Friday, July 23, 2004

PhD or PhDead?

This came down the pipeline from the International Coalition of Academics Against Ocupation:

Overlooked by the U.S. Press is the escalating assassination of Iraqi academics, intellectuals, and lecturers. More than 250 college professors since April 30, 2003, according to the Iraqi Union of University Lecturers, have been the targets of assassination.

You can view the entire article here.

This is troubling. REAL troubling. Often times, social and cultural progress begins in the academics of a nation. Now this isn't to say that there haven't been many other innocent Iraqis dying due to the occupation (check out some of the more tear jerking moments of Moore's flic), but the death toll among proffessors and other intellectuals is evidence that this war will leave a lasting social effect on the nation. The United States has an obligation under the Geneva Conventions to care for the welfare of those citizens who live under its occupation. I'd like to remind the policy makers about that, but I imagine they're already informed.

And who can post an entry without talking about the 9/11 commission? I hate to tell you I told you so, but:

On the alleged connection between Iraq and al Qaeda, panel members said that while there had been contacts between the regime and the terrorist group, no concrete evidence emerged of a strategic partnership.

"There was no question in our minds that there was a relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda," Kean said. "We have found no relationship whatever between Iraq and 9/11."

"Conversations, yes," Hamilton added, "but nothing concrete."
 
Check out the rest of this article when you get the chance.