Bush on Arab TV
In a clumsy attempt at "damage control" in the wake of the outrage provoked by the exposure of the US torture of Iraqi prisoners President Bush gave brief interviews to the Al Hurra satellite station, the American government propaganda outlet, and the Al Arabiya network. Bush's aim was to transform the President (or at least his image), with a record of sadistic pleasure in violence and death (from the execution of condemned prisoners in Texas to the killing fields of Iraq and Afghanistan), into a sensitive, caring soul. Bush told Al Hurra that America "sent troops into Iraq to promote freedom" and that the US goal "was a peaceful, democratic, self- governing Iraq". The President said, "We want to help Iraq. We've made a commitment. And the United States will keep that commitment because we believe in freedom and we believe the people of Iraq want to be free". But everyone knows that it is waging a colonial war of plunder aimed at controlling Iraq's natural resources. After telling his viewers that what had happened in the Baghdad prison were the "actions of a few people", he went on to say that "I want to know the full extent of the operations in Iraq, the prison operations. We want to make sure that if there is a system-wide problem that we stop the practices." In other words, Bush does not know whether or not the torture is the "actions of a few people". To admit the possibility of "systemic" abuse of thousands of Iraqi prisoners makes a mockery of claims that the US mission is to bring freedom and democracy to Iraq. In this TV broadcast Bush made the idiotic and ignorant statement that "Iraqis are sick of foreign people coming in[to] their country and trying to destablise their country". Will the US Government change its ways following these disclosures? The answer is NO! US imperialism has for many years employed assassins and death squads in many countries — Nicaragua, Chile, Colombia, and El Salvador — to name but a few. The US ruling elite, which is now represented by the most depraved leaders ever to occupy the White House, has set out on a course of world domination and it will respond to the current exposures by committing even greater crimes. That is the logic of these enemies of humanity — the new Nazis.