It has also occurred to me that I should state my opinions on the current political climate. After all, that is what I used to do with this site, and what I intend to do so again.
The 2008 election is beyond commentary until the primaries begin. The 2006 elections will result in a Democratic pickup of seats in both houses, but itâ€™s not a sure thing about either house switching control. Thereâ€™s just not a lot of open /and/ vunerable seats. As unpopular as Bush is, and as bad as sixth-year elections tend to be for the party in power, Iâ€™d say GOP is probably going to escape with a razor-slim majority in both. Iâ€™m not as cheerfully optimistic as I used to be. Then again, Iâ€™m not a Democrat anymore, either.
The death of Al-Zarqawi is only of historical interest. The
If there was something telling about this particular assassination, it is the downplaying of the other people that died in the bombing. Itâ€™s hard to say from all the different media accounts, but apparently at least one child and perhaps two were killed of the 7 people in the house when it was bombed. Most of the time, the articles and news reports donâ€™t even mention it.
This is a particularly good example of the monkeysphere; we care about Zarqawi because the press and the government has told us his name and told us to hate him – he has personal qualities – but the other people that die remain unnamed and faceless. Insurgents die all the time in
I wonder if the other people in the house were hardened Al-Qaida, or he was just using a familyâ€™s house for cover. Perhaps only the father or head of household was sympathetic and part of his safehouse network, and the rest of the family oblivious, frightened, or see-no-evil.
Weâ€™ll never know, I guess. The news cycle has driven its point home – the