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Matthew 7:3

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By Cindy Sheehan

It is truly touching the way First Lady Laura Bush cares about the people of Burma and is using her officiousness (oops…I think that may be the wrong word…or is it?) to bring attention to the admittedly horrible situation there. There are very few people in the world that would not sympathize with or become outraged when monks are beaten and killed because they protested high gas prices.

Wait a minute…they were protesting high gas prices? Gas? Hmmm…what does that tell us? As Democracy Now! Host, Amy Goodman has written, Chevron is a major player in that country’s destabilization because the gas that travels in its pipeline supports the military junta. Why, when there is trouble around the world a US oil company is usually behind it? And isn’t it amazing that a former member of Chevron’s board is our Secretary of State and a former Unocal employee is now president of Afghanistan? In my opinion oil based diplomacy is centered on destruction and tyranny and nothing positive has ever come from it.

I understand Laura’s concern for Burma and its brutal oppression under the military junta. I have those same concerns. However, a recent article in WaPo extolling Laura’s deep humanitarian concern mentions that she has visited 68 countries in her tenure as First Lady. I wonder if she has been to Iraq? I wonder if she has visited the millions of Iraqi and Palestinian refugees in Jordan and Syria who have been forced from their country by her husband’s tragic policies?

I wonder if Laura has read the most recent studies that say over a million Iraqis have been killed since her husband’s “shocking and awful” on March 20. 2003? Does she feel the same compassion and concern for a country that has been plunged into violence and chaos by the person who sleeps (and very well by his own admission) right next to her every night?

Does Laura know that her husband’s hired guns in Iraq, Blackwater (and the rest) gun down Iraqis just because they can? Presidential Medal of Honor recipient, Jerry Bremer gave mercenary killers immunity when he was head of the Coalition Provisional Authority----which was just really a military junta that morphed into a puppet government “led” by men put in place by BushCo and are kept in place as long as they tow the line that murders and displaces their brothers and sisters.

Doesn’t Laura know that her husband has authorized the torture of other human beings? Even though such inhumane acts such as water-boarding, sexual humiliation, desecration of religious symbols, extremes of noise and temperature are called: “enhanced interrogation techniques” in our Orwellian BushSpeak age, it is torture no matter which way one strangles or manipulates the language. Just because the people being tortured are not red-robed monks, Laura, they are still people.

Hello, Laura: The people of New Orleans still don’t have homes to return to and our streets are filled with the homeless, sick, and hopeless. Families can’t afford insurance for their children and are declaring bankruptcy or losing their homes while Laura’s spouse vetoes their hope. Our jobs are going overseas to be performed by virtual slaves so Wal Mart can keep its shelves stocked. As a last resort, our children join the military to be misused because most people can’t afford the exorbitant costs of college or trade schools and unions have been busted under such “free” trade agreements as NAFTA/CAFTA. Laura’s husband has been good for his base: the “haves and have mores” but the rest of us are becoming the “haves less.”

And I wonder if Laura knows or cares about the thousands of families here in the USA have been destroyed because of the Mister’s pre-emptive war for profit.

Laura is probably aware of all of these things, but I doubt if she cares, or she would be calling the United Nations to sanction America for its terrible deeds in Iraq and Afghanistan and here in the “Homeland.” Instead of holding conferences on the unspeakable situation in Burma, she would be marching with us on the streets to end the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and calling for the impeachment of her callously incompetent husband.

Everyone in the world deserves security and peace. Not just the people who the USA deem worthy of security. The hypocrisy of our system and the people who profess a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is stunning and sickening.

We cannot with any shred of decency or any pretense to moral superiority try and pluck the speck out of our neighbor’s eye when we look at the world through eyes that are blinded to our own abject failures and crimes.

Buy some eyewash, Laura.

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A water fall of eye wash would not help the Blind Repugs; They have to stop drinking the Kewl-aid first...And wasn't it Barbara Bush who said that the victims of Katrina were better off now! It's genetic Cindy.
...besides wouldn't it be uuhhhhh funny if Laura went to Bagdad and was captured!

Viet Nam drafted Veteran WIA '68
Co-State Coordinator PDA Montana

Laura Bush speaking up for monks in Burma is quite interesting. As noted the people of Iraq and Palestine, (Haiti not noted) and many other places have experience the liberation that leads to death by her husband. If the people in white coats could get a hold of him, we would all be safer.

I know the people of Iran are hoping we won't liberate them any time soon.

How right you are to be of the "...opinion (that) oil based diplomacy is centered on destruction and tyranny and nothing positive has ever come from it". But it's even worse than that; the oil based economy is destroying the entire atmosphere directly. Not to mention driving the militarism - and accelerating the enslavement - of most of the human beings on Planet Earth.

All of this could go away with competent use of solar energy. You can't fight over monopoly ownership of sunlight; you can't suppress "production" of the sun to drive up the price. Same for the wind and the tides.

All of this misery is artificial, unnecessary and forced.

Industrial capitalism is utterly failing - destroying and cannibalizing the very life supports on which it depends - all due to exploitation by the likes of such pathological, homicidal monsters as Laura Bush's husband.

As America is subjected to her blathering, we would do well to consider the question: just how fucked up would you have to be in order to be George Bush's wife in the first place...

Semper Fi,

-Matty in Florida

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