Posted by: Tony Carson | 25 September, 2007

Empty words: does Bush know nothing of irony?

“The people of Lebanon and Afghanistan and Iraq have asked for our help, and every civilized nation has a responsibility to stand with them,” Bush said at the United Nations today.

Think about that.

Think about the people of Lebanon who asked for US help when Israel invaded and bombed their country just over a year ago. The US twiddled its fingers while it supplied the Israelis with missiles and cluster bombs.

Think about the people of Afghanistan who have been used by the Americans in their fight against the Russians and then used again in the fight against the Taliban. The Afghanis have every right to feel like pathetic pawns in a military fight they have nothing to do with.

And think of the people of Iraq who in near unanimous numbers want the occupying Americans long gone from their country which has been bombed into destitution.

Bush claims that in each case the intent was to spread democracy and “every civilized nation” should stand with the US in its honourable pursuit. But they haven’t.

Most civilized countries were appalled by the Israeli invasion into Lebanon; most NATO countries will have little or nothing to do with Afghanistan; the “coalition of the willing” in Iraq was never much more than the US and Britain, the rest of the world stood by in shock.

Bush has mastered the art of the laughably empty word. Curious that when Ahmadinejad mouths them they are a sluice of bile but in Bush they can be picked through for their wisdom.

But read them again: “The people of Lebanon and Afghanistan and Iraq have asked for our help, and every civilized nation has a responsibility to stand with them.”

In each case Bush claims that a people appealed for help and the US calvary rode to the rescue to delivery its cherished democracy at the point of a gun.

How could Bush read such drivel. Does he know nothing about irony?

And will the MS media hold him to account?

The story is here: Bush urges U.N. to spread freedom.

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