If We Were Wise and Brave

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If we were wise and brave we would have taken down this President a long time ago.

Is an earnest desire for peace a foolish delusion?  George Bush thinks so…and who could know more about foolish delusions?

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The world is full of fools and America must be their Mecca.  Where else could a certified goober become head of state?

Mr. Bush also served up a veiled rebuke to critics like Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, who suggest the Bush administration should negotiate with countries like Iran and Syria. He called such a strategy “a foolish delusion,” though he did not mention Mr. Obama by name.

“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along,” he said. “We have an obligation to call this what it is – the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

New York Times

The surprising thing is not that Bush became President.  That can be explained by examining the extensive historical record of Republican cheating and election theft.

Will the GOP election theft machine do it again in 2008?

No, the surprising thing is that there are still Americans who remain unashamed by their support for such an obviously disgraceful fool as George W. Bush.

Let’s take a closer look at W’s statement to the Knesset.

“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along,” he said.

First note the use of the terms ‘terrorists and radicals’ as if those words didn’t apply equally well to himself.  One man’s terrorist George…

Then notice the assumption that the only outcome allowable is for us to persuade the ‘terrorists’ that ‘they have been wrong all along,’ because of course we have been right and there is no such thing as compromise or a re-framing of the arguments.  Leave it to a fool like George Bush to equate negotiating with persuading the opposition that they have been wrong all along.

Do you really believe that attempting to make peace is a ‘foolish delusion’ George?  Really?

What would your buddy Jesus think?

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”

Matthew 5:9

If we were wise and brave we would negotiate with our enemies.

We might start by asking Syria and Iran to work in cooperation with the Arab League or the UN or both to provide an all Muslim Peace Keeping force so that we could withdraw all American forces from Iraq immediately.

If we were wise and brave we would dismantle/re-purpose the Military Industrial Complex to pursue peaceful solutions to the problems we all face and to save our children and the world from its ravenous evil.

If we were wise and brave we would never elect another Republican President.

If we were wise and brave we would act to protect the future of our children and grandchildren.

If we were wise and brave we would bring the war criminals in our government to justice.

If we were wise and brave we would put an end to war.

If we were wise and brave…

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And now a special shout out to those Democrats who have argued against the impeachment of this outrageously criminal presidency.  You, in particular, are neither wise nor brave.

If you don’t think Bush should be impeached immediately, and I do mean ASAP, I hope you’re prepared to accept your part of the responsibility for the damage he does over the next two years.

What’s This Fool Doing Still In Office? originally posted December 22, 2006.

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    • OPOL on May 16, 2008 at 3:11 pm
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    war crimes tribunals.

    • RiaD on May 16, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    you’re such an amazing human…

    ♥~

  1. Chekhov quote! Not really, but you know sometimes living where I do you have as good a chance of winning a local lottery as bumping into somebody who quotes him.

    Gee Whiz…. who knew negotiation was betrayal?

    So I guess that whole Nixon going to China thing was appeasement to, huh? And what of ongoing talks with North Korea?

  2. its hard to put them all into words.

    About all I can come up with is yes, the foolishness of talking…understanding…peace. A kind of foolishness that just might save us all.  

  3. But it’s hard to be brave in the here and now. Easier to read about it in the history books.

    It’s even easier to be wise, it seems to me.

    But brave? That’s a tough one.

    Maybe bravery comes for most people when their back is against the wall and there is no other choice. Until then, maybe most of us are glad to let someone else take the risk.

    Solidarity and mutual aid can help us overcome this, I think.

    A lot of courageous people in your photos. Is that Berrigan in the handcuffs?

    • Edger on May 16, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    “Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along,” he said. “We have an obligation to call this what it is – the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

    I wish that hell that Nancy Pelosi understood that.

  4. is to understand ourselves in relationship to people like George Bush. and, more importantly, us in relationship to the fence-sitters (most people).

    i don’t think we have stepped far enough outside convention to see it fully.

    but i can tell you i had a small success. when my bil said we had 30 years of oil under the arctic. okay. i didn’t dispute that. i asked him, “who exactly is we?” Americans? Do we get a say in regulating the price of that oil? And how far does it go if we’re still selling SUVs w/o implementing dis-incentives to buy them (luxury tax and $1 or two more at the gas tank than cars or something like that)… Do the oil companies get to sell that oil to just anybody if they can get more money, say, from the Chinese?

    Point is, he just heard::: WE have 30 years worth of oil. but he didn’t go any further. i didn’t challenge his statement of 30 years of oil, but who really benefited from this oil and if the claim had any relevance to ordinary people.

    truth is, i don’t mind him being a capitalist. i’m for free will and free choice. but when he thinks about these questions, then he wonders if regulating the oil and not allowing people to exploit the resource for profit if that isn’t communism.

    what are the relationships? how do things fit together? that’s what needs to be exposed. free markets don’t work. but saying so don’t make it so. bush is a criminal. so far, that line hasn’t gotten us too far. what are missing in this argument? this should be a slam dunk, right? because the media can’t hide what’s happening. people know things aren’t right. look at the polls. but something isn’t firing on all cylinders. when even people at dKos don’t want to impeach.

    how do we talk about these things?????????????????????

    • OPOL on May 16, 2008 at 4:37 pm
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    well, there are some over there (unfortunately highly placed) who might as well be Republicans.

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    • geomoo on May 16, 2008 at 8:43 pm
  7. Who is it that is the appeaser in today’s global political world?

    I submit that it is Iran that has been appeasing Dubyas saber rattling hyperbole.

    In today’s geopolitical world, who is acting as the aggressor? If we were to extend the metaphorical ramblings of the idiot at the Knesset, just who is acting like Hitler and who is acting like the U.S. of 1939?

    Since when is diplomacy equated with appeasement?

    When someone with the diplomatic skills of a spoiled brat  decides who he will and will not “talk to”.

    Disagree with Dubya, and he will either blow you off the face of the earth, or he will give you the silent treatment.

    Like a petulant child, he has to have his way.

  8. we would not sit idly while being complicit in Genocide – be it Iraq, Darfur, or Burma. I have been crying since I viewed this video yesterday. I have never felt so unable to do anything – so stuck – so sickened. Yet I thank you again for raising the consciousness of peace and a prayer we will see it this lifetime

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  9. Once again OPOL, you have blown my socks off. A superb job on today’s essay. I am going to have to start re-cycling my metaphors and superlatives soon (or stop reading your essays, which will never happen), unless someone knows of a book of superlative metaphors……:~)

    While I’m a ditto head again today, as I just got to this essay, and I gave ponies to just about everyone, there is one thing left to say.

    Everyone should follow the link back to YouTube after the James Blount song “I See No Bravery”, and follow up on some of his other songs, watch his eyes, his face…such intensity. The man has more soul than anyone singing these days, IMHO. And speaking of “I See No Bravery”, it still gets the old orbs wet after (how many?) viewing(s), I’m an army vet, ’66-’68. I discounted him entirely as a teeny bopper with his song “You Are So Beautiful”, but the man does have a mind.

     

  10. your courage.

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