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The New Spokesperson For The Anti-War Movement: LOUIS FARRAKHAN

Al Gore. . . Ted Kennedy. . . Louis Farrakhan.
The biggest development in the Iraq debate since the president's Monday-night speech comes from the CIA's recent briefing to the Senate intelligence committee, portions of which were made public Tuesday evening. According to the Washington Post, while the CIA offered new evidence of ties going back a decade between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda, they concluded that "unprovoked by a U.S. military campaign, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is unlikely to initiate a chemical or biological attack against the United States." However, if an American attack were imminent, the CIA suggested that Hussein might "decide that the extreme step of assisting Islamist terrorists in conducting a WMD [weapons of mass destruction] attack against the United States would be his last chance to exact vengeance by taking a large number of victims with him." In other words, attack at your own risk.

All those who trust the CIA's intelligence-gathering skills may raise their hands now.

Meanwhile, it seems likely that the Senate will pass a resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq by an overwhelming margin. When the measure will be passed, however, remains in question, since opponents of the administration led by the (very) senior senator from West Virginia, Democrat Robert Byrd intend to use parliamentary tactics to delay a vote until at least next week.

The West Virginian's leadership role in the opposition produced this amusing line, from the AP report: "Byrd, widely respected for his deep knowledge of the Senate rules, has emerged as the primary Senate opponent to the president's war resolution." Now, doesn't this say something about Byrd's accomplishments as a senator which consist of naming practically every rock in West Virginia after himself that he is "respected for his deep knowledge of the Senate rules?" The man has been in the Senate since 1958 is it any surprise that he knows all the rules by now? And can you imagine this being said about someone in another profession? Raul Mondesi hit .230 this year, but he is respected for his deep knowledge of baseball's rules . . . Joe Smith is an unproductive employee, but he is respected for his deep knowledge of the company's rulebook . . .

Next time, the AP should just come out and tell the truth that Byrd is a tiresome gasbag who has been in the Senate long enough to know all the tricks that can be used to keep other people off the floor.

Finally, in a piece of news from the heartland, it seems that the antiwar movement has a new spokesman. First Al Gore, then Teddy Kennedy, and now . . . Louis Farrakhan. According to the Detroit Free Press, the outspoken Nation of Islam leader "kicked off a three-day, antiwar campaign in metro Detroit on Tuesday by calling President George W. Bush a greater threat to world peace than Iraqi President Saddam Hussein." (Amazing he sounds just like a left-wing French journalist!) The Free Press adds that his remarks, addressed to supporters "were interrupted with shouts of 'Go ahead!' and 'Yes, sir!'"

In the Nation of Islam, apparently, even the spontaneous cheers sound like they belong in a paramilitary boot camp.
The majority of the world is against the war 10.Oct.2002 11:04

No-Doz Bukowski

It's not just Al Gore, Ted Kennedy and Louis Farrakhan, man. The prime ministers of Germany and France, the leader of the Brittish Labor Party, Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Jesse Jackson, Vladimir Putin, Brent Scowcroft, Gen. Anthony Zinni, Gen. John Shalikashvili, General Joseph Hoar, Gen. Wesley Clark, Pat Buchannan, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Connie Morella, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Rep. Dick Armey, Rep. John Duncan, 1.5 million protesters in Italy, 500,000 in London, 20,000 in DC, 10,000 right here in Portland, the entire Arab League, Khofi Annan,

All of these religous leaders:

The majority of US citizens:

An overwhelming world majority opposes Bush's war on Iraq.

As for Robert Byrd - he's a distinguished Senator who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee; as well as sitting on the Rules Committee, the Armed Services Committee, and the Budget Committee. Bob Dole (you probably dig him) said ""The final chapter in Robert Byrd's history is not likely to be written for some time, yet it is safe to say that he has set a standard as a Senator, as a legislative leader, and as a statesman that will stand among the best as long as there is a Senate."

So, what I'm trying to say is, you're full of shit.

5000. - N.