Notes on the Atrocities
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Tuesday, September 23, 2003  

Now, to the Bush speech. I'm a bit at a loss to give it serious analysis. In the past few months I've felt like one of us has gone barking mad, and lately I'm starting to think it's me. So herewith I offer the ravings of a lunatic. Often there's a certain attraction to seeing inside a diseased mind.

As I mentioned, it seemed like Bush was on the stump, rallying a supportive crowd. He aped Churchill and employed the usual florid dogmatism:

Events during the past two years have set before us the clearest of divides: between those who seek order, and those who spread chaos; between those who work for peaceful change, and those who adopt the methods of gangsters; between those who honor the rights of man, and those who deliberately take the lives of men and women and children without mercy or shame.

Between these alternatives there is no neutral ground. All governments that support terror are complicit in a war against civilization. No government should ignore the threat of terror, because to look the other way gives terrorists the chance to regroup and recruit and prepare. And all nations that fight terror, as if the lives of their own people depend on it, will earn the favorable judgment of history.

I guess the implication is that, with the barbarians at the gate, you best not stop to consider (like the fey French), but attack now and often. History loves a winner.

Then he described the great work the international community had done in Iraq:

In the nation of Iraq, the United Nations is carrying out vital and effective work every day. By the end of 2004, more than 90 percent of Iraqi children under age five will have been immunized against preventable diseases such as polio, tuberculosis and measles, thanks to the hard work and high ideals of UNICEF. Iraq's food distribution system is operational, delivering nearly a half-million tons of food per month, thanks to the skill and expertise of the World Food Program.

Our international coalition in Iraq is meeting it responsibilities. We are conducting precision raids against terrorists and holdouts of the former regime. These killers are at war with the Iraqi people. They have made Iraq the central front in the war on terror, and they will be defeated. Our coalition has made sure that Iraq's former dictator will never again use weapons of mass destruction. We are interviewing Iraqi citizens and analyzing records of the old regime to reveal the full extent of its weapons programs and its long campaign of deception. We're training Iraqi police and border guards and a new army, so the Iraqi people can assume full responsibility for their own security.

I don't know, but as my diseased mind recalls it, the body he addressed was the same one who turned down his request to invade, and who rebuked the US for unsanctioned invasion. Apparently I was wrong--I guess they were in on it the whole time. In fact, I was under the misapprehension that the whole reason he set foot into that Godless democratic gathering was to ask for help. I listened to the speech and I've scanned it online, and I can't find any evidence of that. My bad, apparently. The closest he got was a request an anti-nuclear proliferation treaty.

After that, he started talking about victims of slavery and the sex trade. A worthy issue indeed, but is there some logical connection to hitting up the UN for dough to pay for the war they didn't authorize in Iraq?

Seriously, I don't really know what the hell he was talking about.

(Tom might, but I can't divine it from this, either.)

posted by Jeff | 12:17 PM |
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