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4 April 2008


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Battle of Basra Shows Green Zone Government’s Weakness -- Now that the dust has settled, the Iranian brokered cease-fire is holding and the Pentagon is claiming they really hadn’t been told about the attack in detail, it’s time for an after-action look at the Battle of Basra fought last week. The fight shows that the followers of Moqtada al-Sadr are tougher than Baghdad thought. It also shows that the Green Zone Government is impetuous at best. Above all, it shows that many Iraq-Namese will not fight for the al-Maliki government.

NATO OKs Missile Defense, Limits Expansion -- President George “LBJ” Bush attended his last NATO summit this week and got some of the things he wanted from America’s allies. No doubt, he had hoped for a clean sweep to put some spit and polish on his corroded legacy, but the adage “half a loaf is better than none” applies. That is especially true when the half one gets is a bit more than half. Mr. Bush secured approval of his ridiculous missile defense project, and Croatia and Albania will be NATO members. However, Ukraine, Georgia and Macedonia will have to wait.

Rising Rice Prices Threaten Developing Nations -- Rising food prices in the developed world are annoying. In poorer countries, they are a threat to the social fabric. One cannot reason free market economics with millions of hungry people. Since January, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization’s All Rice Index has risen 20%. Increased production isn’t going to help much because many producers, fearing hungry citizens, have reduced exports to ensure there is enough to eat at home.

Queensland MP Proposes “Kill-a-Toad” Day -- In Australia, a Queensland MP named Shane Knuth has come up with a plan that some might call blood-thirsty. He wants a special day set aside for his state to, well, to kill cane toads. He isn't calling it "Kill-a-Toad Day," but rather, "Toad Day Out." The fact that Australia’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has backed the idea shows how bad the situation there is. The RSPCA does have one conditions for its approval; the toads have to be frozen to death.

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