Here. We are fucking doomed.
"Now, we here that California Congressman Darrell Issa, a major recipient of money from hometown cell phone goliath Qualcomm is lobbying the Pentagon to rewire (rewireless?) Iraq with Qualcomm’s CDMA standard rather than the one now used in the country, GSM, which is preferred by European manufacturers. “Hundreds of thousands of American jobs depend on the success of U.S.-developed wireless technologies like CDMA,” says Issa.
And to think that for a moment I thought we were about to turn Iraq into a parodic banana-republic where favored US campaign contributors got to line up for Iraq-pork!
And speaking of the rather shariah-offending concept of Iraq-pork, at least we’re not going to try to evangelize Iraq by turning over aid distribution to evangelical faith-based organizations from the Bible Belt, right?
Here’s another charmer from the always invaluable Beliefnet. Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, said yesterday that his organization, Samaritan’s Purse, has an army of relief workers “poised and ready” to roll into Iraq to serve the physical and spiritual needs of the Iraqi people. He’s in constant contact with the US government agencies in Amman to help coordinate efforts.
Graham says that he knows he can’t just whip out the good book and start preaching the gospel in an Arab country. But “I believe as we work,” said Graham, “God will always give us opportunities to tell others about his Son… We are there to reach out to love them and to save them, and as a Christian I do this in the name of Jesus Christ.”
That should go over well.
I mean, it’s not like the Muslim Arabs have a chip on their shoulder or anything about the Christian West launching a new crusade against them to reclaim Arabia for the cross. So it shouldn’t be any problem.
In all seriousness, obviously the US can’t bar anybody with a Christian affiliation from doing relief work in Iraq. But optics seems to be the issue here. The American president is a deeply-believing born-again Christian. He’s closely associated with Franklin Graham. Graham has repeatedly called Islam a “wicked” religion. And now Graham’s missionaries are coming in behind US tanks invading Iraq."