An Insider's view of the war in Iraq
Reading the online newspaper as I do most days I came accross a reference to a blog from an Iraqi who lives in Baghdad. I had a read through his site and I think it is very worthy of mention here!
It has been heartening to see that many countries of the world who have troops in the Gulf at the moment are starting to understand the needs of their non heterosexual and are passing on benefits for partners of gay and lesbian soldiers in the case that their partner is killed in action! Well done to the UK! Gay Soldiers in UK Win Equal Benefit
The inevitability of War
It seems that the war on Iraq will commence in just a few hours time, regardless of the anti war sentiment expressed throughout the world. Personally I am against the war without the backing of the United Nations and I feel that the American Presidency, the Australian and United Kingdom Prime Ministership are going down the wrong path attacking Iraq in the face of such world wide sentiment.
I am staunchly anti Saddam Hussein and believe him to be a despot of huge proportions. He must be deposed, there is no doubt of this based on the horrors and suffering that he has caused not just his own county but those living around him.
However now that the war seems to be an inevitable outcome, I believe it is important that I put my personal feelings aside and think of our troops that are in the gulf, about to go into harms way. These troops were not the ones who voted for war, but they are the ones that must go and fight. They are not warmongers, they are the people who are trained to protect us.
I pray that these men and women are kept safe, and that wahtever happens it is quick, decisve and it does serve to free the oppressed Iraqi people.
I have finally connected my high speed ADSL link at home which means I can have a better connection to the web, and I no longer have to rely on old dial up to FTP stuff backwards and forwards to the site.
I have been promising for months now that the site will be upgraded and all the small annoying (and not so small) probles with the members section and message boards will be fixed. Well I am very close now to having the whole thing up and running!
Over the next week I am copying all the content from the site over to the new Content Solution. Once this is done one of the members will be editing all the content for grammatical and spelling mistakes. A whole lot of new content will also be uploaded and then I will press the magic button and the entire site will be rewritten and republished!
I will be removing some of the old cute boy galleries to make room for some new content as well, so if you have not had a look at them all do so now, as I have not yet worked out which galleries I will be removing!
Thank you for your patience while I have been updating the system!
I have been informed that the superdrewby mail server has a few issues at the moment but they should be fixed int he next few hours. If you are trying to send me mail or send mail in general it will not get through for the next few hours but will all be fixed!
Mardi Gras Lowdown
Over the weekend the 25th Mardi Gras Parade and party was held in Sydney, and as usual the boy and I attended the party and danced into Sunday morning when the sun was well and truly shining.
This year's Mardi Gras was under a cloud of doubt due to the collapse, late last year of the original "Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardia Gras" organisation with more than $500,000 debt. The organisation was ressurected as the Sydney Mardi Gras (they dropped the Gay & Lesbian).
Many arguments and discussions have taken place in the last six months over the meaning and the future of Mardi Gras. With many members of the community voicing their opinion that the whole organisation had lost it's focus and had become too commercial. But in the end the organisation decided to take the festival, parade and party back to its roots.
All events this year were managed carefully so that they would either pay for themselves or make some money for the organisation.