Who needs Fisk? Here in America, we have celebrities:
"War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing...well, except maybe publicity. Latest case in point: Madonna's upcoming antiwar single, ''American Life,'' features a runway fashion show of couture army fatigues that devolves into violence. Some early reports claim the video (due to air in mid-March) depicts battlefield casualties, including limbless victims and Iraqi children. Madonna rep Liz Rosenberg told the AP that the clip shows ''the catastrophic repercussions and horror of war'' and adds that it's meant to be ''thought-provoking'' but isn't ''specifically anti-Bush.''
But Madonna isn't alone in questioning the wisdom of a war in Iraq. Here's a rundown of stars who are speaking out.
Took a stand by... Donning a specially made ''War is not the answer'' T-shirt at the American Music Awards
Why After accepting her award for best Pop-Rock Female Artist, Crow said, ''I think there's a really vital, sweeping peace movement out there that's not getting covered in the press, so I just kind of try to do my part.''
Took a stand by... Blasting President Bush for ''manipulating the [post-9/11] grief of the country'' while accepting an award at the Empire Film Awards in London
Why Not surprisingly, the ''All the President's Men'' star is suspicious of his political leaders. ''I don't think that the reasons we have been given for going to war are the honest reasons.... I believe, though I may be wrong because I am no expert, that this war is about what most wars are about: hegemony, money, power, and oil.''
Took a stand by... Making his own ''No blood for oil'' T-shirt, which he wore during a visit to ''The Charlie Rose Show''
Why Mortensen is tired of people making comparisons between ''The Lord of the Rings'' and America's problems with Afghanistan and Iraq. ''The people who are terrified at Helms Deep [in 'The Two Towers']... that's what we're doing to these countries... and the idea is that the United States is like the good guys in our movie, and I think the opposite is true, unfortunately.''
Took a stand by... Fingering oil as Bush's true motivation for war while promoting ''Gangs of New York'' in London
Why He may make some gory movies, but he's really (don't tell De Niro) a big softie. ''I think it really has to come down to respecting how other people live,'' he said. ''There's got to be ways this can be worked out diplomatically. There simply has to be.''
Took a stand by... Visiting an Iraqi water-treatment facility, children's hospital, and the nation's foreign minister during a three-day trip
Why Penn was on a fact-finding mission. ''I am determined that if there is going to be blood on my hands, that I didn't want that blood to be invisible. I wanted it to have the face of the people that I saw here.''"
"Gallic Wars - Lost. In a war whose ending foreshadows the next 2000 years of
French history, France is conquered by of all things, an Italian.
Hundred Years War - Mostly lost, saved at last by female schizophrenic who
inadvertently creates The First Rule of French Warfare; "France's armies are
victorious only when not led by a Frenchman."
Italian Wars - Lost. France becomes the first and only country to ever lose two wars when fighting Italians.
Wars of Religion - France goes 0-5-4 against the Huguenots.
Thirty Years War - France is technically not a participant, but manages
toget invaded anyway. Claims a tie on the basis that eventually the other participants started ignoring her.
War of Devolution - Tied. Frenchmen take to wearing red flowerpots as chapeaux.
The Dutch War - Tied.
War of the Augsburg League/King William's War/French and Indian War -Lost,
but claimed as a tie. Three ties in a row induces deluded Frogophiles the world over to label the period as the height of French military power.
War of the Spanish Succession - Lost. The War also gave the French their
first taste of a Marlborough, which they have loved ever since.
American Revolution - In a move that will become quite familiar to future Americans, France claims a win even though the English colonists saw far more action. This is later known as "de Gaulle Syndrome", and leads to the Second Rule of French Warfare; "France only wins when America does most of the fighting."
French Revolution - Won, primarily due the fact that the opponent was also French.
The Napoleonic Wars - Lost. Temporary victories (remember the First Rule!) due to leadership of a Corsican, who ended up being no match for a British footwear designer.
The Franco-Prussian War - Lost. Germany first plays the role of drunk Frat boy to France's ugly girl home alone on a Saturday night.
World War I - Tied and on the way to losing, France is saved by the United States. Thousands of French women find out what it's like to not only sleep with a winner, but one who doesn't call her "Fraulein." Sadly, widespread use of condoms by American forces forestalls any improvement in the French bloodline.
World War II - Lost. Conquered French liberated by the United States and Britain just as they finish learning the Horst Wessel Song.
War in Indochina - Lost. French forces plead sickness, take to bed with the Dien Bien Flu.
Algerian Rebellion - Lost. Loss marks the first defeat of a western army by
a Non-Turkic Muslim force since the Crusades, and produces the First Rule of
Muslim Warfare; "We can always beat the French." This rule is identical to
the First Rules of the Italians, Russians, Germans, English, Dutch, Spanish,
Vietnamese and Esquimaux.
War on Terrorism - France, keeping in mind its recent history,surrenders to Germans and Muslims just to be safe. Attempts to surrender to Vietnamese
ambassador fail after he takes refuge in a McDonald's."
Sorry for the typos, I decided to leave this exactly as I found it on NealzNuze.
:: Peter 2/14/2003 08:51:00 AM [+] ::
I think this is some form of tribute to their late cartoonist. It's touching and sincere in an Arab News kind of way. Of course, by 'touching' and 'sincere' I mean, of course, how 'touched' I, personally, would be if, after my death, I was remembered by a small red box with an 'X' in it. Nothing says 'You're missed, we loved you' like a small red box with an 'X' in it.
Have they started blaming 'J-E-W-S' for his death yet?
:: Peter 2/14/2003 08:34:00 AM [+] ::
I rarely visit Arabic News. And when I do I rarely find anything worth posting. This caught my eye however:
"The head of the United Nations lead agency for Palestinian refugees, Peter Hansen, yesterday appealed to the international community not to let the West Bank and Gaza slide down its list of priorities as the world focuses on a potential conflict in Iraq.
Hansen, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), also warned that the Agency's emergency activities in the region will run out of resources and come to an end by late March Ð including the feeding of 1.1 million people Ð unless donations are received immediately from the international community."
The UNRWA is broke? That's classic. And a perfect example of how all the oil rich states 'supporting' the PA don't give a rat's ass about the Palestinians and just want them to suffer. I wonder how much money will flow from the US to the UNRWA...
:: Peter 2/12/2003 01:15:00 PM [+] ::
Say what? Now, I knew that the Muslims claim Abraham as their own (we'll ignore the fact that he lived how many hundreds/thousands of years before Muhammad...same, for that matter, goes for Jesus) but they sacrifice all these sheep for this?
"In commemoration of the Prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his only son to Allah, tens of thousands of sheep, cows and camels were sacrificed by pilgrims in Mina yesterday. They lined up for hours in the midday heat to purchase their offering."
Jews snip off a tiny piece of foreskin. Muslims slaughter 'tens of thousands of sheep, cows and camels.'
Where's PETA now?
:: Peter 2/12/2003 08:36:00 AM [+] ::