[pjw] The passing of George HW Bush
Peace and Justice Works
pjw at pjw.info
Sat Dec 1 16:52:57 EST 2018
We are sometimes accused of being insensitive when past presidents
die. PJW did a "Richard Nixon was not a hero" protest in the 1990s after
seeing the glowing media responses.
So I will frame this essay about the passing of George HW Bush (41) in a
It is because of Bush I got up out of my proverbial armchair and hit the
streets after a friend of mine was stationed in the Gulf in the leadup to
Iraq War part 1.
Bush Sr. launched attacks on fewer countries (Panama, Iraq, Somalia) than
Bush Jr. (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia), and never got
on an aircraft carrier in a flight suit to say "Mission Accomplished."
Bush Sr.'s attack on Iraq's infrastructure and war that included bombing
the front and end of an Iraqi military convoy fleeing Kuwait did not end
with a physical occupation of Iraq, unlike 2003's "Shock and Awe" by Jr.
The years of aerial bombings of the "no-fly zones" did not come from
unmanned drones. Oh yeah, they weren't invented yet.
I could probably go on and on, but once again hearing about the "thousand
points of light" which were supposed to be humanitarian acts in the US but
always made the peace movement think of the bombs over Baghdad moved me to
post a counterpoint. Thoughts welcome.
peace and justice works
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