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.

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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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