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http://www.americanpolitics.com/20030329Bisbort.html America the Abused by Alan Bisbort March 29, 2003 -- HARTFORD (apj.us) -- America right now is like a family that has been repeatedly brutalized by a drunk. Each morning, they believe the abusive drunk when he, sober and mournful, says, "I'll never hit you again... from here on out, I'll be good." America keeps thinking the White House and its inner circle-to a person drunk on power, if not on other substances-will be content with this one last outrage. They think, like the abused wife: "let them steal the presidency, they'll be good after that; let them plot a war for oil and then look for the provocation, then they'll stop; let them create their Shadow Government and hold secret meetings with corporate cronies to plot national policy, and then they will be content; let them ignore the Constitution and abuse the Bill of Rights, and that will hold them; let them tap our phones and eavesdrop on our e-mails and insult our friends and alienate the rest of the world, and then they will see the error of their ways; let them have their war, their shock and awe, their murder of civilians and babies, and they will stop, they will be good...." Americans know that their government-by virtue of the fact that 90% of the world isn't just not going along but is in angry and aggressive opposition to this war-is involved in something truly indecent. Perhaps that explains why the volume of shouting on the right is so loud, drowning out all voices of dissent or even moderation. The bullying has gone way beyond patriotic pride; anecdotes are pouring in from all corners of verbal, and threats of physical, abuse against those who don't agree with their government or don't properly pay deference to the bullies. However, if you scratch the surface of the bellicose rhetoric being hurled willy-nilly by the chickenhawk warmongers you'll find-not even buried that deeply-a layer of guilt a mile deep. Like abusive drunks, they are just human beings who know their behavior is wrong, that it is predicated by an illegitimate power source that subsists on a diet of lies that make Richard Nixon look like Mister Rogers. And yet, when the hatemongers on the radio, liars on TV and suckups in the print media stop their unbroken chorus of propaganda, the truth will become so clear so fast that it will be like smelling salts to the cowed populace. This is the same scenario that occurs when a repeatedly abused wife takes her children and finally leaves the drunk of a husband, then discovers, to her amazement, that she can make a full, productive and safe life for herself and her family without this fear and violence looming over her shoulders. The enablers in Congress haven't figured this one out, but the American people will suss it out soon enough, now that the enormity of the deceit that got us into this war is being revealed even by the shamelessly propagandistic mainstream media. The one undeniable truth that underlies all of this is that Bush and his gang-swollen like ticks on the blood of Iraqis-will never break out of the cycle of abuse against all that America once stood for. Like Morrissey's Sweet and Tender Hooligan who says he'll "never ever do it again... of course he won't, not until the next time." Bush's invasion of Iraq was presented as a quick action. Get in, bang, pretend to set up a democracy, bang, get those oil wells pumping, boom, instant regime change. No muss, no fuss. I promise I'll never hit you again, America. And of course he won't. Not until the next time. pg. nyc _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk