So I'm reading about the recent slumber party for the dauphin and his bosom buddy Hamid. And I'm struck by:
Afghan officials have charged that the government of President Pervez Musharraf has not done enough to prevent the influx of foreign fighters into Afghanistan to aid the Taliban and has tolerated a Taliban and al-Qaeda presence on Pakistani territory.And:
"I'm confident that with actionable intelligence we will be able to bring top al-Qaeda to justice," [Bush] said. "We're in constant communications with the Pakistan government. It's in their interest that foreign fighters be brought to justice. . . . And I'm confident, with real, actionable intelligence, we will get the job done."Dear readers, you have surely also noted that the various bloody goings-on in Iraq are also imputed to "foregin fighters," as were many of the vicious shenanigans in Southern Lebanon.
One begins to suspect that this phrase constitutes what our structuralist friends might call a signifier without signification. Or what you and I might call a mighty herd of bull.
The article goes on to reproduce another odd assertion:
Questioned about those remarks today, Bush said, "It's up to Iran to prove to the world that they're a stabilizing force as opposed to destabilizing force. After all, this is a government that has proclaimed its desire to build a nuclear weapon."After all.
Iran has denied accusations by the United States that it's designing a nuclear warhead capable of triggering a massive blast. ABC Local Radio, AustraliaHuh.
"No. Absolutely not. Iran is a member of the Non Proliferation Treaty. We have safeguard agreements with the IAEA. Nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction do not have a place in our defense doctrine. We have stated that clearly. And we have shown it." Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iran's ambassador to United Nations, speaking to CNN.
Iran denies seeking nuclear weapons, as the West suspects, saying its program aims purely to generate electricity. Reuters
The West has accused Iran of seeking nuclear weapons, a charge Iran denies. BBC's The World
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, has rejected any accusation that Tehran is developing nuclear weapons saying it would not do this for fear of sparking a regional arms race. CCTV