Muddy Waters: You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had
The french protestors (attac, student groups, unions and everybody else plus hoodlums from the banlieues) want to do a general strike today. While I am not all that sure as in to how far I agree or disagree with them (simply because of a lacking amount of information regarding the subject matter (CPE)) I am of the belief that it is quite amazing how revolutionary the french genes are. I hope I remember the numbers correctly, but I think I read that 1 million people in over 150 cities demonstrated this passing weekend. For this to happen in Germany (or in the US) what would have to happen? The last general strike in Germany I know about was directed against the Kapp putsch in 1923, doubt there ever was one in the US.
This guy who stands on trial in the US for charges related to 9/11 right now (Zacarias Moussaoui). I guess I should not try to apply logic to mass-murdering terrorists (and the people who want to be one, since he apparently didn't do shit when it comes down to it), but I do not understand why he is trying to inflict a death sentence on himself now, that he obviously does not deserve (I am opposed to the death sentence in principle and out of principle, but this argument should be seen in the context of the American court system). Yes, I know he would have committed suicide anyway, but in his logic that would have paid off (because completely innocent would have gotten killed, this is so sick), now? Maybe he just wants to go down in history as more important than he actually was.
WP & NY Times
The American government has put a massive amount of intelligence documents regarding Iraq and Al Qaida online. I am not going to comment on the sad debate among conservatives desperately trying to prove that there was a link between Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, simply because these feable attempts are so pathetic, but I would like to quote from an NY Times op-ed about this because it seemed so astonishing to me:
Al Qaeda was a highly bureaucratic organization that required potential recruits to fill out application forms.
Sounds like a German organization to me. No, seriously, do you think the ETA does/did that as well? The RAF, the IRA? Does the mafia have application forms online? Do they reject candidates because their CV is not impressive enough? Really weird.