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By Ghulam Asghar Khan
October 13, 2005
The Greek historian Plutarch wrote that
Alexander wept when he heard Anaxarchus talk about the infinite number
of worlds in the universe. One of Alexander's friends asked him what was
the matter, and he replied: "There are so many worlds, and I have
not yet conquered even one.”
President Bush's lament is that after three years of war in
A crest-fallen superman with his ratings in the tank and desperately in need of a boost, he fell back last week on what had worked so successfully for him in the past: fostering fear and promoting war.
His oft-repeated speech about the War on Terrorism constituted a sobering showcase, both of his government's desperate political situation and the new threats that it will seek to extricate itself from the present crisis through yet more militarism.
His address to The National Endowment for Democracy
(NED) was a recap of lies that have so often been delivered with the goal
of terrorizing the American people and rallying his radical rightwing
base. In remarks that at times bordered on delusion, Bush invoked the
unlikely bogeyman of an al-Qaeda terrorist network poised to establish
a radical Islamic empire that would reach from
He forgot to include [John] Howard's
Bush, like the reincarnated twelfth avatar of Vishnu,
accused the terrorists of seeking the overthrow of moderate governments
in the region and the creation of a radical Islamic empire from
[Editor's Note: In Hinduism, an Avatar of Vishnu is the bodily manifestation of the ultimate and supreme being, but there is little reference to a “twelfth” avatar of Vishnu.]
Is that not precisely what the
In the 1980s, the NED was created by the Reagan Administration to conduct political propaganda and subversive operations abroad overtly, which prior to that were carried out by the CIA covertly. This was the same venue at which Bush proclaimed nearly two years ago a “forward strategy of freedom in the Middle East.”
Back then he insisted that by successfully imposing
of democracy on
The NED is a semi-private government-funded organization, and as can be gleaned from its stated goals, its interests and practices are anything but democratic. Its notion of democracy is limited to those countries friendly to American corporate interests.
If some unfortunate country isn't democratic enough according to the NED,
In his Thursday address on Thursday, Bush preached
to the converted his sermon of never-ending, self-perpetuating war. He
advanced the opposite of the “domino
theory,” warning that unless
This latest contention has no more credibility than
the one Bush advanced in 2003. Rather, the administration's efforts to rely on fear to coerce Americans
into submitting to its war-mongering policies shows the growing desperation
As a follow up, on October 6, the authorities in New York issued a terrorist alert for the city's subway system, just hours after Bush's screed, just in time for the evening news and for the next day's scary headlines. Soon after the alert was announced, the intelligence agencies acknowledged that the threat was of doubtful credibility. But on Friday (Oct. 7), Penn Station shut down just because of a “suspicious” soda bottle.
The objective of such incredible alerts, like Bush's oration itself, is to instill fear, this keeping the public off-balance and suppressing growing political opposition and social unrest.
Opposition to the Bush Government has never been
greater, with polls showing barely 37% of the population supporting the
administration and majorities believing that the
The New York Times quoted an unnamed White House official as saying that Bush had given his speech to remind Americans after “a lot of distractions” over recent months, that the country remains under threat and has no choice but to remain in Iraq; a well-tailored ambition but completely without foundation.
It is utterly false to claim that the invasion of
The Centre for Strategic and International Studies has in a recent report revealed that the occupation of an Arab nation by non-Arabs has converted hundreds of previously non-militant Saudis to Jihad and terrorism.
The Bush Administration has committed and continues to commit irrefutably undemocratic acts to establish and protect its hegemonic empire. How opportune and appropriate it was that Bush “celebrated” his Iraqi venture with a crowd of like-minded champions of democracy, who advocate its spread through means such as war, coups and illegal influence.
The American war in
In such a scenario,
Bush's dilemma is that a loss in