really close now!
One of the greatest luxuries while being on the road is to have plenty of time.
Time to relax completely and forget about itineraries and stuff. To have entire days without any musts. Days to read a lot. Days to enjoy a long siesta. Days to absorb impressions from the trip. Days to just breathe. Such small things make the whole experience so much greater.
Did I once say that this is a non-political blog? Well, sod that!
The Baker Commission has today released its Iraq report. It contains rather unflattering views of the present White House strategy. I agree fully that the present approach is quite unsuccessful. However I am not entirely sure if I agree that the US armed forces packing their bags swiftly is the best way out of this particular mess. It might be but I am not sure. On a broader perspective though: one thing is sure: that I fully agree with those who say that the Palestinian question must be solved, if we want to stabilize the entire Middle East.
Below is an excerpt from the NYT on the Baker Commission report. Full New York Times article here.
Panel Calls for New Approach to Iraq
By DAVID E. SANGER
Published: December 6, 2006
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 – A bipartisan commission warned on Wednesday that “the situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating,” and handed President Bush both a rebuke of his current strategy and a detailed blueprint for a fundamentally different approach, including the pullback of all American combat brigades over the next 15 months.
In unusually sweeping and blunt language, the panel of 10 Republicans and Democrats issued 79 specific recommendations, including a call for direct negotiations with Syria and Iran and a clear declaration that the United States would reduce its support to Iraq unless that weak and divided government makes “substantial progress” on reconciliation and security in coming months.
Well as primary colours seem to by my present mode for post titles it seems I must keep that going. Even if it sometimes gets a bit contrieved. And I suppose Gold is a better description (than Yellow) of the colour of beer but whatever 🙂
Oktoberfest, is a huge annual beer-festival held in Munich. A friend of mine, Frax, and I decided this summer to stage our own Oktoberfest. I must admit I was in not too much of a party mood, but I am glad I went through with it, I sorta snapped out of my low.
We did not get six million guests, only 60 but it was a smash hit nevertheless. We had bought 7 cases of German beer, 168 bottles, and the last one went with the last guest 4 a.m. in the morning. So we got that one right for sure!
We also served lots of snacks, olives, peanuts, salty thingies, German sausages, both the smoked and freshly grilled kind, sour thingies to go with the sausage. The DJ stand was shared by many guests; producing everything from German trivial pop of the 80’s, German hard rock such as Rammstein, to contemporary mainstream such as Madonna.
Perhaps you already have heard of Zefrank, I hadn’t until very recently. Extremely productive guy, puts out new stuff almost every day.
Now: midterm US elections on the front page…
How about his little entertaining view? Some readers from Finland, and elsewhere, might actually like it as much as I did.