July 8, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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So, should Karl Rove be called DEEP THREAT? Deep Throat is already taken, and is an honorable moniker given someone with integrity. But DEEP THREAT? I think this describes Karl Rove exactly.
I like it.
Karl "DEEP THREAT" Rove, one of the potential Bush White House leakers to Robert Novak, and other sympathetic journalists, who helped finger Valerie Plame as a top-secret, covert CIA agent, thus jeopardizing her life, the lives of any of her contacts and endangering our national security.
Oh, and Robert Novak, and these other embedded-Bush administration journalists, are definitely nowhere close to being high-caliber journalists like Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.
Subject: Terror Attacks
It amazes me that the first media statements I heard following the terror in London attributed these attacks to Islamic sources. It seems to me that a scrupulously investigative people would want to wait until they had some evidence before slandering possibly the wrong people. We should automatically assume nothing, but if we are gonna blame someone right off the bat, please, let's slander the people who really benefit. The people for whom plans all hinge on the next Pearl Harbor or act of terror. Terror makes a certain group powerful--like just guess who! When polls are down the attacks otherwise will always appear like Reichstag fires at the moment they are needed to rally the unscrupulous. Wanna always be fooled? Blame a muslim then. Me, I wanna be free, and I bet 99% of muslims do too.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Judith Miller Goes to Jail (letter to the NY Times)
The Judith Miller “Love fest” is disgusting. To Recap: Someone in the administration used the press to punish a whistle blower and in doing so, committed treason. By refusing to identify the traitor, Miller is also part of this betrayal. For that crime alone and not even considering her bogus WMD STORIES--she deserves to rot in jail.
When the Times did its Mea Culpa over Iraq's imagined WMD and didn’t fire her, it said to the effect that you were only sorry you were proven to be Stenographers for an administration that will commit any crime to achieve its objectives.
Please, tell me what is so noble about protecting someone who committed a criminal act to punish an actual whistle blower? Your story should have been about how the powerful were allied against the actual whistle blower who wrote "What I Didn't Find In Africa" as an OpEd in your own paper! I abhor your ethics, and contrary to your claims, Judy is no hero. Her actions do not involve protecting someone without power, who speaks truth to power. By her refusal to speak or to report this fully, Miller, and the Times, are protecting the powerful from the consequences of the actions against the country it was supposed "to protect and defend."
I used to think of Journalism as a noble profession. Miller, the Times and all the other corpoRATe (MSM) sources who have failed in their obligations to this country have shattered that illusion. Quite frankly, I don't care if you print this, but I do hope you understand the contempt you have earned!
Subject: Premonition of the Death of the Extension of the Voting Rights Act
This is a small town newspaper and many of the articles printed on the annexation and de-annexation issue have been removed from the site. Here's part of the story, but it's much more that has happened. The editor and owner of the paper was a plaintiff in the lawsuit to stop the de-annexation.
Feds to reopen voting case (granadastar.com/zwire)
Another old article. Slanted though it is!
Council denies vote
to 1/3 of city taxpayers (granadastar.com/zwire)
Subject: I Agree with Elizabeth Colon
I just had to write to voice my agreement with Elizabeth Colon who wrote to the Mailbag on 6/29. In her letter she entreated Buzz to refrain from saying that "about half" of Americans voted for Bush since there is now so very, very much proof that this election was a fraud and there is every indication that Kerry did indeed garner more votes and like Gore, should be in the White House. Another Buzzer who called themselves "Buzzflash Addict" (aren't we all!) wrote in on 4/4 to say that the reason these criminals now residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. can be doing what they are doing is because "THEY HAVE NO FEAR OF THE ELECTORATE!" That is one of the most profound statements in recent memory. It makes sense of this whole horrible nightmare of the last 5 years.
Think about it ... how else would Cheney/Bush L.L.C. have even dreamed of taking on issues and changes to our major institutions such as Medicare and Social Security? Anyone who could author a document which says biological warfare against "certain genome types" is just okey-dokey is not going to let a silly little matter like an honest election stand in their way. After all, this is war ... like a new Pearl Harbor type war.
I agree Buzz, please stop saying that the majority of this country actually VOTED for this scum. Has anyone else but me noticed that our brave Carol Costello of CNN who shot back at the major-league a--hole Republican Rep. Robin Hayes about no connection between Iraq/Hussein and 9/11 after Bush's speech has been absent of late? She was on for a few days but lately she has been having people fill in for her. Hmmmmm ... maybe vacation, but maybe not. It would be just another Ashley Banfield/Dan Rather "speak-the-truth-and-pay-with-your-career" type move, don't you think?
I also had to laugh at the recent problems at CPB and NPR involving Kenneth Tomlinson. Geez, Georgie sure does like his Kenny Boys doesn't he? Kenny Boy Lay, Kenny Boy Blackwell, Kenny Boy Tomlinson. Almost as much as he likes his pretty Scottie.
I have to end this post with an observation that just sickens me ... but I feel that the heat was on Rove/Blair/Bush just a little too much so it was time for a tactical diversion. Hence, the blasts in London yesterday. I know "THEY" say it is an Al Qaeda group, but seriously folks, do you believe anything they say anymore? I feel it was like the Twin Towers, just plant enough explosives to harm a "few" people, cause major disruptions and you have the recipe for all the support to fight "turrism" for as long as you need it. These power mad cowards have hearts as black as coal.
We MUST keep the pressure on to have them all convicted and jailed. No pardon allowed for traitors, and the main traitor is the so-called president. Traitors can't give pardons if they are removed from office. This needs to be a full impeachment. What will we do when the new "military" of paid mercenaries from other countries are firing at protesters here in America? Think about it.
BuzzFlash ... the voice of freedom in this modern age ... thank you.
[BuzzFlash Note: We may sympathize with your skepticism ... but terrorists are real, in our opinion. Even without proof ... wouldn't you expect terrorist groups to be acting?]
Subject: The real tragedy of the London tragedy
Two days ago, the attention of millions of people in the world was focused on Gleneagles, Scotland, and on a conference there that was ostensibly scheduled to come up with solutions to address the critical problems of world poverty and climate change. Then the bombings happened.
Today there is not a word in the international press about the issues of climate change and world poverty. All that the media and the people who believe what they see in those media can talk about is terrorism. It has already been proposed by conspiracy theorists on the Web that the terrorist attacks in London were staged by people working for George W. Bush, for *exactly* this reason, to achieve *exactly* this result. I don't personally believe that these bombings were perpetrated by Bush & Co. But they might as well have been.
Assuming for the moment that the bombings were carried out by Al-Qaeda fanatics, what is their motive? It's to scream, loudly, at the start of the G8 conference, "Don't talk about global warming and poverty and the problems of a world economy based on a resource that has a shelf life of only 10-15 more years, and about how to solve those problems. Talk about US!!! WE, and our cause, are what's important here!!! Focus on US!!!"
IMO, the real tragedy of this tragedy is that whoever perpetrated it *could* effectively have been working for Bush & Co. They've managed (so far) to derail a series of talks that were supposed to be about the *real* pressing issues of our time (energy, global warming, and poverty-as-genocide) and turn them into a forum for glib one-liners about terrorism, the boogie man of our times. What could have been a grand leap forward, especially with the pressure placed upon the G8 by the Live 8 phenomenon, looks now as if it's going to be a grand leap backwards into rhetoric about fear and revenge and "fighting terrorism."
Terrorism is a distraction, folks. It's the misdirection of a stage magician who wants you to focus on it instead of what's really happening, and on what he has up his sleeve. The London terrorists and the rich old men who make up Bush & Co. (and who are really in it just to get richer) are NOT enemies. They are PARTNERS. They NEED each other, and work together to keep people focused on fighting terrorism instead of focusing on having a livable environment to leave to our children, or on those children having food to eat.
Did the London terrorists report directly to George W. Bush? Probably not. But they're certainly on the same team.
Subject: G8 irony/hypocrisy
The bombings in London on Thursday knocked the meeting of major industrial nations off its carefully scripted focus on global warming and African poverty and turned it into a forum for President Bush and other world leaders to pledge unity in confronting terrorism.
Bombings Rewrite G-8 Agenda (NY Times)
OK, here is one for our president to field: He and his fellow traveler Blair like to remind us that we can't let terrorists win. They insist that we must go about our business. We must be alert but go about our business. Shop shop shop, above all else! Otherwise the terrorists win.
But when it comes to them, the world leaders then cynically use terrorism to avoid dealing with root causes of terrorism, a ferocious and grinding world poverty being at the center, right next to disgust with superpower hypocrisy.
Subject: The war no terror is a joke
So, when exactly is this "war on terror" going to start?
We've had plenty of tough talk, strutting, chest-thumping and flag waving. Tattered yellow ribbons will be clogging our landfills for generations to come. If flashy television graphics and speeches were all it took to subdue terrorism, then Bush would even now be doing a victory lap around Osama bin Laden's grave marker.
Instead, the fleet that is supposed to protect our ports and coastline is about to sink from age and lack of funding. There is no program to stop terrorist acts against our railways and, oh yes, terrorism is on the increase across the globe. Meanwhile, we are bogged down in a pointless war in Iraq that has created a training ground for terrorists, our military is stretched to the breaking point and our economy could topple into a bottomless pit of debt created by Bush's program of tax cuts for the wealthy.
And now this savagery in London, apparently carried out in league with the man who engineered the horrible deaths of some 3,000 Americans -- and who remains at large nearly four years later, so elusive that the only time we get a good look at him is when Al Jazeera airs one of his videos.
Oh, and look -- Bush is vowing to track down the bombers, and all I can say is I hope his resolve lasts a little longer than his vow to hunt down Osama bin Laden. Bush has spent a lot of time working on that determined look he adopts whenever he talks about terrorism, but by now it's clear the only cause that truly moves him is holding open the doors of the public treasury so his cronies can gorge like pigs at a pastry cart.
The winger blogs have already erupted into standard issue talk about getting even and staying the course and strengthening our resolve. Andrew Sullivan is dusting off his Winston Churchill quotes. But the real message of the attack is this: The war on terror is a joke. Four years of greed, incompetence and lies have left us more vulnerable than ever. The bungling and bad faith of the Bush administration are an acute threat to this nation. We are in a terrible situation.
So I'm sorry, Kevin Drum, if you think this diatribe is unseemly, but in a world where ideologues like this Fox News creep are openly smacking their chops at the thought of the London attack bringing George II's poll numbers back up, then a little Internet noise is the least offensive thing you're going to experience in the coming weeks.
Subject: Impeach Bush -- Time to End This Monumental Mockery
After the US Supreme Court, in 2000, installed George W. Bush in the White House, the Republicans arrogantly announced that "the adults are now in charge." Yet for going on five years now, it's been more like "The Lord of the Flies."
The spoiled and sadly ignorant individual that we are supposed to call "President" has flung open the doors of our government to every thug, thief, and sociopath he can find. He has invited them to run amok through the hallowed halls of democratic tradition, pillaging, plundering, and wantonly laying waste to the very foundations of our democracy. In less than five short years, we have been left with a national treasury in tatters, the rights of American citizens trampled, our international reputation eroded, and murder and mayhem sown abroad. And now, with the release of pre-Iraq war British documents, we have irrefutable proof that our president is also a criminal liar.
A president is sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States, yet this president appears to be doing everything he can to undermine it. I’m certain I’m not alone in expecting our president to be as vigilant and concerned about the future of our nation as well as with the present. By irresponsibly running up a horrendous national debt, lavishing tax cuts on the very wealthiest citizens, thumbing his nose at the environment in order to favor big corporations, bullying the Congress into approving nominations such as Priscilla Owen and Janice Rogers Brown as lifetime federal judges, insisting on John Bolton as UN Ambassador, and even the orchestration of the outlandish appointment of the convicted criminal Ahmed Chalabi as Iraq Oil Minister all seems to say to America and the world, "Screw you!"
I was sincerely hopeful that, by now, more of the Republican leadership might be encouraged by some remnant of moral integrity to do something about the carnage they have wrought during this "Animal House" romp. And I was also equally hopeful that the many Americans who foolishly believed Bush when he said he was a good Christian would now realize he was just using that as a label to get them to trust him enough to vote for him. In fact, I fully expected there to be at least a minor uprising when people slowly came to realize that Bush is nothing more than a rich, pampered, irresponsible, phony who is obsessed with imperial power and spreading favors around to his corporate cronies, while having nothing but contempt for fairness, equality and the welfare of our nation, its citizens, and our planet.
Yet the nightmare continues. This president, by his actions and his words, demonstrates no more wisdom, compassion, or acquired ability to lead this nation, let alone the free world, than he did when he first stepped into the Oval Office back in 2001. Any normal human being would be profoundly and solemnly changed by what is probably the most important job in the world. Knowing your decisions affect untold millions of people, from sending the youth of your own land off to die for your personal ambitions to poor black and brown people dying in far-off places because of the decisions you’ve made should, at the very least, cause you some sleep problems at night. But our president brags he isn’t worried about anything in Washington and has never admitted to a single mistake.
A writer who worked on Bush’s A CHARGE TO KEEP: MY JOURNEY TO THE WHITE HOUSE reveals some rare insight into Bush’s character. He also goes so far as to lament that the American voters were denied the opportunity to really know the man for whom they were voting. Instead of the carefully crafted persona of George W. Bush as a "regular guy," Mickey Herskowitz, the author who originally was contracted in 1999 to ghost write this book, indicates the real Bush is shallow, self-absorbed, indifferent to long-term consequences, and seems to have some significant issues concerning his father which are probably adversely affecting his presidency and many of his decisions.
There were also some very glaring contradictions between what Bush told Herskowitz and things that were said later during his campaigns. Among these are the admissions that he never completed his National Guard duty but was "excused," that he actually never piloted an aircraft after he supposedly transferred to Alabama, and that he never had any real successes in business. All of these were transformed dramatically later on to make Bush into something he wasn't, even to the staging of the "Commander-in-Chief" landing of a jet onto an aircraft carrier during that "Mission Accomplished" travesty following the first stage of the Iraq war.
The most revealing item, though, by far, had to do with Bush’s preconceived plans to invade the Middle-East. He told Herskowitz in 1999 that for a president to have political capital, he needed to have a war. Then he could pass any agenda he wanted. Put this little tidbit with what the Downing Street minutes have revealed, and there can be little doubt that President George W. Bush is a liar, and his intent was to mislead and fool citizens and Congress alike into going along with his conceited, foolish plans for war. This isn’t a Bill Clinton lie. This is a "get thousands of people killed and maimed lie." This isn’t the kind of lie you just apologize for, forget and move on. But then our president also told Mickey Herskowitz that presidents should never admit mistakes, so it would follow that Bush doesn't do apologies.
No. This is the kind of presidential lie that deserves impeachment. If ever a president deserved impeachment, this one does. Big time. And when he’s been removed from office, then later tried and found guilty of the war crimes we’ve all been watching him commit, he deserves the ultimate sentence. Ex-president George W. Bush should be shipped to wherever Saddam Hussein is being imprisoned so he can spend the rest of his life as Saddam’s cell mate.
Subject: Cognitive Dissonance ...
... Defined in Webster's l981 Collegiate edition as psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously. Boring already? One moment and a couple of attention spans, please, as cognitive dissonance explains why some folks accept our government's story line on, say, yesterday's bombings in London - the perpetrators did it out of hatred for freedom, democracy and our way of life - while others see this same tragedy differently - as the chickens coming home to roost, for example. Contradictory explanations, such as the above two about 7/7, triggers different responses and mind-sets. Blame it all on the bombers and it's "get 'em by whatever means available" with one's anger directed outwards, safely away from oneself. Blame one's own government and risk self-anger - "maybe it's partly on me because of how I vote and what I'm for," so such ideas can be very painful to the person holding them. It's easier and hurts less (or may even feel good) to jump on the bandwagon and support one's government than to criticize and oppose it.
Progressives know that it's possible to oppose one's government's actions and still feel good about oneself. That's our modus operandi. For us there's no self-anger. We oppose the government whenever it acts against the interests of the people. We know, too, that when people find out what we progressives stand for and why we oppose the powers that be; that now our narratives begin to sound more reasonable, our leaders more trustworthy and our actions more attractive. A convert to our cause then feels no pain in believing that our government is dangerous to humanity and to all life on earth. There's even joy - from knowing that one is part of a progressive force that's about changing the world.
Since cognitive dissonance plays a roll in the individual's decision about which way to go, progressive or some other, can we somehow make this mental phenomenon work for us and if so, how? Perhaps we need a "shoe horn" for the mind - to slip on new ideas and narratives. Something to ease the pain.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Judith Miller Is No Hero
I am sick and tired of hearing that Judith Miller is a hero in standing up to protecting her sources. A free press with reporters who have guts and are willing to go to prison to protect their right to publish and inform the public is a wonderful thing.
However, that is not the case with Judith Miller. If she were protecting a whistle blower who had damaging information against the Administration, that is one thing. But that is not the case! Judith Miller is protecting the very persons in the Administration who have perpetrated a crime and endangered the life of a CIA operative.
For some time, Judith Miller has been a shill for the corrupt Bush Administration. She misled the public about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. She promoted that felon Chalabi to the point where he was sitting with Mrs. Bush at the inauguration.
And now, when this scandal might well reach the highest levels of government, Miller is doing her best to prevent the prosecutor from getting to the bottom of the whole affair.
This is not about freedom of the press, this is about covering up corruption, and obstructing justice. Judith Miller is no hero.
Robert Norgren Sr.
Subject: Young Republican Patriots
Remember when Republicans were repulsed by Clinton's tendency to resort to weasel-y language? Get a load of this public statement from Nathan Taylor, Chairman, of the Young Republican National Convention (YRNC) 2005, responding to criticisms that his group is very pro-war but declines to serve in the military in that war:
That's one patriotic group. What do you think, 95% have served, are serving, or will serve, and 5% participating in projects and programs? That's probably it. Or could it be that 5% have served, are serving, or will serve, and 95% participating in projects and programs?
Maybe it's the latter, since the College Republicans (similar to the Young Republicans, I'd guess) held their 56th Biennial College Republican National Convention in Arlington, Virginia a little while ago, where Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council compared the College Republicans to the troops in Iraq: "They're giving their lives as you're giving your time." So if being in the College Repubs is as good as being in Iraq, maybe most of the Young Repubs feel the same way and have decided to participate in projects and programs instead of the war. That way, after all, there will be more of them to serve us so well in the many government positions to which they aspire. Do you think?
The YRNC ends 7/10, in Las Vegas. If you feel the need to tell Nathan what you think of his statement, the e-mail address for the YRNC is firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: How stupid can they get?? (rhetorical question)
Just read the British Independent newspaper web site and learned the gory details of yesterday's attacks. How nice of Tony Blair (Dubya's friend) to fly back to pacify the masses. I'm really tired of debates over whether or not it was "Al Qaeda" who did it; the real point is that terrorism -- thanks, in many ways, to the U.S. unprovoked and unrelated (to 9-11) invasion of Iraq. Hearing Bush's pious and hypocritical denunciation of terrorists who "take innocent lives" (how many lives have been taken by the unjustified invasion of Iraq? And how many more will be taken when the neocons decide to invade Iran? Literally killed my appetite for breakfast.
Maybe fellow Buzzers can help me reach an answer: Are these people (the Busheviks and the Blairovites) simply stupid? Or are they merely (ha!) bent on povertizing most of the world in order to obtain their own egocentric goals? As a non-driver and user of the bus system here in Athens, GA (where there is no subway), I empathize completely with the victims of yesterday's terrorist attacks.
But the point is that (a) it doesn't matter whether it was Al Qaeda or not. Our blatant imperialism is creating terrorist units all over the globe. And it's only a matter of time until it starts happening (again) right here at home. If mass transportation is the currently favored target, the neocons won't be affected at all; it's only the rest of us taxpayers and the poor who'll pay the price.
Thank you, BuzzFlash, for giving us a network. At least here in GA, I usually feel like a voice in the wilderness.
Barb in Athens, GA
Subject: London/"War on Terror"
Please warn Zimbabwe and Romania that since they had nothing whatsoever to do with the recent bombings in London, they may be in imminent danger of invasion and occupation by the United States and Great Britain in retaliation.
Tired of rational thought, the U.S. and U.K. have developed the clever strategy of murdering innocent civilians and destroying their countries so that they cannot become future terrorists. As the citizens of Zimbabwe and Romania could one day potentially be terrorists, they have placed themselves in danger of "pre-emptive" self-defense. They are therefore in danger of attack.
Please let them know. Thank you.
Subject: "Answer a Fool According to His Own Folly!"
All morning the news is blasting up-to-the minute fatalities, the newspapers are screaming with the numbers killed. It is horrific! Yet according to the same media, there is silence about Iraq activity and you will never hear the totals!
George, the fool had used this message ad nauseam "Fight them there so we won’t fight them here!" This morning Tony might disagree! Apparently, the terrorists also said we better change their minds! There are 50 reported dead so far and approximately 700 injured in the London blast.
Military fatalities Iraq 1752
Military fatalities Afghanistan 56
IN ONLY TWO DAYS IN IRAQ ...
07/08/05 CENTCOM: SOLDIER KILLED BY IED NEAR BALAD
07/08/05 KUNA: Insurgents mortar Mosul kill four
07/08/05 AKI: 11 SOUTHERN IRAQI OIL FIELDS TO GO UP FOR TENDER Eleven oil fields in southern Iraq, capable of boosting the country's production to three million barrels a day will soon be tendered to international investors, the Iraqi oil ministry announced Friday.
07/08/05 Sapa-AP: Samarra physician killed
07/08/05 AFP: Iraqi rebels bomb Baghdad water pipeline at height of summer At the height of summer, Iraqi rebels bombed a water pipeline feeding Baghdad, cutting off supplies to half the city in the third such attack in three weeks.
07/08/05 Sapa-AP: Iraqi professor found dead in Basra
07/07/05 AP: Egypt closes Baghdad diplomatic mission
07/07/05 Reuters: Egypt confirms death of diplomat in Iraq
07/07/05 AFP: Swedish-Iraqi still missing in Iraq
07/07/05 Al Bawaba: Five Decapitated Bodies Found in Al Anbar
07/07/05 AP: Navajo soldier killed in Iraq
07/07/05 Reuters: One killed, three wounded in mass protest in Tikrit
07/07/05 Aljazeera: Councilman Killed in Tikrit
07/07/05 Aljazeera: Explosion hits US convoy in Iraq
07/07/05 Gannett: Miss. soldier killed when bomb hits vehicle in Iraq
07/07/05 Xinhua: Gunmen kill 3 barbers in Baghdad
07/07/05 Reuters: Three killed, 46 injured in mortar strikes in Mosul
07/07/05 KUNA: 13 Iraqis killed, 27 injured in bomb attacks southern Iraq
07/07/05 breaking news: Iraqi police open fire on 1,000 demonstrators
Police opened fire on 1,000 demonstrators today at the seat of the provincial government in Saddam Hussein’s hometown who were protesting the killing of the local council’s head official, authorities said. At least four were wounded.
07/07/05 DOD Identifies Army Casualty
Before George gets over-confident about "catapulting propaganda" about the war on terrorism, let us rebuke him by saying terrorism is never right, theirs, or our "Shock and Awe!" Will the next "HERE" be in the U.S.? Answer a fool in his own folly lest he be wise in his own conceit!
Dear BuzzFlash Readers:
Greetings from the Christian Progressive Liberal. I've been away sick for awhile, and I've missed writing you. I posted the following for your review on my blog, GET RID OF THE DLC. Take care and God bless you. ARE WE SAFE YET?
It's no fun being sick. Or being operated on.
Within the last two weeks, I've had both. But I'm on the mend now, and ready to resume blogging.
Since England was awarded the 2012 Olympics and the G-8 Summit is supposed to be going on in Scotland, I wake up at 3:00 am this morning to hear that the London Subway is shut down, and the double decker buses exploded, right during rush hour, when there were most likely to be countless casualties.
I thought that waging war with Iraq was supposed to make the Nation safer. But, as I recall, Osama Bin Forgotten orchestrated and directed 20 of his boys, better known as Al Qaeda, to hijack four airplanes and fly them into the Pentagon, the World Trade Center and God knows where else.
But we're told that Saddam Hussein is responsible for terrorism. Are you through chugging that Kool-Aid yet?
At first, when Prime Minister Tony Blair responded and held a press conference, in which he classified this as a "terrorist" act, I thought he was jumping the gun; then I thought that maybe the terrorists were HOME GROWN. It wouldn't be the first time. On April 19, 1995, the most egregious act of terrorism, the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building, which killed 168 people, including children, occurred on American soil. The fact that such a terroristic act was committed by an American born citizen, a former Marine, who just happened to be pissed off at the Federal Government, is very rarely mentioned. Why isn't the name of Timothy McVeigh being invoked in the same tone we do with Saddam Hussein?
In the last few months, I've grown very cynical. That's not good for a Christian Progressive Liberal - I have Jesus, right? Well, yes, I do, but my point is, whenever Bush needs Americans to look elsewhere, and not focus on his failings as President of the United States, this Administration's hubris leads them into orchestrating such events that are guaranteed to divert your attention somewhere else. And since Tony Blair has practically been joined at the hip with Bush, I can't help but wonder if the sacrificing of the lives of innocent Britons, served up as canapes for the enemy, is also an orchestrated plot to distract the British from the fact that their Prime Minister sold them a false bill of goods, and gave them the same Kool-Aid that Gee Dubya's supporters continued to drink?
The Blair-Bush Project is a colossal FAILURE. Their only solution is to allow and orchestrate events and fire Weapons of Mass Distraction in a futile attempt to divert the attention of their citizens from what is known to be the cold, hard, realistic TRUTH.
Even though Karl Rove got a comeuppance (of sorts) when he was forced to verify Joe Wilson's assertion that he was the one who leaked the name of Wilson's wife, to Robert Novak, why hasn't he resigned or better yet, doing the perp walk? That was also trotted out to distract Americans from the failings of this President; too numerous to name.
While my heart goes out to the British victims of the bombing attacks, I can't shake the sense in my spirit that both Governments have become so cold, and addicted to power, that human lives no longer matter, so they willingly sacrifice them in an effort to distract your attention and mine elsewhere.
They forgot Osama Bin Laden. But today, Osama reminded us of why we're fighting a war on terror, and he also stands as the symbol that our President, and the British Prime Minister, have failed, and continue to fail, to keep us safe.
Subject: The Truth Unfortunately Hurts
The London bombing strikes to the very heart of some of the profoundly brainless logic of the statement, "We're fighting them over there, so we don't have to fight them here." That statement has been used by our leaders and even military commanders as reason for our continued actions in Iraq. It is obvious now (as it always should have been) how faulty that kind of thinking is. Would that it were possible to point this out without having suffered the casualties of the most recent attack. It is unfortunately the reality that even if we "fight them over there," they are perfectly capable of striking us simultaneously on our own soil.
Perhaps if we can begin to make people understand that those types of statements aren't true, we can expose some of the other 'mis-truths' being peddled by those in power:
Terrorism can be crushed with military power - while it may help get a nation motivated after an attack, a military response alone will never defeat terrorism, which is a warfare created specifically to fight a nation of greater military power. Like stepping on an ant hill, military action alone, simply spreads and enrages more terrorists to replace those killed.
They hate us for our freedom - This is a marketing tag line ... not a truth. Terrorists are attacking civilians because they cannot win against our army. This is misinterpreted as attacking our freedom or way of life. The plain truth is that we are being attacked because we have too often inserted ourselves into their politics and religion for strategic nation building (or nation busting). Let us not forget that when the Middle East had a democracy, we helped bring it down.
We are safer today than we were before - Not only will there never be a way to accurately measure this, but most signs point to the opposite being true. The bombing in London proves that even when we are looking for attacks, they can still happen. Unless we want to give up every freedom we have, we will always be open to attack on our homeland. The sooner we realize that, the sooner we can stop trying to seal ourselves in our own country like those poor souls who bought duct tape and plastic sheeting to seal up their home from attack.
Felix Felix Polanski
Subject: So Much Sadness
The world we live in is becoming more and more a battlefield. My heart is full of sorrow and I am weeping. So many people are dying ... We need to learn to communicate with all our resources that are available to us. When is enough, enough? I am so tired of the rhetoric -- this is imposed on us every day to scare the sh..t out of us. No, I am not scared, what scares me is our so-called leaders. Destruction never solved any problems and my heart goes out to all people in this world who are paying the price for our leaders' insanity. Keep up the good work. Thank you so much.
P.S. Please, read the article attached.
A look in the mirror for America (Derrick Z. Jackson/Boston Globe)
Subject: "Go Further" [a BuzzFlash Premium], with Woody Harrelson
Just got thru watching "Go Further" with Woody Harrelson on DVD. I recommend it for seeing what each of us can contribute to the community we live in and the earth we all share. I'm not sure how many things I can change, but it's nice to hear some solutions to the many problems we all face in this corporate world we find ourselves in. Lighthearted and informative. Rent it today, and bring a smile to your face that there are people who care.
Subject: Wear the Color Red to Support the Troops Regardless of
Has anyone else gotten the following e-mail urging people to wear the color red on Fridays to supposedly "support the troops"? Why Repuglican Red, of all colors? Why not something politically neutral. Wouldn't be surprised if Karl Rove was behind this scheme in order to subliminally reinforce the color of Repug Red in the minds of people.
Robert L. Barker
Subject: London - "Bring It On"
Bush-Baby said, "Bring it on." Blair failed to tell the people of London to duck!
God will forgive me for that. If not, maybe some "compassionate conservative" will .
Subject: London Bombings
Subject: End this fiasco
Bush's appearance at Fort Bragg was another example of his refusal to deal with reality. I would have had some respect for him if he had stood in front of these military men and women and apologized for his ill-conceived invasion of Iraq. Instead, he trotted out 9-11, and used that as an excuse to bolster his reasons for invading a country that had a) nothing to do with 9-11, b) that posed no threat to America, and c) had no WMD.
The members of our military deserve the truth. We invaded Iraq because we could. Bush had made up his mind to do so even before he was elected. The Project for a New American Century, midwived by Rumsfeld, Cheney and Wolfowitz in the late 1990s, clearly outlined the desire to rebuild the Mideast through the force of arms, with Iraq first on the list.
If, in 2002, George W. Bush had stood before us all and said, "I want to invade Iraq to facilitate regime change, even though it has nothing to do with 9-11," do you really think America would have marched along? Would the cowardly Senate have given him the authority?
Shame on Bush, and shame on the neocon lunatics that advise him. Bring our people home to their families. End this fiasco before it bankrupts our nation, morally and financially.
JOHN H. BOHN