"Blessed are the Peacemakers"
by James Glaser
June 12, 2007
The whole quote is, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the Children of God." In case you are wondering, that is a quotation from Jesus Christ, and you can find it in Matthew 5:9.
During the last Republican debate, John McCain told a woman in the audience that having her brother die fighting in Iraq was a noble act, and how his death made our country safer. I felt embarrassed when McCain was finished, because the Senator lied to that woman and the whole nation about what is happening in Iraq. The woman's brother threw his life away for a lie. I know that is harsh, but Americans deserve the truth.
I don't think anyone would call our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, peacemakers. We have to remember that we attacked those two countries first. Neither one of them had ever attacked us. If you think about it, neither country had the capability to attack us. Oh, some will say that because Osama bin Laden was in Afghanistan, we had the right to attack, but if you think back, we helped set up Osama in Afghanistan. That was when we were supporting the Muslim Fundamentalists in that country, when it was occupied by the Soviets.
Think about the 9/11 attack on our country and realize that not one of those who attacked us was from Iraq or Afghanistan. No army attacked us. It was a criminal gang of thugs who George Bush's War on Terror has elevated into folk heroes. Today, tee shirts are sold around the globe with the image of Osama on the front. George Bush gave him that standing by making him the "mastermind" of the attack on our country. Instead of making Osama into the deranged mass murderer he was, Bush turned him into some sort of military leader, whose forces we could attack in-kind, with our military.
Nobody can ever say we attacked Iraq to bring peace to that country, because it was not at war when we attacked, and all it has had since we first attacked is never-ending combat.
So, it looks to me that our troops are not blessed, and they are not going to become the children of God by fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere else.
Our troops are not protecting our homeland. In fact they are making our homeland less secure. Our troops are now targets in the world's training ground (Iraq) for everyone who has ever had a grudge against our country.
They might not be cannon fodder, only because those fighting us have no cannons, but they are targets, and about twenty of them are getting hit every day, with three to four of them being killed.
Some day the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers of our troops will wake up and realize that their loved ones are dying so that some Americans can make a lot of money.
That is not an honorable way to die.
The White House is now putting out stories of how President Bush was so warmly received in Albania, after his trip to the G-8 Conference in Europe. The reason they are putting this story out is that every other place Bush went, large protests, even rioting was seen.
Just so you know, Albania is a country of 11,100 square miles. That is about 1/5th the size of Florida. Albania has a population of 3.6 million, and the average GDP is $6,259.00 a year. Last year we gave them about 35 million dollars in Foreign Aid, and they took some of that and plastered the country with American flags and pictures of George.
Albanians are not dumb. With this outpouring of support for President Bush, you know he will kick up the amount they get next year.
BACK to the 2007 Politics Columns.