|December 3, 2004|
Something Wicked This Way Comes
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
At Halifax's Pier 21 on Wednesday, George W. Bush seemed to be trying to put the fear of Allah into us seemingly dumb-as-hockey-puck Canucks by inferring that Canada is on OBL's (s)hit-list, when it's readily apparent, even to the PENTAGON ferchristsakes, that "terrorists" don't hate OUR freedoms... And folks, they don't hate YOURS either, as it turns out!
What they have a problem with is crippling poverty, oppression, suppression, USA/CIA propped up Muslim governments, puppet or otherwise, "oily" repressive regimes and bad AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY in general...
They "hate us for our freedoms"???? I shake my head in pity and disbelief at this moron and "leader of the free world". Why does most of the "free world" seem to understand the problems at hand and what ought to be done in order to ameliorate them, but the American government and it's supporters still refuse to see the light? (*it might have something to do with American hubris and a propensity to stubbornly continue supporting wrong-headed pea-brained school-yard bullies unable to acknowledge mistakes. Who knows? We're stumped up here...)
The Sock Puppet is spouting the same tired old rhetoric in Canada. While his mangled speeches play well in some areas of the U.S. and MAY have, by unconvincing indicators, "won" him re-election by a slim majority, whoever writes his stuff should really be better briefed regarding who he'll be speaking to and where, i.e.: not his usual pre-screened "Wide World Of Wrestling" and "Fear Factor" red-state fan base... Bush's big bad boogeyman brand of hooey just didn't hit it's mark in Canada!
'We cannot defend our country and save our homes and families by waiting for the enemy to attack us,' Bush said, (Hey George! As a "precaution" should we Canadians also rush out to Home Depot to stock up on duct-tape and sundry bunker building supplies and provisions like many of the scared-silly Fatwa-fearin' folks living in small town USA did? Other than increasing corporate business profits, exactly what practical purpose would these inane precautionary measures have served on 9-11, or during Spain's recent commuter train bombing, or September 1, 2004's Chechen Muslim Rebel attack against teachers, parents and children in a Russian school? Get real people...)
Bush was apparently paraphrasing Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King as we entered World War II at the side of Britain within a week of the outbreak of German hostilities in September, 1939. 2+ years prior to December 1941 when the Japanese "surprise" bombing of Pearl Harbor forced the US's hand, I might add... (*and y'all thought us dog-sleddin' Canadians were PEACENIK WEENIES!)
Jeez, a "pre-emptive strike" wouldn't have been such a bad idea back then, come to think of it, given that history reveals the US had pretty solid intelligence information warning of JUST such an imminent attack by the Japanese which the US government chose to ignore... Just as Bush & Co chose to ignore the copious amounts of pre-9/11 warnings including the August 2001 PDB entitled "Bin Laden Determined To Strike In The US... (*Note: I said "ignore", not dismiss out of hand...)
People have speculated that intelligence in 1941 and 2001 was deliberately ignored by the powers that be and the attacks allowed to proceed as planned in order to rally the US public into committing US troops & supporting otherwise unpopular conflicts. Sounds pretty conspiratorial, eh? But if the tin-foil hat fits....
"Those who ignore history are destined to repeat it..." George Santayana,
"Mackenzie King was correct then and we should always remember the wisdom of his words today," said Bush, who seemed to pause for applause that didn't come from the 350 assembled guests and dignitaries.
Bush stood there
with trademark silly smirk on his face, plus a little egg yolk too...
"Terrorism is a global threat that's very, very different from the situation we were facing in the Second World War - which is what Mackenzie King was referring to," Martin said.
Commenting on Bush's speech which clamored for Canada to jump into another abysmal U.S. failure to date, the never-say-die money pit otherwise known as the Missile Defense Shield project, Martin continued: "We are a sovereign nation and we will make the decisions about our airspace."
"I don't know what kind of project he's talking about," the PM said in French...!
C'est la vie, George. "Bon Chance" to you and your Neo Con cohorts in Europe...
"In the councils of government, we must guard against
the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial
complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced
power exists and will persist." Farewell Radio and Television Address to the American
People by President Dwight D. Eisenhower,
January 17, 1961.
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