20 Mar. 2007

War Pimp Aznar Puts Out For Rupert

Via Antony Loewenstein, a sad look at Spain's former PM going through the scare-mongering motions on a wingnut paid-commentary global tour:
"I think the West is going through a serious crisis; an existential one, possibly. Our society is morally confused, strategically divided and politically weakened."
Well he got that bit right, however unintentionally. Notice how Aznar takes up a position on News Ltd's board, then makes speeches to rightwaing thinktanks which are then reported in Murdoch organs? Incestuous, innit? But actual "news"? I think not.

AL also links to this very interesting Reuters story:
The judge who tried to jail Chile's former dictator Augusto Pinochet said on Tuesday it was time to hold U.S. President George W. Bush and his allies to account for waging war in Iraq.

In an opinion piece in newspaper El Pais, published on the fourth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion, Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon said the war was "one of the most sordid and unjustifiable episodes in recent human history".

"We should look more deeply into the possible criminal responsibility of the people who are, or were, responsible for this war and see whether there is sufficient evidence to make them answer for it," Garzon wrote.

"There is enough of an argument in 650,000 deaths for this investigation and inquiry to start without more delay," he said.
Did you hear that thudding sound? That was John Howard fainting.