COLUMN EIGHTY-SIX, MARCH 1, 2003
(Copyright © 2003 The Blacklisted Journalist)
WE ARE BEING RULED BY
(Caricature by Trevor Irvin)
It's quite clear to any
sane person in this world that there is absolutely no good reason to war with
Iraq at this point in world history---no good reason other than those insane
thoughts polluting the so-called minds of our Boy Emperor and his cowardly band
of power-crazed Chickenhawk madmen. Yes, their lust for power gives them loony
reasons of their own. And, like all tyrants who ever lived, they want others to
die fighting their war for them.
Does Iraq threaten America
more than North Korea? No, North Korea holds South Korea in nuclear hostage
while it churns out more nukes from an assembly line. Along with missiles that
are already capable of delivering those nukes to America's West Coast. The
only weapons of mass destruction in Iraq's arsenal are the ones George W. Bush
keeps assuring us are there. And we all know how deceitful he is.
He even had Tony Blair's
British Intelligence cook up a so-called dossier detailing the great extent of
Iraq's hidden weapons of mass destruction. Except the dossier has now been
exposed as having been plagiarized from student papers and magazine articles.
Otherwise, our Boy Emperor keeps repeating the same mantra:
". . . he gassed his
So look what the Boy
Emperor is doing to his own people!
So badly does he want us to
go die for him that he deluges us with false or unsubstantiated details that
prove nothing. He wants to make us believe that Saddam's about to hatch the
big one. That Saddam is a greater threat to the U.S. than Kim Jong-il.
Bush reminds me of a
Pinocchio, a marionette carved out of the same tree from which all those other
dummies came---the dummies that believe their wealth and power entitle them to
rape the earth with impunity. They all come from the same tree and they all have
the same instinct. Their instinct tells them to punish the poor for failure and
reward the rich for success. And their way to get rid of poverty is to grind the
poor out of existence.
Who carved Pinocchio?
Let's call him Pin for short, not because he's a pinhead, because he's
not. He's a blockhead. Right now, a swelled blockhead. To be acclaimed Boy
Emperor has gone to where his brains are not. To his family, he'd been the
family idiot. To the other dummies from the tree of the rich and powerful,
he'd been just another dummy. But look at him now! He is a hero among them.
With his swelled blockhead, he goes among them dispensing the contents of the
country's treasury, its natural resources and its wealth. The same way
Rockefeller used to hand out dimes to the poor, Pin gives away the country to
the other dummies carved from his tree--- the tree of the rich and powerful.
Have you ever seen what happens to wood when it swells?
Who carved Pinocchio? Who
put the words in Pin's mouth and pulled the strings that made Pin's lips
move? Some say it was a Gepetto they call The Boy Genius. Some say it was
Pin's LET's CONQUER THE WORLD Veep. Some say it was Pin's father. Some say
Pin's mama. But who taught him to be so mean-spirited? Some say it was the
right-wing fundamentalist Christian God's miracle that turned Pin into a real
boy. But how can he be real when his nose keeps growing longer?
He's still made out of
wood. He can't feel. He can't feel emotions---emotions such as fear so
he's fearless. That's what got him acclaimed Boy Emperor in the first
place---his fearlessness. Osama bin Laden did the Boy Emperor too great a favor
when he destroyed the WTC and many of its occupants. That made the fearless Boy
Emperor a hero. A wounded nation demanded a counterattack. Fearless Pin led the
counterattack and that carried him to even greater heights. But now he's
running out of victories. Terrorist-hunting is getting dull. Seems nobody wants
to collect the $25 million reward for Osama's head. Pretty soon the country
might start worrying about the fact that the Boy Emperor has taken it broke.
Pin needs more victories.
Yes, the idea of war with North Korea can terrify even someone made out of wood.
But not the idea of turning the American war machine monster on a tiny Iraq.
Now, that would bring the Boy Emperor more victories. Besides, the tree
of the rich and powerful is watered by oil. Iraq is a jewel that would shine
from the Boy Emperor's crown.
No, the Boy Emperor is too
wooden to feel fear---too wooden to fear anything except maybe North Korea. And
he's too wooden to feel guilt. And too wooden to feel remorse. Too wooden even
to have the ability to feel the pain of others. In order to run for President as
a "compassionate conservative," he had to do what he does best---lie through
his teeth. They told him don't worry about it. Lack of compassion is what it
takes to be Boy Emperor.
He's certainly too wooden to feel any of the grief he's about to inflict on the world with the mass slaughter he intends---the slaughter of America's sons and daughters and those of the Iraqis. To
Do we have to go out in the streets and bang on pots and blow whistles?
a boy like Pin, the Army
and Navy and Air Force are not masses of humanity. They are toys! That's how
Emperors are supposed to think. And isn't he an Emperor?
In his court, his advisors
are as non compis mentis as he is. An "old boy? gang of corporate
crooks fashioning a right-wing dictatorship. Any one of them could have been
guilty of saying something like the following:
"Why of course the people
don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a
war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece?
Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England,
nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the
leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter
to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship,
or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can
always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to
do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack
of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any
Actually that's a quote
said to have come from World War II Nazi
Luftwaffe commander Hermann Goering before the fat slob escaped the
hangman's noose after his Nuremberg trial by swallowing a smuggled cyanide
capsule the night before his scheduled execution. But what Goering said is
exactly what the Boy Emperor is doing---he's shoving a war down the throat of
a country that doesn't want a war.
The whole world has told us
it doesn't want a war. Do we have to start banging pots and pans and blowing
whistles like they did in Serbia? The Boy Emperor is playing with America the
way Slobodan Milosovic played with Serbia. Pin is leading America down the same
road Milosovic took. Stir up a patriotic nationalism. Start a couple of wars you
can win. And then what happens? The world gangs up on you. Does Pin want to end
up being arrested as a war criminal like Milosovic?
France, Germany, Russia and
China---they're already ganging up on the Boy Emperor. They think the Boy
Emperor has gone too far. Well, hasn't he? He's leading a tyrannical
government that keeps its machinations secret while trying to force us to
swallow a needless war! He's trying to initiate mass slaughter for the sole
satisfaction of what could boil down to nothing but his own personal ego! How do
we protest? Again I ask. Do we bang on pots and pans and blow whistles?
These people in power have
already proved themselves crazy, crass and craven enough to send out their own
Timothy McVeighs to commit acts of domestic terrorism just to create the chaos
in America necessary for the Boy Emperor to declare a national emergency,
suspend the Constitution and establish a military dictatorship. There's no end
to the evil this government can invite.
In fact, I---for one---wonder if the Boy Emperor is also wooden enough to think America can win a thermonuclear war. ##
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