[sixties-l] Bushes BS

From: Jerry West (record@island.net)
Date: Thu Oct 11 2001 - 01:00:10 EDT

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    October 10, 2001

    Editor's Corner

    A bomb exploded aboard a civilian airliner just
    after take-off from Barbados on October 6, 1976.
    All 73 persons aboard the aircraft were killed. It
    was a terrorist attack. The suspects in the attack
    are well known, one has even said that he approved
    of the bombing. His name is Dr. Orlando Bosch, he
    is suspected of numerous terrorist acts, he has
    been convicted of attacking a freighter in Miami
    harbour with a bazooka and for sending death
    threats to heads of state. He has been described
    in the US by former Attorney General Dick
    Thornburgh as an "unreformed terrorist." Some 30
    countries have refused him entry because of his
    terrorist record. In a legitimate war against
    terrorism one would think that he is a prime target
    to apprehend and bring to justice. So where is he?

    According to reports Dr. Bosch is living in Florida
    and walking the streets freely, a member of the
    Cuban terrorist community in Miami. Bosch, who is
    said to have entered the US illegally in 1988, was
    set free by President George Bush without
    deportation in 1990. Perhaps one would be
    considered a cynic to suppose that rather than
    justice this had something to do with winning votes
    for Jeb Bush among the right-wing Cubans in that

    The point of all this is that as bad as the Taliban
    are, and the world would be a better place without
    them, what we are seeing today as the bombs rain
    down in Afghanistan is not a real war against
    terrorism. Some have said it is a war for access
    to oil and part of a bigger plan that involves
    policy in the Balkans and other areas along the
    40th parallel. Some have said that it is a example
    of irrational US machismo, and others that it is
    part of a plan to create the climate for rolling
    back civil rights, the list of possible motivations
    is extensive. Who knows? What any one with a
    critical and functioning mind who has examined
    history does know for sure is that it is not simply
    a war against terrorism.

    If it were a real war against terrorism then
    Orlando Bosch would be on his way to Cuba to answer
    for his crimes, including the murder of those 73
    people on the Cuban airliner, And, if it were,
    then the US itself would be examining its own
    history over the past 50 years and accepting
    responsibility for the terror that it has caused
    and its role in bringing us into an era where many
    people in the world are willing to support mad men
    who fly planes into buildings.

    And who are these mad men? Why, they are former
    agents of the very same US that is now attacking
    them. They were just as evil then when they were
    being armed and financed by the US as they are now,
    so who is to blame for their rise to power? The
    current President Bush likes to spout platitudes
    about freedom and liberty and American values, and
    about the oppressed people of Afghanistan, but it
    is all merely propaganda. Even the dropping of
    supplies over Afghanistan is not done out of
    compassion but as a military and political
    operation to gain an advantage. The actions of the
    Bushes, Clinton, Reagan and many before them all
    belie the sincerity of GW's pronouncements. They
    gave money and arms to people who have no respect
    for human rights, to people like the Taliban, the
    Saudis, the Contras, the Chilean Fascists and
    others. In their compassion and concern for
    oppressed peoples they sat by and watched the
    Taliban brutalize women, they still sit by and
    watch women being oppressed in the societies of
    many of their so-called allies including Pakistan.
    They are currently backing a faction in Afghanistan
    who also has a less than stellar reputation, being
    noted by some as thieves and thugs.

    President Bush may have his reasons for this war,
    but combating all terrorism isn't one of them, nor
    is concern for oppressed peoples. He should spare
    us the hypocritical rhetoric and level with us for

    Jerry West

    Copyright 2001, West's International

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