Deja Vu, George W Bush and Spring Jackts
Despite all the president’s claims to the contrary, the American experience of war in Iraq is turning into the same experience as the war in Viet Nam. The U.S. has gone into a region of the world with a markedly un-Western culture and tried to prop up a Western style democracy. The majority of the people in Iraq and the entire Middle-East region do not want that style of government and are prepared to fight to the death for our ejection.
The present Iraqi government was installed via an election that was the equivalent of a shotgun wedding. This puppet government has demonstrated un-willingness to co-operate with the wishes of the U.S. and appears uninterested and probably unable to restore peace in the country until the Americans and their allies leave.
The president keeps crying that if “we” lose in the Middle-East, we will be subject to myriad dangers inside our own borders. He insists that evil countries will influence Iraqi politics. We heard the same claims about China and Viet Nam.
And what became of Viet Nam? My spring jacket by Claiborne, which I bought at Macy’s, was made in Viet Nam. They have become a trading partner. So has China.
The truth is that the president has already lost his war in Iraq. The newly elected congress knows it, the president knows it and the Pentagon knows it. But it isn’t “our” war. It was started under false pretenses. We were lied to so we would allow it. We are being tricked into supporting it with cries for false patriotism. The volunteer military who are fighting there are being tricked into serving in an immoral oppression of people who have a right to their own determination.
This isn’t about security, and it isn’t about right or wrong. It’s about money. Anyone who says otherwise is a fool or a liar. Bush and Company wants the oil. They always did.
It’s time to shut him down.
David Blaine [7:48 AM]