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Their Secret Laid Bare

Jonah helpfully points out (as do others) that today is not only Earth Day, but Lenin's Birthday.

Coincidence? Yeah, that's what those watermelons want you to think.

[Update at 12:45 PM EDT]

I just realized that it's actually worse than that. The original Earth Day, in 1970 was on the centenary anniversary of his birth.

Posted by Rand Simberg at April 22, 2005 09:11 AM
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I guess I need to visit Seattle's Lenin statue to observe the festivities. (Because that _will_ be one of the places Earth Day is celebrated here.)

Posted by Al at April 22, 2005 10:40 AM

There's another even more relevant connection; Eath Day rose out of the paroxysms of fury surrounding that Esso oil tanker spill in 1970;
an early version of the Exxon Valdez. The rage
against oil and industry, was probably one of
the signals to the Arabs that American domestic
oil exploration would be curtailed; if not eliminated; this made their long standing plan
to blackmail the west through OPEC; This was
probably the first Arab strike against America; that recurred with Khomeini's rise in 1979.(If
one doesn't count Sirhan's assasination of RFK
as the first strike)Out of this rose ; the petrodollar recycling; the silent depression
of the late 70s & 80s,the collapse of Lebanon;
the return of the Ilkwan, which ushered in Al
Queda; two decades a similar dynamic between
the Exxon Valdez; and the Clean Act; signalled
to Saddam Hussein, it was time to play the same
card. Osama has learned from both instances in
how to cripple the West; using leftist tropes
of selfloathing

Posted by narciso at April 23, 2005 06:59 PM

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