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By Les Blough
Axis of Logic
Saturday, Feb 28, 2004

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Dear Readers of Axis of Logic,
It was only nine months ago that a small group of concerned citizens, living in 10 states across the United States, decided to launch a new website, Axis of Logic.  Our purpose was simple - to try to do our part in informing the public of news and commentary not often read in the corporate media.  At the time we had no idea that Axis of Logic would grow as quickly or as large as it has grown.  Today, Axis of Logic has been read 2.3 million times by 215,000 unique visitors.  This growth has had a humbling effect on us as writers and editors.  Axis of Logic is "growing up" and we are "growing up" with it.  With this growth, we are experiencing a new sense of responsibility for our mission and to our readers.
We wish to thank each and everyone of our readers for supporting and expanding the reach of Axis of Logic to an increasing number of people who are using the internet as their source of news and commentary about current events.  We also want to take this opportunity to thank the many readers have generously contributed news, essays, poetry and fine art that has helped to make Axis of Logic a success.
We last sent out an Axis of Logic Newsletter on August 28, 2003.  We suspended the newsletter because of the heavy demand on our time to maintain and enhance the website and to populate Axis of Logic with news and commentary on a daily basis. All those who work at Axis of Logic, including the editor, do so on a purely volunteer basis.  We have never asked for donations and have never taken any financial contributions from anyone.  We are now resuming a regular mailing of the Axis of Logic newsletter.  We hope that the newsletter will add a new dimension to Axis of Logic.  But more important, we hope the newsletter will contribute to an expanding awareness of national and international news and discourse among recipients.  As never in our lifetime, Americans are polarized and communication across "The Great Divide" has become more and more difficult.  We believe that listening to other perspectives and effectively presenting our perspectives in a civil and courteous manner is our biggest challenge.
Finally, at Axis of Logic, we sometimes receive letters, accusing us of "bias".  We freely admit to writing and publishing from our collective world-view and underlying sets of values and presuppositions.  We believe that whether cook or senator, software engineer or truck driver, we all work, talk, feel, write and read from within our own sets of assumptions about the world and life.  There is no escape from our own world views.  However, it is within our rich, civil exchange of ideas with one another that we evolve into better human beings.   
Thank you for helping to make the mission of Axis of Logic a success.
Les Blough, Editor
Axis of Logic
Boston, MA (USA)

If, I said, he makes a set speech and we make another recounting all the advantages of being just, and he answers and we rejoin, ther must be a numbering and measuring of the goods which are claimed on either side, and in the end we shall want judges to decide; but if we proceed in our inquiry as we lately did, by making admissions to one another, we shall unite the offices of judge and advocate in our own persons.
-Plato, The Republic

Announcement:  Les Blough, Editor of Axis of Logic will be interviewed tonight, February 20, 2004 from midnight to 1:00 a.m on the Jordan Rich Show, WBZ-Boston, 1030 on the AM Dial in Boston.  Author and analyst, Craig B. Hulet will be joining the show from his home in Washington State.  WBZ was the first talk-radio broadcast in the nation and can be heard in 38 states and Canada. This will be a "first" for both, Les and Axis of Logic.  If the hour is not too late, please consider tuning in!


The truth of the political world is what is, apart from all opinion.
Such is the primary conviction of an honest mind.
-George Santayana

U.S. News/Comment
Time For The Buck To Stop
Sheila Samples, Axis Contributing Editor , Axis of Logic, Feb 16, 2004


"Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters."
-Victor Hugo

The US and friendly natives should do a joint venture for once 
Rami G. Khouri, Executive Editor, -The Daily Star, Feb 19, 2004

Best analysis on Iran: Trouble in Tehran 
Jeanie Amuzegar, -Foreign Affairs Journal, Feb 19, 2004


 "Those who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music."

-George Carlin


Haitian masses resist right-wing takeover 
Pat Chin, -Workers World, Feb 18, 2004

"Empire tends to make each nation-state an instrument of it's own"
-Craig B. Hulet?, from his book - Hydra of Carnage


US is trying to overthrow me, says Venezuelan leader
Alexandra Olson , -The Independent (UK) , Feb 19, 2004


"A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be
stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person's brow."
-Charles Brower



"War would end if the dead could return."
-Stanley Baldwin

Critical Analysis
At What Price the Bush Wars?, Les Blough, Editor, Axis of Logic, Feb 10, 2004

 "A free press can of course be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it
  will never be anything but bad.... Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better,
  whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worse."
  -Albert Camus

"Come and live with me; there is room and food for both of us".
"I thank you," said Siddartha, "I thank you and accept.  I also thank you, Vasudeva, for listening so well. There are few people who know how to listen and I have not met anybody who can do so like you.  I will also learn from you in this respect"
"You will learn it," said Vasudeva, "but not from me. The river has taught me to listen; you will learn from it, too. The river knows everything; one can learn everything from it."
- From Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse

Thank you for listening ... and reading ... and thinking.  Axis of Logic. Your comments are most welcome. We also invite you to share this newsletter with your friends and to encourage them to subscribe to future mailings.
Les Blough, Editor
Axis of Logic
Boston, MA (USA)

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