Desperate for "Trophy Strike"
-- - George Bush has signed a secret order allowing US
troops to operate in Pakistan, without permission from the
Pakistani government or agreement by the United Nations,
contravening numerous international laws and conventions. Bush
says the recent ground assault by US commandos and the big
increase in the number of US missiles fired from unmanned
aircraft are directed at al-Qaeda leaders, but the Pakistani
government and local observers say that most of the dozens
killed in these attacks have been civilians, the majority of
them women and children.
The Guardian newspaper
a different interpretation for these attacks: "Bush is thought
to be in a desperate push for a trophy strike...before he leaves
office." No doubt part of the calculation is the hope that this
will boost the electoral chances of John McCain in his campaign
to succeed Bush as president.
Since 1945, American has bombed
25 countries round the world, killing many millions of people
(some estimates put the figure as high as 20 million). But
George Bush has a message for all the families grieving as a
result of his contribution to this horrendous scale of mass
slaughter. He recently expressed his sorrow, following the US
attack in Afghanistan which killed 90 civilians: "I am a partner
in your loss and that of the Afghan people."
And, of course, all those
grieving families will be comforted by an earlier Bush
is a Nation with a mission -- and that mission comes from our
most basic beliefs We have no desire to
dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace
-- a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and
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