March 29, 2003

So rather than reinvent the war-related weblog wheel, develop an RSS/XML aggregator that categorizes all the war-blog posts by politico-ideological slant, or simply redirect it to Slate, I've decided that will be an unpredictable feature where I point to some war-related post or another that lays siege to my attention.

And the first strike: Jeff Jarvis's Buzz Machine, Saturday Edition.
Why? Jarvis leads off with "Also click here to go to my war news weblog," yet he still posts eighteen war-related stories in one day. Disagree with him if you want (and I do, a lot), but get used to it; it's urban blogfare.

Utterly remarkable.

Tuesday on NPR, I heard an excerpt of British MP Malcolm Bruce's comments in the marathon Iraq debate in the House of Commons. What I heard

That leaves us with the United Kingdom divided, Europe divided, NATO divided and the UN divided. Many of us share a deep anxietyóand it grieves me to say soóthat those divisions may be exactly the outcome that the Bush Administration wanted.
wasn't as widely reported as his closing comment,
...if the United States is going to provide leadership for the world, the United States needs to provide a world leader.
, and I couldn't yet find a transcript online. So I Googled Mr Malcolm Bruce, found his official page, and emailed a request for a complete transcript of his remarks. Here they are.

They came this morning via email, excerpted from the official proceedings, put into Word, and accompanied by a note from Mr Bruce himself. If you can show me one US representative who even reads, much less answers, his own email, I'll post a giant picture of him or her here.

Update: Mr Bruce's Parliamentary researcher has followed up with links to both his comments, and all the comments made in the (10-hour+) Commons Iraq debate. Also, listen to the NPR report of the debate.

Forget 1991, it feels like 1999 around here. That was the last time I made an impulse buy. of a URL.

If anyone has a good idea for what to do with, let me know. The clock is ticking.

Some things I'm not considering:

  • starting a warblog. The world needs another warblog like the portal business needed (speaking of 1999...)
  • giving it to Slate's William Saletan, although he gets a shoutout for going wide with the term. (an excerpt from the latest "moment of truth": "But forgive me if in its first hours this doesn't look like a war of self-defense.")
  • getting into either a a WIPO dispute or a Talking Points Memo/Washington Post-style brawl with Microsoft.
  • giving it to Jeff Jarvis, who's got the earliest Google mention.

    Hmm. But is there anything else?

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