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Curveballs, Sliders, and the Little Pitches That Start Big Wars

• http://original.antiwar.com, by Atomic Reporters

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In American baseball, pitchers use curveballs to deceive batters. It can be a tricky throw to face. One moment the ball's trajectory looks like it's going to strike you in the head. A split second later, it winds up in the catcher's glove. The pitch can be very embarrassing. American baseball player Clayton Kershaw got $215 million dollars because he throws a good curveball. Check him out in action:

There's also a man called Curveball. His real name is Rafed al Janabi and in 1999 as an Iraqi seeking asylum in Germany, he told authorities that Saddam Hussein had created a biological-weapons program. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell famously used Janabi's information before the United Nations Security Council to justify a war of aggression against Iraq. The trouble was that the information wasn't true.

Curveball makes Kershaw's baseball contract look like a bargain.

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