P. Anthony Farruggio
961B S. Lakewood Terrace ONE TIME RIGHTS
Port Orange, FL 32127
Out of Bounds
Well, so far they succeeded. The Neo-cons and their media cohorts have altered the boundaries concerning the debate on Iraq. Now, all we see on our television screens, and all we read in the mainstream press, is talk of " civil war in Iraq ". It is now assumed that there is nothing wrong with the fact that my nation, your nation, has bombed the living hell out of a sovereignty, invaded its borders, and continues to occupy it. Is Alice still listening from Wonderland? Over 2200 young American corpses, along with ruptured families, friends and dreams placed in those caskets, for what, a bunch of lies? For what, control of the flow of oil? For what, so that the Bush/ Cheney cronies and donors can make obscene war profits on our tax dollars?
Terrorism is " alive and well " in the Middle East. Terrorism has been " alive and well " throughout the world for centuries. Whenever one culture, or one people, invades and occupies another's land, that " T " word sprouts like corn in Iowa. The Israelis who bombed the King David Hotel in the late 40's in Palestine, were labeled terrorists by the Brits, occupiers of their land. In Tel Aviv, they are still being honored as " freedom fighters ". The children, and children's children of those Israelis, now routinely terrorize the Palestinians whose families lived side by side with them under that British occupation. Less than two hundred years ago, American Indians who took offense that the land and resources they occupied and hunted , fished and farmed on for centuries, was being overrun and stripped by fair haired blue eyed " foreigners". They were then labeled as terrorists. And many of them did perform horrific acts, as did the soldiers who continuously murdered , raped and pillaged the tribes. When the Nazi juggernaut shredded up Europe like Cole Slaw, history has recorded the " too many to count " acts of barbarism they inflicted upon the civilian populations, especially the Jews. Then, the Germans turned around and, with serious gall, called those who sabotaged their troop trains, supply trains and places of residence as .... yup... " terrorists".
So, all the lies and misinformation and fabrications before March 19th 2003, have faded away from the debate. As Howard Dean and John Kerry and Miss Hillary have stated: " Well, we're there now, lets deal with that!" Oh really? Would that argument resonate if the Dean kids, Vanessa Kerry, or Miss Hillary's young Chelsea were marching through that hornets nest in the sand? Perhaps the debate would swing back to who should be held accountable and tried for treason. Perhaps then the debate would be not how soon the indictments, but how many others were in on this disgrace.
Time to wake up folks, and smell the rot that is eating away at our Republic. The spin doctors are succeeding. They are feeding us the pabulum and far too many are eating it up. What if? What if the authorities invaded your house, destroyed most of it, occupied it, and then said: " Oh, our mistake... well, your family wasn't getting along anyway... so we'll just stay here until we straighten out your family feud." Isn't that just a little bit " out of bounds?"
Biography- Philip A Farruggio is a free lance columnist, small businessman and WPUL 1590AM radio's host of the "ProActivist Talk Show". Brooklyn NYC born and bred, he is the son and grandson of Brooklyn longshoremen. A graduate of Brooklyn College (class of '74) Philip has had over 60 political columns published in various newspapers and online sites since the 2000 elections. The Counterpunch.com archives contains many of his earlier writings. He can be reached at email@example.com