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daily link  Monday, December 15, 2003

In Iraq's south, democracy buds: Short profile of caucus model of local control.  11:23:24 PM  permalink  

Telegraph: "Terrorist behind September 11 strike was trained by Saddam":  Are the Niger forgerers at it again?  Or is this for real?   "Iraq's coalition government claims that it has uncovered documentary proof that Mohammed Atta, the al-Qaeda mastermind of the September 11 attacks against the US, was trained in Baghdad by Abu Nidal, the notorious Palestinian terrorist. Details of Atta's visit to the Iraqi capital in the summer of 2001, just weeks before he launched the most devastating terrorist attack in US history, are contained in a top secret memo written to Saddam Hussein, the then Iraqi president, by Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti, the former head of the Iraqi Intelligence Service. The handwritten memo, a copy of which has been obtained exclusively by the Telegraph, is dated July 1, 2001 and provides a short resume of a three-day "work programme" Atta had undertaken at Abu Nidal's base in Baghdad. .. Abu Nidal, who was responsible for the failed assassination of the Israeli ambassador to London in 1982, was based in Baghdad for more than two decades."  Abu Nidal was murdered in Baghdad last year.  The memo is also said to document a "shipment," possibly uranium, from Libya via Syria to Iraq.   Also, "Dr Allawi has been named as the channel by which warnings that Saddam could use weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes reached the British Government."

Then again, Allawi has called some things right.  "Allawi has consistently urged the United States to work with honest military officers and civil servants from the old regime in the transition to a new Iraq. He told me in March 2002, a year before the US invasion, that America had to reassure Iraqis that it didn’t want to destroy their country, humiliate its army or punish ordinary Iraqis who cooperated with the Baath Party because they had no choice.   That strategy was clearly correct, in hindsight. Unfortunately, it was abandoned when US civilian administrator Paul Bremer decided last May to disband the Iraqi Army. This decision is now widely viewed as America’s biggest mistake in post-war planning. Allawi says he warned a meeting of top US generals that disbanding the army would create a dangerous “vacuum” in the country... Another unfortunate “twist,” says Allawi, was that disbanding the army and the Baath Party destroyed two power centers for Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority, and convinced many Sunnis they had no place in the new Iraq. They began to revolt in the now-infamous “Sunni Triangle” north and west of Baghdad. Asked to describe the enemy, Allawi frankly blames “our own creation of the problem, changing Iraqis to be against us."

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Biculturalism: "What are the cultural differences between Unix and Windows programmers? There are many details and subtleties, but for the most part it comes down to one thing: Unix culture values code which is useful to other programmers, while Windows culture values code which is useful to non-programmers. This is, of course, a major simplification, but really, that's the big difference: are we programming for programmers or end users? Everything else is commentary."  Excellent review of what seems an interesting book by Eric S. Raymond, "The Art of UNIX Programming."  4:50:09 PM  permalink  

css Zen Garden: The Beauty in CSS Design: Great demo of CSS-based designs (downloadable too).  See also StrangeBanana, "a generator that automatically creates graphic webpage designs. You can see StrangeBanana at work by going to the StrangeBanana Generator page. What you see there will be a unique webpage design which have never been seen by anyone else before. If you want to, you can use that design for your own website"  4:34:53 PM  permalink  


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