Daily Archives: 05/21/2005

A Time For War

December 7th, 1941 to August 14th, 1945. 1,346 days. Pearl Harbor to VJ Day. The length of time it took our country to defeat not only Hitler but Japan in WWII.

1,346 days. The biggest, most destructive war ever fought. The forces of fascism and militarism were defeated.

One thousand, three hundred forty six days. This past Thursday marked 1,346 days since September 11th, 2001. What sort of progress has been made in the War on Terror™ in the 1,346 days since our 21st century Pearl Harbor?

Have we captured Osama bin Laden and the other ringleaders of al Qaeda? No, our fearless leader isn’t even interested in him anymore.

Have we captured Mullah Omar and his Taliban cronies? Apparently not, Afghanistan is a disaster area, slipping back into anarchy and Taliban fundamentalism.

The War on Terror’s™ stand-in for Hitler is Saddam Hussein, a pathetic tin plated tyrant who just turned up in his BVD’s all over my television. And believe me, there’s no weapons of mass destruction there.

1,346 days into this forever war of Oceania against Eurasia and no end in sight. It took us 1,346 days to wipe Hitler and Tojo off the map, but we will never defeat terrorism with a conventional war. It cannot be won with bombs and troop deployments; it needs to be won by changing our duplicitous foreign policy and actually promoting peace and human rights throughout the world. But then this War on Terror™ isn’t about victory; it’s about keeping the wool pulled over people’s eyes while Halliburton and the maxi-mega-global corporations loot both the American coffer and the Iraqi resources.

Now that’s a cause worth dying for.

Novel view of Martian spacecraft

Mars Odyssey As Seen From Mars Global SurveyorFrom the BBC comes this cool little picture. Novel view of Martian spacecraft – The Mars Global Surveyor successfully imaged the Mars Odyssey probe in Martian orbit. It is the first picture of a spacecraft orbiting an alien world, taken by another craft circling the same planet.

The two orbiting satellites occasionally come within 15 kilometers of each other, despite having different orbits around the red planet.

The Mars Global Surveyor also imaged the ESA’s Mars Express satellite in orbit around Mars too.