While in Pakistan we have “oil spills”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakistan/2003_08/pakistan_oil_spill_update.html and a “hung parliament”:http://www.dawn.com/2003/08/21/top1.htm, the rest of the world has been busy going to pieces.
The “bombings in Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan”:http://www.dailykos.com/archives/003866.html have been the main news this week. Just a few days earlier, I had predicted that “things aren’t looking good in Iraq”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/world/2003_08/iraq_predictions.html, and sadly enough it seems to be the case. The latest attack seems to “signal a shifting strategy”:http://www.back-to-iraq.com/archives/000442.php of bombings against “non-military targets”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17313-2003Aug19.html. The US seems to think that the latest attack is a good reason for the world to jump in and “help them out”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3169425.stm, but “Who Wants to Go to Iraq Now?”:http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0820-06.htm There is an excellent post at Body and Soul about “the US situation in Iraq”:http://bodyandsoul.typepad.com/blog/2003/08/an_imperial_val.html.
In Europe, things might be even worse. “France Says Heat Toll May Be 10,000”:http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,95334,00.html [this via “Kevin”:http://perlguy.com/ who wonders “why the Iraqis aren’t dying from the heat”:http://perlguy.com/archives/000647.html].