History and popular culture are strange, one of the original stars of the antiwar counter-culture film M*A*S*H, Tom Skerritt is now our guide to the next Windows iteration, Vista. Does a nice job of it too.
The BBC has uncovered new video evidence that US forces may have been responsible for the deliberate killing of 11 innocent Iraqi civilians.
The video appears to challenge the US military's account of events that took place in the town of Ishaqi in March.
The US said at the time four people died during a military operation, but Iraqi police claimed that US troops had deliberately shot the 11 people.
A spokesman for US forces in Iraq told the BBC an inquiry was under way.
The new evidence comes in the wake of the alleged massacre in Haditha, where US marines are suspected of killing up to 24 Iraqi civilians in November 2005 and covering up the deaths.
The incident is being investigated by the Pentagon.
The US military has announced that coalition troops in Iraq are to have ethical training following the furore surrounding the alleged killings.
For the next 30 days, they would receive lessons in "core warrior values", a military statement said.
There have been and will continue to be various reactions to Haditha, which along with Abu Ghraib will go down in history as part of a rather long list of how the neocons set stroked the flames of middle-east hatred and mistrust of the west. All the while claiming that they were in Iraq in part to rescue the Iraqi people from a totalitarian regime and with our superior values win over their hearts and minds. What is the general tone of the conservative response? From the aptly named Right Wing Nut House,
It’s an interesting exercise, this, when one considers that for the past few years the left has had to work extraordinarily hard to make their initial rationale for opposing the war come true. And this begs the question; how “right” are you in the first place when you have to actively work to bend history to your will in order for the result to play out according to your prognostications? Does the left seriously believe that they have not undermined the war effort by their words and actions? Are they so myopically stupid that they can’t understand that these words and actions have given enormous comfort and encouragement to the enemy?
On the the contrary Mr. Nut House, we knew that Bush was giving the truth a good beating from day one and it took very little "work" on our part, on the contrary all we had to do was open our eyes. The Bush cabal of conservative zealotry knew that the threat from Iraq was weak – nearly non-existent early on, they knew that the strategic benefits were weak, and the moral case for war was as thin as Copperfield's gruel. Bush has acted like and been accorded the powers of a king, yet Mr. Nut House thinks that Americans guided by truth and genuine patriotism standing outside the stadium, their faint voices barely heard above the shrillness of the right-wing noise machine forced the impotent pretend cowboy to squander victory. Congressional Democrats and the American tax payer have given Bush every dollar he asked for, American families have given their blood, but the Hut House thinks Bush blew it and is blowing it in Iraq is because some citizens that still have some moral values object to cold blooded murder. Bush and his supporters, time after time have
I suppose you heard what
everybody's been saying, Jake.
What who's been sayin'?
You were a big favorite in this
fight. Then two days ago the odds
start jumping all over the place
until you're a 12-5 underdog.
I don't follow no gamblin'
Commissioner. I'm just a fighter.
Now the fight's off the books
Meyer Lansky couldn't get a bet
down on this fight. Some people are
saying you're going into the tank.
Believe what you want.
from the screenplay Raging Bull by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin