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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

NZ resident kidnapped in Iraq?

Rusty Shackleford has ID'd one of the kidnapped Christian Peacemakers as Harmeet Singh Sooden, a Canadian with residency in New Zealand.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 11/30/2005 12:21:00 pm


Blogger Chris said...

Do you guys regard Stratfor as anti-American leftists?

You might once you know that the first line of their latest email bulletin is "The presidency of George W. Bush is failing".

How anti-American and leftist can you get? Right? Or are they just knowledgable people who have the right to express an opinion without being given such a label by SirHumphs.

11/30/2005 04:21:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I'd call Stratfor centrist statists. I used to read them, once upon a time. But these days I find people who wish to maintain the status quo to be boring and I don't waste time reading them. The people behind Stratfor have no vision; like the Economist they are selling centrist grand statements dressed up as political analysis but are entirely lead by what they perceive as the drift of mainstream 'public opinion' rather than any solid intellectual ideas for where the United States should be heading.

Pretty website though - has alot more functionality than the last time I visited.

As for Bush's presidency - the 2nd terms of US Presidents are always dominated by hopeful successors jockeying for position. And US public opinion is concerned about the Republican's domestic agenda, which appears more like the bloated Dems these days than the reforming Republicans of the 1990's. That means Republicans in tight seats are worried about the upcoming 2006 mid-terms and are likely to backstab Bush and the Republican leadership to ensure their seats. More libertarian-minded Republicans might be prone to switching back to the Dems in three years time, given Bush has grown the Federal Government rather than shrunk it or maintained its size (not to mention uncomfortable feelings about the Patriot Act etc). Fortunately for the Republicans, the Dems present foreign affairs stances are designed to appease their activist base rather than the more centrist Americans.

The last time I was in the US, the concern of your average American (I include people in their 20's, for instance) for foreign affairs issues was palpable. Unlike NZ, they are constantly threatened by various terrorist groups and foreign countries, and most people have a friend or relative actively involved in the US military. Many live in cities targetted by nuclear weapons, or near military bases. It is natural foreign affairs and defense issues weigh more heavily on US voter minds, and why NZ is regarded as some sort of mystical safe haven by those Americans who know a little about us (especially West Coasters). That is also why the same issues might save Bush's successor.

11/30/2005 08:39:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Why is this rooster a resident in NZ? Why is a qualified electrical engineer doing an arts degree in NZ? Who is paying his fees? Why is he not busily engaged connecting positive to negative? Is it so that he can be indoctrinatd by the arty farties who infest the unscientific faculties of Auckland Uni?

11/30/2005 09:17:00 pm  

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