This from the Washington Post:
Destabilizing Iraq, Broadly Defined -- by Walter Pincus
Be careful what you say and whom you help -- especially when it comes to the Iraq war and the Iraqi government.
President Bush issued an executive order last week titled "Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq." In the extreme, it could be interpreted as targeting the financial assets of any American who directly or indirectly aids someone who has committed or "poses a significant risk of committing" violent acts "threatening the peace or stability of Iraq" or who undermines "efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform . . . ."
However, the text of the order, if interpreted broadly, could cast a far bigger net to include not just those who commit violent acts or pose the risk of doing so in Iraq, but also third parties -- such as U.S. citizens in this country -- who knowingly or unknowingly aid or encourage such people. [emphasis added]
Click here for the complete text.
And we all know the penchant this administration has for interpreting things broadly.
I may be in trouble:
Every day, I click on 5 sites that help feed the hungry, give health care to children around the world, save the rainforest, etc. What if one of those sites is deemed to be involved in 'destabilizing Iraq?' I may suddenly find myself unable to buy food. Or my index finger might get lopped off.
I'll keep you posted. Or if you don't hear from me for several days-- it could be due to the missing digit --so, to be safe, pack up and head for the hills.