Thursday, May 06, 2004

Political and Tactical Misrepresentations

It was Homer Simpson that said "It takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen"

It was George Bush that recently said ".... it's very important for the people of the Middle East to realize that the troops we have overseas are decent, honorable citizens who care about freedom and peace; that are working daily in Iraq to improve the lives of the Iraqi citizens, and these actions of a few people do not reflect the nature of the men and women who serve our country."

Canadian, Hossam Shaltout, tortured by americans.

I am getting tired of this "we want to help Iraq, and we care about the Iraqi people" stuff I am hearing from George Bush and others in his administration. I know he is attempting damage control in the wake of an increasing investigation into torture and abuse charges, but still, lets not skirt the facts.

The americans decided to target Saddam Hussein, not exactly with the best of intentions, and in doing so they invaded Iraq in what most would agree was not an entirely legal invasion.

During the time they have occupied Iraq, they have destroyed it's infrastructure; killed countless civilians (including children) in abhorrent manners; imprisoned scores of people who were then apparently tortured, abused and in some cases, killed; installed (or are attempting to install) a new american friendly government (similiar to the fashion they installed Saddam); bullied "co-alition" countries into providing forces; and have more than overstayed their welcome.

All the while at home, they have slowly changed their own laws to subtly remove individual rights and freedoms; almost reinstated the draft (and changed it to include women in mandatory service); continually "lied" to the american people until forced to reveal the truth; produced the largest budgetted deficit in history; run a Presidential re-election campaign; and carried home 769 boxes (to date) draped in the american flag.

The american's don't care about individual Iraqis and I am getting tired of the two faced claims. Call it like it is, please.

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