Is the Bush Regime a Sponsor of State Terrorism?
The Evil Within
By Paul Craig Roberts
05/29/06 "Counterpunch" -- --
Is the Bush regime a sponsor of
A powerful case can be made that it is.
In the past three years the Bush Regime has murdered tens of
thousands of Iraqi civilians and an unknown number of Afghan
US Marines, our finest and proudest military force, are under
criminal investigation for breaking into Iraqi homes and
murdering entire families. In an unprecedented event, General
Michael Hagee, the Marine Corps commandant, has found it
necessary to fly to Iraq to tell our best trained troops to stop
General Hagee found it necessary to tell the U.S. Marines: "We
do not employ force just for the sake of employing force. We use
lethal force only when justified, proportional, and most
The war criminals in the Bush Regime have dismissed the murders
as "collateral damage," but they are in fact murders. Otherwise,
there would be no criminal investigations, and the Marine
commandant would not be burdened with the embarrassment of
having to fly to Iraq to lecture US Marines on the lawful use of
The criminal Bush Regime has now murdered more Iraqis than
Saddam Hussen. The Bush Regime is also responsible for 20,000 US
casualties (dead, maimed for life, and wounded).
Bush damns the "axis of evil." But who has the "axis of evil"
attacked? Iran has attacked no one. North Korea has attacked no
country for more than a half century. Iraq attacked Kuiwait a
decade and a half ago, apparently after securing permission from
the US ambassador.
Isn't the real axis of evil Bush-Blair-Olmert? Bush and Blair
have attacked two countries, slaughtering their citizens. Olmert
is urging them on to attack a third country--Iran.
Where does the danger to the world reside? In Iran, a small
religious country where the family is intact and the government
is constrained by religious authority and ancient traditions, or
in the US where propaganda rules and the powerful executive
branch has removed itself from accountability by breaking the
constitutional restraints on its power?
Why is the US superpower orchestrating fear of puny Iran?
The US government has spent the past half century interfering in
the internal affairs of other countries, overthrowing or
assassinating their chosen leaders and imposing its puppets on
foreign peoples. To what country has Iran done this, or Iraq, or
Americans think that they are the salt of the earth. The hubris
that comes from this self-righteous belief makes Americans blind
to the evil of their leaders. How can American leaders be evil
when Americans are so good and so wonderful?
How many Serbs were slaughtered by American bombs released from
high above the clouds, and for what reason? Who even remembers
the propagandistic lies that the Clinton administration told us
about why we absolutely had to drop bombs on the Serbs?
Wasn't it evil for the US to bomb Iraq for a decade and to
embargo medicines for children? When US Secretary of State M.
Albright was asked if she thought an embargo that resulted in
the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children was justified, she replied,
The former terrible tyrant ruler of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, is on
trial for killing 150 people. The US government murdered 500,000
Iraqi children prior to Bush's invasion. When the US government
murders people, whether Serbs, Branch Davidians at Waco, or
Iraqi women and children, it is "collateral damage." But we put
Saddam Hussein on trial for putting down rebellions.
Gentle reader, do you believe that the Bush Regime will not
shoot you down in the streets if you have a rebellion?
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in
the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall
Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of
National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good
Intentions.He can be reached at:
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