Thursday, January 11, 2007

A Public Service

This is a public service for the handful of Americans who still support the war in Iraq, and believed that there was a compelling national interest in sending American troops there, and support the policies of this administration in general in dealing with the 9/11 attacks.

Just a few pointers:

1. Iraq and Saddam Hussein were not the culprits behind 9/11. What is more, most of the men who hijacked the jets and murdered 2,972 people were actually from Saudi Arabia, our ally, though the Saudi Arabian government was not involved. Ironically, Hussein actually rabidly attacked the Al Queda and any other fundamentalist Muslim group in Iraq because he percieved them, rightly, to be a threat to his regime.

2. Our "ally" Pakistan backed the horrid Taliban, who gave aid and shelter to the Al Queda, in Afghanistan. Oddly, our supposedly up-and-coming enemy Iran backed the Northern Alliance, the group the United States itself helped to defeat the Taliban.

3. Yes, most of the Al Queda are Muslim. However, only an infintismal minority of Muslims are in the Al Queda.

4. Most of the Muslims who live in the United States came here for economic opportunity and political freedom, and greatly appreciate what we have to offer here. Harassing them is not going to help prevent terrorism.


Danny Tagalog said...

Too right. How can people support these condescending bastards and their shite splattered spin all over the media.

Erik Donald France said...

Touche! Exactly.

What's really odd is that G.W.Bush started (and is now bogged down in, along with his own country) the same kind of crazy elective war that Hussein himself did when Iraq attacked Iran in '80 and Kuwait in '91. Lily Tomlin's quip is right on.

Johnny Yen said...

I never thought of it that way, Erik. The irony is painful.

Chris said...

Amen! We need to keep reminding people of these things.

There was a cool Frontline episode the other day about the tribal lands of Pakistan where a lot of Taliban found safe haven. If you can find it somewhere, it's worth a viewing.

Leazwell said...

Gee, you liberals like to beat a dead horse. Your posse is running herd now so move on, pleeease. You should be talking about how good things are going to be or can't you imagine that?

Cheers! ;)

Erik Donald France said...

The common denominator may be access to oil?

Leazwell: at this rate, things will never be "good" no matter who's "running herd." Hardly "beating a dead horse" -- that's what your posse does. What do you imagine Jesus would do in Iraq? Take pictures of clouds in the middle of a firefight?

Johnny Yen said...

Erik-- Leazwell forgot to set her *sarcasm alert* button. Tongue was firmly in cheek.

Thanks for the heads up. I'll check PBS' website to see if I can get it there. If not, Netflix has been getting Frontline dvd's.

Yasamin said...

thank you!!

people think all middle easterners or eastern europeans are the damned same!! we aren't!!! most are here to live free!!! god.

it frustrates me. can you tell? lol

now if only we could get people to ban spandex.

Bubs said...

Ah, f*ck it all. I'm depressed as hell having watched this retard president make his pitch.

Johnny, I was going to post something about the speech, and the surge and all, but why? You've covered it.

finn said...

yest morning my friend F (an afghan sunni if it matters) asked me, did you watch bush last night? no, i said, i know from bitter experience that his speeches and snarky little laughs get me so exercised i cannot sleep for hours after.

he responded, i couldn't get to sleep 'til 1am.

thank god the tide is turning.

lulu said...

I have a strict policy of not watching him on the television or listening to him on the radio. I will read newspaper or internet coverage of the speech, but the sight of his smug little monkey face and the sound of his voice sets me on edge for hours. I waver between complete depression and rage, neither ofr which are healthy.

Erik Donald France said...

Johnny et al:

Apologies to Leazwell. My fightin' dander is up ;)

My 92 year old grandmother says, when the Prez comes on TV: "Every time I see his little ratlike face I want to bite it!" She obviously remains lucid.

Bluez628 said...

America has escaped the clutches of a dictatorship thus far only through the efforts of those citizens who, unlike the Germans of the 1930s, have the moral courage to stand up and point out where the government is lying to the people. And unless more Americans are willing to have that kind of individual courage, then future generations may well look back on the American people with the same harshness of judgment with which we look back on the 1930s Germans.
There are just too many similarites between Hitler and Bush, its scary.