Losing my cool about Bush’s war
Well, I had a brief hiatus from blogging due to stress in my life. Fortunately it was the good kind of stress as opposed to the bad kind of stress. And I’m gad to see that plenty is happening in the world for me to comment on, rant about, poke fun at, or otherwise utilize on my blog. So without further ado:
British Sailors Captured. Well, 15 British sailors were captured by Iran and have been taken to Tehran. While this is clearly an ominous development in a troubled part of the world, it’s hard to parse if it means more than that. Maybe this was a deliberate provocative move on the part of the Revolutionary Guard in Iran. Maybe it was just a territorial misunderstanding, that sort of thing does indeed happen all the time in the world. Maybe these were British Special Forces up to no good in Iranian waters. From what I read, I’d guess it’s a combination of all three. Definitely a developing story.
UN Secretary General Attacked. A mortar attack on the Green Zone in Baghdad literally shook up U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he was announcing the improvement in security in Iraq. Is that ironic or what? Actually, it’s worse than that, since it’s probably not a coincidence. It was supposedly a surprise visit, but likely an Iraqi inside the Green Zone alerted the insurgents. It’s frankly amazing how deeply in denial the west is about just how unpopular the occupation of Iraq is. I’d go on, but some people understand this, and some people never left the 19th century and still believe that we’re doing brown people a favour by colonizing their lands.
Another Colony Fights Back. More fighting in Somalia as insurgents battle the foreign troops that invaded and occupied their land to install a colonial government. Note that once again this is a Christian army invading a Muslim land to install a government appointed by Christian nations. Interesting that the struggle against so called Islamofascism always seems to involve Christian armies invading Muslim lands? Nothing has changed since the Crusades apparently, Jesus wept.
Pat Tillman. It looks like some people are going to be held accountable for Pat Tillman’s “friendly fire” death. I can only say that this is a good thing. In fact one of the only bright spots in the US adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan is that at least some people are being held accountable for their criminal actions. This is in sharp contrast to Vietnam where basically no one was prosecuted for anything. For people who want to look more deeply at how this sort of incident happened, and why the US military is a dinosaur that the insurgents are running rings around…this article touches on the topic.
The End Of Empire? A long interview that touches upon all sorts of aspects of America’s current status in the world and how we got into this mess. Highly recommended for those who want to understand better what is going on in the world now and some of its history. For those who believe that it is both right and sensible for America to rule the world, here are the facts and reasoning you need to refute to convince me at least that it’s a good idea.
And for a bit of comic relief, Dick Cheney has been weaving fantasies about what would happen if the USA withdraws from Iraq. I particularly like “It’s not hard to imagine what could occur if our coalition withdrew before Iraqis could defend themselves,…” First of all, this mans predictions about the future have been wrong just about every single time. In fact I’m getting pretty goddamn sick of people who basically say “Do as I say or terrible things will happen.” It’s an infantile way to argue at best, and I continue to be amazed that intelligent educated people fall for it. Grow up and think for yourselves people, this argument is simply how your daddy and mommy got you to behave as a child. Bush and Cheney aren’t our parents, we should be ashamed that the leaders of the free world basically resort to bogeyman threats to get their way.
Secondly, apparently Mr Cheney hasn’t been reading the news, because the Iraqis are doing a Jim Dandy job defending themselves. The American Army is being bled white and our national coffers are being drained dry by a war against 20,000 insurgents. It’s already an unmitigated disaster, staying there longer is just prolonging the pain. Or worse, will lead to a war against far more insurgents. Yeah, that would be fun.
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