Bush faces a clear choice at home. He can treat his mandate as a blank
cheque to govern in the interests of the conservative (and for
conservative read, in many cases, anti-black) voters, who backed him in
such numbers—shaping a conservative majority on the Supreme Court,
waging war on legal abortion, amending the Constitution to prevent gay
marriages, unpicking affirmative action, limiting and marginalising
dissent still further, flirting with the notion of declaring the USA an
explicitly Christian, English-speaking nation.
he can recognise the greater wisdom and the greater long-term security
that mutual respect and bipartisan reconciliation will provide to a United
States, and to a wider world, in which the belief in America's manifest
destiny is not shared with such fervour as it is among evangelical
conservatives—or even shared at all.
have few illusions about the course he will take.
heart caved in when I heard about Bush’s victory. My cynical self knew
he would win. America loves a gun-waving cowboy. My hopeful self dared to
believe in Kerry’s victory.
should you care so much, asked a friend? What’s it to do with you?
You’re not American. True.
care because America matters. Because it is a superpower with the grinding
clout of tanks world-wide; because American media have penetrated the
thinnest walls in the farthest reaches of the world; because globalisation
has accelerated cultural penetration like never before.
let’s concede. This is a big victory by a large margin of 3.5 million
get one thing clear. This was a fight not for an election victory in a
democratic country, but a fight to save innocent lives abroad.
shocking study led by Les Roberts of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of
Public Health in Baltimore, last week, has revealed that about 100,000
Iraqi Civilians—half of them women and children—have died in Iraq
since the invasion, mostly as a result of air strikes by coalition forces.
of the horror invoked by the death of 3,000 Americans after 9/11. Now
double, triple, quadruple, multiply those figures, and think of the blown
apart images of children and mothers.
of the weeping mother shown in Michael Moore’s film Fahrenheit 9/11 who
weeps in front of the White House for her son who died in Iraq, along with
over 2,500 others from the “coalition forces” (the US and UK) For
were many who fought back. Not in Iraq but in America and Britain,
playwrights, novelists, journalists, begging the Americans to see reason.
documentary provided the Americans mountains of evidence that Bush refused
to go after the real culprit of the 9/11 terrorist attack—Osama Bin
Laden (despite promises to “smoke him out,” demonstrated “intricate
financial connections” between Bush and the Bin Laden family, left us in
absolutely no doubt that the decision to bomb Iraq was always about the
bombed Iraq, while a biased American media reported it. Saddam was always
an evil dictator. But no links were established between Al Qaeda and
weapons of mass destruction were found. Why bomb Iraq when your
perpetrator is from Afghanistan? Why add 100,000 more to Saddam’s mass
major American network reported a survey in which most of Bush’s
supporters site “morality” as their prime reason for voting for him.
irony is that “church-going” people, voting for Bush, fit the profile
of the anti-black, anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-stem cell research,
anti-non-Christian, pro-draft, Americans to whom Iraqis are non-people.
Kerry has asked for the healing to begin. With what? We have no illusions
left at all.