Does anybody ever wonder if the debate between the Democrats and the Republicans kind of focuses on a very narrow range of topics
? Nobody seems to address the real issues? Both parties
seem to play the game of high school antics, and nothing ever really happens. I think they want it this way... http://www.chomsky.info/articles/20041029.htm
The corporate media has a field day with this "politico drama", all the while accomplishing its main objective - making billions of dollars. Nobody ever seems to ask real questions. Media pundits, like Bill O'Reilly, only ask questions like, "Don't you support our troops?", or "Don't you want America to win in Iraq?" Nobody seems to realize that these questions lack intelligence and are completely meaningless because; if you are an American, can you really be against our troops? Who can be against the yellow ribbon? What these vacuous questions accomplish is diverting your attention away from the real questions
. You know... like: How can we fix the serious ecological problems that we face today? What are we going to do about the impending doom of the economic collapse because of the severe deficit? Or, issues like this... http://www.opednews.com/articles/ope...e_middle_c.htm
Or, here is a question that never seems to be discussed in politics or the media: Why do these "terrorists" hate us so much? So much so that they would kill themselves while trying to inflict horrible things upon us, like 9/11? And these are the answers that Bush and the media give us: "They are Evil", They are barbaric (and somehow we arent because we kill people by using smart bombs) and of course lets not forget that "they hate our freedoms." And with these answers the jingoistic congregation of depoliticized Americans just nods their heads and gobbles up this black and white answer - without thinking - and replies: "Oh, gee, I get it! It's good vs. evil, just like in the Bible. Ah, shucks those guys must have sold themselves to the devil. Well, golly, we better put on our fightin' boots and stop those evil men."
Let's really think about that "why they hate us" question. Use yourself as an example: If you really hate somebody, let's say at work; why do you hate this person? Your hate or dislike usually originates with something they did.
You just didn't wake up one morning, become evil, and say, "I hate John, because of his freedoms." Let's try to put some rational
into the thinking.
Rushis Right, sorry, but I am going to use you as an example. I am not trying to offend you or step on your toes...sorry if I do. Your post kind of gives us the typical response from the average citizen of the United States of Amnesia (to use Gore Vidals words). My assumption is that you don't know much about of the Middle East and the past 100 or so years of its history. Because if you did you most likely wouldn't still believe that this war is to "protect us." Read about the aftermath of WWI, TE Lawrence and the imperial ambitions of Britain and France, read about the Iran/Iraq War and discover who supplied Saddam with WMD's during this war. Read about US planners in the 1940's and there talks about oil being a "stupendous source of strategic power." And, that is just the tip of the iceberg. And, to respond to your statement about Iraqis being better off without Saddam, this is an excerpt from a great essay by Robert Fisk about the mess in the Middle East.
I still recall an Iraqi friend, shaking his head at my naivety when I asked if there was not any cup of generosity to be bestowed on the West for ridding Iraqis of Saddam's presence. "You supported him," he replied. "You supported him when he invaded Iran and we died in our tens of thousands. Then, after the invasion of Kuwait, you imposed sanctions that killed tens of thousands of our children. And now you reduce Iraq to anarchy. And you want us to be grateful?"
You can read this entire essay here
Then continue by reading his book, "The Great War for Civilization" It is about 1000 pages of unbelievable stories and descriptions of this guys life as a journalist in the Middle East since about the late 70's. This is a guy who sat down and talked with Osama, Arafat, and many others. His empirical knowledge will change the way you see and understand the Middle East. Then don't stop there... keep going... keep on reading. Dig for the truth. It is hard work finding the truth these days, but it is available. The corporate media will not help you to find this truth. The govt hypocrisy will ring loudly in your ear as the truth starts to shine from beneath the vile crap that it has been buried under for way too long.
Also, just so nobody can SPIN my post, what I write isn't anti-American; it is anti-gov't. I love America and its people. I loathe the current gov't and it's croanies for their belligerent imperialist policies, and their blantant dismantling of a once great American Democracy.