Mary Arline (queen_of_kithia) wrote,
Mary Arline
queen_of_kithia

Words Cannot Express How Angry I Am

I used to respect Colin Powell.

At one point I even wanted him to run for president, and I surely would have voted for him.

But now he has the GALL to tell the Arab world that they should be MORE outraged about an American being beheaded by Arab militants than they should at the abuses by American soldiers at Abu Gharib prison.

Who the hell does he think he is to tell the Arab world how they should feel or how outraged they should be at anything? After all the outrageous things our country has done to the Iraqi people, who is he to tell them that this event warrants more outrage than any of the other dispicable things our country has done in Iraq since March 2003?

Now, before I get angry, spittle-flecked responses, before John Ashcroft comes beating down my door, let me say that I in no way mean this to be "anti-American" or "pro-Arab." I am neither. I am "pro-humanity." I am not saying that people should be any less outraged by the beheading of an American civilian. Absolutely not. In a perfect world, they should be equally outraged.

But this is not a perfect world. This is a world in which one country can invade another country under the pretext of "liberating" them. This is a world in which one nation can go to war with another country on the assumption that the other country is harboring weapons of mass destruction and then just say, "Oops, sorry. Hope you're enjoying your freedom, someday we'll get around to getting you electricity and a free press. But hey, here's a new flag!" This is a world in which a country can wage a war that isn't really a war, and soldiers can still die in that war a year after it's officially over, although it can never be officially over because it was never officially a war in the first place.

My point is that I would hope that the Arab world would be just as outraged by this new brutality, but I can understand why it would not be.

And thinking strictly in terms of foreign policy, what the HELL does Colin Powell think he's going to accomplish by telling the Arab world how it should feel? Does he really think that he's going to SHAME them into showing compassion? Does he really think that angry and arrogant and condescending words are going to strike a chord in their hearts? Or is it more likely that it's just going to make them EVEN ANGRIER at us than they already are?

Honestly, does the entire Bush administration take stupid pills? Do they all get together and eat paint chips? Do they study the lives of Andrew Jackson and George Armstrong Custer to form their political philosophies? What the hell do these clowns think they're playing at, and why in the name of all that is good and decent do we continue to put up with them?
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