July 30, 2007
The rhetoric inside America is that of bring back our boys and girls. This film shows what they are doing, how effective they are occupying a foreign land that seems embarressed by the stupidity of their invaders, when asked if he was scared, the quietly seated local shakes his head.
The trouble with fighting an unjust war is there can be no logic behind the actions of on the ground operators. How can their actions be seen as anything but brutal and out of sync with reality by the cowed populations over which the terms of life are dictated and their lives bruised by the use of force without real intent.
When asked about what they are doing, the American soldier says “I am just doing my job.”
If American forces are going to be in Iraq, they at least need to know their purpose. They need to earn respect rather than the disgust and fear that seems to welcome them.
July 27, 2007It is the obvious things that kill us. Standing on a street corner – if you wait long enough – you are probably bound to be hit by a speeding or drunk motorist as one Auckland homeless woman sadly was quite recently. But do not despair, just standing there and breathing in the particles from the exhaust of cars is fairly likely to knock a whole lot of years from your lifetime, here on Earth. Breathing excess particle pollutants causes damage to arteries and lungs. As if someone had to discover this… Hey everyone – get this – pollution is not just bad for the environment, it is shortening the time you have to pay off your mortgage, time left to save up for that car, that boat or holiday. No wonder sales suffer! Each diesil powered SUV stuck in traffic is a community attached to a smoking cigarette. So much to do, so little time – no – the lastest just in is rush a little faster as the pollution caused by everyone competing for “wealth” will remove several years from your life. If we all just treated life as the sane tortoise – one bit to the next – rather than competing to become super consumers – insanely rushing from one thing to the next without so much as breath – we may live to enjoy the fruits of our labours. The numbers killed in war are too small to affect most, but – do not be concerned – pollution is going to get every one who lives in a city and breaths. There should be a warning on the borders: warning, city, breathing can cause sudden death.
July 22, 2007
While George Bush is under general anesthetic – if Cheney had a medical emergency with one of his quadruple bypasses or Lipitor scheduling error, and Bush did not wake up for a while, we would have an America firmly out of the control of Republicans. Would that mean that any change of direction may occur – perhaps a rush to file papers for impeachment could be a good idea, and get in before the anesthetic wears off. It is what they would do.
Seriously, long shots like medical error on the President while Cheney is cleaning his rifle may change the nature of this crop of Democrats but if an election were to be held today how could a Republican win? The advance media for Hilary is replacing good press day for the President. She is seen as articulate where Bush is heard bumbling. Obama is seen as relevant, alive – where Cheney is only kept alive by modern medical miracles.
Bush is faced with the cost of his primary error. Invading Iraq when he did not absolutely have to, he lost the extraordinary morale high ground granted by the obscenity on the American psyche; and yet as Osama bin Laden is walking free, even if only in their thoughts, the bulk of their military muscle is being exposed to a civil war it started by undoing the chain letter of death threats that was Saddam’s rule.
What it such a good idea? Right-minded Americans find rationales to believe it is of course a good thing – but will American democracy sustain the attack long enough to do any good? These are just excuses to keep the war going indefinitely and are no longer ringing true to the electorate.
Bush will run out of time before ending this war. He will leave it to the next President to sort out, because his domestic agenda will take over. He will suddenly be having to make making handsome gestures to maintain his office.
There is no end game in the foreseeable future unless Mr Bush just cuts and runs from Iraq.
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July 2, 2007
America accuses Iran of war involvement. A Shiite country trying to affect change for Shiite dominance seems fairly natural, as natural as, say, a coalition of countries that was formed to invade Iraq – under the auspices of the UN. Naturally, aid to the “enemy” is seen as an “act of war” by America – but America must define who their enemy is. I thought it was al Qaida and America probably thought so too.
It is probably more true to say that it is a flawed philosophy behind this war rather than bring peace to the region. America should just take over the administration of Iraq and declare itself the winner. All this fluffing about with a defective Iraqi government seems like the right thing to do, but why does America need to be seen as a savior, rather than the exhibit greed or insecurity behind this Texan invasion of an oil rich jewel of the East?
Or is that what American intelligence wants is to think. Invade! Kill! Destroy! as a philosophy is not achieving much. Heck, if Australia invaded Canada, guess which side America would give military aid to?
July 1, 2007
It was no wonder America, indeed the world was scarred by this dirty simple act of extraordinary horror. Invading Iraq did not exorcise the demon from the simple determination of an oilman, waiting for this one to blow?
Now the terrorism in the UK is from the disaffected sons of criminal dissidents who do not understand their religion. Like George Bush, they take their sacred words as some kind of political imperative, and for that both sides of this war may be best understood as following false goals.
More commonly put, they are making God awful mistakes with their power. One hopes that Gordon Brown’s brief stab at running things will make a difference. It may be the best chance he has as an incumbent against the Tories. Perhaps that is the reason for the timing.