Friday, January 21, 2005

Still Smoking Dope After All These Years?

So George W. Bush wants to spread democracy world wide. Heh. Him and what army? (complete text of address here)

A few notable segments. First, where was Bush during the 90s?

After the shipwreck of communism came years of relative quiet, years of repose, years of sabbatical -- and then there came a day of fire.

Guess he missed the troubles in the former Yugoslavia et al. But of course, like too many Americans, Bush only notices the outer world when it attacks the US.

Bush's history is weak too:

From the day of our founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this Earth has rights, and dignity and matchless value because they bear the image of the maker of heaven and Earth.

Yes, our founders felt people had certain inalienable rights, just so long as they were white, male, and owned property (including other human beings). Women, blacks, Native Americans, the poor need not apply. Remember, the American Revolution was fought for three reasons: to avoid paying for our own defense, to steal the rest of the continent from the Indians (promised by the British to them), and to preserve slavery (ended in the UK in 1773 and obviously on the way out in the Empire by that time, though it had to wait until after the Napoleonic wars). Anything else is window dressing.

More bad history:

Across the generations, we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave.

Tell the Filipinos that, Mr. President. They remember what American "liberation" meant - years of war and butchery. Tell the Central Americans who lived under US-protected banana republics, kept in power by the constant intervention of the Marines. Tell those who suffered under the death squads in Nicaragua. Go tell the Iranians, whose government we deposed to put our puppet shah back in power. Yes, we have ideals. Our lasting shame is that we have not lived up to them.

All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: The United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.

Tell that to the Sudanese, sir. Tell it to Aung San Suu Kyi, still under house arrest in Burma. Go, George, tell the Saudis how they must continue suffering while their playboy princes blow the country's oil wealth in a few years on drink and dissapation. We ignore and excuse oppressors every day, and we will continue doing so, and everybody knows that. And we will continue paying the awful price in innocent dead.

What a pile of unmitigated gall and crap.

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