Bush’s Legacy of Atrocities Is Nowhere to Be Seen at His New Library — and the Local Paper Won’t Even Run One Ad That Tells the Truth

“Kill a few, they call you a murderer. Kill tens of thousands, they give you $500 million for a granite vanity project and a glossy 30-page newspaper supplement.”

photo_-__2013-04-23_at_1.07.48_pmGeorge W. Bush presided over an international network of torture chambers and, with the help of a compliant Congress and press, launched a war of aggression that killed hundreds of thousands of men, women and children. However, instead of the bloody details of his time in office being recounted at a war crimes tribunal, the former president has been able to bank on his imperial privilege – and a network of rich corporate donors that he made richer while in office – to tell his version of history at a library in Texas being opened in his name.

Kill a few, they call you a murderer. Kill tens of thousands, they give you $500 million for a granite vanity project and a glossy 30-page supplement in the local paper.

Before getting into that, some facts. According to the US government, more than 100,000 people died following the 2003 invasion of Iraq; of that number, 4,486 were members of the US military. Other estimates place the figure at closer to one million deaths as a result of Bush’s defining act in office: an aggressive war waged against a non-threat and which even some of his own advisers admit was illegal. So far, the wars started by Bush and continued by his heir, Barack Obama, have cost upwards of $3.1 trillion. That’s money that could have been spent saving lives and building things, not ending and destroying them.

But that’s not going to be the narrative at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, opening this week in Dallas, Texas. No, that’s going to be: 9/11, 9/11, 9/11 (see also: 9/11).

Called the “Day of Fire,” a main attraction at the new library will be a display on the events of September 11, 2001, where “video images from the attacks flash around a twisted metal beam recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center,” according to the Associated Press. Continue reading

Marilyn Buck on 9/11: Incommunicado–Dispatches from a Political Prisoner

Marilyn Buck

September 11, 2001

before
morning-slow
I move
Julan hollers
come come see
the world trade center’s
exploding

she’s not serious
no one would make that up
would they?
maybe
live on TV
video mantra
replay: plane crash
replay: collapse
slow motion, dying morning

no not a made-for-TV movie
not a disaster film
not Hollywood special effects
one tower falls
the other follows

do chickens come home to roost?
enormity crashes
dazed disbelief
(chickens won’t roost here again
pigeons either)

I, a political prisoner, can
conceive why
but comprehension is not complicity
I look around me
I know nothing
I know too much
there is no answer in death
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The Crusade against Muslims, US domestic version

[As the US imperialist war for control of the Middle East and world petroleum continues without respite, the anti-Islamic hyperbole from politicians and media alike is spurring a domestic Christian xenophobic war in the homeland.  Some have taken this push for religious war on Islam to a fever pitch–and the politicians and media that have whipped this up are trying to clear themselves of responsibility for it, as they now denounce any rash actions that may result.  But the Christian fundamentalists will continue their attempts to launch religious wars between people in the US, until they are stopped-ed.]

The Christian fundamentalist fantasies of such heroics must be defeated

By Eric Ruder

10 September, 2010

An ugly campaign against Muslims has been gaining momentum in recent weeks–and it’s building to a fever pitch as the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaches.

After an eleventh-hour announcement that the event was canceled, Pastor Terry Jones and his hate-mongering Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., were still threatening to carry out their vile plan for an “International Burn a Koran Day” on September 11. News of Jones’ plan to toss the Muslim holy book into a bonfire not only stirred protests in Afghanistan, Pakistan and around the world, but attracted denunciations from U.S. political figures and commentators across the political spectrum.

But many of the denunciations only served to reinforce an underlying idea driving this latest wave of bigotry–that there is an international Islamic menace waiting to strike at freedom-loving Americans.

“I would hope that Pastor Terry Jones and his supporters will consider the ramifications of their planned book-burning event,” said Sarah Palin, who has spent recent weeks stoking hatred in a campaign against the building of an Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan. “It will feed the fire of caustic rhetoric and appear as nothing more than mean-spirited religious intolerance. Don’t feed that fire.” Continue reading