[Marxism] The Bush-Kerry Conundrum The Only Choice is the War Party

Mike Friedman mikedf at mail.amnh.org
Sat Jun 19 15:48:27 MDT 2004


http://www.counterpunch.org/nimmo06172004.html

June 17, 2004

The Bush-Kerry Conundrum The Only Choice is the War Party
By KURT NIMMO

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a point. Democrats have "no moral 
right" to criticize Bush for invading Iraq. Why? Because they were gung-ho 
about invading Yugoslavia. Putin made the comment at the G8 neolib feast on 
Sea Island, Georgia.

Democrats, of course, are attacking Bush because they want John Kerry in 
the White House next year. Kerry says he will continue Bush's failed policy 
in Iraq with the notable exception that he would "internationalize" the 
mess and ask Europeans to help out in the murder of Iraqi freedom fighters 
and innocent civilians.

Turn Democrats upside down and they look like Republicans. Most of them 
voted for Bush's invasion. Most of them believe killing Iraqis will return 
the sort of results the neocons had in mind when they lied their way into 
the invasion. Most of them are responsible for war crimes. Most of them 
should be standing alongside Bush and his neocons rabble in the docket at 
the Hague.

How soon we forget.

Clinton attacked Yugoslavia. He ordered the bombing of civilian targets -- 
homes, roads, farms, factories, hospitals, bridges, churches, monasteries, 
columns of refugees, TV stations, office buildings -- and killed a "few 
thousand random civilians for good measure, and thus weakening the will of 
the population to resist, so that they would submit to NATO occupation," as 
David Ramsay Steele summarizes. By attacking Yugoslavia Clinton and the 
Democrats basically laid the groundwork for Bush and the neocons: For 
Clinton and the Democrats, it is perfectly acceptable to attack other 
nations -- this is not a Republican proclivity -- even if they pose no 
threat to the United States or anybody else. The United Nations does not 
need to be consulted.

Neolibs believe they possess the moral authority -- the neocon faction like 
to call it "moral clarity" -- to murder anybody and everybody who stands 
between them and oil, minerals, rainforests chock full of lumber, and 
"natural monopolies," that is publicly owned power grids, railroads, 
telecoms, schools, hospitals, and even aquifers of fresh water. On this 
Democrats and Republicans are in agreement.

The American people only need be lulled to sleep. Or exposed to a pantheon 
of spine-chilling demons. It's easy to frighten children with scary 
stories. Halloween can be easily rescheduled to June or December or March. 
Freddy Kruger Hussein or Chuckie Slobodan Milosevic are trotted out on cue. 
Booga booga. Arab cave dwellers with satellite phones want to kill your 
first born.

Clinton sounded like Bush when he said, "[Hussein's] regime threatens the 
safety of his people, the stability of his region, and the security of all 
the rest of us. Some day, some way, I guarantee you, he'll use the arsenal. 
Let there be no doubt, we are prepared to act."

Surely, there is no doubt. Republicans and Democrats are into mass murder 
and theft.

In 1998 Senate Democrats passed Resolution 71, which gave Clinton the 
authority to "take all necessary and appropriate actions to respond to the 
threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end it's weapons of mass destruction 
programs," in other words the authority to attack the people of Iraq who 
were suffering under years of brutally imposed sanctions. On December 16, 
1998, Clinton attacked Iraq. Prior to this he bombed Sudan and Afghanistan. 
Clinton and the Democrats showed Bush and the Republicans how to go about 
violating the Constitution and international law.

Peas in a pod. Birds of a feather.

Putin is correct -- the Democrats have no right to criticize Bush. Junior 
is simply doing what the Democrats did in Yugoslavia, Sudan, Afghanistan, 
and Iraq. Only difference is the president is a Republican, not a Democrat. 
It is this fact that really irritates Democrats. Not an illegal war on the 
people of Iraq.

Democrats are going after Bush because they want Kerry in the White House 
next year. Democrats are pissed because they lost the last time they played 
musical chairs. Bush rigged the game, but that does not seem to bother them 
a whole lot. Democrats would do the same, given half the chance. It's just 
that the Democrats are a few cents short in the viciousness department.

Clinton wanted us to believe he was a nice guy as he killed Serbian school 
children and Iraqi grandmothers. Republicans don't care what you think. God 
told Bush what to do. He doesn't especially care if you like him or not. 
It's not about popularity. It's about who can secure the planet for neolib 
digestion.

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