Most Americans, I believe, still think that America is a victim.
They simply don't know enough about what the US Government has been doing for the last few decades, and I tend to think that even when the knowledge comes knocking on their doors - they shrug it off with a self-righteous shrug, as though no American could possibly be involved in acts of evil.
Any 'incidents' can always be blamed on the 'occasional bad apple'...like Sgt. England.
It is, apparently, very easy for America not to follow up on things, not to realize that when Rumsfeld, for instance, says he 'accepts full responsibility' - that something should happen based on that admission. Yet, although he claimed to accept full responsibility, Rumsfeld has not been tried, has not resigned, has not been fired, or suffered any punitive result whatsoever. In effect, his admission of responsibility is just so much voodoo. News-fodder.
It's a horrible situation, and I honestly can't believe it's going to get any better anytime soon.
I've reached a point where I honestly wanted Bush to win.
I'm sick of Democrats and Republicans ( cue laugh track...) playing Good Cop / Bad Cop to the world - and right now - now that at least most of the world's civil society (don't ask me to define that one...) have come to understand - or to begin to understand what America has done and is doing - I do not want that thrust to be lost, as I'm sure it would have been if Kerry had won. He'd have smiled, pulled a Clinton, shook hands - and appeased the world - and the world, sick of everything would have wanted to believe that whereas Bush came to Iraq as an invader, Kerry would have been there to clean up 'Bush's mess'. The world, as it always tends to do, would have probably forgetten, and forgiven, and would have gone back to work, thinking the 'bad guy' had been punished. As though going back to being an unskilled spoilt brat is somehow 'fitting' punishment for the murder of (according to John Hopskins) at least 100,000 innocent Iraqi's, tens of thousands of Afghani's, the invasion and occupation of two nations, and lying to the world at large.
This would all have been forgiven, forgotten. Arabs would have taken the bait, and would have gone back into KFC, fall back in love with the Big Mac , and happily payed their hard-earned money watching Die Hard 17 - having conveniently forgotten about, for example, Bruce Willis' stance on the war. They might even have accepted the ' Team America: World Police' grotesque puppetry, that portrays Tim Robbins and Sean Penn as witless accomplices to terrorism.
And you know - despite all this - when Bush won this time around - I was still surprised and it left me feeling a great dread. Like a shadow had come upon the Earth.
bush may be a mistake
but don't get your hopes to high for kerry
and most importantly
the whole world needs to die
including the fact that king hussein should have been killed years ago
for his oppresive fascism etc...
best served with an order of let's starve children and kill babies
and make sure the elders are treated like shit too
great concept that bush is so ready to combat
so easy on the bush-hating
and just hate everyone as they deserve it
EVERYONE SUCKS YOU ALL NEED TO DIE would be a great message summary
so where do we start
(catches many stares)
ok... ok... my turn is one of the first
but really there is someone special that wants to join our class today
yes, it's little timmy
his leg was blown off by a land mine
and though he agrees with you
he also agrees with the soldier bush sent to save him
"the whole thing is just fucked"
so little billy, who is timmy's age
who packs around an ak47
he prolly doesn't like bush simply because he's american
let's keep all the facts in mind
as we shove our heads further up our asses
though we prolly should shove them up our own
instead of someone elses
we also prolly should let the world rot
let all our alliances fail
let our economy go to shit
and say fuck the people you can have the presidency kerry
i don't want it
that's what a smart man would say
but again we see two parties play puppet master with two equally stupid but nice sons of bitches
interesting reading the other comments really. i do find this crass and maybe a little tasteless, but i also find it true and funny as hell. (except i doubt he reads in that little room. maybe it's a picture book?)
maybe take the same bite and go for something with more subtlety?
(while i don't itch for a fight, get that enough at work-- as a side note, i'd rather pay $3 for gas than wonder whose child died to get it cheaper, you know? i can coast downhill to work, but sleeping soundly at night can't be bought.)