Monday, August 22, 2005
The Staff gets Opinionated
So, everybody's favourite Mr. President, George "Dubya" Bush, has emerged from hiding - er, vacation - whilst anti-war sentiment has grown in the U.S. of A. He engaged in the usual rhetoric, going on about "Staying the course", "staying on the offensive", "we will not be attacked again", etc. etc. This all sounds noble enough, though We, the Staff (TM) call it rhetoric because We feel that Mr. Bush is still gravely misguided. His policies still ignore the root of "terrorism": disparity between the prosperous West and the squalor of much of the rest of the world. Hateful ideologies flourish under such conditions.
Celeste Zappala, the mother of a dead soldier (killed in the ongoing Iraq conflict), was quoted as saying: "We all know that noble cause for war that Bush talks about has changed several times", referring to the Bush administration's ever-changing cause for invading Iraq.
"Weapons of Mass Destruction!" Nope, no WMD's here!
"Regime change!" Swap One ruthless dictator for destroyed infrastructure and an ongoing and bloody insurgency.
"They were linked to the terrorists!" Al-Qaeda referred to Saddam and his cronies as secular heathens. It has, in fact, only been since the invasion that Iraq has become a haven for Al-Qaeda.
It's fine for Dubya to state he and his country have such an iron will. But it disturbs We, the Staff (TM) that he still follows such a flawed logic. Consider this remark from Mr. President: "Fighting the war to its end will keep Americans safe for generations to come." Fighting the war to its end? He obviously doesn't grasp the concept that he is locked into a cycle which continuously propogates hatred and violence. Do you really think that will result in an end of the "War on Terror", Mr. Bush? But no, El Presidente soldiers on, cowing his public when necessary with a little good ol' fashioned fear-mongering:
"If we do not confront these evil men abroad, we will have to face them one day in our own cities and streets, and they know that the safety and security of every American is at stake in this war." EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. We fight them there or they blow you up on your way to the grocer's. And they'll get little Timmy too!
Blargh. Sometimes We, the Staff (TM) wonder what it will take to bring about any sort of change to this never-ending cycle of death.