Empty Days

Saturday, March 27, 2004



Manifesto ::

Heh. Normally I am not terribly excited about politics - but when something glaring catches my eye, it's usually because it's really big and I can't afford not to notice.

That happened with Maher Arar story here in Canada, same thing now with Richard Clarke over in US. I think the case of Arar was important in the same way as that of Clarke is now - some glaring wrong-doings being exposed, and the importance of taking heed and getting the right meaning.

By contrast I could care less about certain media-hype stories over trifles - like the WMD or Bush-awol hypes in US and some party-fights here in Canada. Why? Because they don't really touch on the big issues - they only allude to them.

And I think that's fine. You don't need to be a huge politico-buff to figure out what's really bad and what looks more like vital truth. I am certainly missing on some finer nuances every time but that's because I don't need to waste any time on those - I am not a political columnist, I am your regular joe, and with the kind of barrage of confused information you get at my level you really can't afford to worry about nuances.

Media can overload you with overpowering, massive bullshit. It takes some inner resistence to make sense out of all this.

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Next question. Why, as a canadian, should I worry about what's happening in USA? Strangely enough, the answer is not what you think. I see that the issue or Iraq and the way Bush and Co brought it about segregated America from the rest of the world. It created incredible anemosity and doubt. And it upsets me no end - because after what happened on 9/11 americans deserve all possible support at least from their regular allies. And after WTC they had it - tons of it. So what the fuck happened that turned everybody against USA? It's obvious - Bush happened, Iraq happened, lies and propaganda to their own people, suppression of debate under the guise of patriotism, bullying a whole nation into believing they were alone and had no choice but to be alone. Jesus. That's worse than a lie - it's a fucking crime against their own people.

So yeah. Maher Arar was an innocent canadian who was wrongfully sent to a syrian jail to be tortured. He deserved to be freed and vindicated. And the american people were gagged, brain-washed, and lied to on account of Iraq by their own gov - and they deserve to be freed and vindicated.

That's what this whole Clarke thing is about. It's important - I really hope it won't go away.

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Addenda. By contrast check out this article about the merits of going after Iraq, without direct connection to either Al-Quaeda or 9/11. More specifically it tries to get inside Wolfowitz' head. Excerpt:

What is someone who has not read Clarke's book to make of his claims, at least those that have made their way into public conversation in recent days?
...
As the Bush administration gauged the impact of Sept. 11, policymakers split into two camps: those who argued that the US must respond narrowly against Al Qaeda and its supporters, namely the Taleban in Afghanistan; and those who sought a broader mandate to reshape Middle Eastern countries regarded as terrorist breeding grounds.






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