(Look It Up)
By Cindy Sheehan
-- - -It is truly touching the way First Lady Laura Bush
cares about the people of Burma and is using her officiousness
(oops…I think that may be the wrong word…or is it?) to bring
attention to the admittedly horrible situation there. There are
very few people in the world that would not sympathize with or
become outraged when monks are beaten and killed because they
protested high gas prices.
Wait a minute…they were protesting high gas prices? Gas?
Hmmm…what does that tell us? As Democracy Now! Host, Amy Goodman
written, Chevron is a major player in that country’s
destabilization because the gas that travels in its pipeline
supports the military junta. Why, when there is trouble around
the world a US oil company is usually behind it? And isn’t it
amazing that a former member of Chevron’s board is our Secretary
of State and a former Unocal employee is now president of
Afghanistan? In my opinion oil based diplomacy is centered on
destruction and tyranny and nothing positive has ever come from
I understand Laura’s concern for Burma and its brutal oppression
under the military junta. I have those same concerns. However, a
recent article in WaPo extolling Laura’s deep humanitarian
concern mentions that she has visited 68 countries in her tenure
as First Lady. I wonder if she has been to Iraq? I wonder if she
has visited the millions of Iraqi and Palestinian refugees in
Jordan and Syria who have been forced from their country by her
husband’s tragic policies?
I wonder if Laura has read the most recent studies that say over
a million Iraqis have been killed since her husband’s “shocking
and awful” on March 20. 2003? Does she feel the same compassion
and concern for a country that has been plunged into violence
and chaos by the person who sleeps (and very well by his own
admission) right next to her every night?
Does Laura know that her husband’s hired guns in Iraq,
Blackwater (and the rest) gun down Iraqis just because they can?
Presidential Medal of Honor recipient, Jerry Bremer gave
mercenary killers immunity when he was head of the Coalition
Provisional Authority—-which was just really a military junta
that morphed into a puppet government “led” by men put in place
by BushCo and are kept in place as long as they tow the line
that murders and displaces their brothers and sisters.
Doesn’t Laura know that her husband has authorized the torture
of other human beings? Even though such inhumane acts such as
water-boarding, sexual humiliation, desecration of religious
symbols, extremes of noise and temperature are called “enhanced
interrogation techniques” in our Orwellian BushSpeak age, it is
torture no matter which way one strangles or manipulates the
language. Just because the people being tortured are not
red-robed monks, Laura, they are still people.
Hello, Laura: The people of New Orleans still don’t have homes
to return to and our streets are filled with the homeless, sick,
and hopeless. Families can’t afford insurance for their children
and are declaring bankruptcy or losing their homes while Laura’s
spouse vetoes their hope. Our jobs are going overseas to be
performed by virtual slaves so Wal Mart can keep its shelves
stocked. As a last resort, our children join the military to be
misused because most people can’t afford the exorbitant costs of
college or trade schools and unions have been busted under such
“free” trade agreements as NAFTA/CAFTA. Laura’s husband has been
good for his base, the “haves and have mores,” but the rest of
us are becoming the “haves less.”
And I wonder if Laura knows or cares about the thousands of
families here in the USA have been destroyed because of the
Mister’s pre-emptive war for profit.
Laura is probably aware of all of these things, but I doubt if
she cares, or she would be calling the United Nations to
sanction America for its terrible deeds in Iraq and Afghanistan
and here in the “Homeland.” Instead of holding conferences on
the unspeakable situation in Burma, she would be marching with
us on the streets to end the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan
and calling for the impeachment of her callously incompetent
Everyone in the world deserves security and peace. Not just the
people who the USA deem worthy of security. The hypocrisy of our
system and the people who profess a personal relationship with
Jesus Christ is stunning and sickening.
We cannot with any shred of decency or any pretense to moral
superiority try and pluck the speck out of our neighbor’s eye
when we look at the world through eyes that are blinded to our
own abject failures and crimes.
Buy some eyewash, Laura.
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