Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Crime and Punishment

I want to call your attention to an article over on Common Dreams called "Crimes Without Punishment" by Sherman Yellen. In it, Yellen talks about the new documentary No End in Sight about Iraq. Here's part of what the article says:

There is a point where incompetence and willed ignorance, infused with constant lying, becomes a criminal act. And this has happened to the Bush administration, where their mistakes have become crimes. This film is a stunning indictment of our President and his cohorts and the hell that they brought down on the Iraqi people, and its consequences for all Americans, beyond the insurgency — the hatred that makes us so vulnerable today from any terrorists that our president created.
Just today the news reported the accidental killing of a group of adult Iraqis and a small child by our soldiers who were seeking insurgents and killed the innocents in error. Each of these incidents adds to the crimes that this administration has brought to the world, and the hatred for America. I love this country, and it hurts me and many like me to discover that we are regarded as enemies of peace. Here is the big questions raised in my mind. Will these crimes go unpunished? Will an Obama or a Hillary, if elected, advise us that we must look ahead, not backwards to the recent past? I long for the bad-old days, the really bad old days when a Napolean was exiled to Elba and St. Helena to spend his last days in exile after being responsible for the deaths of millions, cut off from the company of mankind. Chances are Bush will return to Crawford, start work on his library, and attempt to revise history so that his crimes are made to appear bold actions, not the murderously stupid, irresponsible acts that they were. If ever there was an argument for keeping our base at Guantanamo it would be that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz, together with Condoleeza Rice would be sent there into permanent exile. This won’t happen, of course, but one can dream.

Of course, Bush will not retire to Crawford. He has bought property in Paraguay - a fact completely ignored by the mainstream press. Yes, Nazi criminals escaped to South America too. Makes sense to me.

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