Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Why Bush is afraid to meet with Cindy Sheehan...

From today's New York Times:

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 9 - Armed men entered Baghdad's municipal building during a blinding dust storm on Monday, deposed the city's mayor and installed a member of Iraq's most powerful Shiite militia.

The deposed mayor, Alaa al-Tamimi, who was not in his offices at the time, recounted the events in a telephone interview on Tuesday and called the move a municipal coup d'├ętat. He added that he had gone into hiding for fear of his life.

"This is the new Iraq," said Mr. Tamimi, a secular engineer with no party affiliation. "They use force to achieve their goal."

The group that ousted him insisted that it had the authority to assume control of Iraq's capital city and that Mr. Tamimi was in no danger. The man the group installed, Hussein al-Tahaan, is a member of the Badr Organization, the armed militia of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, known as Sciri.

The ever-evolving fairy tales about why we're in Iraq that have been fed to a gullible, child-like public continue to crumble under even the most casual scrutiny. Those fearsome WMD's? Not there. Ties with terrorists? Not there (until we invaded). Now, in a thousand different stories in a thousand different sources the lie about bringing "freedom and democracy" in Iraq is easily exposed, unless of course you're a patron of cable news and being spoon-fed a diet of missing white girls in Aruba or the latest Britney dish or the exciting "news" that some of the Jackson jurors think, gee, he probably is a pedophile. Lest you think this is news dumbed down, well, yes it is, but it's also the panicked act of a corporate media who's seeing their boy go down and are scurrying like rats in a graveyard to distract the public and bore them into a permanent zombie-like state of apathy. Meanwhile, between the layers of pap and silly celebrity news the big boys at Boeing and Lockheed Martin and Exxon/Mobile pony up for their propaganda channels by running continual ads for things you can't buy, like jumbo jets and massive defense systems. The corruption of our system is everywhere, beginning and ending in Iraq and the boys who profit from it.

Which is why the simple act of a mother of a dead soldier - cutting through the propaganda, the fake flag-waving "patriotism", the schlock that's given the label of "news" - camping out in Crawford until George Bush can answer her simple question, "Why did my son die in Iraq?" is so important. In an Orwellian era where reality tv is anything but, where black is white and war is peace and up is down it all boils down to exposing the final lie that's continuing to slaughter Americans and Iraqis alike daily. Iraq is clearly on the road to becoming an Iranian-style Shiite theocracy, so "freedom and democracy" is gone, dead, a corpse rotting in the sun. What could George Bush possibly tell this mother now? The truth, that we're there to plunder resources like drunken pirates, is generally understood in this country even by the ignorant "kick their ass and take their gas" hillbillies. We're just too ashamed to admit this self-evident truth out loud, so we stick to the latest soothing lie served up with a side of flag-draped coffins.

Cindy Sheehan refuses to accept the lies, since she owns one of the coffins. And she is not only Bush's biggest nightmare, but also the nighmare of a public eager to be deluded, unwilling to admit that filling their SUV's is worth the slaughter of Casey Sheehan and 1,838 of his fellow citizens. Cindy Sheehan is the country's tipping point, and that's a dangerous place to be given the powerful forces arrayed against her. I fear this won't end well.

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