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How US told Hussein he may invade Kuwait
http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jul25.html 1990 April Glaspie, the American ambassador to Iraq during the administration of President George HW Bush, gave Saddam Hussein America's go-ahead to invade Kuwait, and Hussein smiled.
The exchange was reported in the New York Times
of September 23
US Ambassador Glaspie:
I have direct instructions from President
Bush to improve our relations with Iraq. We have considerable sympathy
for your quest for higher oil prices, the immediate cause of your
confrontation with Kuwait. (Pause) As you know, I lived here for years
and admire your extraordinary efforts to rebuild your country. We know
you need funds. We understand that, and our opinion is that you should
have the opportunity to rebuild your country. (Pause) We can see that
you have deployed massive numbers of troops in the south. Normally that
would be none of our business, but when this happens in the context of
your threat s against Kuwait, then it would be reasonable for us to be
concerned. For this reason, I have received an instruction to ask you,
in the spirit of friendship – not confrontation – regarding your
intentions: Why are your troops massed so very close to Kuwait’s
As you know, for years now I have made every
effort to reach a settlement on our dispute with Kuwait. There is to be a
meeting in two days; I am prepared to give negotiations only this one
more brief chance. (Pause) When we (the Iraqis) meet (with the Kuwaitis)
and we see there is hope, then nothing will happen. But if we are
unable to find a solution, then it will be natural that Iraq will not
What solutions would be acceptable?
If we could keep the whole of the Shatt al Arab – our
strategic goal in our war with Iran – we will make concessions (to the
Kuwaitis). But, if we are forced to choose between keeping half of the
Shatt and the whole of Iraq (i.e., in Saddam's view, including Kuwait )
then we will give up all of the Shatt to defend our claims on Kuwait to
keep the whole of Iraq in the shape we wish it to be. (Pause) What is
the United States' opinion on this?
We have no opinion on your Arab - Arab conflicts, such
as your dispute with Kuwait. Secretary (of State James) Baker has
directed me to emphasize the instruction, first given to Iraq in the
1960s, that the Kuwait issue is not associated with America. (Saddam
Categories: usa, saddam-hussein, iraq, war-on-terror
BEATLES WEEKEND, yeah, yeah, yeah! One selected Beatles-related video, some weekends at http:facebook.com/pip.wilson. I hope you enjoy this interlude of a Fab 4-related vid. About 4 decades after this song, about 4/5 of the world's population still believe in this Imaginary Friend. Battle on, rational people! Our dream is n.ot yet over. Fear not the bullets; truth & mind are stronger than fantasy.
The day Bob Dylan was booed off stage
http://www.wilsonsalmanac.com/book/jul25.html 1965 Crowds booed Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival when they played 'Maggie's Farm' backed by electric guitars (Paul Butterfield's band).
Dylan was dressed like a rocker with a black leather jacket, and it was
all too much for the traditionally-minded folkies. Some in the audience
yelled "Sellout!" and Pete Seeger
later said he was "ready to chop the microphone cord". The day is now
recognised as a major turning point in the world of both Folk and Rock,
and the birth of Folk-Rock.
Dylan left the stage as a result of the booing, but was persuaded by Joan Baez
to return to the stage. He sang two songs, 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
', clearly a farewell to the 'traditional folkies' who had booed him offstage, and 'Mister Tambourine Man
which was to become a hit for The Byrds, and left Newport, not to
return until 2002, when he was welcomed back with open arms ...
Categories: dylan, folk-music, music, rock-music
Letter submitted today to the Editor, Bellingen Shire Courier-Sun:
Sir, This is a call to the council and merchants of Bellingen. Call me
'late for dinner', or call me 'Pip' (a sobriquet given to me by nurses
in 1953, and has stuck, like it or not). But please don't call me 'old
fashioned' when I lament Bellingen's loss of community noticeboards. At
least three or four have disappeared in the past 40 months.
Noticeboards are a strong indication of a community's vitality (and
increase the vitality), and we had plenty of them, but bit by bit we let
them go. A visit to the wastelands of outer western suburbs of Sydney
readily shows that there are virtually no community noticeboards. The
residents live in places of alienation, and the more the noticeboards
go, the more alienated the populace becomes.
It's true that so many of Bello's noticeboards have been removed because
vandals set them alight. But are we to allow the hoons and firebugs to
rule over us, or shall we use our wits to outwit them? Surely this, like
all other hooligan activity in Bello, is not beyond the intelligence of
local residents to overcome, or have we all given up and are happy to
live in a diminishing wasteland? Let's see an uprising of noticeboards,
and the firebugs prosecuted and ordered to make amends to the rest of us
who want community.
Likewise, North Bellingen has now lost its post box because of vandal
firebugs. (Drunken children, I suspect, but can't verify.) It's a 1.2-km
return walk to town from Dowle Street just to post a letter. Is it too
hard for Australia Post to gather together a few lonely, bureaucratized
brain cells to invent a fire-proof post box in order to service the
northside? Is it too hard for Bellingen merchants to get fire-proof
noticeboards gracing our beloved community again?
Pip Wilson, Bellingen
Categories: bellingen, community
After 57 years, I've found 2 ways to deal honourably with psychic vampires http://bit.ly/5uqCg0
& gosspips. (A) Tell nothing & take 'em nowhere; it's kindness.
(B) When they discuss you & your alleged foibles, invite them to
sit with u for 30 mins to hear yr story, & be strictly honest. They
usually head for the hills,... but sometimes it works wonders.
No-dig garden in fallow for winter
http://bit.ly/a88vrK We're not planting a 2010 winter crop in the no-dig
garden. We've put down flattened cardboard boxes and covered them with
deep mulch, mainly lawnmower clippings which include grass and leaves.
(Thanx, Joe, the local lawnmowing bloke.) After the frosts, about 6
weeks from now, spring planting will commence.I'm a member of the Rainbow Region Flickr group for North-eastern New South Wales.