Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Khalilzad: the right to impatience

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Some of this stuff is really getting hard to stomach.

"The American people are getting impatient with the Iraqis."
The American people are getting impatient with the Iraqis? At last count some 650,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the unprovoked invasion of their country led by the United States of America... as a result of this 3236 Americans have also died.

The foundational statement of the USA, its Declaration of Independence reads, "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal". Now I am not very good at math, but with the help of my little Chinese adding machine, I get these figures: 650,000 divided by 3,236 equals 200.87. So if all men are created equal the Iraqis have about 200 times more right to be impatient than the Americans do. Now if that seems absurd, then so does the Declaration of Independence and if that is absurd then the Americans are just a bunch of fat people out shopping. DS

From The Guardian: The outgoing US ambassador to Iraq yesterday delivered a blunt farewell message to Iraq's leadership, saying the Bush administration's patience was wearing thin and urging them to stem the bloodshed. (...) At a final news conference in Baghdad, the Afghan-born diplomat warned of the growing pressure in the US to commit to a timetable for a withdrawal of troops. "I know that we are an impatient people, and I constantly signal to the Iraqi leaders that our patience, or the patience of the American people, is running out," said Mr Khalilzad, who has been nominated by Presdient Bush to succeed John Bolton as America's envoy to the UN.

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