[Marxism] A Wounded Creature, The Busharon, Thrashes About

Tony Abdo gojack10 at hotmail.com
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 
serious trouble.

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 
barbarian.

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 devil’s 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 didn’t, 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 animal’s 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 Marx’s joke: “Those are my principles. If you don’t 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 
day.

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 
referendum’s 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. 
Today’s Gaza, tomorrow’s 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 
Sharon.

— 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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