English Peace Frog

A political and personal blog in English and (a little) Japanese.

Location: Japan

Monday, July 11, 2005


I like the spirit behind this idea (thanks, Progressive Ink, for posting it). I think for it to have a chance to be effective in its stated goals, it needs to be much more widely publicized.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Study the Spanish Response to Terrorism

The response, according to a CNN report I just watched, to the train bombings in Spain is interesting and instructive. After "Spain's 9/11", the Spanish government, contrary to intuition (and the model of the U.S.'s response), did not launch an invasion on Morocco (or, like the U.S., on the wrong country, like, I don't know, Madagascar), relaxed immigration policies, and granted amnesty to illegal immigrants from North Africa already living in the country. It also produced and spread educational materials promoting understanding and tolerance of Muslims in Spain (including a video called "the Moroccan Experience"). According to the members of the Islamic community (people interviewed on the street), the result of the government's efforts is that radical beliefs among Spanish Muslims are becoming "increasingly rare". Much more significant, the Islamic Commission of Spain, the chief body for Spain's 1,000,000 Muslims, did no less than issue a fatwa against Osama bin Laden!

How many Muslim organizations in the U.S. have done that?

Saturday, July 09, 2005


There is some deep discourse happening over at this Christian Bulletin Board (Thanks, Progressive Ink, for the link). The framework for the discussion, I take it, is that the existence of extraterrestial life is not only impossible, but also a lie, born of a sinister collusion of Hollywood and Satan. This excerpt is representative. If you desire more education, there's plenty more at the link.

This will be the greatest deception of all time. Satan has been preparing us weak and gullible humans for this for sixty years. More people can relate to UFOs and aliens than they can to a personal loving God. Just as people disappeared in the movie “War of the Worlds” and were kept in cages on the alien ships, so will it be at the rapture. Afterwards, as I explained in my novel “Invasion: Israel” the world will be turned upside down by the disappearance of millions of people, especially here in Christian America.

Meanwhile, astronomers have discovered the 153rd extrasolar planet. They're finding them at something like once every two weeks now.

Friday, July 08, 2005


In The Dark has an insightful response to the London attacks.

Thursday, July 07, 2005


I have some questions for my visitors (I myself don't feel strongly confident about answers for any of them, but they are important--even critical--questions, I believe, if people truly want to stop terrorism). Please feel free to share your answers:

1. If the U.S. hadn't attacked Iraq, would this attack in London have been less or more likely to occur?

2. If Al Qaeda is behind these attacks (at this moment, three hours after they commenced, Tony Blair just made a statement calling them terrorist attacks, so I guess it's safe to call them that), did it commit the attacks motivated by

A) a twisted idealogy that "hates freedom" and wants to impose an Islamic regime in England or

B) vengeance

3. George Bush's popularity is at an all-time low. What do you think will happen to his approval ratings in the coming days?

4. Is it possible that this string of bombs in the country of the chief ally to the U.S. will give rise to increased and serious discussion in Washington about invading Iran and / or starting the draft again?

**updates unfolding in the comments.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Karl Rove--Only Perjury?

No time to comment now, except that this article provokes the question: who do you think will serve more prison time: Karl Rove, for the perjury he's already admitted publically, or journalists connected to this case who are about to be sent to jail? Also: why isn't Robert Novak being threatened with jail? He wrote the original article. Has he betrayed his source already?

Tuesday, July 05, 2005


I'm not sure where this is going, but it appears the records released by Time Magazine regarding the leaking of Valerie Plame's name contained information indicating that Karl Rove, Bush's advisor, was one of the people who "outed" her. This is, if I remember correctly, in the opinion of George H.W. Bush, a crime on the order of treason.


Slight update: seems Rove claims he circulated Plame's name after she was outed by R. Novak, but did so explicitly as a part of a strategy to discredit Wilson; he did this to retaliate against Wilson's having the audacity to spread truth about Bush's bullshit intelligence re: Iraq's nuclear program. What a reptile.


To our brave young troops, especially those fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq:

Happy Independence Day.

I hope you come back safe and in one piece. I hope you don't end up homeless like so many Other Vets did. I hope your government keeps you properly equipped for the dangerous job it sent you to do. I hope that the government and the free media don't lie about why you are daily risking life and limb--it's the very least they owe you. I hope it supports you and your families, with benefits appropriate for the perils you face for our country, and for your incredible bravery.

Come home soon.


Was Caught When Testers Noticed Breasts Too Big

Man substitutes for his sister at an exam and gets caught. You would think that he would have taken care to be less conspicuous. Maybe he wanted to be caught. Maybe we all do.