The Kensington Review

11 August 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 95
White House to Fight War Crimes by Rewriting Laws -- The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that the Bush administration has decided to try to amend the War Crimes Act passed in the mid-1990s. The White House believes that some acts prohibited by the law shouldn’t be. Legalizing behavior that is implicitly against the Geneva Conventions brings a new perspective things. Rather than prosecuting “evil-doers,” the Busheviks will simply get rid of crime by legalization. In this neo-con Twilight Zone, smoking pot will remain illegal, but abusing prisoners of war will not.

Brits Disrupt Major Terror Plot -- “We are confident that we have disrupted a plan by terrorists to cause untold death and destruction and, quite frankly, to commit mass murder,” said Deputy Commissioner Paul Stephenson of the Metropolitan Police in a briefing yesterday. That is how these things are done, not by strength but by stealth.

Airlines Take Hit Despite Terror Success -- The success of the British at stopping multiple plane attacks saved thousands of lives, but the plot still cost millions of dollars. That, of course, is part of the bin Laden strategy, to undermine the economies of the western nations even if his minions fail to kill. The short-term effects of the foiled plot are no worse than a snowstorm, but longer-term, the damage may persist.

Stone’s “World Trade Center” Ignore Buildings’ Ugliness -- The Oliver Stone film “World Trade Center” opened Wednesday, and it did so to fairly good reviews. Nicholas Cage plays one of the last two men to get out of The Pile alive, and it is apparently a touching story of human survival. Mr. Stone had to be careful with his work because the WTC has become a sacred memory to New Yorkers, Americans and most decent people around the world. However, the losses that September Tuesday were human, not architectural. Truth is, the damn things were ugly.

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