The Kensington Review

2 June 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 65
US Loses Heart and Minds with Haditha Massacre -- Lance Corporal Miguel “TJ” Terrazas, 20, of El Paso, Texas, was a member of Kilo Company of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. On November 19, 2005, an “improvised explosive device,” in the town of Haditha, Anbar Province, Iraq, killed him. According to press reports and the initial findings of a Pentagon investigation, four to eight of his buddies shot 24 civilians in retaliation, frustration and/or rage. Why these 24 are more important than the other 30,000 Iraqi civilians who have died since they were “liberated” is unclear, but Haditha isn’t going away.

US Offers Talks on Iran’s Nuke Plans -- The US government surprised the world earlier this week by acting in a responsible fashion over the question of Iran’s enrichment of uranium. The US offered to join the EU-3 talks with Iran if the mullahs stopped enriching uranium. The Iranians rejected this offer out of hand, but in a way that might let them accept the offer anyway. Talking is always better than fighting if there is a hope of solving the problem. The reconciliation of Iran’s nuclear ambitions and America’s security concerns, however, may be insoluble.

ChiCom Bank Shares Rise 14% in First Day of Trading -- According to the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China, the country is “a socialist state under the people's democratic dictatorship led by the working class and based on the alliance of workers and peasants. The socialist system is the basic system of the People’s Republic of China.” Yesterday, shares in the Bank of China (the PRC’s biggest foreign exchange bank) opened for trading in Hong Kong and rose 14% in the world’s largest IPO in six years. The sound one hears is Mao turning over in his grave.

National Spelling Bee Hits Prime Time on ABC -- Last night, the American Broadcasting Corporation took a break from “Desperate Housewives,” “Lost,” and “Wife Swap,” to pay some attention to kids who actually succeed in school. The Scripps National Spelling Bee dates from 1941, when the E.W. Scripps Co., a media conglomerate, assumed sponsorship from the Louisville Courier-Journal which started the bee in 1925. This was the first time it aired on broadcast TV.

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