Tuesday, March 15, 2005The Bush Evolution
All you can hear these days from the suck-ups, are pathetic congratulations speeches addressed to President Bush for the democratic changes taking places in the world today, especially the ones in the Middle-East. Ironically, some of these people earlier opposed to this war. Now, they argue that Bush and his Iraqi war should be credited for all these changes i.e. the civil protests and elections.
"It's strange for me to say it, but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq,. I was cynical about Iraq. But when I saw the Iraqi people voting three weeks ago, 8 million of them, it was the start of a new Arab world. The Syrian people, the Egyptian people, all say that something is changing. The Berlin Wall has fallen. We can see it." Walid Jumblatt Leader of the Druze and the Lebanese Progressive Socialist Party
My guess is that Jumblatt and other Arab suck-ups finally realized the bigger picture here (or so they think), the bigger picture which is beyond the tragedies and miseries of war, beyond all these civilian causalities that took place from the bombing of Iraq… apparently, all the deaths all the injuries were just a part of a masterplan to democratize the Arab world and, they are all just collateral damage and it was worth it! Well, in this respect , it actually didn’t start in Iraq nor in Afghanistan but on the very own grounds of the US of A , particularly on 9/11, the day that started it all, the people who lost their lives in this tragedy paved the road for this “bigger picture”, so it’s safe to say that they are collateral damage too! And maybe we shouldn’t call this day a tragedy at all and let’s even make it an annual celebration day and call it the “Freedom day”.
Before you start popping your Champagne, I’m really sorry to burst your bubble like this, but I have news for you, Taliban are running free in Afghanistan, Bin Laden is still on the run sending his funniest home videos to Al Jazeera, Iraqis are still not “free” under the American occupation, Lebanon might be on the verge of another civil war, Qaddafi maybe threw away his WMD but he is still Qaddafi, the House of Saud are getting much fatter, Mubarak won’t go away and the world is much less a safer place than it was before... so if I was in your position I wouldn’t mail these Hallmark cards to the White House just yet.
People who are tagging these shifts toward democracy as the “Bush Revolution” should correct it to be the “Bush Evolution” as the Bush administration evolved through a sequence of staged lies to sell this war. Bush started his war marketing campaign by applying self-defense causes trying to find a link to between Iraqis and Al-Qaeda, later on when this failed he tried to play the WMD card and until the war broke the entire world was buying that this the main reason of the war… stripping these WMD from the nasty Iraqis. "Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons." -- President Bush, Sept. 12, 2002.
"The evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program. Saddam Hussein has held numerous meetings with Iraqi nuclear scientists, a group he calls his 'nuclear mujahideen' -- his nuclear holy warriors. Satellite photographs reveal that Iraq is rebuilding facilities at sites that have been part of its nuclear program in the past."-- Bush, Oct. 7, 2002.
After the war and after failing to find WMD Bush reasons evolved from igniting a war to find the threatening WMD to a war of bringing Iraqis their freedom... now they are not the nasty "nuclear" Iraqis, but they are oppressed Iraqis under the tyrant Saddam, well, Saddam was a tyrant 30 years before but the empathies for the poor Iraqis didn’t exist, when the US under the Reagan administration aided him and Egypt under the US blessings helped him to win the war over Iran, He was also a tyrant when the US knew he will to invade Kuwait and they promised him they will look the other direction and the poor tyrant bought it. Let’s not forget that Bush is an extension of his daddy who was an extension of Reagan and they are all part of neocon Republican ideology... Evidence that Bush daddy knew about the Kuwait invasion could be found in the transcript of the meeting between US ambassador of Iraq then April Glaspie with Saddam. You see the war wasn't about freeing the Iraqis after all.
Before the right-wingers start accusing me that I’m an anti-democracy and I don’t care for freedom and crap like that. I’d like to add that everyone wants democracy, freedom, equality… no it’s not a taboo here as some of the dumb thrash may think. We just don’t want our freedom through “missiles” “cluster-bombs” etc. We don’t want freedom from the US government or any other freaking government. As the Egyptian comedian Adel El-Far says in his latest monologue Ayzeen demokratia tekoon lazeeza el mohem matkonsh shabah Condalezza translation “we need a democracy that would be nice as long as it doesn’t look like Condolezza Rice” (cool... it can also rhyme in English!) Bottom-line, freedom is to be obtained by our own hands and not through foreign proxy, and even if you think that the Iraqis are now grateful. Just wait few years from now, then you will you see the American invasion memory will only bring the biggest anti-American sentiments and rallies there, because the wounds of war do not heal easily.
Liberal writer Mona Al-Tahawi from Ashraq Al-Awasat newspaper said that she participated in protests against both Gulf wars because of the cruelty of war, casualties blah blah blah... But she also said that we would be fooling ourselves if we do not admit that Bush and the Iraq war should be credited to this changes toward democracy in the Arab world.
I agree with her that the Iraqi war and Bush have direct influences on these changes, but I don’t agree if Bush and his adminstration should be credited. For example when a thief robbed my neighbor's house, this incident persuaded me of buying an alarm/security system, should I be crediting this theif for my safety now. Why this war moved the Arab world into protests for thei freedom? Because the Arabs don’t want to see their children dying, they don’t want to see foreign military on their soils, they, they don’t want to see their families turn into butt-pyramids on the hands of a bunch of sick marines , they don’t want to see their houses turned into dusts by missiles and above all they want to earn their “true” freedom. That’s why the Arabsmoved to achieve their own democracy by their own hands. The people who should take credit for it are the people who lost their freedom or lives trying to achieve this “true” freedom, people like Ayman Nour, Saad Eldin Ibrahim(well...), Nawal Saadawi, Rafiq El Hariri are among thousands of others, who didn't run away or hide behind a foreign-power back to bring occupation to their lands the “Chalabi/Allawi style”.
"I don't think that we made democracy because President Bush pushed us. We decided that we should have a democratic process and we did it, without any pressure," Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian President.
In conclusion, crediting George W. Bush for the democracy shift in the Arab world after the Iraqi war is like crediting Osama Bin Laden for uniting the Americans after 9/11 attacks.