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Let’s not allow the racial brush fires to become a racial conflagration

Four young black adults, aged 18 to 24, shown in the police booking photos above, have been charged with hate crimes in the kidnapping and torture of an 18-year-old mentally disabled white man in Chicago. Images of their victim, which they incredibly intelligently live-streamed via Facebook, are below. As visceral as such images in the media can be, let’s not let the stupid, cruel actions of the few make the rest of us also act in ways that are stupid and cruel.

The victim was made to drink from a toilet bowl and had a gag placed over his mouth

White supremacists must be thrilled to hear the news of four black young adults who have been arrested and charged with hate crimes in their kidnapping and hours-long torture of an 18-year-old mentally disabled white man, voicing their hatred of white people and of Donald Trump while they tortured him.

Reports The Associated Press today:

Chicago — Four black people were charged with hate crimes [today] in connection with a video broadcast live on Facebook that showed a mentally disabled white man being beaten and taunted, threatened with a knife and forced to drink from a toilet.

The assault went on for hours, until Chicago police found the disoriented victim walking along a street, authorities said.

The suspects, who were jailed, can be heard on the video using profanities against white people and President-elect Donald Trump.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said investigators initially concluded that the 18-year-old man was singled out because he has “special needs,” not because he was white. But authorities later said the charges resulted from both the suspects’ use of racial slurs and their references to the victim’s disability.

It’s also possible that the suspects were trying to extort something from the victim’s family, police said. The man’s parents reported their son missing Monday and told authorities they later received text messages from people who claimed to be holding him captive.

The victim was a classmate of one of the attackers and initially went with that person voluntarily, police said.

“He’s traumatized by the incident, and it’s very tough to communicate with him at this point,” police Cmdr. Kevin Duffin said.

Excerpts of the video posted by Chicago media outlets show the victim with his mouth taped shut and slumped in a corner of a room. At least two assailants are seen cutting off his sweatshirt, and others taunt him off camera. The video shows a wound on the top of the man’s head. One person pushes the man’s head with his or her foot.

A red band also appears to be around the victim’s hands. He was tied up for four to five hours, authorities said.

The victim does not appear to make any attempt to defend himself or to escape his attackers. He is a suburban Chicago resident described by Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson as having “mental health challenges.”

“There was never a question whether or not this incident qualified as being investigated as a hate crime,” Johnson said. But “we need to base the investigation on facts and not emotion.”

The case heighted political tensions on social media, with some conservatives suggesting it was linked to the Black Lives Matter movement. Police said there was no indication of any connection.

The incident began Dec. 31, when the victim and one of the suspects, 18-year-old Jordan Hill, met at a suburban McDonald’s to begin what both the victim and his parents believed would be a sleepover, police said.

Instead, Hill drove the victim around in a stolen van for a couple of days, ending up at a home in Chicago, where two of the other suspects lived, detective Cmdr. Kevin Duffin said.

The victim told police what began as playful fighting escalated, and he was bound, beaten and taunted with racial slurs and disparaging comments about his mental capacity.

A downstairs neighbor who heard noises threatened to call police. When two of the suspects left and kicked down the neighbor’s door, the victim escaped. A police officer later spotted the obviously disoriented man wandering down a street.

The man was bloodied and wearing a tank top that was inside-out and backward. He had on jean shorts and sandals, despite freezing weather, officer Michael Donnelly said.

Most hate crimes are connected to the victim’s race, but hate-crime charges can be sought in Illinois if a victim’s mental disability sparked an attack, though it is rare.

In addition to hate crimes, the four were charged with kidnapping, aggravated battery and aggravated unlawful restraint. Three were also charged with burglary. It was unclear whether any of the suspects had attorneys. They were to appear in court Friday. …

Cook County prosecutors identified the suspects as Brittany Covington and Tesfaye Cooper, both of Chicago, and Hill, of suburban Carpentersville. All are 18. A fourth suspect was identified as 24-year-old Tanishia Covington, also of Chicago. …

Before any white people get all indignant and high and mighty over this unfortunate case, we must remind ourselves that also in the news is the ongoing trial of 22-year-old white supremacist Dylann Storm Roof, who shot and killed nine black church members in cold blood in Charleston, South Carolina, in June 2015.

Just as Roof is not representative of all white people, the four young black people who appropriately have been charged with hate crimes against the mentally disabled young white man (yes, black-on-white crime can be a hate crime, even though there are plenty of assholes and idiots who would claim otherwise) are not representative of all black people.

A minority of the members of all races are capable of inhumanity to other human beings, ranging from verbal abuse to torture to murder.

It’s ridiculous for the right or the left or for any member of any race to use incidents of race-related crimes to indict all or most of the members of an entire race.

These ugly race-related crimes come crashing into our national consciousness via the media, and the media should report them, but we shouldn’t take the incidents out of context, assert that they represent a larger pattern that they don’t represent, or try to selfishly use the incidents to reinforce our own pre-existing, narrow racial-political worldviews and agendas — or, worst, try to use the incidents as an excuse to commit our own crimes against other human beings, feeling “justified” in doing so.

As far as the mindset of the four young black people who kidnapped and tortured the young white man is concerned, I’m not sure whether they truly have a deep-seated hatred of white people or whether they just thought that it was cool to kidnap and torture a whitey, apparently especially in the aftermath of the “election” of Trump as president.

In any event, because they used racial epithets, the hate-crime charges against them appear to be quite appropriate. You don’t get to use hate speech while committing a crime against someone and then later claim that you didn’t really mean it. You said it; there is evidence that you said it. That’s enough to establish your state of mind. Words having meaning. Let’s not pretend that they don’t.

And, of course, just as Roof was cowardly enough to shoot to death nine defenseless, unarmed people, these four attackers apparently were too cowardly to pick on anyone other than a mentally disabled person, whom they outnumbered.

What I hope doesn’t happen is that some white supremacists “retaliate” against some random black person or persons, incorrectly feeling that the entire white race was just kidnapped and tortured by the entire black race, and that it doesn’t devolve into a fucking all-out race war.

In the current poisonous, Trump-filled atmosphere, that could happen, and while it would cause plenty more pain and suffering, it would solve exactly nothing.

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Hugo Chavez, rest in peace

File photo of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez blowing a kiss as he arrives at a rally with supporters in Caracas

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who democratically was elected as his nation’s leader four times in a row, died today of cancer at age 58. (He is pictured above in February 2012.) I fell in love with Chavez some years ago after I watched the excellent documentary “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” which is about the blatantly anti-democratic, treasonous — and, thankfully, short-lived — attempt by fascistic right-wingers in Venezuela to forcibly replace the popularly elected Chavez with an unelected corporatocrat and plutocrat in 2002 — much the way that the fascistic, treasonous right-wingers here at home stole the White House in 2000 against the wishes of the majority of the American voters.

Only plutocrats and fascists have cause to celebrate the death of democratic socialist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, but, unfortunately, most of those in the United States who celebrate his death are poor to middle-class right-wing fucktards who actually would benefit greatly from Chavez-like socioeconomic policies here at home. (No, the corporate-cash-loving-and-corporate-ass-licking U.S. President Barack Obama is no “socialist.”)

Hugo Chavez became widely known as a “dictator” after the unelected Bush regime relentlessly repeatedly called him such even though Chavez repeatedly had been democratically elected by clear majorities of the people of Venezuela (who didn’t vote the way that they were supposed to vote, which is the way that a right-wing American would vote, you see).

Ironically, since George W. Bush never was democratically elected — Al Gore won more than a half-million more votes than Bush did in 2000, and it was the right-wing U.S. Supreme Court, not the majority of the American voters, who put Bush in the White House — Bush was the actual dictator, one who took power without first having earned the majority of the votes of the people.

Hugo Chavez wasn’t perfect — no leader of a nation is — but “dictator” Chavez’s biggest “crime” was that he actually did his job, which was to look out for the interests of the majority of the people of Venezuela and not for the interests of the plutocratic and corporatocratic few — you know, the way that a “good” Latin American leader “should”: sell out his people for whatever it is that the rich and powerful, especially in the U.S., want him or her to (in this case, oil, especially).

Hugo Chavez is dead, but the revolution in Latin America that he has inspired lives on.

The people’s revolution against their — our — anti-democratic, fascistic, treasonous, plutocratic overlords cannot be about one man or woman anyway.

¡Que viva la revolución!

And let’s hope that the Latin American revolution for the people over the plutocratic few spreads north so that we have a truly democratic nation — a nation governed by those who have the interests of the majority of the people at heart, and not the interests of only the comparatively tiny already-super-rich and already-super-powerful minority — here in the U.S. one day.

May Venezuela be the first domino that topples, spreading democratic socialism to even the notoriously anti-democratic, imperialistic United States of America.

P.S. I know that this is the United States of Amnesia, but Chavez-bashers should remind themselves of history: In April 2002, when the democratically elected and very popular Chavez was briefly overthrown by right-wing traitors, the unelected Bush regime at that time immediately recognized the anti-democratic, right-wing usurpers as the legitimate new government of Venezuela — which was not surprising, given that the members of the treasonous Bush regime had had no problem with the fact that Bush wasn’t elected, either. (The members of the right wing support and respect democracy only when elections go their way, and they feel so absolutely correct and superior in their ideology that they are untroubled with stealing office if they can’t win office legitimately, which they often can’t.)

Moreover, the CIA, at the behest of the White House, has had a long history of deposing left-leaning, pro-their-nation’s-own-people, democratically elected leaders in Latin America — and anti-democratically replacing them with unelected, right-wing usurpers who agree to do anything that the power elite of the U.S. ask them to do.

Chile’s Salvador Allende immediately comes to mind; his usurper was the U.S.-backed mass murderer and true dictator Augosto Pinochet, who should have been executed and not allowed to die a natural death. (It was the Nixon White House, natch, that used the CIA to remove Allende from power and install the murderous dictator Pinochet.)

It is likely that the Bush regime similarly had a hand in the 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela.

Even if the Bush regime didn’t (but it probably did), the fact that the Bush regime wasted no time in recognizing the illegal and unelected “new” “government” of Venezuela by itself was plenty of reason for Hugo Chavez to feel animosity toward the U.S. government at least throughout Bush’s unelected and thus illegitimate tenure.

(And there is a big distinction between the U.S. government and the people of the United States; Chavez’s problem was with the members of the Washington establishment who believe that Latin America exists solely to do the U.S.’s bidding. He never attacked the American people as a whole, although the wingnuts [who still call him a “dictator” after he won four presidential elections in a row with international elections observers present] worked hard to paint Chavez as an enemy of every American, and their propaganda campaign worked to an impressive degree on the bleating American sheeple.)

One of Chavez’s most (in)famous acts was in September 2006, when he remarked of George W. Bush, who had appeared at the same podium before the United Nations General Assembly in New York City the day before: “The devil came here yesterday. And it smells of sulfur still today.”

Bush indeed is one of the most evil entities still stalking the planet, a mass-murdering war criminal who still goes wholly unpunished for his crimes against humanity. (Chavez, despite being called a murdering dictator by the wingnuts, wholly unlike Pinochet and other U.S.-backed actual dictators, never had any of his political opponents killed. In fact, I know of not one confirmed murder or even one confirmed case of torture that Chavez as president of Venezuela was responsible for, when Bush was responsible for the confirmed murder and the confirmed torture of thousands and thousands of human beings.)

Chavez said something else at the UN that day in September 2006, something that strikes me as prophetic: “The Soviet Union collapsed. The United States empire is on the way down and it will be finished in the near future, for the good of all mankind.” (Note that he’s criticizing the idea of empire, of one highly militarized nation calling all of the shots for the entire globe. Also during his September 2006 UN appearance, Chavez correctly stated that the UN headquarters should be moved to another nation. It seems to me that for fairness, UN headquarters should move to different nations around the globe, say, once every decade. It’s fucked up for it to permanently be anchored in the U.S.)

You know, if Hugo Chavez had been just flat-out wrong, I think that Americans would have just ignored him. But they haven’t. A good chunk of them have hated his guts intensely, which, to me, is evidence of two things: (1) that right-wing politicians’ relentless pro-plutocratic propaganda (aided and abetted by the corporately owned and controlled media, the bosses of which certainly disagree with Chavez’s business model of nationalizing the media) can be very effective; and (2) that Chavez’s biggest “crime” was being right and being vocal about it, which certainly are two big no-nos here at home, where telling certain awful (but obvious) truths is considered to be a much larger crime than telling even the biggest lies.

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Mittens: ‘No apology’ for Terry Jones, whose Islamophobia has killed again

Dove World Outreach Center church pastor Terry Jones

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Presidential wannabe Mittens Romney defends the likes of Florida “Pastor” Terry Jones, who is banned from entering the United Kingdom because of his anti-Islamic hate-mongering.  Jones is pictured above promoting his “International Burn a Koran Day” in 2010, and today Jones is promoting the incredibly bad, anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims,” which has cost even more lives in the Middle East — but this time, American lives.

When Florida “Christo”fascist nutjob “Pastor” Terry Jones threatened to burn copies of the Koran in 2010 on the ninth anniversary of 9/11 — on what he called “International Burn a Koran Day” — more than a dozen people died during the protests that he sparked in the Middle East and Asia.

Americans didn’t care too much then because none of the dead then was an American.

Jones backed off on his threat to burn any Korans in 2010, but then in March 2011, he did burn a Koran in his Gainesville “church” after he had “put it on trial.” In reaction, dozens more people were killed in protesting in Afghanistan, including seven United Nations workers.

Americans still didn’t care too much then because none of the dead was an American.

This time, however, angry Muslims in Libya slaughtered the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three American staffers in a rocket attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi.

American officials posit that the attack on the American embassy might have been planned already, but in any event, the stated reason for the attack, apparently, is a “low-quality” and “extremely amateur” anti-Islamic film called “Innocence of Muslims” that reportedly portrays “the Prophet [Mohammed] as a homosexual who endorses extramarital sex and pedophilia.”

Even flattering depictions of Mohammed are considered blasphemous in Islam, so this

There is an apparent clip from the “film” on YouTube in which the actors portraying Middle Eastern Muslims appear to be white people wearing badly done brown makeup. (Disclaimer: I could not watch more than a few minutes of the clip, it’s that bad.)

Reportedly the said director and/or producer of the incredibly bad “film,” a “Sam Bacile” of California, is in hiding as a result of the reaction to his “film,” but also reportedly, no one can find evidence that a “Sam Bacile” actually even fucking exists. (The film could credibly be credited, however, to an “I.M. Bacile.”)

What is known, however, is that “Pastor” Terry Jones has promoted “Innocence of Muslims” and that Jones screened at least a trailer for the “film” for his followers in Florida yesterday, the 11th anniversary of 9/11, which he dubbed “International Judge Mohammed Day,” and Reuters reports today that

General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke with Pastor Terry Jones by phone [today] and asked him to withdraw his support for a film whose portrayal of the Prophet [Mohammed] has sparked violent protests — including one that ended with the death of America’s envoy to Libya.

Now, would the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have called “Pastor” Jones if he didn’t feel that Jones’ actions were putting American lives at risk?

I’m an advocate of free speech, but the problem with Terry Jones is that every time the self-promoting bigot publicly bashes Islam, people tend to die.

Knowing this, it’s harder to protect Jones’ brand of free speech.

Is a worthless piece of shit like Terry Jones worth it?

Jones reportedly proclaimed in a statement today that “The film is not intended to insult the Muslim community, but it is intended to reveal truths about [Mohammed] that are possibly not widely known,” adding that the violence in apparent reaction to the film only shows the “true nature of Islam.”

Bullshit. Of course Terry Jones, with “events” such as “International Burn a Koran Day” and “International Judge Mohammed Day,” is doing his very fucking best to offend Muslims.

Terry Jones does not get to intentionally outrageously offend Muslims, which quite predictably results in violence, and then say, “See what I told you? They’re violent!”

That’s like repeatedly poking a dog with a sharp stick and then proclaiming, when the dog finally bites you, that the dog was inherently prone to violence. (Um, I’m not comparing Muslims to dogs… I’m saying that you don’t get to provoke violence and then fault the violent reaction that you have caused.)

The best thing that can happen is that some jihadist takes out Terry Jones. Seriously. A hundred Terry Joneses aren’t worth a single human life that his inflammatory speech — his hate speech, which, I could argue easily, is not speech that is worth protecting — has snuffed out.

And Mittens Romneywhat the fuck?

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, reportedly fearing for possible violence there apparently related to “Innocence of Muslims,” issued this statement yesterday: “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”

Team Mittens pounced on this statement as part of its bullshit narrative that the Obama administration is always “apologizing” for the United States abroad. Mittens proclaimed today in Terry Jones’ Florida that the Cairo embassy’s statement “appeared to be an apology for American principles.”

(See, this has to fit in nicely with Mittens’ book that is titled No Apology, which, when it was first released in 2010, was subtitled The Case for American Greatness, but which, when it was released in paperback last year, was re-subtitled Believe in America, which just coinky-dinkily is Team Mittens’ 2012 presidential campaign slogan.

It’s funny, because not only is the vulture capitalist multi-millionaire Mormon baby-boomer asshole Mittens not a part of “American greatness” in any shape or form, but who, exactly, is “apologizing” for America?

There are some things that we Americans should fucking apologize for, such as the illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust invasion of Iraq by the unelected George W. Bush administration in 2003, and the American-perpetrated torture and other assorted crimes against humanity that followed 9/11 and the wholly-unrelated-to-9/11 Vietraq War, including the Abu Ghraib House of Horrors, and for the continued slaughter of innocent civilians in the Middle East by U.S. drones like something out of the fucking “Terminator” movies, but who the fuck, in general, “apologizes” for America?)

Now, would Mittens object to the condemnation of “continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of” Mormons?

Seriously — how would Mittens respond to an anti-Mormon film? Much more is known about the personal lives of Mormon cult’s founding fathers than is known about the personal life of Mohammed, that’s for sure, and there are plenty of unflattering things that we could say about Mormonism’s polygamous, patriarchal, misogynist founding fathers, aren’t there? How about a hate-filled film called “Innocence of Mormons”?

How would Mittens feel about that?

I see nothing wrong with the Cairo embassy’s statement. Sure, there is the First Amendment — but at the same time, you don’t have to be a mega-dick and intentionally inflame, with your hate speech, the passions of religious inherents who in the past have become violent when their religion has been quite intentionally disrespected.

Apparently, presidential wannabe Mittens Romney believes that in the likes of Terry Jones, we Americans have nothing to apologize for.

Those are some great fucking values there, Mittens!

And great attempted use of the violent deaths of four Americans for your own petty political gain!

Expect Mittens’ poll numbers to continue to slide.

The Gallup daily tracking poll for months had Obama and Mittens neck and neck, with both of them at 40-something-percent each, but now has Obama at 50 percent and Mittens at 43 percent.

And an ABC News/Washington Post poll taken from September 7 through 9 showed Obama with 50 percent to Mittens’ 44 percent, and a CNN/ORC poll taken the same dates showed Obama with 52 percent to Mittens’ 46 percent. Even a Faux “News” poll taken September 9 through 11 showed Obama five points ahead, 48 percent to 43 percent.

Maybe this is Obama’s post-convention bounce, but I expect Obama to maintain a lead of at least 4 percent or 5 percent from now until Election Day.

All that Mittens has to do to ensure Obama’s re-election, it seems to me, is to continue to open his fucking mouth.

Next month’s three presidential debates should be great fucking entertainment.

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Stupid white men dog pile upon Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. is seen on Capitol Hill ...

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, whom the Repugnicans would love to pin the blame for the treasonous and unelected Bush regime’s illegal and immoral practice of torture, is pictured in Washington yesterday.

The scandal du jour is whether Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was or was not informed by the Central Intelligence Agency in fall 2002 about the use of waterboarding, a form of torture — or, as the Bush regime euphemistically called it, an “enhanced interrogation technique” — that simulates drowning.

I suspect that Pelosi is telling the truth and that the good ol’ boys of the CIA are not telling the truth, but for the moment, until and unless actual proof materializes, it seems to be a case of she said, they said.

Nonetheless, the disempowered Repugnicans aren’t missing the opportunity to dog pile upon Pelosi. The facts never got in their way.

The fact of the fucking matter is that the Repugnicans have hated Pelosi for years. That she became the nation’s first female Speaker of the House in 2006 really rattled the stupid white men’s cages.

Just as the Repugnicans — who talk tough but who actually are pussies who refuse to take responsibility for anything — would love to pin the blame for the Bush-induced shitty economy on President Barack Obama, they’d love to paint Pelosi as the Torturer in Chief.

Nice try, motherfuckers.

Even if it turns out that the CIA did inform Pelosi in September 2002 of the waterboarding that the Bush regime was conducting, in September 2002 Pelosi wasn’t even House minority leader yet (she was not elected to that post until November 2002).

In September 2002 Pelosi was the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. As a member of the party that so thoroughly was shut out of power by the Bush regime and the Repugnican-controlled Congress, how much power would Pelosi have had in the fall of 2002 — within six months before the Bush regime launched its illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust Vietraq War — to do anything about waterboarding anyway?  

While we’re talking about torture, can we go ahead and put Dick Cheney, the actual Torturer in Chief, on trial for his treason, war crimes and crimes against humanity already?

It’s clear that the assbite now is only trying to make a “case” for himself that he was just doing what he thought was best for the nation when he committed his felonies as vice president. Cheney is trying to sway public opinion such that enough Americans incorrectly view him as the innocent victim should he ever actually be prosecuted for his crimes.

He is anything but an innocent victim.

He should be imprisoned.

And I don’t rule out waterboarding for him.

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Back to the future

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No, we never truly atoned for the Abu Ghraib House of Horrors. Instead, we swept it under the rug, because being an American means never having to say that you’re sorry, much more actually atoning for your sins. Maybe next month’s release of even hundreds more images of the abuse of detainees at the hands of their American military “liberators” under the command of the unelected, mass-murdering Bush regime will force the United States of America to finally atone for its sins against those it claimed it was “liberating.” 

I haven’t said much on the whole issue of torture, because what is there to say?

Torture is wrong. (Always. If you call yourself a Christian, as most Repugnicans do, ask yourself whom Jesus, himself a victim of torture — and a victim of the death penalty, which the Repugnicans also overwhelmingly support — would torture.)

Torture is criminal. Criminals — all criminals, not just poor, non-white, non-Repugnican, non-powerful criminals — should be pr0secuted, fairly and appropriately, for their crimes.

I have hesitated to write about the torture issue, I think, because I’ve thought that the whole issue is so complicated, with so many legal twists and turns, that I, a non-lawyer, couldn’t really illuminate the issue of torture. But is torture really that complicated an issue? Do the paragraphs above not pretty much sum it up?

The bottom line is that the United States of America cannot go forward as a nation until and unless as a nation it acknowledges its sins of the past. Really acknowledges. Which means not just paying lip-service acknowledgment, but really examining the national wrongs that were committed — and committing ourselves to never allow these wrongs to happen again.*

We, as a nation, never did that with the Vietraq War. We, as a nation, never have have apologized to the Iraqi people for having allowed our unelected, mass-murdering dictator, George W. Bush, and his henchpeople illegally, immorally, unprovokedly and unjustly invade their nation in March 2003 for the war profits of then-Vice President Dick Cheney’s no-contract-bidding war-profiteering corporation Halliburton and the other war-profiteering subsidiaries of BushCheneyCorp.

We, as a nation, lie that we truly believed the Bush regime’s lies that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and posed some sort of threat to the United States when the fact is that we, as a nation, didn’t care whether Iraq actually was the problem or not (and it was not); we just wanted retaliation for 9/11, just wanted some Arab/Muslim nation to pay for 9/11.

Today, we — even President Barack Obama — tell the Iraqi people that it’s time for them to stand on their own two feet, as though the Iraqi people had asked us to destroy their nation in 2003 and cause the deaths of more than 110,000 innocent Iraqis, which is The Associated Press’ conservative body count.

Fewer than 3,000 Americans died on Sept. 11, 2001. More than 110,000 innocent Iraqis have died as a result of the Vietraq War, which, although Americans will deny it now, was some insane “retaliation” for 9/11.

Only the United States’ partner in war crimes and crimes against the humanity, Israel, has anything near such an insane, evil sense of proportion. (But at least the bloodthirsty Israelis can attack the group that actually is their enemy, the Palestinians, whereas the United States, with dumbfuck Bush at the helm, didn’t even strike back at the right nation; not a single of the 19 9/11 hijackers was from Iraq, but 15 of them were from U.S. ally Saudi Arabia.)

So that’s more than 110,000 innocent Iraqis unjustly and unnecessarily dead because of the United States of America and still millions of dumbfuck Americans scratch their heads and query themselves and each other like they did in the days following Sept. 11, 2oo1: Why do they hate us so much?

We, as a nation, not only have yet to apologize for the Vietraq War (but have only told the Iraqis, whom we “shocked and awed” for our television entertainment, to pick themselves up by their bootstraps), but we have yet to fully acknowledge, much more apologize for, the crimes that we committed at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and elsewhere.

Luckily, the American Civil Liberties Union, under the Freedom of Information Act (which, appopriately, does not allow the government that we, the people, pay for through our tax dollars to act in secrecy), has forced the release next month of even more images of “freedom-” and “God-” and “Jesus- lovin'” Americans torturing detainees — the vast majority of them innocent of any crime — at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and elsewhere, including Afghanistan, the Middle Eastern/Asian nation that we are “liberating” now.

Reports The Associated Press:

The White House vowed Friday it will not be distracted by an upcoming disclosure sure to gain attention at home and abroad: hundreds of photos showing U.S. personnel allegedly abusing prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan in the post-Sept. 11 environment.

The images will show mistreatment at locations beyond the infamous U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, where pictures emerged in 2004 of grinning U.S. soldiers posing with detainees, some naked, being held on leashes or in painful positions. That revelation caused a huge international backlash against the U.S.

The Pentagon plans to release the latest photos by May 28 in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The move comes after the Justice Department lost its latest round in federal court and concluded that any further appeal would probably be fruitless.

The release of the photos, while underscoring President Barack Obama‘s promise of transparency, poses risks for the administration.

Politically, it could again focus attention on the troubling past and prompt more calls for investigations and prosecutions. Every bit of time and energy centered on examining misdeeds of previous years could undermine the president’s ability to rally Congress and the public behind an ambitious agenda.

Already, the White House spent much of this week dealing with questions about the era of George W. Bush, following the release of documents that detailed brutal interrogation techniques used by the CIA against terror suspects. Obama was prompted to release those memos in response to an ACLU lawsuit, too.

“The president is not concerned that this is going to distract from a larger agenda,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday, referring to the combination of events. “I think the American people are focused on moving forward.”

Gibbs said the release of the photos was “largely compelled by a court decision” and not something that was in the White House’s control. He declined to say whether Obama would support releasing the photos even if he were not pressed by a court case.

Antonia Ferrier, a spokeswoman for House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio, said the release of the photos could cause a backlash that will put U.S. troops in harm’s way at greater risk. She said the issue is not Obama’s agenda but rather protection for the U.S. men and women in the military.

“The administration should have fought this all the way to the Supreme Court,” Ferrier said.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the pictures were part of Army investigations of abuse allegations. The Pentagon has pursued more than 400 such investigations, he said. Whitman said some of the forthcoming pictures would be edited to mask the identity of those pictured.

Defense officials said the total number of photos would be in the hundreds.

“The disclosure of these photographs serves as a further reminder that abuse of prisoners in U.S.-administered detention centers was systemic,” said Jameel Jaffer, director of the ACLU National Security Project.

“Some of the abuse occurred because senior civilian and military officials created a culture of impunity in which abuse was tolerated, and some of the abuse was expressly authorized,” Jaffer said. “It’s imperative that senior officials who condoned or authorized abuse now be held accountable for their actions.” …

There are the Repugnicans again, using the American troops as their human shields, politically speaking.

The release of further images of the Nazi-like treatment of detainees by Americans, the “good guys,” while the members of the unelected Bush regime were behind the wheel must be stopped in order to prevent harm to our troops, the insanely hypocritical Repugnicans are “arguing” now.

If the Repugnicans truly cared so fucking much about the welfare of our troops, then why did they march in lockstep when the unelected Bush regime sent more than 4,275 of our troops to their wholly unnecessary slaughter in Vietraq? And why don’t the Repugnicans ensure that those troops who return from Vietraq maimed and disabled for life receive the support that they need, instead of calling the use of Americans’ tax dollars to help Americans in need — instead of helping the already filthy rich, which is the Repugnican Party’s agenda — “socialism”? 

I expect the reaction to the ACLU’s victory under the Freedom of Information Act from the topsy-turvy Repugnicans, who call tyranny “freedom” and freedom “tyranny” and who call murder “liberation” and call liberation “murder.”

But I expect much more of the Obama administration.

“I think the American people are focused on moving forward,” the Obama White House mouthpiece proclaimed.

Isn’t that the same “argument” that Repugnican she-wolf in sheep’s clothing Sarah Palin-Quayle kept making during her vice presidential debate with Joseph Biden? That we musn’t look back upon the ugly deeds of the unelected Bush regime, but must only look forward?

But if the Obama administration truly wants to move the nation forward, then the Obama administration must not adopt the same tone and “arguments” of the Repugnicans to simply ignore the crimes of the past and to press ahead.

The ugly sins of the past, like ugly wounds, do not simply go away because we simply wish them to. Ignored, they simply fester from our neglect to deal with them, until one day the poisons from our neglected sins overwhelm us and they cause our demise.   

Until and unless those who, in the name of the people of the United State of America, committed war crimes and crimes against humanity are brought to justice, the United States of American cannot go foward. It might appear that the United States is going forward, but it only will be that the neglected wound is continuing to fester, waiting to break open and spill out it putrid pus at any time.

We have to go back and correct our mistakes, as a nation, if we want to succeed in the future as a nation.

*This begins with such things as not simply allowing presidential elections to be stolen blatantly, as was the 2000 presidential election, because clearly, a group of thugs who are willing to steal a presidential election and who actually get away with it are more than happy to go on and to commit even more serious crimes, more crimes of treason and even war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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