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Bush's Love for Bin Laden
Have you read Bush's speech from earlier today? Where would he be without Bin Laden? With no evidence, Bush ties together numerous actions around the world and unites them under the name of Bin Laden, whom he quotes to define his enemy in the "war on terror" and whom he guarantees would run Iraq if the United States ended its occupation. I don't know if Bush has ever really tried to capture Bin Laden, but it's hard to imagine he would want to.
In today's disturbing rant about evil and the civilized world, Bush lists some actual reasons for people's anger at the United States: "Over the years, these extremists have used a litany of excuses for violence: Israeli presence on the West Bank or the U.S. military presence in Saudi Arabia...." But then he asserts that those reasons do not actually exist: "In fact, we're not facing a set of grievances that can be soothed and addressed. We're facing a radical ideology with unalterable objectives: to enslave whole nations and intimidate the world. No act of ours invited the rage of the killers, and no concession, bribe or act of appeasement would change or limit their plans for murder."
So, they have no desires or concerns or greivances, defensible or otherwise. They're purely insane and purely "evil." But who are they? Bush defines them purely as Bin Laden and people like him. Of course, if they cannot ever be negotiated with or persuaded to change their ways, they must all be killed at any cost. Conveniently enough, that conclusion -- which Bush draws in his speech, saying he will "never accept anything less than complete victory" -- helps justify all sorts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
And it is clear that this guy really believes half of this crap. This President not only cares not a whit for public pressure, but he believes what he is doing is beyond debate, since he was instructed to do it by God.