[Marxism] Tsunami envy?
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."
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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