Tuesday, March 6, 2007

I shake my head

Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the former chief of staff to Dick Cheney, the vice-president of the United States, was accused of lying and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of Valerie Plame's identity to reporters. Her husband is a prominent Iraq war critic.

THE CIA leak case erupted after Joseph Wilson, a former ambassador was sent to Niger to investigate claims of purchases of "yellowcake" uranium concentrates by Iraq for use in the manufacture of WMDs.

Four months after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Mr Wilson published an article in the New York Times, denying any such purchases by Saddam Hussein and accusing the Bush administration of twisting intelligence about Iraqi WMDs

His wife, Valerie Plame, was subsequently identified in the US media as an undercover CIA agent. Mr Wilson claims this was done in retaliation for his attack on the White House. No-one has been charged with intentionally identifying Ms Plame, a more serious offence than those Libby has been found guilty of.

And now Libby is convicted of lying by covering up his role in spreading Plame's name. I honestly don't know what to say. The whole time I've known in the back of my head that WMD was bogus and the war was, frankly, bullshit.

I have vivid images in my head of visiting Ground Zero on 9/11/06 (five year anniversary) and hearing half of the attending crowd shout that 9/11 was an inside job three days after Dick Cheney said on Meet the Press that he would have invaded Iraq knowing there were no WMD.

I love America. I know the army doesn't intend to kill civilians on bombing raids. I know the vast majority of American troops want to come home and don't want to mess up Iraq. I believe that George Bush believes he is doing the right thing.

But the fact is, we were wrong.
The Islamic world, which is host to genocidal Sudan, repressive Saudi Arabia, Civil War Torn Lebanon, tribal gang raping Pakistan, and Bali bombed Indonesia, is able to play a moral card on the United States. That is a serious problem. We are a superior culture, but the West is not playing our role.
It is Iraqis that are butchering each other, and that dragged the bodies of Americans throught Baghdad. Iraqis kill children on purpose. Keep in mind that distinction between us and them.

George Bush will go down as the worst president since Nixon not because of his invasion of Iraq, but because of his blurring of a clear moral decision. It was clear after 9/11 what was at stake. Now, Europe doesn't even realize the threat that it is under because it hates the United States too much. That is absolutely absurd.

Democracy did not fail in Iraq because it was our fault. Not because of imperialism, or, in feminist/islamist circles, femperialism.
It failed because a muslim cannot accept the idea of a legitimate belief outside of his own faith. Because the Koran cannot separate church and state. Because the majority of Muslims in Great Britain want sharia law.
There are also IQ issues, but states with lower IQ's have been able to build functioning governments.

It frustrates me so much that the International Socialist Organization, partnered with campus Muslim groups, can sound legitimate. How could our administration bungle such a clear choice between freedom and the abyss of ideology?

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