Home     Writers     Op/Ed     Book Reviews     News     Bookstore     Photoshops     Submit     Search     Contact Us     Advertise  
  You are here: 

Wed

10

Jan

2007

Mondo Apocalypto: Somalis Sacrificed for Bush's Speech
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 23:39
by Chris Floyd

As the U.S. bombing of Somalia enters its third day (see earlier post here), Tom Raum of AP offers a telling insight as to why at least 27 Somali citizens have been killed: to give some extra oomph to Bush's "New Way Forward" snake oil pitch tonight. Bush and his allies will use the "attack on al-Qaeda targets in Somalia" as a way to morph the unprovoked war against Iraq -- which had no ties to al Qaeda or any terrorist group that threatened the United States -- into the "broader War on Terror." From Raum:

As Bush outlines his new Iraq strategy, he may well mention the new U.S. airstrikes in Somalia that targeted Islamic extremists. He can cite the war on terrorism's multiple fronts. It fits in with his fight-them-abroad-not-at-home thesis. Administration allies suggest the U.S. withdrawal from Somalia in 1993 helped strengthen the al-Qaida terror network.

"Just as the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan emboldened and enlarged al-Qaida, just as our withdrawal from Somalia encouraged them to go find more targets, our defeat in Iraq would expand the numbers of terrorists and embolden them to seek new strategic targets," said Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas, a Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee.


Odd to see a rock-ribbed Republican equating the United States with the Soviet Union in Afghanistan -- but then, as the old saying goes, sycophancy makes strange bedfellows. The Right will now embrace any contradiction whatsoever if it serves to bolster the Leader in his time of need. I expect we will soon be seeing comparisons between the US troubles in Iraq with the "counterinsurgency difficulties encountered by German forces in the Ukraine and Yugoslavia during the 1940s." And Thornberry neglected to mention that al-Qaeda and its Islamist allies were "emboldened and enlarged" by the money and arms of the CIA, which was instrumental in that "Soviet defeat in Afghanistan" which Thornberry and the Right now lament as the great boost to terrorism that led to 9/11. The words "hoist" and "petard" suggest themselves here.

So more than two dozen innocent human beings, men, women and children, including a four-year-old boy, had to die -- for the sake of a talking point, for the sake of propaganda, for the sake of escalating an illegal war that has itself killed more than 600,000 innocent people. They are literal sacrifices on the altar of Bush's arrogance.

More in this excellent piece by Justin Raimondo: They Never Learn.
More from this author:
Immaculate Conception: A Squirt in the White House (14053 Hits)
George W. Bush's innumerable sycopants like to potray him as a down-to-earth man of the people: a man's man, tough and fearless, a good-ole-boy...
Thunder on the Mountain: The Murderers of Democracy (12017 Hits)
“Shame on your greed, shame on your wicked schemes. I tell you this right now, I don’t give a damn about your dreams.” -- Bob Dylan,...
War in Heaven: Woodward's Book and the Establishment Insurgency (12947 Hits)
Bob Woodward has long been the voice of the American Establishment – or of certain quadrants of it, at any rate. When Richard Nixon's...
Swing Blades: Don Rumsfeld Bats Both Ways (11544 Hits)
In February 2003, I wrote a column for the Moscow Times detailing Don Rumsfeld's personal – and profitable – connection with North Korea's...
Red October: Killing the Truth in Moscow (11942 Hits)
I. Early October can be dismal in Moscow. The short, harsh summer is over, the brief and beautiful refreshment of September has passed,...
Related Articles:
Bush's Middle East Strategy, and Presidency, Lie in Ruins as Republicans Scurry Away (9752 Hits)
by Dave Lindorff Well, so much for Iraqi “sovereignty.” So much too for "staying the course" and for "fighting the terrorists...
Behind Bush's Nuclear Gift to Terrorism (9414 Hits)
by Chris Floyd I am now writing a piece for Truthout.org on the wider ramifications of the Bush Administration's lunatic dumping of a...
Armagideon Time: Bush's Nuclear Folly and the National Security Lie (15181 Hits)
Written by Chris Floyd This story is appearing today at Truthout.org. "The Bush Faction's remaining claim to political...
Escalation and Expansion: Bush's "Great Leap Forward" Into Hell (6270 Hits)
The outlines of Bush's "New Way Forward" or "Great Leap Forward" or "Long Walk Off a Short Pier" in Iraq is now fairly...


Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Trackback(0)
Comments (0)add comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

adsense

Top