Monday, February 07, 2005
Nattering Naybobs Of Negativity
But if [the Iraqis] thought they were voting for democracy, liberty and freedom they are sadly mistaken. They risked their lives to legitimize the Bush administration's long-term plans for domination of the Middle East.
How many times have we heard that Bush "did it for the oil," and his buddies at Halliburton? And how many times have American actions proven those allegations true? Not once, because the fact of the matter is that if we wanted the oil in the Middle East we could take it. You know, President Bush is fair game for criticism, but her remarks dishonor the fighting and the dying that our troops our doing over in Iraq. She says she is not calling into question the courage of the Iraqis, but that is exactly what she is doing. I kind of feel sorry for Ms. Ives.
While I didn’t entirely agree with the thrust of Ive’s column Sunday, I think your assessment is way too harsh. No, I really couldn’t “feel the bitterness and hatred dripping from every word,” as you say. I think she expressed a number of legitimate criticisms about the election which you have refused to acknowledge, such as the violence and instability in the Sunni regions.
However, unlike Ives, I think the elections were legitimate and were probably as representative of the will of the Iraqi people as can possibly be surmised at this time. The problem that I have pointed out is that the form of government the majority prefers does not match Bush’s notion of the kind of freedom he says he wants to spread across the Middle East. We are most likely going to end up with yet another Islamic fundamentalist state ruled by a bunch of hardline clerics reading from the Koran. Of course, as long as they will give us access to thier oil we won’t really care what they do and that is the sad fact of this whole ordeal.
Now it is good that income from Iraqi oil will go into Iraq's economy, instead of being used to buy palaces and cars for Saddam's cronies and to bribe UN staff and Security Council members, while starving the people.