Monday, October 09, 2006

As bad as it can get

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Something turned my eyes from the sputtering and confused response of the Bush administration to North Korea's nuclear test.

This article by Chris Hedges, one of my favorite authors and journalists.

This is so bad.

Chris Hedges is not an alarmist. He is not a foaming-at-the-mouth Bush hater with an axe to grind.

Chris Hedges is one of the most honest and clear-headed journalists out there. If he says we're on the brink of Armageddon you can take that to the bank.

This is so fucking bad.....

9 Comments:

Blogger Again said...

from the link
through the childish, binary lens of good and evil, us and them, the forces of darkness and the forces of light...
These ideologues, after all, do not live in a reality-based universe.


oooops - seems as if my reply to "cougar" has the same bottom line: too stupid to survive

"one has to be worthy of surviving"....

how different could history look like - if only humans would love their children....

not worthy of surviving....

Tue Oct 10, 01:03:00 AM  
Anonymous UT said...

Death of a President

http://www.channel4.com/more4/drama/d/death_president.html

It was on TV yesterday on channel 4 (UK).Since in the US they want to censure this movie, you may download it on your favorite Bittorrent's website ;)

Tue Oct 10, 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert: I'd also seen this before you posted it and, recognizing the author from your previous reference to "War is a Force ...", nearly added it to the comments. But it *is* bad --. beyond our wildest nightmares! -- and I simply didn't have the heart. (But I'm very glad you *did* -- these are the realities and potentialities that we sorely need to confront in today's Amerika. Our "leadership" is clearly out of control and running amok on a global scale ) .

Tue Oct 10, 08:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

[Oops -- also mine above ] UT: I'd heard the hubbub about censoring this film, and truly resented the squabbles. If there's one thing I was REALLY looking forward to seeing soon, it was definitely "Death of a President". ;-) ==== And in truth (from what I've heard), the film deals far more with the probable Totalitarian reactions of our "Norsefire" style government : rather than offering any "How-To", it seemingly presents a "What Then?". (But I suppose the potential realism of any such exposition is *equally* disconcerting to this NeoConNazi Reich. It's so much easier to herd "enemy combatants" [dissidents] off to concentration camps when there's an element of uncertainty involved.)

Tue Oct 10, 08:47:00 PM  
Anonymous UT said...

I did not watch it yet, I just downloaded it, and I will watch it over tomorrow night,and I will definitively let you know if it was a good mockumentary. I also got the audio book "state of denial" from Bob Woodward (runtime 8 hrs).

Wed Oct 11, 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

And from another memorable American: Breaking the Silence of the Night, by Ron Kovic [TruthDig] ==== ... For the past three and a half years I have watched in horror the mirror image of another Vietnam unfolding in Iraq. As of this writing over 2,700 Americans have died and nearly 20,000 have been wounded while tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, many of them women and children, have been killed. Refusing to learn from the lessons of Vietnam, our government continues to pursue a policy of deception, distortion, manipulation and denial, doing everything it can to hide from the American people its true intentions in Iraq. Sadly, the War on Terror has become a war of terror. Never before has this government through its outrageous provocations and violent aggressions placed the citizens of this country in such grave danger. Never have the people of this country been so threatened, never before has life and liberty been in such great peril; not in the two hundred and thirty years since our revolution have we as a people and a nation been at such a crucial turning point. These are dangerous times. A century of arrogance, brutality and aggression has come back to haunt us all. September 11th has happened. The mask has been ripped away. The lie has been exposed and this criminal government now stands naked before the world! These are provocative words, and the truth may be deeply unsettling but when will we speak the truth? When will we end this silence? How much longer will we wait before we are ready to finally admit that the murderer lives in our own house, that this government that we entrusted long ago with the sacred task of protecting life and liberty now, by its every reckless, unjust and immoral action threatens the lives and liberty of us all? ...

Thu Oct 12, 12:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

And incidentally, regarding those "tens of thousands" of Iraqi dead, guess again!: 654,000 Deaths Tied to Iraq War [Baltimore Sun] ==== In an update of a two-year-old survey that sparked wide disagreement, Johns Hopkins researchers now estimate that more than a half-million Iraqis have died as a result of the U.S.-led invasion and its bloody aftermath. ==== Reporting this week in the online edition of The Lancet, a leading British medical journal, the researchers estimated that 654,000 more Iraqis died of various causes after the invasion than would have died in a comparable period before. ==== The scientists attributed 600,000 of those deaths to acts of violence. ==== SEE also: Study Claims Iraq's "Excess" Death Toll Has Reached 655,000 [Washington Post] ==== The Bush Reich's own "holocaust" is now over half a million strong, and growing! (And note: The Confidence Interval for the scientific survey is MUCH tighter this time, yielding a *mimimum* of 392,000 "excess" -- i.e., war-related -- deaths.)

Thu Oct 12, 12:29:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

nemo
The lie has been exposed and this criminal government now stands naked before the world!

current cover story of the Spiegel:

"Macht und Lüge" ("Power and Lie")

seems as if the cute image of the American Good Guy is no longer existent - but Al Gore is welcomed in Europe with his movie to save the Earth...


btw something between shocking and sad: "The Evil of Banality". Remember "Banality of Evil"? No, it's not about the Nazis, it's about Powell:

"The tragic irony is that by failing to try to derail Bush's misguided war, Powell betrayed the very people he most wanted to protect: the soldiers...
DeYoung's book confirms what we already suspected about why Powell was not able to rise to the greatest challenge of his life. Like most good biographies, it leaves us with a feeling of inevitability. And in the case of Powell, a decent human being, that feeling is doubly bitter -- for him, and for the country he wanted to serve but ultimately let down."

not only "let down" - he betrayed his country because America has now killed more than 600,000 innocent people...

Thu Oct 12, 09:03:00 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Again:

You nailed it. I have more to write about that(children) soon....

Thanks for the link Nemo. More on that above.

Thu Oct 12, 12:21:00 PM  

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