Lots of Middle East news
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was arrested by Pakestani officials and turned over to the US. He is considered the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks as well as the terroris bombings of US embassies in Africa, the USS Cole, and a synagogue in Djerba. After bin Laden, Mohammed was the FBI’s most wanted fugitive.
Followup on Fleischer’s denial (previous entry) that the US would attempt to buy the votes of Security Council members: The Observer published an expose on dirty tricks the US is using to wins votes on the Iraq War.
Turkey refuses to accept US troops. In a narrow vote, the Turkish Parliament has confounded plans for a two-front invasion of Iraq. Although more Turkish representatives supported the measure than opposed it, a number of abstentions prevented a majority of ‘yes’ votes. Nine out of ten Turks oppose involvment in a war with Iraq, but hosting US troops would have come with $6 billion in direct aid from the US. Lest the US be deturred, General Franks, commander of US troops in the Persian Gulf, has plans to build a military base in northern Iraq.
Wednesday, March 5 is the day of a national student walk-out. It’s been promoted heavily on campus. Dozens of professors support it, though most advise going to the teach-in rally between or after classes. My Cultural Evolution professor said he’ll accompany any delegation of the class to the rally after the lecture.
The US embraced Saddam in the 1980s despite chemical weapons, external aggression, and human rights abuses.