"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Saturday, March 18, 2006

CNN.com - Protests�mark Iraq war's third anniversary - Mar 18, 2006

CNN.com - Protests�mark Iraq war's third anniversary - Mar 18, 2006: "Thousands of anti-war protesters took to the streets around the world Saturday, marking the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq with demands that coalition troops leave immediately."

Thousands across the world were out today marking the third anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq battlefront in the war on terror. As usual, those involved feel it necessary to exagerate and propagandize, making the usual suspect Bush out to be someone he his not by way of these overactive imaginations.

Quote below from the story at CNN.com illustrate the anti-war crowds use of generalities to strike the proper pose and images.

From the simplistic, non-real world view of, "we say enough hypocrisy, enough lies, our soldiers must come home now," and participants chanting, "Stop the U.S. war machine, from Iraq to Korea to the Philippines." To a veteran the media does not feel inclined to query further as to "what" lies; "I feel a huge sense of betrayal that I went and risked my life for a lie," said Joseph Turcott, 26, a former Marine who served in the invasion.

There were the simpletons "at Dudley Square in Boston, a few hundred college-age protesters and baby boomers waved placards that read "Impeach Bush" and "Stop the War." Reflecting not a clue as to what is an impeachable offense or an idea as to what happens next when their naive demands are met.

Askia Toure, a poet and activist, waxed poetic with a real catchy one using the facts of history (as most do) intermingled with an alternate view of reality, "it seems like we are fighting a King George in the same way General Washington fought a King George, who was equally imperialistic." Imperialism Iraq is not.

Protester Susan McLucas wearing a homemade sign that read: "Bush Lied! 100,000 died!" said "it's a war based on lies," said McLucas, 57. "We are gaining strength. The war is becoming more and more unpopular." To which I add, with them. According to her numbers a 100,000 have died, looks like Bush has the space of roughly 1.9 million to go before he reaches Husseins numbers. Forget about the fact the number 100,000 was reached at shoddily with no means of realistic verification, although the press did go with it when released.

"Protesters in several cities carried posters showing pictures of President Bush, calling him the "world's No. 1 terrorist." Worlds No. 1 terrorist, that's original and realistic. "In London, other posters pictured British Prime Minister Tony Blair, saying "Blair must go!"

Stockholm, Sweden, about 1,000 demonstrators gathered for a rally and march to the U.S. Embassy. One protester was dressed as the hooded figure shown in an iconic photograph from the Abu Ghraib prison. "We do not need Abu Ghraib democracy, or Guantanamo Bay freedom," said Eftikar Hashem Alhusainy, addressing the rally. More Guantanamo and the horrific Abu Ghraib; live under Hussein if you want the real Abu Ghraib.

In Austria, protesters marching through Vienna -- about 200 by police estimates -- chanted "Freedom, freedom for Iraq and Palestine," as they made their way to the U.S. Embassy. Palestine just indicated their interest in "freedom" with their election.

"Every day you hear of new deaths. Tony Blair has actually made Iraq a worse place for the Iraqi people," said Rose Gentle, whose soldier son Gordon, 19, was killed by a roadside bomb last year in Basra, southern Iraq." I think you might ask 25 million Iraqis about that one.


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