Friday, April 11, 2008

Where to start?

So where do you start when you finally get off your ass and decide to write something that anyone in the world can look at? There seems to be too much to say, too much to criticize, too much to praise, too much to laugh at, and too much to cry about. I guess it's easiest to start with the biggest and easiest target to hit, the US war in Iraq. I like some of the other names I've read, "Operation Iraqi Freedom", The Gulf War 2, Operation Falconer (in Australia apparently), The Second Iraq War, or even the 3rd Persian Gulf War (after the Iraq-Iran war of 1980-88 and whatever it was that followed the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990).
Ostensibly, the US invaded as part of the "war on terror" against a perceived threat from Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction and links with terrorists such as Al-Qaida. The first premise, the weapons of mass destruction was proven false very quickly. To this day, no proof has been found. So obviously the US will keep up the rhetoric of the Al-Qaida threat as the major reason for the war in Iraq. Wrong! While it would be difficult to prove (or disprove) this theory, anyone could figure out that the war has created a bigger threat from Muslim fundamentalists than could possibly have existed within Iraq before the invasion. To add insult to injury General David Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq, today informed congress that the greatest threat in Iraq is no longer Al-Qaida backed millitants, but is in fact now Iran backed "special groups".
During the build up to war, specifically the two-year period that followed September 11th, President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan made at least 935 false statements with regard to only these two topics, Iraq and their weapons of mass destruction and links to Al-Qaida. (click for a closer look at these numbers) How is it that they ( the US government) continue to get away with pulling the wool over everyone's eyes? Am I the only one who isn't blind to the next march to war, this time against a much more dangerous and powerful foe? It's an art form that has been perfected over the years as they slowly prepare the public for the next step in trying to control the world's political landscape. Next stop Iran. "The regime in Tehran also has a choice to make...They can live in peace with its neighbor, enjoy strong economic and cultural and religious ties, or it can continue to arm and train and fund illegal militant groups which are terrorizing the Iraqi people and turning them against Iran." I guess he was trying to threaten Iran for trying to turn the Iraqi people against themselves... Whatever it was he was trying to say, we haven't heard the last from Muqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army and in case you haven't heard the name Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim and his family and their Shi'ite links in Tehran. We're sure to hear both many times before the inevitable confrontation between the US and Iran. Lest we forget, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists".