August 19th, 2004 10:47 PM
Baghdad Bomb Anniversary
UN Staff Marks Baghdad Bomb Anniversary with Security Demand
United Nations employees marked the anniversary of the Baghdad bombing with a demand for better security. The fear of further attacks hangs heavy as the world body anticipates a greater role in Iraq, and other world hot spots.
Teardrops streamed down the faces of U.N. staffers as they walked silently around the circular driveway outside the New York headquarters building. Many wore black ribbons to honor their fallen comrades.
Jacob George of India carried a sign saying "Never let it happen again". He said the days when the world body can consider its blue flag a shield of safety are over.
"In the past, it was considered neutral, but today we cannot be completely neutral, we have to be neutral, but there are people who consider us as not neutral. So we have to have better security in the field," he said.
Leaders of the U.N. employee staff union organized the march. The union has been sharply critical of the world body's top administrators for failing to address what an independent panel last year called a "dysfunctional security management system".
Most participants in the silent march expressed broad agreement with that conclusion. Many expressed the feeling that, one year after the Baghdad attack, the world body and its employees are no less vulnerable to terrorists.
Ahh! maybe some UN troops might help? i mean they've only been invited in...how many times? better yet ask the french or germans, that's always good for a laugh. just stfu in new york. (any co-incidence between this and the rep. national convention...nah!) we've got our own to worry about first. kofi with his words of wisdoms offered..."i still think the war could have been avoided". a reassurance to everyone.
Bukhari:V3B48N826 “The Prophet said, ‘Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?’ The women said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind.’”
August 19th, 2004 11:16 PM
Ahh, the French.
Ahh! maybe some UN troops might help? i mean they've only been invited in...how many times? better yet ask the french or germans, that's always good for a laugh
French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin was applauded at the Security Council after he spoke out against U.S. war plans Friday. They've taken their own precautions against al-Qa'ida. To prepare for terrorist attack, each Frenchman is urged to keep duct tape, a white flag, and a three-day supply of mistresses around the house.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert is so angry at France for opposing White
House policy on Iraq that he's proposed requiring orange warning labels
on every bottle of imported French wine. Let's guess. The warning label
will read, Just Two Glasses Could Make Dictators with Moustaches Appear
Less Threatening Than They Really Are.
Somebody was telling me about the French Army rifle that was being
advertised on eBay the other day -- the description was, 'Never shot.
---Missouri Republican Rep. Roy Blunt
The French will only agree to go to war in Iraq after we've proven
we've found truffles there."
An old saying:
Raise your right hand if you like the French....
Raise both hands if you are French.
How many Frenchmen does it take to defend Paris?
Nobody knows, they have never tried it.
The French have just ordered a new national flag.
It's a white cross on a white background.
Why did the French plant trees on the Champs Elysées?
So the Germans could march in the shade.
Where do you find 60 million French jokes?
What is the difference between Frenchmen and toast?
You can make soldiers out of toast.
Father's Day in Paris.
What do you call a Frenchman wearing sandals?
What is the first thing you are taught when joining the
French army? To say, "I surrender" in German.
Why was Jesus not born in France?
Because they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin.
Jacques Chirac walked into a bar with a parrot on his head and
the bartender said: "How did that happen?"
The parrot said: "It all started as a little pimple on my bottom."
Why don't the French like the fireworks at Disneyland Paris?
Because every time they go off, people start trying to surrender.
Why do the French eat snails?
It gives them speedier reactions.
When East and West Germany got back together there were
talks to relocate the capital city . . . back to Paris.
What's the difference between a Frenchwoman and a werewolf?
The Frenchwoman is not quite as hairy but the werewolf smells
France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these
drawbacks, it is a fine country. France has usually been governed by
"I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French
one behind me."
--- General George S. Patton
"Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your
"We can stand here like the French, or we can do something about it."
--- Marge Simpson
"As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure"
---Jacques Chirac, President of France
"As far as France is concerned, you're right."
"The only time France wants us to go to war is when the German Army
is sitting in Paris sipping coffee."
"The French are a smallish, monkey-looking bunch and not dressed any
better, on average, than the citizens of Baltimore. True, you can sit
outside in Paris and drink little cups of coffee, but why this is
more stylish than sitting inside and drinking large glasses of
whiskey I don't know."
--- P. J O'Rourke (1989)
"You know, the French remind me a little bit of an aging actress of
the 1940s who was still trying to dine out on her looks but doesn't
have the face for it."
---John McCain, U.S. Senator from Arizona
"You know why the French don't want to bomb Saddam Hussein? Because
he hates America, he loves mistresses and wears a beret. He is
"I don't know why people are surprised that France won't help us get
Saddam out of Iraq. After all, France wouldn't help us get the
Germans out of France!"
France is the only country where the money falls apart and you can't
tear the toilet paper.
-- Billy Wilder
Mayonnaise: One of the sauces, which serve the French in place of a
-- Ambrose Bierce
Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they
translate into their own language, and forthwith it is something
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I have tried to lift France out of the mud. But she will return to
her errors and vomitings. I cannot prevent the French from being
--Charles de Gaulle, President of France
In France one must adapt oneself to the fragrance of a urinal.
The French are a tremendously verbal race: they kill you with their
assurances, their repetitions, their reasons, their platitudes, their
formulae, their propositions, their solutions.
Subject: Dated April 2003
Breaking New from the SKY News team:
PARIS, FRANCE - President Jacques Chirac announced today that France would be deploying two elite units of French troops to Iraq in the event of war.
Five hundred crack troops from the 2nd Groupement d'Instruction en
Abandonment are mobilizing to assist the Iraqi Army in the finer points
of military surrender.
"The immediate capitulation of an armed force is a delicate and intricate
tactic in which we French have much experience." said Defense Ministry
spokesperson General de Armee Francois-Phillippe Hommes de Petit-Pommes.
"There is a certain protocol in laying down your arms or fleeing the battlefield. To wave the white flag while remaining arrogant, pompous
and insufferable requires experience and training. The French Army believes it is second to none in the fine art of surrendering quickly. The record of our armed forces in that area speaks for itself. The Iraqi performance in giving up without a fight during the last Gulf War was commendable but slip-shod. We hope to improve their level of surrender execution for the next war."
General Hommes de Petit-Pommes further announced that 1000 advisors from the Regiment de Collaborateurs Francais will also be dispatched to Iraq to assist the Iraqi people in collaborating effectively with any occupation force.
"It is more important to protect their art treasures than to defend their honor," the General pointed out.
The General also expressed the hope that Baghdad has some tree-lined
boulevards. "It was our experience that the Germans liked to march in
the shade, and we feel the Americans and the British might like that same measure of comfort in Iraq-especially as warm weather settles in this
55 - I'm fiftyfeckinfive and STILL no wiser,
Beware of Geeks bearing GIF's
come and waste the day :P at The Taz Zone
August 20th, 2004 01:57 AM
"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority & we will not rest until we find him." - George Bush September 13, 2001
"I don't know where he is. I have no idea and I really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." - George Bush March 13, 2002
We know for a fact that there are weapons there.
January 9, 2003
Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.
Speech to VFW National Convention
August 26, 2002
Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly . . . all this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes.
March 21, 2003
There is no doubt that the regime of Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction. And . . . as this operation continues, those weapons will be identified, found, along with the people who have produced them and who guard them.
Gen. Tommy Franks
March 22, 2003
I have no doubt we're going to find big stores of weapons of mass destruction.
Defense Policy Board member Kenneth Adelman
Washington Post, p. A27
March 23, 2003
We'll find them. It'll be a matter of time to do so.
George W. Bush
Remarks to Reporters
May 3, 2003
For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction (as justification for invading Iraq) because it was the one reason everyone could agree on.
Vanity Fair interview
May 28, 2003
After the attacks on New York and Washington, the former Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was asked what the terrorist strikes would mean for US-Israeli relations. He said: “It’s very good.” Then he corrected himself, adding: “Well, it’s not good, but it will generate immediate sympathy [for Israel from Americans].”
"According to ABCNEWS sources, Israeli and U.S. government officials worked out a deal — and after 71 days, the five Israelis were taken out of jail, put on a plane, and deported back home.
While the former detainees refused to answer ABCNEWS' questions about their detention and what they were doing on Sept. 11, several of the detainees discussed their experience in America on an Israeli talk show after their return home.
Said one of the men, denying that they were laughing or happy on the morning of Sept. 11, "The fact of the matter is we are coming from a country that experiences terror daily. Our purpose was to document the event."
ABCNEWS' Chris Isham, John Miller, Glenn Silber and Chris Vlasto contributed to this report."
....How can you document an event unless you know it is going to happen?
I\'d rather die on my feet than live my life on my knees.
(Emiliano Zapata, a Mexican revolutionary in the early 1900s)