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"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true."
                Demosthenes

Anchor for this item  posted April 04, 2003 at 11:47 a.m. MDT

The oligarchs believe it is their manifest destiny to rule and command, because they have acquired much. But the greatest virtues are everywhere manifest in the actions of people of good will.

Iraqi Man Risked All to Help Free American Soldier (washingtonpost.com) [...] Mohammed has given up the life he knew to help a woman he met only briefly. He and his family came to this Marine base with nothing but the clothes they were wearing and a blanket. But Mohammed smiled broadly and happily talked about his role. He expressed no doubts about his decision. "She would not have lived," he said simply. "It was very important."


An unrelated story on looting and mafia-like elements arising in the power vacuum of the newly liberated areas included an interview with a Central Command spokesperson. The captain remarked on how some truckers hired to distribute free water were instead selling it, joking, "Isn't it fabulous to see the people starting to act like capitalists?!"


 

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Human need, not corporate greed ... without justice, there can be no peace. That's the meme stringing these items together.



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