ARROGANCE ON DISPLAY
The world is a much safer place with the recent demise of the Hussein brothers. The master whom they served so faithfully has surely prepared a particularly nasty place for them. And it would seem that the very warm bed reserved for their father will soon be occupied.
Was that Hussein family a messed up bunch or what? We can only hope there is no one else from the same gene pool still roaming around.
But while we can celebrate the passing of the Hussein brothers, there are other parts of the story that should concern us greatly.
When one of our supply convoys was caught in an ambush during the first days of the war, the Iraqis videotaped the bodies of our soldiers who were killed in the mayhem and displayed them on Iraqi television. We were outraged and let the world that it was against the Geneva Convention to broadcast such pictures.
Now that the tables are turned and we have found it in our best interest to publish photos of dead people, we seem to have determined that it is actually a good thing to show the these kind of pictures, just as long as we are the ones displaying them. Hmmm.
The only thing missing from the trophy photos of the dead and gutted Hussein brothers was a shot of Donald Rumsfeld holding up their heads in the back of a Hummer with a .30-06 slung over his shoulder.
It would seem that the current regime in Washington has come to believe that America is on a divine mission to clean up the world - and that whatever force or tactics we choose to use are justifiable. If that means sacrificing the blood of our bravest young men and women, or killing thousands of civilians, then that is just the cost of doing business in the New World Order.
Consider the latest tactic in the quest to kill Saddam. Our troops have been shooting up luxury SUVs that are seen driving around in the Iraqi dessert. Since they have not killed Saddam yet, we can only wonder how many hapless luxury SUV owners have been killed by mistake. Apparently the new orders are - shoot first and identify the body later. Are we supposed to feel good about this?
What is most alarming about this whole Iraqi war is that nothing seems to add up. Could the entire US network of spies and CIA spooks be so completely incompetent that they missed the fact that Iraq was never a threat to anybody? Or that they missed the fact that Iraq had no WMD? If they are not incompetent, then just what could be the motive of people who so seriously misrepresented the potential threat posed by Iraq? Visions of grandeur? Greed? Oil? Paranoia? Insanity? We really need to get to the bottom of this!
Our leaders did do an outstanding job of painting Saddam Hussein as the world's most dangerous man. But that was the afterthought. That was after it sunk in that the WMD stories were completely made up. That was after they realized that Iraq had no army. That was after they realized Iraq could not even defend their own country let alone threaten anyone else.
They certainly picked a great villain. It is estimated that Saddam and his sons killed several hundred thousand people over the last 30 years. That is a lot of killing for sure, but from an historic perspective, the Husseins would only qualify as amateur mass-murderers.
The really efficient mass-murdering countries like the Soviet Union, Communist China, Cambodia, Uganda, Ethiopia or Sudan have killed close to a hundred million of their own people - and we never lifted a finger to stop a single one of them. Why we picked Iraq as a target of our moral crusade remains quite a mystery.
Of course, as we have said before, if we want to talk about a really efficient mass-murdering regime, we need look no further than the US government - the main sponsor and protector of the American legalized child-killing industry, which has participated in the death of 42,000,000 people.
Contrast that with a very puzzling and little reported aspect of the Hussein regime - as demented and sadistic as they were, they considered the child in the womb to be off limits to their killing machine. What is it about killing innocent children that we Americans are so fond of?
We can see evil men when they live 8,000 miles away, but we are unable to spot them when they are right next door.
"I shudder to think of the price we are going to pay for our arrogance when the bill finally comes due. "
© 2003 David Brownlow - All Rights Reserved
Dave Brownlow, an engineer, has been designing and selling industrial automation control systems since 1979. He lives in Clackamas OR with his wife Suzanne and their four children. Active in the pro-life movement and conservative politics for over 20 years, David ran for US Congress in the 3rd District of Oregon in 2002 on the Constitution Party ticket. He has announced his plans to run again in 2004. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
"It would seem that the current regime in Washington has come to believe that America is on a divine mission to clean up the world - and that whatever force or tactics we choose to use are justifiable. If that means sacrificing the blood of our bravest young men and women, or killing thousands of civilians, then that is just the cost of doing business in the New World Order."