this: I am sitting at the bedside of a man who has been in a coma since
the fall of 2001. He slipped into that enervated state just after hearing
President Bush declare war against terrorism, and Osama bin Laden.
was a good time to go to sleep. As he’s imaginary, I make my inert
patient easy on the eye, a cross between Denzel Washington and Nik Cage.
Directly in the line of his eyes is a television monitor kept on all these
months in the hope that he would hear or see.
now replete with images of war: bombs, butchered POWS, busloads of
corpses, dead pregnant women, crushed buildings.
stirs, looks at the television and back at my face hovering over him.
going on?” he demands, miraculously in sharp command of all his senses.
prepare him for the senseless butchery on television by telling him a joke
on the e-mail circuit.
know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the
best golfer is a black guy, the Swiss hold the America’s Cup, France is
accusing the US of arrogance, and Germany doesn’t want to go to war.
he asked, looking at men in gas masks on the screen, remembering his
emotionally-dead father who had a leg blown away in Vietnam.
Could sudden excitement trigger another long sleep. I wasn't taking
I stalled, “you missed the Oscars. Michael Moore’s used up the 40
seconds of his acceptance speech thus: “We live in the time where we
have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious President. We
live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious
he’s not listening. He’s watching TV.
That isn’t Afghanistan. It’s Iraq!”
the link between Al Queda and Iraq?” he asked, fetchingly propped on his
knows,” I reply.
people think the American President thinks the Q in both words is the
missing link. Others say ‘it’s the oil, stupid!’
do you mean oil?”
the only logical conclusion. The Media Monitors Network put a piece
together called Isn’t it strange? They found these “facts” (fact and
fiction these days are mixed so I can’t vouch for them) strange:
Bush family acquired their wealth through oil.
Secretary of Interior was the president of an oil company.
Bush Sr now works with the “Carlyle Group” specialising in huge oil
Rice worked for Chevron who named one of its newest supertankers after
Cheney worked for Halliburton — a giant oil conglomerate, in the
pipeline construction business and received a US$34,000,000 as a farewell
gift when he left.
is more oil and gas in the Caspian Sea area than Saudi Arabia, but you
need a pipeline through Afghanistan to get the oil which UNOCAL, a giant
American oil conglomerate wanted to build. It spent US$10 billion on
geological surveys for construction and courted the Taliban for their
of the leading Taliban officials were in Texas negotiating with UNOCAL in
1998, but when they changed their minds, and awarded the project to a
company from Argentina, they became the most evil people in the world. In
mid-July 2000 Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary was told by
senior American officials that military action would be waged against
Afghanistan by Mid-October. Then came the 9/11 disaster after which Bush
“decides” to go to war against Afghanistan even though none of the
hijackers came from Afghanistan.
refused to reveal “proof” that Bin Laden was behind it saying it was a
“secret” even after the Taliban offered to turn in Bin Laden in return
establishes a new government in Afghanistan led by Hamid Karrzai, a former
appoints Lakhdar Ibrahimi, a former chief consultant to UNOCAL as a
special envoy to represent the US to deal with the new government.
US quietly announces they will support the construction of the
Trans-Afghanistan pipeline and there is an agreement between Pakistan and
Afghanistan to build a gas pipeline from Central Asia to Pakistan via
Wednesday more than 1,000 Iraqis troops, up to 500 Iraqi civilians
although witnesses say the death toll was likely to be higher.”
the UK/US coalition troops?”
50 or so.”
reaction from Downing Street and the White House?”
to keep their deaths to a minimum the US/UK troops lay down heavy covering
fire as they go through towns, while insisting they are sparing civilians.
In one instance, after Marines killed scores of Iraqi troops in busses and
trucks they searched their luggage and all they found were two small
handguns, and a wallet which contained wedding pictures, an (Iraqi) army
membership card and a picture of the England World Cup soccer team. In the
US they are praying for the soldiers who are fighting for “American
Freedom”, (but I don’t see Iraqi men killing their civilians).”
a crazy world,” he said.
me up when its over,” he added, and quietly slipped back into a coma.