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An occupational hazard of dissidence in the Age of Bush is the unavoidable necessity of belaboring the obvious. Again and again, you must ring the same bell; over and over, you must repeat the same, blatant irrefutable fact: that George W. Bush and his ghastly minions are lying hypocrites with blood on their hands.
But what can you do? Each week–each day–brings fresh confirmation of this damning truth. And until the American people redeem their lost national honor by rising up in their millions–taking to the streets with the patriotic cry, “These murderous jackals no longer represent us!”–the Bush crimes will go on, and must be documented. So grab the bell-rope: here we go again.
Last week saw a bumper crop of death-dealing hypocrisy, as the freedom-lovin’, terrorist-fightin’ he-men of the Bush Regime were caught in flagrante delicto with some rough trade indeed: genocidal rape-fiends, diabolical flesh-boilers and tyrannical peddlers of violent, ignorant religious extremism. (And no, it wasn’t a meeting of the Republican National Committee.)
First the Bushists rolled out the red carpet for one of Osama bin Laden’s former partners, Sudan’s intelligence chief Salah Abdallah Gosh, the Los Angeles Times reports. Gosh was Osama’s designated minder in the 1990s, when the ex-CIA ally was comfortably ensconced in Sudan. Gosh is also accused–by members of his own government of directing military attacks on civilians in Sudan’s Darfur region, where the Janjaweed militia is carrying out a government-backed “ethnic cleansing” program of rape, pillage and murder against the region’s black Muslims. At least 400,000 people have died in the carnage, with 2 million more driven into exile.
Last year, the Bush Regime itself officially declared the Darfur despoliation a “genocide,” and called Gosh’s gang of terrorist-coddling goons “an extraordinary threat” to America’s national security. But that was before the 2004 election, when Bush had to drag his “compassionate conservative” crapola out of mothballs for a few months to mollify soccer moms distressed at the pictures they saw on CNN of those poor little Ewoks dying in–where was it? Biafra? Burundi? Rwanda? Rangoon? Once Bush had his teeny-tiny mandate in hand, it was back to business.
That’s oil business, of course. Sudan has become one of the chess pieces in the “Great Game” of petropolitics, as the “full spectrum dominators” of the Bush Regime plant their “military footprints” all over the globe in a relentless crusade to stem the inexorable rise of China and India as rivals to “the world’s only superpower.” It just so happens that China has become the leading player in Sudan’s burgeoning oil industry, securing fat concessions in choice fields. Gosh and his goon squads gorge on these oil profits to fuel their mass terrorism in Darfur. Now Bush wants a piece of that action; and if he has to abet the murder of a few hundred thousand desert darkies to get it, who cares? (Certainly not those soccer moms, now fretting about high gas prices for their SUVs: “Get us more cheap oil, Georgie, pronto!”)
And so Bush has bedded down with Gosh, who for his part is happy to swap a minor league privateer like Osama for a big-time state terrorist with unlimited resources. Gosh was flown to Washington for high-level “consultations” with his new partners in the CIA–just as the Sudanese government was announcing that “abundant” oil reserves have been found in Darfur, the Sudan Tribune reports. At the very same time, Bush moved–secretly–to gut legislation that would freeze financial assets of the genocidists and increase international protection for Darfur’s people, the New York Times reports. Happy coincidences all around!
Meanwhile, the killing in Sudan goes on. Just days before Gosh’s extra-special visit, the Janjaweed launched a “senseless and premeditated attack” in Darfur, “burning everything in their paths and leaving in their wake total destruction,” Amnesty International reports. What’s more, Bush’s new allies in Khartoum knew the attack was coming and deliberately blocked African Union peacekeepers from intervening. But the cries of the raped and dying never reached Washington, where Gosh and the Bushists were happily plotting “joint security operations”–and no doubt divvying up the new Darfur oilfields.
How is such two-faced cynicism possible? It’s easy: the Bushists don’t regard the people of Darfur as human beings, unique individuals of infinite worth and intrinsic value. They’re just counters in the game of greed and power, to be shifted or discarded as the need arises.
The same holds true for the people of Uzbekistan, now being abducted, tortured and boiled alive by Bush buddy Islam Karimov. Last week, Bush’s “strategic relationship” with the Uzbek Boiler was laid bare in rich detail by the New York Times. Bush has lavished more than $500 million on Karimov’s marauding security services, In return, he tortures Bush’s own abducted, uncharged, “rendered” prisoners, while providing the Pentagon with a big ole “footprint” for dominating Central Asian oil. Again, the individuals being served up for Tashkent gumbo don’t matter; only the game is important.
Bush capped Hypocrisy Week by strolling hand-in-hand with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah: de facto ruler of the fiercest religious tyranny on earth; mentor to the Taliban; global propagator of the vicious Wahhabi distortion of Islam; fount of corruption, bribery and baksheesh; longtime Bush Family business partner. With his warm embrace of the hereditary despot, Bush gave the lie to months of high-flown jive about lighting “fires of freedom” in the Middle East. As always, Bush’s real message to those longing for liberty, at home and abroad, was clear as a bell:
“Tough luck, suckers.”
CHRIS FLOYD is a columnist for The Moscow Times and a regular contributor to CounterPunch. His new blog of political news and commentary can be found at Empire Burlesque (www.empireburlesquenow.blogspot.com.)