Call me a bleedin' heart liberal if you like, but you can't ignore the bleedin' obvious. The more I read about the forthcoming war against Iraq ("Operation Finish What My Daddy Started"), the more you realise that it is a bogus one. Bogus, but to what end? Is it because after victory over the demons of communism in the Cold War, America needed to redefine itself with a new adversary to justify its continued military dominance and its position as the number one we-can-do-what-we-bloody-well-like nation in world affairs?
Or is it the grand diversion, much used by amateur magicians of the left hand drawing attention away from what the right hand is doing? At home there's a failing economy and a rash of corporate scandals that , with Dubya's connections with Enron's Kenneth Lay, reach all the way to the White House. A tad over-simplistic but that's what it all boils down to in this duck's humble opinion.
Say NO to war! Say YES to cute fluffy kittens!
So I read with some interest that Bush and his lap-dog Blair are "concerned" that the UN inspectors are yet to find any of these nasty Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Concerned because they're not going to get their popularity-boosting war, or concerned because America helped Saddam build his WMD's in the first place, and they've got to be still there, lurking in his airing cupboard like a great rotting turd, right?
Saddam's Iraq is hardly a picture of democracy and freedom. He can best be described as barking mad, and the relatives and cronies that help "run" his country are little better. The last election gave voters the stark choice between another seven years of Mr Hussein and having your head nailed to the coffee table, but even a scandalous human rights record is no excuse for launching war against an independent nation. Support for anti-government mercenaries is against international law. And who'd do a thing like that? Working on the same criteria, America should have declared war on itself long ago.
Besides, with The War on Drugs and The War on Terrorism still raging, does Bush want to wage war on THREE fronts? Yes, as it turns out. Funny how there's no huge military build-up to sort out oil-free North Korea.
I've had enough, I'm off to sit in a big hole in my garden with a hat made of tin-foil on my head.
Seven minutes to midnight.