Friday, September 01, 2006
whose line is it, anyway?
i read today in the new york times that george bush is linking the war on terror (aren't you completely sick of this phrase by now?) to the former battles against nazis and soviets.
r u kidding, w? correct me if i'm wrong, but i thought that both the nazis and soviets represented their respective countries' governments . even the notorious taliban can't claim that.
on september 11th, america will quite rightly, somberly remember the 5th anniversary of 9/11, especially those 2,752 lives lost in the world trade center tragedy. at such a poignent moment, george bush might perhaps cast a respectful thought to those tens of thousands of innocent iraqi civilians whose lives have also been lost since he decided to invade iraq at no one's asking, stripping the people of their government, and plunging their country into a never-ending daily intolerable nightmare. i wonder what the headlines would be over here, if 64 americans were killed by militia and a further 286 were wounded in a single day?
the tens of thousands of iraqi dead, and countless more mutilated and wounded, also have family and friends, too. does bush actually think that there will be no lasting legacy for those left behind?
not only would it appear not, but amazingly, he doesn't even know modern history and the difference between acts of terrorism and world wars. better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, george, than to open it and remove all doubt.
meanwhile, the free world waits in vain, and pain. the victims' families of 9/11 move on slowly (or not) with the passage of time - this unassailable facet of time applies to everyone, as equally relevent to the families and friends of those that have lost lost loved ones in the service of this country and also to the families and friends of the civilians of iraq.
'stay the course'? this is a course, george?