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Friday, December 29, 2006

They Were a Superstitious and Cowardly Lot...

Sooo, this post was supposed to be a review of DreamGirls, a really great movie, btw, but I decided to do a little digression and talk about the recent execution of Saddam Hussein. I can understand the joy of people who suffered under his brutal regime to celebrate his death. However, I can understand why Americans (and the administration specifically) are getting so excited about this, as though this strikes a blow to terrorism, or does something to help us in our endeavours in the Middle East. There aren't many (thinking) people in America who continue to contest that the war in Iraq had anything to do with the 9/11 attacks, or the war on terror. Those who claim this act as a boon to the American people, or to the West at all is highly mistaken. While we are patting ourselves on the back about the death of Saddam, Osama Bin Laden is still out there, plotting against America, and the administration is doing barely anything to protect us, and even more so, diverting badly needed troops to try to solve the slobberknockle that is Iraq. I'm in no way saying that taking Saddam out wasn't a good move. But if Bush was really in a 'helping people out move', then what about the problems in Sudan, the burgeoning unrest in Mogadishu, or the people still living in shelters and in temporary housing in our own country. We cannot look at this as a blow for America, or for a victory in any way. Our victory is still out there, and we need to recognize the injustice that has not only been suffered by the Iraqi people, but on the American people. A government that has lied to us, mislead us, and put our troops in harms way for who knows what reason, does not deserve to get a pat on the back for dealing with what ends up being, in American politics, nothing more than a very vocal distraction.


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