Ovation Into A Holocaust

Gilles d'Aymery aymery at ix.netcom.com
Tue Feb 4 21:02:27 MST 2003

Ovation Into A Holocaust
by Gilles d'Aymery
February 3, 2003

In the introduction of the speech George W. Bush gave on January
28, 2003, he offered his views on the State of the Union. He talked,
as is customary, about the dangers and the challenges ahead -- you
know, the present is tough but the future is bright, the enemies of
liberty are besieging us, threatening the good, hard-working, god-
fearing people of this blessed land...but "In all these days of promise
and days of reckoning, we can be confident" (applause). "In a
whirlwind of change and hope and peril, our faith is sure, our resolve
is firm and our union is strong" (applause). "Days of reckoning,"
"faith," "god bless America..." Nothing new; I've been hearing the
same messianic and religious-laded tirades for twenty years, from the
very day I set foot, for good, bad and the ugly, on the mystical and
mythical shores of Ronald Reagan's "pebbles of Light" where honey is
a bounty and the Russians, Chinese, and the entire universe, can or
should be nuked, so that the bees, which we gleefully destroy with
pesticides, can set us free.

At some point in his introduction Mr. Bush intoned: "All told, more
than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries.
And many others have met a different fate. Let's put it this way: They
are no longer a problem to the United States and our friends and
allies." (Applause)

There, right there, I became agitated and had to part company (my
companion and partner, Jan Baughman, and our friend, Michael
Stowell who's visiting), get out of the house in order to regain my
composure before coming back to further listen to the rhetoric. The
more I listened the more agitated I became. In, out; in, out; in, out...
Two-thirds into the speech, my body began to shake. My right leg
was trembling uncontrollably, hitting the deck of our place, my fists so
clenched that my knuckles hurt the next morning. It was raw anger
and I could not figure out from where it came.

After all, Bush Jr. was not saying much that has not been said before
by US leaders.

Take Ronnie joking about nuking Russia, not realizing that an
indiscreet microphone was on: "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to
tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia
forever. We begin bombing in five minutes." The Ruskies didn't enjoy
the joke at the time. Paranoia takes a whole different course when
one recalls Hiroshima and Nagasaki...

Killing, from Lebanon to Libya, from Nicaragua to Granada, was not
a purely Reagan trait. Through another indiscretion, a former aide to
then President Clinton spilled the beans for mucho buckados and an
eventual job on ABC News. George Stephanopoulos, in his memoirs
(yes, even 30-something midgets write their memoirs in America),
wrote: "'We're not inflicting pain on these fuckers,' Clinton said, softly
at first. 'When people kill us, they should be killed in greater numbers.'
Then, with his face reddening, his voice rising, and his fist pounding his
thigh, he leaned into Tony [Lake], as if it was his fault. 'I believe in
killing people who try to hurt you. And I can't believe we're being
pushed around by these two-bit pricks.'" ("All Too Human: A Political
Education" by George Stephanopoulos, Little Brown & Company,
1999, ISBN: 0316929190, page 214.)

In other words, killing is an American past time. We have the highest
death rate by violent means in the entire industrialized world within our
own borders. So a few (or many) dead untermensch here and there,
whether in Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Nam, Cambodia, Iraq,
Yugoslavia and the like (check Zoltan Grossman's compilation of US
military interventions in history) won't make us miss the 6 o'clock
news with the story du jour and the commercials for gas-guzzlers with
0% financing, Viagra and the usual antacids.

Not much to have a fit over. Just the usual American diet...you are
with us or else. Else meaning blackmail, blockades, sanctions, military
interventions with their panoply of nukes (again, sorry for the
repetition, Hiroshima and Nagasaki), chemical weapons (Agent
Orange in Vietnam), "hard" genocide (Native Americans), or "soft"
genocide (Vietnam/Cambodia, the sanctions against the Iraqi people,
the use of DU ordnance --, WMD par excellence), and on and on
and on.

In years past, "the best Indian was a dead Indian," "the best
communist was a dead communist." In our neo-times, "the best
'terrorist' is a dead 'terrorist.'" It's a behavior passed on from
generation to generation.

Mind you, it's always in the name of freedom and democracy. So it
must be just fine. For goodness sake, why getting upset?

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