Pops Finnegan would probably stress that the fun feature work can always be done later and that writing a column about a historic sidebar aspect to the plans to deliver a pin prick attack on another country might have priority.
The Peaceniks are deluging their representatives in Washington with a tsunami of phone calls and e-mails strongly urging a "no" vote against military action. They could, if they chose to, make a much stronger case if they drafted recall petitions and informed their representatives that a "yes" vote would automatically initiate the use of the recall petition before sundown on the day of the vote.
[Photo editor's note: The columnist interrupted a week of unfolding ominous history to indulge in some innocuous car-spotting. It wasn't the week's only Forties Flashback moment for the writer. Without a chance to get closer to history in the making in other cities, this mundane photo with a very tenuous link to the topic is the best that a citizen journalist can provide. The news organizations that provide stealth propaganda get better photo ops. Could that be an example of a quid pro quo arrangement? Are some American media exceptional in their ability to please the Administration?]
At Nuremberg the lead prosecutor, Robert Jackson, said: "Our position is that whatever grievances a nation may have, however objectionable it finds the status quo, aggressive warfare is an illegal means for settling those grievances or for altering those conditions."
Now the disk jockey will play the song that played during the opening sequence of the movie "Apocalypse Now," Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkeries," and Elton John's "Tiny Dancer." Now we have to go see a bargain matinee showing of "The Family." Have an "American Exceptionalism" type week.