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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Bend it Like Bush

You know, I try HARD to keep this blog apolitical. It just doesn't seem worth the effort to bitch and moan about politics and/or politicians simply because I'd bitch and moan ALL THE TIME- and who likes to do that? Definitely, not me. Democrat/Republican, they're all the same corrupt asshole shitting on us- one just wears blue, and the other solicits sex from men in airport bathrooms. Today though I have to get my anti-G.W.Bush rant on. It's about that time. I just read an article that the Bu(ll)sh(it) Administration is making efforts to dissuade congress from passing a bill that recognizes Turkey's role in a WWI-era genocide of Armenians. Apparently the Turks don't want to admit that they massacred up to 1.5 million people 80 something years ago and are telling Bush and his cronies that there will be hell to pay if Congress decides to move the legislation forward. As you can imagine, this puts the US in a sticky situation since a lot of fuel and cargo bound for Iraq are shipped through Turkey.



So this got me thinking- how many times over the last 6.5 years have we been at this point? Again, we have a president boldly and overtly bending the truth to suit specific aims, regardless of the message it sends, or the obvious hypocrisy. What's funny to me is that there's irony all over the place here. Of the various "rationales" used to invade Iraq in the first place (WMD's, 9/11, Iraqi freedom, Rumsfeld's obscene flatulence, Condi's horrendous hemmoroids)- the one people at Fox"news" and conservative talk radio like to harp on most, is the fact that Saddam's regime killed a bunch of Kurds in the 80's. "The brutal dictator needs to go" they said. No one mentions the fact that many of those weapons dropped on Kurdish heads were stamped "Made in the USA". But here's the kicker. According to this ridiculous line of thought, Saddam killing thousands of Kurds in Iraq is genocide and worthy of rebuke, but Turks killing 1.5 million Armenians during WWI isn't. Does genocide have a statute of limitations or something? I must have been sleeping during that lesson in World History...




Is it me or is this Turk dressing up as Adolph Hitler for Halloween? Well, I guess that resolves the Armenian genocide debate for me!

Well, I just found out that the Congrssional Foreign Affairs Committee just passed the resolution and Turkey is calling home their ambassador in protest. Oh well. I'm sure he'll be back and still in denial about his country's brutal history. It must be nice to have the role of picking and choosing how history should be written- you always come out squeaky clean and the folks you shit on come out to be the villians. How much does it cost to join that country club? I've got some of my OWN history to rewrite.

10 Comments:

Blogger Woozie said...

A couple things about this situation-

1) Why is the Turkish government pissed at this? The Republic of Turkey didn't do this, it was the Ottoman Empire. With a little bit of convincing the people, the government's hands are completely clean.

2) Why is the brutal dictator thing enough to invade Iraq, but not intervene in Darfur?

3) Why are we so concerned about our alliance with Turkey? We don't need them, we could just as easily fly all that stuff through Israel, which is almost on the same longitude as Turkey, is a stronger U.S. ally, and owes us for that $3 billion blank check we write them every year.

Thu Oct 11, 02:55:00 PM

 
Blogger paz y amor said...

Wooz-

1) History is very dear to a lot of people outside the US (since we don't seem to give two shits about ours). There is a lot of pride in Turkey regarding the Ottoman Empire- one that lasted six centuries (longer than the British Empire) and changed the face of Eurasia in a lot of ways. I can see why they take it personally, BUT as the saying goes, they need to get over it.

2) We both know the Iraq war is more of a monetary cause and less of a cause of honor and nobility. I can name ten "brutal dictators" who deserved the noose more than Saddam did, but they lacked the assets (OIL) to warrant removal from power. Oddly enough, the Sudanese government has been giving information to the US about bin Laden as a way to keep the US off it's back regarding the GENOCIDE in Darfur. Not like this US government would intervene to save the lives of millions of Africans anyway...

3) I agree that we COULD fly arms through Israel, but the US doesn't want to seem THAT cozy with the Israeli government. That would definitely legitimize the notions that the Iraq war is an effort to colonize Arab countries (which it's not...I think).

Fri Oct 12, 07:55:00 AM

 
Blogger Woozie said...

I was taught that the ottoman Empire wasn't worth two shits in its last two centuries. The only reason it lasted so long is because for those last 200 years, the European powers (especially Britain) were interested in keeping the Ottoman Empire together to keep trade routes to Southeast Asia and China secure. They feared losing the Ottomans would lead to chaos in the middle east, which is what we have now. Someone needs to tell this to the Turks.

We hand the Israelis 3 billion dollars a year, no questions asked. We're practically giving them a blowjob, and it doesn't get much cozier than fellatio.

Fri Oct 12, 02:33:00 PM

 
Blogger paz y amor said...

I would think an anal injection would be a little cozier but I got your point. The Ottoman Empire may not have been worth two shits in the last 200 years of it's existence but you you'd never convince the Turks of that. Call it national pride or historical indifference...

Sat Oct 13, 01:47:00 PM

 
Blogger Woozie said...

Or stupidity.

Sat Oct 13, 06:42:00 PM

 
Blogger eyechan said...

not to be outdone the Japanese goverment this year ordered that school history textbooks be revised so that the part about Japanese generals in Okinawa during ww2 ordering the locals to commit suicide rather than surrendering to American soldiers be removed. it's not quite the same as denying genocide, i know, but it's still pretty bad.

Sun Oct 14, 09:02:00 AM

 
Blogger paz y amor said...

Eye

Goverments all over are shady as hell! I'm sure the US government has done some similar things to hide its involvement in heinous events. "The Tuskeegee Experiment" was just one incident that came out fairly recently...

Mon Oct 15, 04:47:00 AM

 
Blogger Nicole said...

Goverments all over are shady as hell! I'm sure the US government has done some similar things to hide its involvement in heinous events.

Paz, ya think??? lol
well I guess I am biased, being Canadian and having no respect at all for your current gov't. Whenever good ole boys are running the show, I am sure there is plenty of cover ups.
I realize that you are mostly referring to past cover ups, but I am sure our kids will someday learn about Bush's dirty little secrets too.

Vegas was fun. Thanks for the comment. I posted pics of my daughter, but due to her age, decided to have her face blurred out. So, now you have seen my kid too! ( well, one of them)

Mon Oct 15, 07:42:00 AM

 
Anonymous PJ said...

Wait, this blog is apolitical? Really?

Tue Oct 16, 02:58:00 PM

 
Blogger Kiyotoe said...

titties?

Fri Oct 19, 03:24:00 PM

 

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