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Bush’s pap about ‘innocent folks’



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Malt lickers: Bono and Bob Geldof pose with America’s royal-pain family at Gleneagles

George W. Bush‘s reaction today to the London blasts was typically moronic. I don’t mean his “heartfelt condolences to the people of London.” I’m talking about his tunnel vision, which is damn near as frightening as the Tube tunnels must have looked to Londoners this morning.

Bush claimed in his official statement, issued from the G-8 summit in Scotland, that the “contrast” was “incredibly vivid” to him:

On the one hand, we have people here who are working to alleviate poverty, to help rid the world of the pandemic of AIDS, working on ways to have a clean environment. And on the other hand, you’ve got people killing innocent people. And the contrast couldn’t be clearer between the intentions and the hearts of those of us who care deeply about human rights and human liberty, and those who kill— those who have got such evil in their heart that they will take the lives of innocent folks.

I mentioned this in an earlier post, but let’s get into it deeper.

For one thing, hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Iraq have been terrorized by our bombs and soldiers, and tens of thousands of them have been killed. For another thing, who the hell is he talking about when he says there are people at the G-8 summit “who are working to alleviate poverty, to help rid the world of the pandemic of AIDS, working on ways to have a clean environment”? I can think of a few (including Bono and Bob Geldof, misguided though their strategy sometimes seems to be). But protocol—especially the Kyoto kind—prohibits me from counting Bush himself among them.

In his comic-book world—hey, I like comic books but that’s escapism, not reality—everything is black or white. Ordinary people, George, are capable of committing evil acts, especially when you put them in the situations in which you yourself have placed them—prison guards building pyramids at Abu Ghraib, Marines doing their dead-checking.

Bush himself has no problem shaking hands with the so-called devil, as shown by his embrace of Uzbek despot Islam Karimov on behalf of Enron’s Ken Lay. Karimov’s regime boils people to death.

Bush’s brain doesn’t make connections, or he would recall that his uncle Jonathan Bush and fundraiser Joe Allbritton made millions in their Riggs Bank empire off Equatorial Guinea dictator Teodoro Obiang, whose regime—whose brother—tortured prisoners with stinging ants.

Allbritton’s bank also laundered money for Chilean dicator Augustin Pinochet, whom a Spanish court accused of “crimes against humanity.”

The point is not to defend the terrorists who hit London. There’s no defense. But terror is a weapon, a tool, a tactic, and many people use it. Look at the Israeli-Palestinian death dance, where both sides use it, and we condemn only the Palestinians for it. The Bush regime’s foreign policy is helping to fuel terrorism, not stop it.

The most insulting part of Bush’s brief statement today was something he (or his writers) saved for the last:

The war on terror goes on. I was most impressed by the resolve of all the leaders in the room. Their resolve is as strong as my resolve. And that is we will not yield to these people, will not yield to the terrorists. We will find them, we will bring them to justice, and at the same time, we will spread an ideology of hope and compassion that will overwhelm their ideology of hate.

We have a right to feel insulted because we’ve heard that line before—”We will find them, we will bring them to justice”—and it rings hollow. That’s what Bush said about Osama bin Laden after 9/11. Yet, we called off the hunt for bin Laden so we could invade Iraq.

Unfortunately, draft-dodger Bush sounded a little uplifted as he spoke this sentence today: “The war on terror goes on.”

That’s because the Saracens once again played into the hands of our homegrown Crusader. Don Rumsfeld‘s dreams of a permanent state of war to consume future generations are coming true. I hate to think what he and Bush’s other handlers mean by “resolve.”

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