Thought provoking if you think America has done more evil in the world than good.<quoted text>
i just read his essay. very thought provoking.....
"Patriotism," a wise man once observed, "is the last refuge of scoundrels."
And the braided, he might of added.
Braided Scoundrel-in-Chief, George Junior, lacking even the sense to be careful what he wished for, has teamed up with a gaggle of fundamentalist Christian clerics like Billy Graham to proclaim a "New Crusade" called "Infinite Justice" aimed at "ridding the world of evil."
One could easily make light of such rhetoric, remarking upon how unseemly it is for a son to threaten his father in such fashion or a president to so publicly contemplate the murder/suicide of himself and his cabinet but the matter is deadly serious.
They are preparing once again to sally forth for the purpose of roasting brown-skinned children by the scores of thousands. Already, the B-1 bombers and the aircraft carriers and the missile frigates are en route, the airborne divisions are gearing up to go.
To where? Afghanistan?
Iraq, again (or still)?
How about Grenada (that was fun)?
Any of them or all. It doesn't matter.
The desire to pummel the helpless runs rabid as ever.
Only, this time it's different.
This time the helpless aren't, or at least are not so helpless as they were.
This time, somewhere, perhaps in an Afghani mountain cave, possibly in a Brooklyn basement, maybe another local altogether but somewhere, all the same there's a grim-visaged (wo)man wearing a Clint Eastwood smile.
"Go ahead, punks," s/he's saying, "Make my day."
And when they do, when they launch these airstrikes abroad or may a little later; it will be at a time conforming to the "terrorists"' own schedule, and at a place of their choosing the next more intensive dose of medicine administered here "at home."
Of what will it consist this time? Anthrax? Mustard gas? Sarin? A tactical nuclear device?
That, too, is their choice to make.
Looking back, it will seem to future generations inexplicable why Americans were unable on their own, and in time to save themselves, to accept a rule of nature so basic that it could be mouthed by an actor, Lawrence Fishburn, in a movie, The Cotton Club.
"You've got to learn, " the line went, "that when you push people around, some people push back."
As they should.
As they must.
And as they undoubtedly will.
There is justice in such symmetry.
You must not have read the whole thing.
There are things we've done under the wrong leadership which disturbs me greatly since our beginnings.
But we have done far more good.
The Afghanis loved us when we helped them run off the Russians.
The Kuwaitis loved us when we ran off Saddam and his thugs.
What happened in Iraq with the severe sanctions under Clinton and Albright which reportedly caused thousands of children to starve is good reason for them to seek revenge.
But Saddam committing mass genocide and mass graves discovered all over Iraq or killing over 5000 Kurds, mostely women and dchildren, with chemical weapons goes completely unnoticed.
It also proves sanctions against evil tyrants only hurt the innocents under their iron fist. These regimes have all kinds of money and no qualms about their own people starving.
Where in Ward's essay does he condemn the evil which led to those sanctions in the first place?
It all goes back to the real source of evil which Ward convienently in his liberal haze refuses to acknowledge.
How ironic the Trail of Tears was ordered by Andrew Jackson, a Democrat.
And how ironic the atomic bombs dropped on Japan and the fire bombings in Germany were ordered by Harry Truman, a Democrat.
And how ironic the Vietnam War was accelerated by Lyndon Johnson, a Democrat.
Maybe Ward should have written another essay without his liberal blinders on.