False democracy

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, January 31, 2005

George Bush, with his 2 percent victory "mandate," wants to spread democracy throughout the world. He assumes everyone wants democracy and, if they have it, they'll be peaceful, like us. Like his assumptions proclaiming the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the stimulating effect cutting taxes on the rich would have on the U.S. economy, there is little to it.

If you look at history, which is a sore point to be avoided at all costs by Bush's neo-conservative and evangelical brethren, you won't find evidence to back up Bush's latest, messianic cause. Hitler was elected. Democracies, in name only, have been created or installed in Latin America, South America, Haiti, Cuba, Korea, and the Philippines, often with the intervention of the United States. Many of them maintain control over their people with the help of the CIA and the Marine Corps. Japan, until recently, was pretty much a one-party system in which the United States maintained a heavy influence. True, these countries haven't declared war on the United States, but they are militarily no match for us and we maintain a heavy corporate and military influence in their "democratic" governments. They give our corporations favorable access to their resources and markets. We "protect" them with our military as long as they continue to make decisions favored by our corporate elite, that is, those who run our government.

Bush's inaugural flair of democratic rhetoric is nothing more than a Trojan horse, labeled democracy, containing imperialism. Iraq, the obvious case in point wasn't mentioned because of how poorly things are going there. Some American companies have made a bundle in Iraq while the country remains a shambles and Iraqis can't get jobs other than working for the occupier as armed helpers policing their own people. The insurgency and terrorists target these people because they want America out of their country.

Bush started out with the wrong assumption after 9/11 and he has stuck to it by building more sand castles on his faulty premise that Arabs hate us because of our freedoms. Arabs don't hate our freedoms. Many hate us because we've supported governments that oppress them; our military presence in the Middle East; and for our unconditional support of Israel over the Palestinians.

While Bush's corporate pals cheer and the brethren shout hallelujah, Bush leads us into another bloody century under a sullied, false banner of democracy.

Lisle Hebert


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