Friday, December 29, 2006

Truth and Justice?

As Saddam Hussein counts down to his last hours or weeks depending on which news story you believe I came across two blogs that I found very interesting to read this day.
There is this one by Paul Craig Roberts on truth or the lack there of today:

"Recently, Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House, said that freedom of speech is inconsistent with "the war on terror."

If it takes a police state to fight terror, the country is lost even if Muslim terrorists are defeated. Americans have far more to fear from a homeland police state than from terrorists."

"The challenges that America faces are not terrorism and oil supply. The challenges that we face are the police state that Bush has created and the disrespect for truth that is endemic in government, the universities, and the media. The US has entered a dark age of dogmas and
unaccountable power."

Then there is this commentary by Josh Marshal at Talking Points Memo on the justice of Saddam Husseins trial and how Bush's and America's legacy will be judged down the road by the pre ordained nature of the judgment that would have been one of the hallmarks of someone like Hussein himself:

"Try to dress this up as an Iraqi trial and it doesn't come close to cutting it -- the Iraqis only take possession of him for the final act, sort of like the Church always left execution itself to the 'secular arm'. Try pretending it's a war crimes trial but it's just more of the pretend mumbojumbo that makes this out to be World War IX or whatever number it is they're up to now. "

"This whole endeavor, from the very start, has been about taking tawdry, cheap acts and dressing them up in a papier-mache grandeur -- phony victory celebrations, ersatz democratization, reconstruction headed up by toadies, con artists and grifters. And this is no different. Hanging Saddam is easy. It's a job, for once, that these folks can actually see through to completion. So this execution, ironically and pathetically, becomes a stand-in for the failures, incompetence and general betrayal of country on every other front that President Bush has brought us"

Indeed, Truth and Justice have new meanings in Bushworld and it won't be long before freedom is no longer mentioned in the United States if things keep going they way they have in the past few years.

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