Thursday, November 17, 2005
Good News from Iraq!
Allah akhbar! From KnightRidder:
U.S. troops' discovery of 173 mostly Sunni Arab men beaten and malnourished in a secret Interior Ministry jail has sent a jolt of optimism through Baghdad's disaffected Sunni minority.
"This is like a dream - the American forces free Iraqi prisoners tortured by the government?" said Huthayfa Mohammed, 20, a Sunni Arab who can't find his brother after Iraqi police detained him. "This is brand new."
Like Mohammed, much of the Sunni Arab minority has taken heart in the recent discovery, which was announced Tuesday. The idea that the U.S. military may be trying to help the Sunnis has given them an instant boost in confidence that the parliamentary elections in December could make them players in the next government.
The U.S. military's discovery of the men is "an indication that the Americans would like to show the Iraqis how they are really trying to handle the whole situation in an even-handed policy and make them feel more confident in the American policy," said Dr. Hassan Bazzaz, a Sunni professor of political science and international affairs at Baghdad University. "It's definitely going to ... give a better chance for the Arab Sunnis and tarnish the others."
Monday, November 14, 2005
Doonsbury on Teaching Ethics
Yes, But What If You Dye the Roots?
From the New York Times:
A Vatican document would ban new priests who "present deeply rooted homosexual tendencies" but would not exclude candidates who suppressed any gay tendencies roughly four years before their final ordination, an Italian newspaper, Il Giornale, reported Friday.
For the record, "deeply rooted homosexual tendencies" is how we have been describing the entire Catholic Church, going back as far as Pope Fabulous III.
Oddly, Popes Fabulous I and II?