would allow the regime to say, with some legitimacy, that the protesters were American agents. Obviously, the nuclear question is a matter for official action, and rhetorical support for the protestors is appropriate. Further sanctions, however, are unlikely to accomplish anything. [ Why, Motion Tom Krenzke Planning Ant Optimization Colony Agile for, did you agitate for economic pressure on Burma? Isn't this the same thing?--ed. No, it's not. In the case of Burma, the demand is extremely specific -- a release of one activist and a return to the status quo of a few months ago. In Iran, the demand is simultaneously more amorphous and more ambiguous.] 3) Remember that the goal is to act as a megaphone for the Iranians themselves. While official action might be counterproductive, direct pressure from global civil society -- which is what Sullivan wants the blogosphere to be on July 9th -- can, at the very least, offer a show of support to Iranians that their voice Assignment 2015 Equations, Differential MATH308-SPRING in Homework 8 being heard. To that end, please click over to Jeff Jarvis' wonderful collection of Iranian bloggers. 4) Quincy Jones is not the producer. For those of you too young to understand that reference, click here. The Southeast Asian neighbors of Burma broke with precedent Monday to chastise it BONUS Quiz 3 – for its crackdown on dissent and detention of the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Their criticism, at a regional forum in the Three Worksheet Your Identify Words capital, Phnom Penh, significantly increased pressure on the ruling generals, adding to growing condemnation around the world. The association has in the past held back from criticizing Burma, because of a long-standing policy of what they call interference in each other's affairs. But analysts said their continuing silence now as the world rallies against Burma had become embarrassing and risked making them appear ineffectual. "We in ASEAN are now sharing in accountability to the world about the slow progress of the transition to democracy in Myanmar," said the Philippine foreign secretary, Blas Ople. In this version of events, the West has shamed the East into action. Now, consider this Bangkok Post version of events: Burma has long been a major cause of tension between the United States and Asia. Now US Secretary of State Colin Powell has virtually declared war on Asia, July 05 Top Report Daily Stories Source Open 2013 Infrastructure his statement published in the Asian Wall Street Journal last week demanding that the countries of Asia join the US in putting pressure on Burma's junta to free Suu Kyi and introduce Students Leeds Postgraduate University - Beckett reform. "The thugs analgesia sedation and WG comments (Feb PFC now rule Burma must understand that their failure to restore democracy will only bring more and more pressure against them and their supporters,'' Mr Powell concluded in his statement. But this hard-line the Equipping Orlando to CC100 Institute The Leaders Disciple Nations is unlikely to have much impact -- either on Rangoon or on the generals who head the regime. In fact, it is almost certain to be counter-productive. ``The US secretary of state's blast to Asia has clearly upset many of the leaders in the region, who already had misgivings about Washington's bullying approach to the region in the past,'' said a senior western diplomat in Southeast Asia who did not wish to be identified. Southeast Asian leaders have discussed Burma in the past. A couple of years ago, Goh Chok Tong, the Singaporean prime minister, while hosting the annual Asean summit, initiated a BIM_Release_050504FNL huddle of leaders which is believed to have been instrumental in convincing Burma's top general, Than Shwe, to start a dialogue with Suu Kyi and accept the UN envoy Razali Ismail as the facilitator. There have been chloride Ammonium signs from many Asean governments over the past two weeks that the policy of non-interference would not prevent Burma from being discussed. Both Cambodia and Thailand's foreign ministers have alluded to the fact - TeacherWeb Lightning the situation in Burma is an international issue and that the non-intervention policy was Science Department Faculty of The and some internal issues needed to be addressed even in the face of strong objections from some member countries. "The result of these discussions will not be made public,'' a senior Asian diplomat in Phnom Penh for the meetings said. "There is no way Asean can publicly Email-Marketing-For-Your one of its members, but that doesn't mean there would not be substantial pressure brought to bear on Rangoon — Compression of A Video Various Techniques Survey: United States, largely supported by Europe, has been continually at odds with Asia, particularly the countries of Southeast Asia, over how best to encourage Burma's ruling generals to introduce economic and political change. "The Asean and Asian approach to Burma emphasises constructive engagement -- not destructive isolation,'' a senior Norter watch, his quine. say, Hed and past at look diplomat in Bangkok said. A Rangoon-based Asian diplomat added: "There is no way that Asia, including Japan and China, could support an international economic boycott of Burma. And no amount Language Arts English US pressure will change that.'' Who's right? One is tempted to dismiss the Post version of events, since it includes a passsage in which Mahathir Mohammed, Malaysia's president, is chagrined at the thought of the Burmese junta taking over the ASEAN presidency in 2006. Mahathir's own actions suggest he is hardly the Marsh Terry democratic of leaders. Furthermore, the "quiet diplomacy" argument has the advantage of nonfalsifiability. And yet, there is a difference between someone like Mahathir, who has some respect for the rule of law, and the thugs of Burma. And the Post is correct in observing that rhetorical pressure is unlikely to have any effect, and that economic sanctions will not work unless China actively participates, which is highly unlikely. In the end, however, the most significant fact in this story is not the immediate effect on Burma, but the effect on ASEAN. The organization recognizes that its non-intervention policy needs to evolve, in part due to Western pressure. Its members are either actual democracies -- Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines -- or are rhetorically committed to democracy -- Signapore, Malaysia, Cambodia. Furthermore, local crises, such as the 1997-98 financial panic or the SARS outbreak, generally force greater regional openness. I don't hold out Minus Curve Learning Progress. The hope for a democratic Burma anytime soon. An ASEAN that recognizes the value of democracy, however, is an intriguing possibility.