Bush's UN Speech Analyzed

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President Bush's speech to the United Nations Assembly this week was remarkable. His speech was far more subdued than in the past. But, his words brought a host of images, questions, and implications to mind given the context of current events. It is worth reviewing some of the phrases and concepts in the speech for a glimpse of what may have crossed the minds of delegates attending the UN assembly on that day, as they crossed mine.

Pres. Bush: "Now we gather at a time of tremendous opportunity for the U.N. and for all peaceful nations."

Is Bush including the U.S. in that comment? Since, Bush and the U.S. elected to invade Iraq based on many false pretenses, which it is still making up today as we go along; it is hard to understand how Bush could have been including the U.S. in this group of peaceful nations.

Pres. Bush: "Now we have the historic chance to widen the circle [of liberty and security and development] even further, to fight radicalism and terror with justice and dignity, to achieve a true peace, founded on human freedom."

This sentence was a real gem. According to Bush our invasion of Iraq with its dramatic consequence of increasing terrorist violence and recruits to terrorism, was a part of the fulfillment of 'widening the circle of security and development in the world?' Give us a break, Mr. President. And what was this 'fighting radicalism and terrors with justice and dignity' all about? Is he trying to hypnotize the world into forgetting Abu Ghraib and dozens of other U.S. prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan where horrors and abuse were widespread and where as many as 39 murders of prisoners took place in the hopes of extracting intelligence in complete contravention of the Geneva Convention? It was after all the Bush administration that said it would not abide Geneva Conventions in its war on terrorism. Does he really believe the delegates have such short memories?

Pres. Bush: "Both the American Declaration of Independence and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaim the equal value and dignity of every human life. That dignity is honored by the rule of law, limits on the power of the state, respect for women, protection of private property, free speech, equal justice, and religious tolerance. That dignity is dishonored by oppression, corruption, tyranny, bigotry, terrorism and all violence against the innocent."

While those documents do proclaim what Bush says they claim, it is hypocrisy at the highest that this President would refer to them as he conducts a war with enormous uncounted numbers of civilian and innocent victim casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. Where was the President's adherence to protection of private property when Iraqi museums were being looted? Where is Bush's tolerance for religion when he takes 10's of millions of dollars from Christian Fundamentalists who would eradicate Planned Parenthood centers throughout the U.S. while waging war against Islamic fundamentalists dedicated to resisting and halting the Americanization of their cultures and religion?

Let's make no mistake, Bush does stand for warring against the terrorists who would attack and kill innocent Americans in their beds, at work, and at play. And this is irrefutably justified. But, one need only look at Bush's unalterable commitment to American corporations who seek to expand markets and jobs overseas to see an entirely different motive for bringing Americanization to Iraq. A stable Iraq with a government amenable to U.S. influence holds huge rewards for American corporations who would seek to exploit Iraqi resources and Iraqi consumers for decades to come.

Where is Bush's commitment to oppose all violence against the innocent when his military torture and murder Iraqi prisoners held without trial? Where is his commitment when U.S. planes launch rockets into neighborhoods in Iraq filled with women, children, and the elderly? Where is his commitment to "rule of law" and "equal justice" and "limits on the power of the state" when he adamantly supports detention of large numbers of individuals without being charged, tried, given access to attorneys, or the outside world in the U.S.'s Guantanamo Bay facility?

Pres. Bush: " We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in peace."

How can such a statement be reconciled with President Bush's rush to invade Iraq? Is the U.S. not a free nation? Or does President Bush, though elected, simply act as a dictator, so quick to choose a violent solution to the problems posed by Saddam Hussein?

Pres. Bush: "Members of the United Nations, the Russian children did nothing to deserve such awful suffering, and fright, and death."

Neither did the people living in Iraq, Mr. President. Had you taken the time to build the consensus, had you increased your forces by two fold, had you properly planned for the aftermath of taking out Saddam Hussein, it is very likely as many as half the civilian casualties in Iraq could have been avoided.

Pres. Bush: "The people of Madrid and Jerusalem and Istanbul and Baghdad have done nothing to deserve sudden and random murder."

So, what did the Iraqi people do Mr. President to deserve the horrific collateral damage you have brought down upon them?

Pres. Bush: "We're determined to prevent proliferation and to enforce the demands of the world -- and my nation is grateful to the soldiers of many nations who have helped to deliver the Iraqi people from an outlaw dictator."

We are determined to prevent proliferation, Mr. President? Then how do you explain, sir, your administration sending 5000 bombs to Israel this week?

Pres. Bush: "No human life should ever be produced or destroyed for the benefit of another."

Is that a fact, sir? Then what are we doing in Iraq? Are we not destroying 10's of thousands of lives for the benefit of others? Are you implying sir, that if there is a medical choice to be made between saving a mother or fetus in the delivery room, that we should permit both to die rather than let the mother choose?

Pres. Bush: "Because we believe in human dignity, America and many nations have changed the way we fight poverty, curb corruption, and provide aid."

America has certainly changed under your administration, since poverty has risen in America every year you have been in office, Mr. President. Though it is hard to see how such economic policies serve the belief in human dignity as you promote the wealthy getting wealthier through tax cuts, while abandoning American workers with your support of corporations who send their jobs overseas. Where is the curbing of corruption in America Mr. President? Does your buddy Ken Lay ring any bells, Adelphia, CitiBank, or how about Republican Tom Delay's comrades now under indictment for illegally supporting your party and candidacy, Mr. President? And what of your government's support of Dick Cheney's former company Haliburton, which still pays him handsomely for services rendered? Is this your prescription for the world, Mr. President?

Pres. Bush: "And through the Millennium Challenge Account, my nation is increasing our aid to developing nations that expand economic freedom and invest in the education and health of their own people. ... Because we believe in human dignity, America and many nations have acted to lift the crushing burden of debt that limits the growth of developing economies, and holds millions of people in poverty."

Shouldn't charity begin at home, Mr. President? Shouldn't you be investing in education and health care in America, sir, by reducing deficits instead of bankrupting our future through spiraling national debt, to the point that education and health care will one day only be available to the wealthy? The U.S., thanks to your party's rule is weakening under the 7.4 Trillion dollar national debt load and your programs insure that that debt will reach a minimum of 9 Trillion in the next few years, more if you are reelected. Why do you promote lifting "the crushing burden of debt" for other nations but not your own, sir? Where is your veto pen, Mr. President?

Pres. Bush: "Today, the Iraqi and Afghan people are on the path to democracy and freedom."

What newspaper do you read, Mr. President? Because the news available to delegates at the U.N. including U.S. news indicates that the Iraqi and Afghan people are on a path toward civil war and anarchy unless another regime of martial law is reinstated. And if you are so committed to democracy, Mr. President, why are you giving so much American tax payer support to dictators in Libya and Pakistan? What is this double standard, Mr. President? Are you really trying to convince us it is OK for the U.S. to support dictators working on our behalf, but, the world should oppose all others?

Pres. Bush: "Since the last meeting of this General Assembly, the people of Iraq have regained sovereignty."

Really, Mr. President? It appears to many that a puppet government, still controlled by the U.S., is all that has replaced Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. Allawi certainly appears to be at your beck and call as demonstrated this week in Wash. D.C. Tell me, Mr. President, did the State Dept. have a hand in writing his speech?

Pres. Bush: " This commitment to democratic reform is essential to resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict. Peace will not be achieved by Palestinian rulers who intimidate opposition, tolerate corruption, and maintain ties to terrorist groups. The longsuffering Palestinian people deserve better. They deserve true leaders capable of creating and governing a free and peaceful Palestinian state."

When you refer to "the longsuffering Palestinian people deserve better", Mr. President, are you referring to the 5000 smart bombs you just announced you were giving to Israel which may very well pound down upon their heads?

Pres. Bush: "In the words of the Burmese democracy advocate, Aung San Suu Kyi: "We do not accept the notion that democracy is a Western value. To the contrary; democracy simply means good government rooted in responsibility, transparency, and accountability."

You do a great disservice to Aung San Suu Kyi, Mr. President as you use those words to disguise your blatant attempts to hide irresponsibility, loss of transparency, and accountability in the U.S., once the greatest democracy on earth until your election. Upon your election secrecy, obfuscation, and near absolute resolve to avoid responsibility for any of your failed actions became the order of the day in America. I am proud to be an American, President Bush, but, I am ashamed to have you represent me before the world.

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