George W. Bush

They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Well, they're right because George W. is certainly very dangerous. Every time I see this guy speaking I wonder how on earth he managed to get a degree, never mind get elected. He cannot string a coherent sentence together. Of course, that, in itself, doesn't make him dangerous. It's his views and his ability to inflict them on the rest of the world that makes him dangerous.

I had no problem with the initial US response to September 11. Invade Afghanistan and hunt down Al Qaeda. It's when we got to the next step that I started to have serious concerns: about the removal of basic civil liberties in the name of the war on terrorism; about the extent to which this war will be extended to pursuing Iraq, Iran and any other country that doesn't neatly fit George W's specification of a perfect democracy.

Let's take the civil liberties first - people with very tenuous connections to September 11 are being detained without access to legal representation and without any charges being made against them. This is the thin end of a very sharp wedge and something that no-one in any democracy should accept.

I doubt we'll be shown any evidence to justify the attack on Iraq (imo it's coming as sure as God made little green apples). And we won't be shown the evidence because I doubt there is any. And after Iraq who knows who'll be next ?

This same President who's spending billions in his war on terrorism is the same President who's implementing trade policies that reduce Free Trade and severely impact development in the Third World. He's withdrawn from the Kyoto treaty on global warming - a treaty that is no more than a very basic step towards reducing the effects of man's actions on the environment (and all you need to know to understand why he's done this is to remember that 40% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the great polluter - the US). He's single-handledly flouting the International Court of Criminal Justice by deciding it won't apply to Americans. He didn't even bother to attend the Earth Summit in South Africa. He's ignoring the Palestinian problem - or to be more accurate, his one-sided support for Israel is making the problem far worse. I could go on and on - in short, I disagree with every single foreign decision he's made.

Right now there's famine over most of southern Africa. For the cost of a few cruise missiles this could be quickly solved. Little wonder that much of the world, even in western Europe, has little or no time for US foreign policy.

They say you get the face you deserve by the time you're in your forties. I wonder if you also get the President you deserve......let's pray he only gets one term in office.





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