[Marxism] A Wounded Creature, The Busharon, Thrashes About
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Sun May 16 18:06:48 MDT 2004
Countdown to the End of Bush and Sharon Begins
Uri Avnery, Arab News
TEL AVIV, 17 May 2004 The strange creature named the Busharon is in
The front half of this creature George W. Bush is having trouble with
nude photos. Not only those of the hapless Iraqi prisoners, with the
exuberant female soldier pointing at their genitals, but also of Bush
himself, whose nakedness was exposed for all to see.
The savior of the Iraqi people from a cruel tyrant, the gallant leader
bestowing democracy on Mesopotamia, the representative of Western
civilization fighting against barbarism has himself been exposed as a cruel
Let no one kid himself: This is not a case of a few sadists, male and
female, who happened to find themselves in one place. It is already clear
that there was systematic abuse of prisoners keeping them naked,
humiliating them sexually, sending in vicious dogs which probably bit them,
preventing them from sleeping, keeping them shackled in painful positions
for a long time, covering their heads with filthy hoods, threatening them
with electrocution all these were photographed. But there can be little
doubt that with such an attitude toward the prisoners, much worse torture
was applied but not photographed.
It is now quite clear that this is applied as standard procedure for
softening up prisoners. Not only in this prison, not only in all the other
prisons in Iraq, but also in Afghanistan, in the devils island of Guatanamo
and all the other places where such defenseless victims, most of them quite
innocent people who were picked up by accident, are imprisoned. Meaning:
This was a matter of policy, coming from the highest level.
The soldiers, male and female, who happily let themselves be photographed in
these pornographic scenes are certainly detestable, but anyone familiar with
military life knows that this was not a private initiative. Such acts cannot
go on for a long time, with many hundreds of pictures shot, without the
whole chain of command being involved.
Every simple soldier is influenced by the spirit of his commanders, at least
up to the level of the brigade. Its commander in turn is influenced by the
spirit of his superiors, up to and including the chief-of-staff. In this
case, it has been proven that the Pentagon chiefs and the secretary of
defense knew the facts long ago. The investigating general did not find any
written order, but such orders are always conveyed orally, and sometimes by
a mere gesture or a wink.
These soldiers, most of them from decent homes, behaved as people do in
lynch mobs, and for the same reason: The denial of the humanity of other
races, which are considered subhuman. Racism turns the members of the master
race themselves into subhuman beings.
George Bush lost his world with the publication of these photos. He could
have fired the whole chain of command, from the secretary of defense down to
the prison commander. He didnt, of course.
All the moral arguments attempting to justify his war against Iraq have come
crashing down. No democracy, no liberation, no civilization. Nothing is left
except the naked aggression of cynical and cruel robber barons, just like
the henchmen of Saddam Hussein.
If I may be permitted a prophecy: This week starts the countdown to the end
of the career of George W.
The animals rear end Ariel Sharon is also in great trouble.
This started with the rejection of the Unilateral Disengagement plan by
the Likud members, a tiny part of the population, manipulated by the
settlers. Since then Sharon has been prowling around like a caged predator.
He has no majority among his ministers and members of Parliament (they are
bound by the party referendum), he is unable to form another government (the
MPs of his party will not allow it), he is unable to fulfill his promise to
President Bush (and has made Bush look ridiculous).
He has begun to blabber about other plans that he is forming reminding
one of Groucho Marxs joke: Those are my principles. If you dont like
them, I have others.
If Sharon had really intended to leave Gaza, he would have done it at once
and without the hullabaloo, fixing a strict timetable and without changing
the details every few days. He would have including in his plan the
evacuation of the Philadelphi Axis, the narrow strip a few hundred yards
wide between Gaza and Egypt, which demands a human sacrifice almost every
A week after the Likud referendum, two terrible blows were delivered. An
armored vehicle carrying a large quantity of explosives entered Gaza city in
order to blow up buildings, and was hit by a roadside bomb planted by
Palestinian guerillas. It exploded, tearing the six soldiers to pieces. The
day after, the very same thing happened on the Philadelphi Axis: An
armored personnel carrier full of explosives, which was sent there to blow
up tunnels under the border, was hit by a Palestinian rocket and blew up
with its five crew members.
The power of each of the two explosions was such that body parts were
scattered over hundreds of meters. The whole country saw on TV how Israeli
soldiers crawled on all fours, filtering the sand with their bare hands in
order to gather the body parts of their comrades. The media competed in the
orchestration of a necrophile hysteria, with endless talk about body parts
interlaced with scenes of funerals.
It was impossible to ignore the direct connection between the Likud
referendums rejection of the withdrawal and the death of the soldiers. This
was expressed in the most simple way by the actor Shlomo Vishinsky, whose
son Lior was killed in the second vehicle, when he blamed the members of
Likud for the death of his son.
For the first time, the Israeli public saw the real picture of Gaza: Not
terror, not terrorists, but a classic guerilla war, with the whole
population taking part in the struggle against the occupation forces.
Todays Gaza, tomorrows West Bank.
In such a struggle, we cannot win. One can kill Palestinians wholesale,
destroy whole neighborhoods, as is happening now. But one cannot win. The
public is beginning to understand that. The Zionist left, so it seems, is
also waking up from its 4-year coma.
Israel will leave the Gaza Strip, as it left the Security Strip in South
Lebanon. The similarity between the two strips is so obvious, that banal
headlines proclaim it in all the media. If I may be permitted a second
prophecy: This week starts the countdown to the end of the career of Ariel
Uri Avnery is an Israeli journalist and peace activist. His essays are
included in The Other Israel: Voices of Refusal and Dissent.
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