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Bush to rule world?
by Stew Albert
When George Bush was running for President he promised the American
people a more "humble" foreign policy if he won the election. Now as maximum
leader Bush has declared "today Lubbock, tomorrow the world." I suppose
because Bush didn't really win the election he feels under no obligation to
keep his promises.
The scope of Bush's ambition makes Augustus Caesar look modest. The Roman
Legion's just wanted to rule the known world. These days a lot more world is
known. Our president is casting his greedy eyes even on China.
The current target for destruction and domination is Iraq. At first the
Bushies tried to play the game with a nod to international law and
traditional doctrines of "just war." They sought to tie Saddam Hussein to
September 11 and the Al Queda. But extensive investigation proved just the
opposite. The secularist Iraqi government and the religious fascists of
Islamic fundamentalism actually hate each other. And the universal finding on
Iraq was "not guilty" of the Twin Towers massacre.
So the Bush gang came up with a rather novel concept. Since Iraq might
someday do something bad to the United States, the US has the right to
militarily assault that nation and change its government. It resembles
Hitler's excuse for attacking Russia at a time when his country had signed a
nonaggression pact promising never to do that terrible thing. Hitler claimed
that since the Russians were Communists they would probably attack Germany
someday soon. After the war was over, an international tribunal did not buy
this excuse for aggression. In fact the court was so miffed that it sent
quite a few Nazi leaders to the gallows and the Russian invasion was one of
Perhaps it is to avoid these very same gallows that the Bush Doctrine
arrogantly declares that no American will ever be tried in an international
court. After all, Americans are the good guys.
For a while it looked like Congress might put up some road blocks on
Bush's superhighway to war. Some peace minded and libertarian Republicans
criticized Bushist militarism. But the Democrats, chickenhearted after all
these years, collapsed, figuring, I guess that if they let Bush steal the
election they might as well give him the whole Constitution. Congress has
become such a sham, we can expect a new Caligula to nominate his horse for
The Bush doctine of anticipating bad behavior and punishing it before it
occurs has invaded the legal system. Recently in Oregon a judge disappointed
the prosecutor, the Portland Police Chief and the anti-terrorist commission
because she refused to tack on lots of years to an Arab's prison sentence
just because the guy was sympathetic to a Palestinian Islamic group. The
Police Chief stated that the fellow might become a terrorist someday.
And the FBI and its allies are starting to talk of banning protest
demonstrations, even peaceful ones because "they might be a diversion for
terrorist acts." It's getting like the sci-fi film "Minority Report," where
consumerist America has become a nation that arrests and punishes individual
for crimes they have not yet committed.
Will Junior Bush actually get to rule the world? I was raised to believe
that anyone who tried that move was a dangerous psycho who would fall flat on
their hubris. (My people call it chutzpah.) And economists point out that the
US is becoming such a deep-in-the-hole debtor nation to foreigners, that
ultimately it will be them and not the American president who dictates
policy. And then again there are the terrible terrorists (remember them) who
have no nation to destroy and who can turn commercial airplanes into weapons
of mass destruction. It would seem that the Bush Doctrine will only create a
million more of these suicidal killers.
Even if Bush does get to rule the world, he wont have much fun doing it.
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