The Bush League of Nations Blog
This is the progressive blog of Jim Swanson, author of "The Bush League of Nations." His focus is to set the record straight regarding the crimes and misdeeds of President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and the Republican Party (GOP), and to help provide a way forward for America.
"Certainty of death. Small chance of success. What are we waiting for?"—Gimli, Lord of the Rings
Saturday, January 31, 2009
"Pray the Devil Back to Hell"
“Pray the Devil Back to Hell” is a must-see documentary film about the unimaginable horrors of the recent civil war in Liberia and the heroic efforts of a Liberian Christian, Leymah Gbowee, to fulfill the dream of peace she had in 2003, by first organizing the women of her Lutheran church to pray for peace and then creating an all-women peace initiative, the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, that spread through both the Christian and Muslim faiths.
Tens of thousands of civilians had been slaughtered, rape was endemic, children were starving, and countless men, women and children had had their arms and legs intentionally hacked off in a brutal campaign of terror.
Thanks to the extraordinary courage of Ms. Gbowee and other Christian and Muslim Liberian women, a tentative peace was achieved, the brutal dictator Charles Taylor went into exile in Nigeria, and eventually, on January 16, 2006, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf became president of Liberia, the first woman ever elected president of an African nation.
Bob Herbert writes about this story of courage in his op-ed piece, "A Crazy Dream," in the January 30, 2009, edition of The New York Times.
I can barely imagine where Leymah Gbowee gets her courage.
How many of us won’t even put a political bumper sticker on our car because we’re worried about what others might think, or that our car might get keyed?
We Americans sometimes criticize oppressed peoples for not standing up to their brutal dictators. But try to imagine taking action when the cost may be the torture, rape and slaughter of all those we love.
Ms. Gbowee, your photo should be in the dictionary next to the definition of courage.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
The Next Black Al Franken
God knows we need more good humor in the U.S. Senate, and that’s obviously why he chose Al Franken to be Minnesota’s next Senator.
I'm pretty certain this is also why God recently ordered Gov. Blagojevich to pick Roland Burris as Illinois’ next Senator.
Have you noticed that Burris, like Franken, has a wonderful sense of humor? Well, he does, and with a little mentoring, he could be the next black Al Franken.
Unfortunately, both Franken and Burris are articulate, passionate, and burdened with superior values and intelligence. God, I pray that America and Big Media will overlook these shortcomings.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Open Letter to Barack Obama from Mahathir Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia
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Below is an open letter to President-elect Barack Obama from Mahathir Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Dear Mr. President,
I did not vote for you in the Presidential Election because I am Malaysian.
But I consider myself one of your constituents because what you do or say will affect me and my country as well.
I welcome your promise to change. Certainly your country, the United States of America need a lot of changes.
That is because America and Americans have become the best hated people in the world. Even Europeans dislike your arrogance. Yet you were once admired and liked because you freed a lot of countries from conquest and subjugation.
It is the custom on New Year's day for people to make resolutions. You must have listed your good resolutions already. But may I politely suggest that you also resolve to do the following in pursuit of Change.
1) Stop killing people. The United States is too fond of killing people in order to achieve its objectives. You call it war, but today's wars are not about professional soldiers fighting and killing each other. It is about killing people, ordinary innocent people by the hundreds of thousands. Whole countries will be devastated.
War is primitive, the cavemen's way of dealing with a problem. Stop your arms build up and your planning for future wars.
2) Stop indiscriminate support of Israeli killers with your money and your weapons. The planes and the bombs killing the people of Gaza are from you.
3) Stop applying sanctions against countries which cannot do the same against you.
In Iraq your sanctions killed 500,000 children through depriving them of medicine and food. Others were born deformed.
What have you achieved with this cruelty? Nothing except the hatred of the victims and right-thinking people.
4) Stop your scientists and researchers from inventing new and more diabolical weapons to kill more people more efficiently.
5) Stop your arms manufacturers from producing them. Stop your sales of arms to the world. It is blood money that you earn. It is un-Christian.
6) Stop trying to democratize all the countries of the world. Democracy may work for the United States but it does not always work for other countries.
Don't kill people because they are not democratic. Your crusade to democratize countries has killed more people than the authoritarian Governments which you overthrew. And you have not succeeded anyway.
7) Stop the casinos which you call financial institutions. Stop hedge funds, derivatives and currency trading. Stop banks from lending non-existent money by the billions.
Regulate and supervise your banks. Jail the miscreants who made profits from abusing the system.
8) Sign the Kyoto Protocol and other international agreements.
9) Show respect for the United Nations.
I have many other resolutions for change which I think you should consider and undertake.
But I think you have enough on your plate for this 2009th year of the Christian Era.
If you can do only a few of what I suggest you will be remembered by the world as a great leader. Then the United States will again be the most admired nation. Your embassies will be able to take down the high fences and razor-wire coils that surround them.
May I wish you a Happy New Year and a great Presidency.
Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad
(Former Prime Minister of Malaysia)
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