Thursday, August 25, 2005

The following is an OP/ED piece that says it all. I think a better title would be IRAQ: Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Fight.

Cause is not clear, but message is
Lucy Morales Harty
Fort Lauderdale August 23, 2005

What message is our president sending? While his war rages, he bikes around his ranch, ignoring the mother of a fallen soldier camped nearby.While he declares that Casey Sheehan's death was for a "noble cause," he has not made clear what that cause is. We are all entitled to know what is worth the killing and the dying. "Freedom" and "democracy" sound like empty slogans trumped up because the weapons were not found. If the cause is so noble, then surely Mr. Bush's twins would have joined the fight -- if they are the honorable and patriotic children of a father they trust unconditionally. The wealthy (Bush's base) have not sent their children to Iraq either. No, the truth is that Mr. Bush's war is being fought by the poor. The poor pay with their lives while the rich are not asked to make any sacrifice at all. In fact, while this costly war continues in its third year with no end in sight, the rich continue to receive huge tax breaks. And the companies closely associated with this administration -- Halliburton and Bechtel -- continue to make a killing (in more ways than one) from Iraq's devastation. Is Mr. Bush oblivious to the horror of his war? Does he not understand that hatred for Americans is growing exponentially with every innocent life destroyed? Does he not see that rather than being greeted as liberators, we're seen as the devil? Perhaps he does not. But the world clearly gets the message when they see that he won't even sacrifice a few minutes of his vacation time to talk to a grieving mother who lost her son in Iraq.The cause is not clear, but the message is: Mr. Bush is a man without conscience, remorse, or shame.

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