[Marxism] Tsunami envy?

Brian Shannon Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Tue Dec 28 23:01:44 MST 2004

This article covers the obscene response of Bush to the Asian tragedy. 
He simply doesn't know what to do unless he is told. It has to be 
packaged before he can respond. Somewhere I read an analysis that 
concluded that Bush's "misspeaking" was much severer when he tried to 
speak with empathy or concern than when he spoke in attack mode.

Or is it possible that the Bushites have a knee-jerk reaction to any 
world catastrophe that threatens to put the "War on Terrorism" in the 

Perhaps now we can give a name to it: Tsunami Envy. My "boo boo" is 
bigger than your "boo boo."

Brian Shannon

Some foreign policy specialists said Bush's actions and words both 
communicated a lack of urgency about an event that will loom as large 
in the collective memories of several countries as the Sept. 11, 2001, 
attacks do in the United States. "When that many human beings die -- at 
the hands of terrorists or nature -- you've got to show that this 
matters to you, that you care," said Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus 
of the Council on Foreign Relations.

There was an international outpouring of support after the attacks on 
the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and even some administration 
officials familiar with relief efforts said they were surprised that 
Bush had not appeared personally to comment on the tsunami tragedy. 
"It's kind of freaky," a senior career official said.

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