Before writing this column, it seemed prudent to do some fact checking. We intended to start with a reference to a Republican talking point about the statute of limitations for war crimes imposing a shrinking window of opportunity for any war crimes trial for George W. Bush. Repeated Google searches confirmed that he had been President and some Nazis had been tried for war crimes. Our recollection of talking points about a statute of limitations for war crimes continued to elude our Google searches. That, in turn, reminded us of Orwell's 1984; "And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed if all records told the same tale then the lie passed into history and became truth."
We had intended to use a specific quote about Bush racing against the statute of limitations as the basis for this column, but since we don't have access to Lexis/Nexis; we couldn't find any such quote and so it becomes an exercise in futility.
We had intended to ridicule the concept that there is a statue of limitations for war crimes. If such a concept had been cited as the Bush term in office drew to a close, then America's free press would have pointed out the absurdity of the idea, wouldn't they . . . or is the concept of a free press a false memory?
When both CBS TV and the New York Times ran items about Jeb Bush recently, it was immediately followed by a Chris Wallace reference to the possibility of a third member of the Bush White House dynasty. That, in turn, reminded this columnist that there is an unrelenting avalanche of pro-Bush propaganda that is cheerfully dumped on a (mostly) unsuspecting audience of gullible rubes by the alleged "free press."
If Jeb is going to be the next President, why bother to write a column about the possibility of war crimes committed by a member of the Bush family?
"This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound tracks, cartoons, photographs to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance." After 9-11, there were some unsubstantiated reports that movies containing shots with the WorldTradeCenter twin tower buildings were altered and the buildings eliminated from the images.