The Kensington Review

11 November 2005

Latest Commentary: Volume IV, Number 135
Congress Moves Quickly to Drop CIA “Black Site” Leak Investigation -- The Washington Post, America’s real paper of record, reported a few days ago, that the CIA is holding terror suspects in secret prisons in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. Immediately, Congress sprang into action calling not for an investigation into the torture by Americans of prisoners, but rather of just who told the press that Americans were violating US and international law. Then, in a matter of hours, the idea had been shuffled off to the side. The Three Stooges seem to have lofty positions on Capitol Hill these days.

Al Qaeda Murders 57 in Jordan -- Al Qaeda in Iraq (the franchise run out of Baghdad) has just made a very big mistake. Rather than attacking the American “crusaders” or the British “imperialists,” three suicide bombers attacked three hotels in Amman, Jordan, that cater to locals as well as westerners. Fifty-seven people are dead, and the count may rise, most of them Jordanians at a wedding celebration. And more stupidly, Al Qaeda managed to kill four top Palestinian leaders. The question in the Arab world now becomes, which side is Al Qaeda on?

Big Oil Grilled by Senate over Huge Profits -- One man’s price gouging is another man’s just profit in a tight market. At least, that is what the top oil men who testified before the Senate on oil prices on Wednesday would like the world to believe. Meanwhile, senators who have praised the market till they're blue in the face suggested that Big Oil was taking advantage of recent events at the expense of voters who didn’t like paying $3 a gallon for gas. Fortunately, this was all a big photo-op, and it will likely just go away without anything being done to help or to hurt the little guy.

The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month -- Veteran’s Day again. Once, it was called “Armistice Day,” recalling that one moment of hope when the War to End All Wars stopped with an armistice -- at 11 am, on November 11, 1918. That didn’t pan out. And so, the following poem, written by a veteran of that conflict, Lieutenant Siegfried Sassoon of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, is dedicated to Judith Miller and the rest American media.

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