It is a time of freedom and fear, of Gaia and of borders, of many paths and the widening of a universal toll road, emptying country and swelling cities, of the public bought into privacy and the privacy of the public sold into invisible data banks and knowing algorithms. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection.

These are the times when maps fade and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread.

Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.



Friday, September 13, 2002
 
The following announcement is from International A.N.S.W.E.R..

Download flyers at www.internationalanswer.org/pdf/o2602flyer.pdf and help spread the word.



MARCH ON WASHINGTON: STOP THE WAR AGAINST IRAQ BEFORE IT STARTS!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26



NATIONAL MARCH ON WASHINGTON DC
with a joint action in San Francisco

The Bush administration is rushing towards war. The time to act is now. The people of the United States can stop this madness.

World public opinion and almost every government opposes Bush's planned war of aggression. But it will take a mass peoples' movement--in the streets, workplaces, communities, campuses and high schools--to stop the coming war.

On Saturday, October 26, 2002 -- the first anniversary of the signing of the so-called Patriot Act -- anti-war, civil rights, labor, student and other forces are joining together to launch a massive international mobilization in opposition to a new war against the people of Iraq. Mass marches and rallies will be held in Washington DC and San Francisco in the U.S., and in many other countries.

As the Bush administration violates international law it has been systematically engaged in a campaign of division and repression in the United States including a wholesale assault on the Bill of Rights, institutionalization of racial profiling, and aggregation of near dictatorial powers to the Executive branch. In articulating the so-called doctrine of preemptive war, the Bush administration is preparing to violate all existing international law and the UN charter which forbids countries to carry out war except in the case of self-defense. Preemption is merely a slogan to justify a foreign policy of armed aggression and military adventure. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and company are planning to send tens of thousands of young GIs to kill and be killed in another war for Big Oil. Simultaneously, the Bush Administration is diverting billions of dollars to feed military conquest and away from jobs, education, healthcare, childcare and housing.

The so-called debate that is opening now to public view from within the political establishment presents a necessity for all anti-war forces to become a major factor in generating an authentic opposition to U.S. war plans in the Middle East. The October 26 National March in Washington DC and joint action in San Francisco come just one week before midterm Congressional elections.

There won't be a real national debate on a planned invasion of Iraq until the people are in the streets. We can't leave it to the military establishment to decide when and how they will go to war and to define the debate. We must tell Bush and his corporate and Big Oil patrons that we will not allow this to happen.

This war can be stopped. Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz and company can be stopped. But the essential element must be the mobilization of a massive new anti-war movement in the streets. We call for civilians and soldiers alike to exercise their political right to speak out against an illegal war. On October 26, there will be a National March in Washington DC, a West Coast march in San Francisco, and protests around the world.

ONLY THE PEOPLE CAN STOP THE WAR!
JOIN US ON OCTOBER 26, 2002!




Posted by Theodiclus Lock at 4:48 PM. # (permalink)



Thursday, September 12, 2002
 
"Free societies do not intimidate through cruelty and conquest and open societies do not threaten the world with mass murder." -- George W. Bush

I couldn't have said it better myself. This is precisely why we should not be using war as a policy tool.

Posted by Theodiclus Lock at 3:08 PM# (permalink)



 
Nice speech, George, but...

Where's the evidence?

Where's the evidence?

Where's the evidence?


Posted by Theodiclus Lock at 11:10 AM. # (permalink)



Wednesday, September 11, 2002
 
Most of the time, we here at Irregular Times like to offer an outsider's perspective, but just for today, I have to say that I share the mood of most Americans: the memory of what happened a year ago sits in my gut with an unpleasant weight. Last year's attacks were just plain terrible.

I can't stay tuned to any of the remembrance television specials or memorials or speeches from politicians, who seem to have drifted far apart from where the American public stands in grief. The politicians talk of "resolve" for "the war". I don't hear the people I know talking about the need for more guns, more bombs, more missiles and tanks and grenades... I hear them talking about grief and rebuilding. I hear them talking about moving on in peace.

Wouldn't it be great if our politicians would pay attention to this mood? Wouldn't it be something if the attacks of September 11, 2001 served as a lesson for us about the consequences of the use of violence, not just by a rag-tag group of fanatics, but completely, as a human species? Wouldn't it be a relief to replace the Battle Hymn of the Republic with a song of peace and rest?



Posted by J. Clifford Cook at 12:38 PM. # (permalink)



Tuesday, September 10, 2002
 
Mother Davis purses her lips as she writes,

The Washington Post reports that the Bush administration, having found no evidence that the Iraqi government has anything to do with the planning or support of any recent "terrorist" attacks, is abandoning its claim that the United States to invade their country and occupy it until it suits George W.'s fancy to leave.

An article in the newspaper cites former head of the CIA's counterterrorism office Vincent M. Cannistraro as saying, "Is there any confirmed evidence of Iraq's links to terrorism? No."

Well, given that George W.'s main rationale for invading Iraq seems to have bit the dust, you'd think that he'd move on to other plans. You'd be thinking wrong. The Bush Administration is now working busily to come up with other reasons for an invasion.

Now, I know that I'm just a silly old woman with no experience commanding troops to go shoot people in foreign countries, but I can't help but be bothered by the following question: If George W. Bush and friends are working so hard to find a good excuse to invade Iraq, what's the real reason they want to get into a new war there?

Scratching her old wrinkled chin,
Mother Davis

Posted by Katherine Davis at 2:27 PM. # (permalink)



Monday, September 09, 2002
 
The International Institute for Strategic Studies released an extensive report regarding Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction. Follow the link to read the executive summary (or the full report) on your own. But in short, the report concludes:

"Our net assessment of the current situation is that:

Iraq does not possess facilities to produce fissile material in sufficient amounts for nuclear weapons.

It would require several years and extensive foreign assistance to build such fissile material production facilities.
"

Is this the clear and present danger Dick Cheney alludes to?
Is this enough cause to put American soldiers at risk?
Is this enough cause to engage in our own mass destruction of foreign cities and populations?

I think not. Let them make a truly compelling case, or let them sheathe that rattling sword.

Good Day,

Theo.


Posted by Theodiclus Lock at 7:09 PM. # (permalink)




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