Periscope Depth

we can’t go on together with suspicious minds

Top Ten Ways that Libya 2011 is not Iraq 2003 (Juan Cole):

1. The action in Libya was authorized by the United Nations Security Council. That in Iraq was not. By the UN Charter, military action after 1945 should either come as self-defense or with UNSC authorization. Most countries in the world are signatories to the charter and bound by its provisions.


5. None of the United Nations allies envisages landing troops on the ground, nor does the UNSC authorize it. Iraq was invaded by land forces.

Intolerable Cruelty (Joel and Ethan Coen):

Freddy Bender: “Kershner” was in Kentucky.
Miles Massey: “Kershner” was in Kentucky?
Freddy Bender: “Kershner” was in Kentucky.
Miles Massey: All right, Freddy, forget “Kershner”. What’s your bottom line?
Freddy Bender: Primary residence, 30 percent of remaining assets.
Miles Massey: What, are you nuts? Have you forgotten “Kershner”?

I can’t fault Cole too hard here. Often when I get lost in a paragraph or an article, I forget where I started, too. But the difference is that I don’t claim to be “informed.”

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