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* Scout Prime has two great Katrina-related posts up:
— “Consistent Info” on Missing Persons Leads to Search of 400 NOLA Homes for Bodies” . This is heartbreaking and enraging because we are five months out from the hurricane and Louisiana officials are now calling for the search of 400 homes “because authorities have consistent information about people missing from those locations.” Many of us, including Scout, believes there are still bodies in the rubble and filth in of NOLA — some remaining homes in Ninth Ward have never been searched.

— “More Housing Discrimination Against Katrina Victims.” The second post, well, who can be surprised that the government has had to start an ad campaign to remind tenants and landlords that housing discrimination against people of color is illegal. Complaints have been lodged against five apartment complexes in Texas, Florida and Alabama for doing so.

* MadKane‘s latest Sam Alito poems are up, for your reading pleasure.

* Blender Val points to this mind-blower, “The Only Moral Abortion is My Abortion,” about anti-choice women that choose to have an abortion. From the site.

Abortion is a highly personal decision that many women are sure they’ll never have to think about until they’re suddenly faced with an unexpected pregnancy. But this can happen to anyone, including women who are strongly anti-choice. So what does an anti-choice woman do when she experiences an unwanted pregnancy herself? Often, she will grin and bear it, so to speak, but frequently, she opts for the solution she would deny to other women — abortion.

* Michael Stickings, Shakes Sis and Carla at Premptive Karma mull over Kevin Drum‘s post on last week’s missile attack in Pakistan and a moral dilemma posed — whether the bombing of the village (intended to kill al-Zawahiri) was or was not justified when innocent civilians die, even if the benefit is that top al Qaeda officials were killed.

What is the level of comfort for those of us on the Left with the use of force as in the war on terror, given at some point the Dems will return to power — and it’s not like the WoT will be over when the Chimp departs.

I have mixed feelings on this, because the whole issue is clouded by the complete incompetence and criminal behavior of this administration. Military action has its place, but I think the whole “surgical strike” BS is just a term tossed out to soothe people that are repulsed/offended by violence and death. For all the “precision” there are countless (and officially uncounted in Iraq) civilian casualties, er, collateral damage, involved in these strikes.

Force of this nature is sometimes necessary, but it should be paired with good human and electronic intelligence – the U.S. seems to be hopelessly under-resourced on the former, and when they don’t have it, they just make sh*t up to justify an action. This government seems to ignore clear evidence that this type of military action creates even more terrorists. We blow up countries on a whim, leave people to live in an obliterated society, and then wonder why our men and women in uniform are getting killed. These terrorist networks are headless, as opposed to a terrorist state, so our ham-handed military tactics aren’t effective. One would think that a better approach would be to have covert assassin teams trying to take these al Qaeda heads out. We actually probably do, but they clearly haven’t produced the desired result.

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