Sat., Sept. 14, 2002
Such a spectacle goes a long way towards explaining why so many people in the world really hate the United States. Consider a comment like this:
The United States has no quarrel with the Iraqi people; they've suffered too long in silent captivity. Liberty for the Iraqi people is a great moral cause, and a great strategic goal. The people of Iraq deserve it; the security of all nations requires it. Free societies do not intimidate through cruelty and conquest, and open societies do not threaten the world with mass murder. The United States supports political and economic liberty in a unified Iraq.
Now consider that the source of that comment is the executive of the government that spent a decade supporting the murderous regime of Saddam Hussein while he crushed the Iraqi people into submission. No atrocity was too atrocious to warrant even the slightest punitive action against Hussein in those days, and not only has there never been an apology for this apalling policy, many of those responsible for it--straightforwardly unapologetic for their actions--have been appointed to high positions in the administration of the "President," whose speechwriters now fill his mouth with maudlin sentiment about the suffering of the Iraqi people and the desire of the U.S. government to set them free. Listen to the moral outrage as the "President" tells us what a Biblically evil monster we face in Saddam Hussein:
His [Hussein's] regime once ordered the killing of every person between the ages of 15 and 70 in certain Kurdish villages in northern Iraq. He has gassed many Iranians, and 40 Iraqi villages.
If George Bush, Jr. had any real belief in a just god, he would refuse to read such a line out of fear that he would be sticken down by a bolt of lightning from the heavens. Hussein commited these horrors with the blessing of the United States government, and every delegate listening to Bush's speech knew it. Being a superpower means never having to say you're sorry, though, and the reek of this hypocrisy is appalling. If this cancer isn't remedied, it will one day be the end of the United States. And if it isn't redressed, it should be the end of the United States.
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