by Jim Kirwan
In a recent American film there is a bit of dialogue that explains the very difficult position in which Americans now find themselves. The film was “Shooter” and the motivating proposition imbedded in the drama is one that we all must begin to think about.
“. . .the truth is that nothing, no matter how horrible, ever really happens without the approval of the government-over there and over here. The problem isn’t in the doing-it’s the people in power having to admit that they ‘knew’!
The prisoners are tortured at Abu Ghraib and only the underlings go to jail. Their bosses knew: we know their bosses knew but you don’t say it. There is no ‘head’ to cut off. If one of them betrays the principals of money and power then the others betray him. What it is – is human weakness and you can’t kill that with a gun.”
Then a different character later adds . . . “There are no sides; there are no Sunni’s no Shia’s; no democrats or republicans: There is only the “haves” and the “have nots”! This is a country where the Secretary of Defense can go on TV and tell the American public that this is about ‘freedom’ it’s not about oil. And nobody questions him-cause they don’t want to hear any answer because it’s all a lie. There’s only so many places at the table: Now are you on the inside or you on the out! . . . This is the world we live in!”
The connection between this portion of ‘Shooter’ and the world at this moment is what happened on July 17, 2007, the day that the Bushwhacker added yet another Executive Order to his personal list of crimes against this nation and its people. “Bush Outlaws War Protest – Citizens Face Full Asset Seizure”
“In one of his most chilling moves to date against his own citizens, the American War Leader has issued a sweeping order this week outlawing all forms of protest against the Iraq war.
President Bush enacted into US law an ‘Executive Order’ on July 17th titled “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq”, and which says:
“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, as amended (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.)(IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)(NEA), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,”
I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, find that, due to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by acts of violence threatening the peace and stability of Iraq and undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq and to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people, it is in the interests of the United States to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13303 of May 22, 2003, and expanded in Executive Order 13315 of August 28, 2003, and relied upon for additional steps taken in Executive Order 13350 of July 29, 2004, and Executive Order 13364 of November 29, 2004.”
This proclamation represents the height of US governmental hypocrisy as the only reason our troops are in Iraq now and our forces have remained there during all the years since 1991, was and is to smash that nation back into the stone-age. And all of this comes from the orders issued by the US commander-in-chief: the same George W. Bush who signed this new Executive Order.
This ‘act’ is supposedly meant to bolster and rehabilitate a nation that we are spending over $12 billion a month on, to simply annihilate the viability of that state. Iraq is the same nation that this Commander-in-Chief has brutalized by denying water and electricity to them, while turning ordinary daily life in Iraq into a gauntlet of privation; compounded by murder, kidnapping and random military actions of dubious military value. These ‘actions’ can have huge humanitarian costs to those still trying to live in their own country. Four million have fled into exile, millions more have died, and more have been maimed starved or imprisoned. And just today Bush and his compliant ‘generals’ want to grant themselves yet another year of this nightmare to continue to keep the profits flowing into the coffers of his friends and directors.