It's all about profits

Published: Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 11:40 p.m.
Understandably, some Americans still stand behind this administration. Corporate media excelled at promoting the lies and whipping us into a patriotic frenzy of support and now they never show the true travesty of Iraq. But viewers of independent news know what Bush chooses to ignore; that Iraqis are begging us to leave.
Many voters rue the day Katherine Harris stopped the recount, allowing for the Supreme Court to make George W. Bush our president. We are devastated that far more innocent Iraqis have been killed under Bush than under Saddam and that hundreds of thousands have fled their homeland. Once again, it is the poor who bear the most suffering. Like Katrina victims, those with no means to leave are unable to escape the death and despair.
Bush said that voters want him to "achieve the objective" in Iraq and wants to send in even more troops. I feel it's because he's worried about what will happen to the spoils of war once we're gone. How great the loss for shareholders if Iraq's banks, phone system and utilities are no longer privatized? Who won't profit if Iraqis are given the jobs and money to rebuild their own country? What happens to the newly built military bases if we pull out? Will they choose sides in a civil war they helped create thereby keeping the profits of armament manufacturers soaring?
There's ample evidence to suggest that this administration's "objective" was never about our safety or Iraqi liberation. I voted hoping a new Congress could stop this administration's imperialistic, corporate-friendly agenda, which Bush deceptively calls "a long-term war on terror."

Christine Hester,


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