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April 19, 2004


Democracy, minority rights, an independent judiciary and (above all?) the rights of women, these are the foundations of Paul Wolfowitz' vision of an alternative to despotism in the Middle East. My favourite part of this Australian article is an architectural metaphor (via A&L Daily).

The Pentagon is the most powerful building in the world. It hums 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Its 24,000 staff make it the biggest single government office building anywhere.

It stood, co-equal with New York's World Trade Centre, as the supreme symbol of the US for Osama bin Laden to attack but, unlike the World Trade Centre, it survived the attack and has been hitting back since.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 19, 2004 09:07 AM

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