City of Roses
So here we are, tonight, likely facing a crucial moment of truth in which way this election may head with the first of three presidential debates kicking off tonight in Miami.
No matter if Kerry or Bush prevails on this nerve-wracking evening, which could possibly determine who will be elected, our intestinal fortitude will not quaver, for we are aware of Bush's illegal, senseless war, his failed economic policy, and, most importantly, his assault on democracy at large.
Bush chooses to continue seeing Iraq behind rose-tinted glasses, citing the buildings of new schools, hospitals, the generation of new electricity for the Iraqi communities, the new jobs being created in Baghdad and beyond, and their forthcoming elections. He believes we are actually winning this war on terrorism, when, in fact, failing to use peripheral vision, the violence has only gotten worse.
In the past 24 hours, 34 children were killed in car bomb attacks where U.S troops were handing out candy at the opening of a sewage plant. Seven others hae died and as many as 153 wounded in this blast alone.
These blasts have officially set the record of car bomb attacks in a single month. And if that wasn't enough grief for one day in Iraq, northern Iraq faced tragedies of their own, with insurgents killing six there, U.S troops bombed another target in Fallujah and killed three more, four died and seven were wounded in an attack on the Tal Afar police chief's convoy, another two dead in Sadr City firefight and a multinational forces soldier killed outside of Baghdad.
On top of all that, ten more civilians working for an electric company named Jibel were kidnapped by the Islamic Army in Iraq. British hostage Ken Bigley continues to cry out to Tony Blair to do the right thing and send him and their young men and women back home, which Blair has yet to make that courageous move, who has just admitted himself there are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
The tears go beyond the deaths and injuries themselves. Two days ago, it was reported Army National Guard Specialist Darren Matthew, who served in Iraq and came home, testing positive for uranium contamination, suffering frequent headaches, blurred vision, blackouts and felt burning when he urinated. His wife got pregnant shortly after he came home and gave birth to a daughter on June 29 who was missing three fingers and most of her right hand, showing the continuing devastation and contamination of Iraq.
Anxiety and tears are everywhere.
Rumsfeld has admitted himself in a radio interview that the violence in Iraq has gotten worse and even expects it to get even more worse in approaching the Iraqi elections. Democracy is a beautiful thing, unfortunately when the CIA is playing favoritism with pro-U.S candidates in Iraq and seeing to it they win, while U.S. officials are pressuring Afghan presidential candidates to drop out of the race against the U.S backed Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan. Democracy is "of the people, by the people and for the people", let the people decide themselves!
No matter how much Bush preaches in this foreign policy debate tonight on conditions improving in Iraq, we know the truth. The sad truth that the violence is only escalating in Iraq as inevitably thought among us since before this war ever began. The truth of Bush's irresponsibility and impatience which has costed us over a thousand lives of our own young men and women and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians.
The irresponsibility of the Bush Administration failing to acknowledge the warnings by the CIA National Intelligence Council before the war in two classified reports in January 2003 that an invasion of Iraq would increase support for political Islam and would result in a deeply divided Iraqi society prone to violent internal conflict. This report was written by the exact same group who wrote the newly released classified National Intelligence Estimate which predicts Iraq will fall into civil war if the security situation doesn't improve. Bush chose once again to ignore the warnings and described the conclusions as "guesses" by the CIA.
Irresponsibility has proven to take even greater leaps. A newly released report from the Justice Department has revealed the FBI has yet to translate more than 120,000 hours of recordings that could contain valuable intelligence on Al Qaeda. On Sept. 10, 2001 the National Security Agency intercepted messages saying, "Tomorrow is zero hour" and "The match is about to begin.", which would not be translated until after the September 11th attacks. For all we know, another attack is in the works and the plan is buried deep in that library of cassettes.
Iraq may already be heading into division and civil war. The Financial Times has reported today that Iraq's oil-rich southern provinces are considering plans to set up their own autonomous state. Members of the municipal council of Basra have reportedly been holding talks with officials in the provinces of Missan and Dhiqar, which have more than 80 percent of the known oil reserves in Iraq. The three provinces have complained they are not fairly represented in Baghdad. Only one member of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's cabinet is from this southern region.
The irresponsibility of this Administration has resulted in these tragedies, these atrocities, this senseless war. And in this irresponsibility, a total of 2,368 attacks occur across Iraq in the past thirty days. 2,368!!! And the longer Bush does not come clean and take responsibility for what has happened, the more and more these disturbances will continue.
As it is, a majority of Americans believe America is heading in the wrong direction. When over 50% frequently believe this in EVERY poll, it is clear we must move in a new direction. It is clear Bush is too stubborn to take responsibility, so we, of the PPRC, are proud to give another man a chance to govern this nation responsibly. A man, who, despite disagreeing with his early positions on Iraq, has said straight out he has a plan to begin sending our young men and women home six months into his first term and have them all back by the end of his first term if elected, while all Bush can say is "we'll stay here as long as we have to!" or "We're not turning back!". We are proud to help in the pursuit of a new direction America feels good walking in. We are proud to be voting for John Kerry this November!
If you feel strongly as we do against this war, against other occupations, against the irresponsibility of the Bush Administration, and are for non-violent alternatives to solving foreign policy issues worldwide, we hope to see you Sunday at North Park in Portland!
Peace, love and harmony to you all!
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20