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June 18, 2008

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I wonder to what extent Maliki is just following Bush's example: "Hey, he doesn't follow his country's laws. Why should we?"

Welcome back, Eric. I hope your trip was a wonderful respite.

Given the grimness to which you're returning in your first posts back, I really really hope that it was.

Our government has undertaken not only an illegal invasion, but an occupation five years old with no end in sight, conducted as an assault against Sunni communities, directly and by proxies. The scale of the killing and forced relocation would be called genocidal if any other country were overseeing it.

I'm sickened at the extent to which even the most knowledgeable bloggers are adopting this administration's euphemism of 'SoFA' for its proposal of indefinite military occupation. Clearly, nothing was learned from the failure to call the "surge" by its plain English name: escalation.

Here is Trudy Rubin, lying like a rug on the PBS News Hour:
There also will be immunity for U.S. soldiers. That is present in most SOFAs. After all, in 80 countries, we have them.

Name one in which U.S. military are immune from local laws. Name one in which they have the right to detain nationals of the host country.

But I think the main issue here is this is the Middle East. And long-running military presence of foreign forces brings back memories of colonial occupation, in the case of Iraq, the British.

Right; it's those Middle Easterners, so sensitive about occupation. Wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that the proposal is a proposal for indefinite military occupation, would it?

I have been far too bold.

That's better.

Yes -- Welcome back, Eric. How was Paris -- besides 'expensive'?

I hope your trip was a wonderful respite.

Given the grimness to which you're returning in your first posts back, I really really hope that it was.

Oh it was. That's why I couldn't blog until today. I had to flush the Paris out of my system and get my grim on.

So yes, Paris was amazing. Next to NYC, my favorite city - though much of Italy remains unexplored as of yet. A condition that I must remedy sometime soon.

A friend of a friend (a local) took me around on a couple of nights. Two tiny little hole in the wall restaurants with some of the most amazing food: one Senegalese (or perhaps Nigerian) and the other Algerian.

Two tiny little hole in the wall restaurants with some of the most amazing food

The second clause is usually redundant given the first :)

True.

The funny thing is, he was apologetic before he took me to the first one, explaining that it wasn't fancy, didn't look like much, was small, etc.

I assured him that those were all positives in my book - and as expected, the food matched my expectations.

The African place had one waitress who was also the cook. In fact, there was only one employee: her.

I was in heaven.

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