ABUL KALAM comments on Gullible American Public which does not know the facts and a war crazy President who is leading the super power on a suicidal course, with destructive repressions to the whole world With so much spin and misdirection, it’s nearly impossible for American public to figure out what President Bush is proposing, and who is the target.
In July 2006 a Harris Poll reported that 50 percent of Americans still believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when Bush invaded that country, and that 64 percent of Americans still believe that Saddam Hussein had strong links with Al Qaeda. Now Saddam has gone to gallows and Bush believes his surge of 21 thousand soldiers will add enough American firepower to quell the insurgency in Iraq and bring in the golden era of freedom and democracy in the Middle East.
President Bush warned the American public last night that failure in Iraq would be a disaster. A New York editorial this morning reminded Mr. Bush that: “The disaster is Mr. Bush’s war, and he has already failed. Last night was his chance to stop offering more fog and be honest with the nation, and he did not take it.
Bush is too stubborn to admit that his open-ended war on terror is really a war on all Muslims who are unwilling to kowtow to America and readily accept Pax Americana and it is creating deep resentment in the hearts of one fifth of the world population. When 22 newborn children in a remote dusty village of Bihar were named Saddam Hussain it indicated their resolve to resist American hegemony.
The body count in the morning papers every day convinces him that he is winning his war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Palestine, and other remote corners of the Muslim world. The American dead, the Iraqi dead, Afghan dead, Islamist dead, each group had its own tally. Similar body counts are broadcast on the nightly news, and the American public would watch the images of fighting with national pride.
The numbers signify different things to each of them. By the end of 2006, three thousand plus American soldiers had died in Iraq. For Bush this meant that 3,000 other people’s children had died. To many, the numbers seemed decent odds: Yes, the American troops were losing men, but the Muslims were faring much, much worse. Of particular interest was what is called the “kill ratios,” the number of Islamist to every American dead. For Bush, the high ratio of Islamist casualties was a sign of hope. He believed that the numbers proved that “the good guys” were winning; the numbers meant that he had a “better shot” than the enemy; the numbers were “on his side.”
The world has passively adapted itself to American whims: call any group “Islamic terrorists” and use your drones and hell-fire missiles to kill them. Country boundaries have no sanctity. “Kill or capture” is the mantra to subdue any resistance to the American interests.
Washington has dismissed criticism of Afghan and Iraq wars, Guantanamo violations of Geneva Conventions, Abu Ghuraib prison abuses, whisking away innocent civilians from Canada, Germany and Italy to hand them over to repressive Muslim regimes for torture, Haditha killings, and its recent overt military action in Somalia saying all were necessary to defend the US and the international community from further al-Qaeda attacks.
The Muslim world needed to hear a clear plan of Mr. Bush of what should they do to extricate themselves from the disaster that Mr. Bush is creating. What they get is more gauzy talk of victory in the war on terrorism and of creating “young democracies” in the Muslim heartland, as if Hamas in Palestine and Islamic Courts in Somalia came into power without mass support.
Most Americans Oppose Bush’s Iraq Plan
Majority of the Americans surveyed are skeptical that a surge would bring victory. A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted immediately following the President’s speech finds broad and strong opposition to his call to send about 21,500 more troops to Iraq: 61 percent oppose the force increase, with 52 percent “strongly” opposing the build-up.
The tepid public response to the President’s new initiative is due to its skepticism about Bush’s handling of the situation. For more than two years a large majority has said the Iraq war wasn’t worth fighting, and by nearly a 2-1 margin Americans disapprove of Bush’s leadership on the issue. 53% think Congressional Democrats — controlling House and Senate — should block Bush’s plan to send more troops to Iraq.
The public also remains evenly divided on the President’s assertion that the Iraq war is central to the global campaign against terrorism, the war’s fundamental rationale. Forty-five percent say the U.S. must win the war in Iraq for the broader war on terrorism to be a success, 47 percent say the campaign against terrorism is not dependent on a successful outcome in Iraq.
Mr. Bush’s excuses to continue his open-ended war on the Islamists are tragically inadequate. The Americans need an eyes-wide-open recognition that the Muslim neither have the intent nor desire to attack America or hurt Americans. There is not a single incident when an American was grabbed by the Muslim masses anywhere from Indonesia to Morocco and had his throat slit only because he is an American. Despite claims of “Muslim terrorist cells” within the US borders, not a single Muslim was convicted of any actual terrorist act. All convictions from the Blind Sheikh to the New York youth were based on “words uttered” and “loose talks” The only goal left for the US is to get the U.S. military out to minimize the slaughter of Muslims and reduce the chances that the chaos Mr. Bush has unleashed on the Islamists. What the Muslims certainly do not need is more of Mr. Bush’s open-ended threats.
If there’s anything in the President Bush’s remarks tonight that the Muslims didn’t already know or didn’t anticipate him saying, it is his evident willingness to go to war with Iran and Syria in the name of bringing peace in Iraq. Speaking about the two countries, Mr. Bush said that the United States will “seek out and destroy” those who are providing material support to our enemies.
It may be only a verbal threat or later events may prove it to be the first warning shot. But it is a far cry from proposal floated just last month by Baker’s Iraq Group for making Syria and Iran part of the solution. Can the president really be saying that the US is willing to risk another war with two more countries by attacking elements inside them, and will it achieve peace in Iraq?
Americans never check any facts. Who do you know, for example, who has even read the Report of the 9/11 Commission, much less checked the alleged facts reported in that document. I can answer for you. You don’t know anyone who has read the report or checked the facts.
The two co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission Report, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, have just released a new book, “Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission.” Kean and Hamilton reveal that the commission suppressed the fact that Muslim ire toward the US is due to US support for Israel’s persecution and dispossession of the Palestinians, not to our “freedom and democracy” as Bush propagandistically claims. Kean and Hamilton also reveal that the US military committed perjury and lied about its failure to intercept the hijacked airliners. The commission even debated referring the military’s lies to the Justice Department for criminal investigation. Why should we assume that these admissions are the only cover ups and lies in the 9/11 Commission Report?¨