Monday, March 2, 2009

The state of affairs

I've said and written - many times - that America's spirit has been damaged by the gang who signed the PNAC and seized enough power in Washington and Wall Street to act out their paranoid and selfish plans for conquest in the Middle East.

I don't have time or the resources to write another book on the subject, so I'm very thankful for the work of others who have contributed more then enough testimony and material to make this case beyond any reasonable doubt.

Now our economy is in shambles, we have a tidal wave of homeless people, 1 in 31 U.S. adults in prison , hundreds of thousands of our children are engaged in a never-ending war in 2 countries, with Pakistan and Korea in the line-up (and who knows where else), and modern day veterans getting essentially the same treatment as Vietnam veterans (the only difference being the "news" pump-up that soothes the psyche of the masses, but does nothing at all for the veterans themselves).

There is one piece (unintended on the part of those who made this happen) of good news: the age of materialism is on the block and we're seeing new forms of social networking (this is one of them) with the potential to bring people together. Today it's a loose assortment of devices, but if you think about it, you can see the mechanics forming that, left to it's own devices, will eventually lead to a new form of voting and a re-birth of the concept of democracy. This can't happen fast enough.

Back to today, and the biggest act we can take to restore America's spirit and vitality: put Bush and this gang, the people responsible for the invasion of Iraq, on trial for war crimes. I know, I keep going back to this demand long after everyone is tired of hearing it.

Why is this so important?

This is so important because this gang severely damaged America's spirit, and our path to recovering this essential ingredient of what made America great requires we do this.

With their crusade for authority in the Middle East, they duped America into believing false concepts, the most important of which is the notion of preemptive war as acceptable behavior.

Preemptive war, striking a perceived enemy before he can strike you, was not only a blatantly false idea as it applied to Iraq, but is the core premise for calls to strike Iran or Pakistan or Korea or whatever other perceived enemy is on the horizon.

Someone should, and I will here, point out a glaring core fallacy: they promoted this concept to the point of actually using it only in the Middle East. Sure, they talk about preemptive war as a solution for problems with Korea, and now I hear Mexico (of all places), but the only place they actually pulled the trigger on is in the Middle East. If this concept does have universal application, then China, Columbia, Mexico, Russia would all be subject to the pump-up and the action. But you know as well as I do that the only place they actually pulled the trigger on is the Middle East. There's a huge difference between talk and action: talk is for Korea, action is for the Middle East.

Are you connecting the dots and seeing the big picture - of how very duped we've been?

If you can see, then you should also see the need to put Bush and this gang on trial for war crimes, mass murder and torture being components of this picture, but also the damage done to entire countries, millions of people, our veterans and our economy. Comprehending the magnitude of their crimes must take into account the totality of the damage they've wrought.

Their scheming and their actions damaged far more then people and places: they damaged our very spirit. Yes, we have great resources, and we probably can recover financially, but if we don't repair the damage to our spirit, we'll sink without ever knowing why.

If you've gotten this far, you must be wondering why something this important isn't it in the "news", with lots of people talking about it. That is, of course, unless you run the "news", in which case you wouldn't want to call attention to your own complicity, would you?


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