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Step off, old man!
Wednesday, 22 December 2004
Our new role models
Most Americans like to think of the United States as a gleaming beacon of integrity and superior moral behavior. That's why most people either don't know or don't want to know about our past relationships with dictators or our new infatuation with torturing people.

We're not perfect, but at the least, I would hope we would aspire to be better than other countries that torture prisoners. Firstly, how can you know the information you get from someone being tortured is accurate? Torture me and I'll admit to anything. Seems the Syrias and Egypts of the world are our new role models.

Has there ever been a more incompetent group of people than the clowns running the current White House? One of the unforseen impacts of 9-11 was that it gave Bush a second term. Talk about the terrorists winning. For another four years, they have their chief recruiting tool in the White House: a disinterested President who will continue a suicidal policy simply because he will never admit he is wrong.

We're not winning against the terrorists; we're just creating more of them. If you don't think indiscriminate killing of thousands of innocent civilians creates a widespread bloodthirst for revenge, think again. Just look at how the U.S reacted after 9-11.

From the Toronto Sun:

"Who supplied "Chemical Ali" with his mustard and nerve gas? Why, the West, of course. In late 1990, I discovered four British technicians in Baghdad who told me they had been "seconded" to Iraq by Britain's ministry of defence and MI6 intelligence to make chemical and biological weapons, including anthrax, Q-fever and plague, at a secret laboratory at Salman Pak.

The Reagan administration and Thatcher government were up to their ears in backing Iraq's aggression, apparently with the intention to overthrow Iran's Islamic government and seize its oil. Italy, Germany, France, South Africa, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Brazil, Chile and the USSR all aided Saddam's war effort against Iran, which was even more a victim of naked aggression than was Kuwait in 1991.

I'd argue senior officials of those nations that abetted Saddam's aggression against Iran and supplied him with chemicals and gas should also stand trial with Ali and Saddam.

What an irony it is to see U.S. forces in Iraq now behaving with much the same punitive ferocity as Saddam's army and police -- bombing rebellious cities, arresting thousands, terrorizing innocent civilians, torturing captives and sending in tanks to crush resistance.

In other words, Saddamism without Saddam. A decade ago, this column predicted that when the U.S. finally overthrew Saddam, it would need to find a new Saddam.

Finally, let's not forget that when Saddam's regime committed many of its worst atrocities against rebellious Kurds and Shiites, it was still a close ally of Washington and London. The West paid for and supplied Saddam's bullets, tanks, gas and germs. He was our regional SOB.

Our hands are very far from clean."

Posted by brettdavey at 9:43 AM EST
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