Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Wheels of Justice

Baltasar Garzon is a name many may have forgotten. The Spanish Judge last appeared in the world press in association with his indictment of former Chilean Dictator Pinochet - the man the US supported while he had hundreds of thousands of his countrymen murdered.

Now the man who was not afraid to drag Pinochet before the courts has started a criminal investigation into the machinations of the infernal Bush machine that set up and ran Guantanamo, as reported by CNN.

Investigating magistrate Baltasar Garzon has passed a 98-page complaint to prosecutors that accuses former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and five others of being the legal architects of system that allowed torture in violation of international law.

It can hardly be believed, but someone is actually taking the first step in dragging Bush, Cheney and the other criminals into the courtrooms. Gonzalez and his cronies will be the first if the investigation bears fruit, as it might, but others may soon follow. If Gonzalez ends up in the Hague, it's unlikely that the Republican standard defense that Ronald Reagan invented - "I don't remember, I don't recall" - will stand up to the scrutiny of the Judges there.

Thank you judge Garzon, thank you for setting the wheels of justice in motion to put right what this perfidious band of dimwits did wrong and for bringing to the surface the dirt that so many would like to simply forget.

The Guantanamo detention center was in itself a criminal abuse of Human Rights for which the former Bush Administration including the former alleged President and his side-kick should answer for. In full.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Sculpture That Says It All

Once in a while a real gem comes along that is really hard to ignore. The hard right have been telling us for years in the wake of the "no show" by the Iraqi dancing multitudes to welcome the American invaders, sorry, liberators, that Iraqis are still overwhelmingly supportive of George W. Bush.
When a lonely shoe thrower hurls footware at the former US dictator, the hard right scoffs, that it's the act of a desperate lunatic - the REST of Iraq LOVES George.
So it's with bemusement and amusement to see, unveiled in Tikrit, of all places, a national monument to the projectile pitched at Bush:

A huge sculpture of the footwear hurled at President Bush in December during a trip to Iraq has been unveiled in a ceremony at the Tikrit Orphanage complex.

Keep deluding yourselves that Bush, as seen by the rest of the world and Iraq in particular, was anything but an abject failure, an object of ridicule, a clown. By all means drag up the occasional African American who didn't vote for Obama and wave them like some kind of glorified sock puppet as a means of demonstrating that - well, what exactly? That not all African Americans voted for him? Or quote Rush Limbaugh (of all people) in condemning Obama for not having turned the economy around in a week, by all means.

But until the day you show me a country that has erected a sculptural replica of a missile manually thrown at Barack Obama, don't even bother trying to convince me that he is anything less than a thousand percent improvement on the President that was (not), George W.