posted April 09, 2003 at 8:54 p.m. MDT
A moment to ponder: while simple-minded quasi-republicans like the leader of Canada's Alliance party are empowered by their servile self-loathing, more vigorous forces are shifting their slow thighs; while the Bush regime is at ease with the increased space for unilateralism gained by its having splintered the community of nations (Perles is spouting that the UN had failed Iraqis and so it should only play a secondary role in humanitarian concerns if that), and though Rumsfeld's Pentagon can reverse de-nuclearization with its renewed talk of tactical nuclear deployment (nuke bunker-busters ... a pressing need, right?) Uncle Sam leans on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.
So, really ... American citizens are paying for the establishment of an openly fascistic apartheid, where the US is free to do what it wills, and others are required to do as it instructs them. Isn't that so? The war against Iraq was optional, it was elective, it was a matter of choice, it was deemed preventive by those who rule the US, it was based on tendentious conclusions and questinnable evidence, and it was mounted in the face of great international disagreement.
Some of us have been saying for decades that, however well-intentioned, American culture is the culture of bullies. I say, today, that the political regime in the USofA is driven by corporate interests who have regard for not even generally accepted accounting practices, let alone international law.While Stalinists world-round will mourn the loss of Uncle Saddam, democrats world-round should shudder at the prospect of Uncle Sam lobotomized by fully fledged fascists (in the most modern incarnation, of course).
One law for all, else me and mine will declare that the bandits have elected their own sheriff, and call for the marshall.