Monday, April 04, 2005

Just Shootin’ The Breeze (Because I Don’t Own A Gun)

A friend visited me a few days ago. I don’t know why, but every time he visits, the talk turns to current social and/or political events. Come to think of it, when anybody visits, the talk turns to current social and/or political events. Nature of the beast, I guess. And by “the beast”, I mean me.

Some of the thoughts that were kicked around just ended as questions that neither of us could answer. Some thoughts were observations and some were, well, just thoughts.

How do we know exactly who was being tortured by the former Iraqi government and why?

We do know that the Kurds wanted to, and still want to, secede. Hussein didn’t like that idea. He had them killed with biological and chemical weapons.

In the 1860s the southern states in The Former United States of America wanted to secede. Lincoln and the north wouldn't let them.

I don’t think that the north used chemical or biological weapons on the south because they didn't have the technology then. Who knows what they would have used if The Civil War took place later in time? It very well might not have been a four year war.

In the 1970s, people at Kent State didn't like what the government was doing and protested. Four students were murdered and many injured by government agents.

How many hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese people died when we unleashed our WMD on them?

We also talked about Waco and Ruby Ridge.

The government of Saddam Hussein was a secular government. His ambassador to the UN, Tariq Aziz, was a Christian. Hussein might have been crazy, but he wasn’t crazy about religious fanatics and they didn’t much like him.

Were the primary torture victims associated with Al Quaida, Hamas or other religious factions? They certainly weren’t running amuck in Iraq and causing all the problems that are being caused in other Middle Eastern countries.

Or maybe Saddam tortured “Bill”, the next door neighbor, just because he was bored or because he found out that Bill was saying bad things about him.

We compared Saddam’s reputation with what’s going on in the US under the Bush regime. I know I’m typing this freely and will post it freely, but do we really have a government that's willing to allow people to have and express their thoughts? It is, after all, part of who we are and how we got to be here. Does The Patriot Act give the government the right to monitor what I’m typing now? Are they monitoring what I’m typing now? How far will they let me go before they “disappear” me? Maybe they could care less what I’m typing now and I’ll never be “disappeared”.

Why are people with t-shirts that have even the slightest hint of opposition to Bush, like shirts that say “Democrats For America”, not allowed in to see Bush when he speaks? They’re not allowed in or they’re removed forcibly from the “town meetings” he’s conducting to push his Social Security plan.

There’s no doubt that Saddam Hussein was full of himself. He had statues of himself all over the place. However, there are a lot of countries in the world that have that kind of leadership. It’s a pretty historical phenomenon and absolutely no reason to attack a sovereign nation.

More Iraqis had jobs during the reign of Saddam Hussein.

Baghdad was a relatively modern city compared to some of the cities ruled by Islamic theocracies.

Iraq produced some of the top scientists, engineers, doctors, etc.

What if all the brutality and torture was inflicted upon fanatic religious factions to keep them in check and not inflicted upon the "regular" citizens of the country? Our invasion has provoked those factions to grow 100 fold in Iraq.

Was this a master plan? Here we go, another conspiracy theory, right? It’s not, really. It was just part of a discussion. But what if Dubya wanted to gather as many Islamic fanatics as possible in one place so he can perform genocide on them and take back the “holy land” for Christians?

Doesn’t “holy land” just mean a land with lots of holes? It does now.

To friendship,

“He who multiplies riches multiplies cares.” – Benjamin Franklin

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