New Bush Speech
[This Sept 8, 2003 article is translated from the German on the World Wide Web, link to www.freace.de.]
The latesrt speech of US pResident George W. Bush can be easily summarized: he wants more.
More soldiers - not American soldiers, of course.
More readiness for sacrifice - to accept the killed soldiers.
And naturally more lies to justify all this - though he didn't say this.
Money. Bush announced he would ask the Amereican congress for another $87 billion. $66 billion should be used directly for "military- and secret service operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere." The gigantic sums already approved are not enough. "And elsewhere" could be a first intimation of a new war.
Soldiers. The US needs many foreign soldiers in Iraq. Experts insist that twice the number of soldiers stationed there are necessary for controlling the country. Serious problems will arise in March 2004 in maintaining troop srtrength on account of rotation regulations for dispatching US troops. Thus intense pressure is exerted on the UN to participate in the occupation.
Readiness for sacrifice. The American people shoiuld be prepared to grieve for more dead soldiers in the "war against terror". The 87 billion will certainly not be contributed by American arms manufacturers or corporations like Halliburton that have already received contracts in the billions for "rebuilding Iraq"
Lies. The list is long and grows longer and longer. They can only be discussed in a book. Only several of the "truth adjustments" from this last Bush speech are cited here.
Bush cannot break from the idea that Iraq possessed and produced weapons of mass destruction and promoted terrorism or from the notion that Iraqis are happy about their "liberation" or that the attacks are only committed by "Baathists" and "foreignh terrorists"..
His comparison of his "war against terror" with the 2nd World War is also interesting. After the 2nd World War, America stood on the side of Germany and Japan and helped rebuild and form democratic structures leading to "generations of friendship and peace". However no resistance fighters resisted the occupiers in Germany and Japan after the end of the war.
The word "lie" is an understatement for the other statements in the speech. Bush described the Iraq war as "one of the fastest and most human military campaigns of history". This goes beyond "cynicism" in light of the 10,000 dead civilians, an unknown but certainly far greater number of killed Iraqi soldiers, an even larger number of wounded and disabled persons, the use of fragmentation bombs, uranium munitions, napalm and fire bombs, the inability to comply with an occupier's obligations for the security and supply of the population and a great number of arrests for trivial affairs resulting in inhumane treatment.