Tuesday, April 25, 2006
I think I've forgotten most html tags. It has been an embarrassingly long time. A LONG time and I see that my already-paltry readership is not down to single digits.
Well, the good news is that my new job is a good new job. It involves editing at a major humor publication, and it has not left me much time to get all sexy on the blogosphere. But I am trying to get back. This is the first attempt.
So here's something outrageous to get things rolling.
Thanks to reader Samela for pointing out this incredible series in the Chicago Tribune outlining contractor abuses in Iraq. It's rather surprising that no other papers or any of the networks have bothered to report the story (at least that I'm aware of) but I can understand it. The sheer volume on inhumane activity that the Bush administration has endorsed or perpetrated is so huge that it's hard to keep up.
"The top U.S. commander in Iraq has ordered sweeping changes for privatized military support operations after confirming violations of human-trafficking laws and other abuses by contractors involving possibly thousands of foreign workers on American bases, according to records obtained by the Tribune."
It goes on to describe similar situations in Bosnia, in which people were routinely bought and sold as sex slaves—refugees with no home, no recourse, no law to protect them. These are the kinds of war-mongering venture capitalists making things run in Iraq. Heart breaking.