Thursday, May 01, 2003

The Real War

I'm often amazed at what the press considers a big deal. President Bush flew out to the USS Abraham Lincoln and deliver an address to the nation from there. This will make Bush the first standing President to take a trap (land aboard ship). From the hoopla, you'd almost think Bush was hopping into the pilot seat and making the. He was a passenger, folks, no matter where he's sitting! Where's the big deal in that?

It reminds me a lot of the hoopla that always surrounds the space shuttle flight of politicians who have used their public offices to get taxpayer-funded rides into space.

I can't and won't get excited about either one.

What's really amazing about Bush's landing on the carrier is its validation of the suppositions that Bush was subconsciously acting out issues surrounding his father. Jr. had not been in combat; his father had; so, Bush sent men into combat. Bush was not a Naval Aviator; but as President he could justify making a "trap". I'm more convinced than ever that the war in Iraq had as much to do with Bush family issues as it did with a correct and free political agenda.

I had to laugh at Jerry Falwell's comments about the Dixie Chicks. (He called them "French Hens" and decided it was totally improper for any American to disagree with his country's policies once they left its shores.) So much for understanding what freedom of speech is all about. So much for teaching others the Love of God. Instead, intolerance, judgmentalism, and rigidity seem to be Falwell's order of the day; but then, they usually are.

And while I'm on the subject of the Dixie Chicks, I have to wonder how those radio stations that have boycotted the Chicks' music would feel if the Chicks never sent them another song. Period. In the long run, I believe it's the radio stations that would suffer the most. Turnabout would be fair play, after all. Of course, the Dixie Chicks are still sold out on the first US tour since their comments. It doesn't look like all the furor had much real effect except to get them a lot of publicity.

Elsewhere, the real battle for Iraq has just begun. Those elements of Iraqi society who need America to hate and who have been thrown out of power are bidding to regain control of the country. The immersion of church and state so prevalent in that part of the world will make the task of establishing democracy extremely difficult. The casualties we will suffer will, in the long run, far outrun those we suffered in direct combat. And there is a very real danger that the power void left by the American invasion of the country will be filled by those very elements we had hoped to dethrone.