“I hear people saying we don’t need this war/ I say there’s some things worth fighting for/… Some say this country’s just out looking for a fight/ After 9/11, man, I’d have to say that’s right/ …Have you forgotten all the people killed?/ Some went down like heroes in that Pennsylvania field/ Have you forgotten about our Pentagon?/ All the loved ones that we lost and those left to carry on/ Don’t you tell me not to worry about bin Laden.” -Lyrics from “Have You Forgotten?” by Darryl Worley (this song is currently speeding up the country charts.)
Oh for fcuk’s sake. This kind of jingoistic blather is part of the reason people believe that in order to avenge 9/11 and prevent another terrorist attack on the U.S. we have to go to war with Iraq. Bush and Powell are doing everything they can to feed into this rhetoric as well. And it’s working. In a recent poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, 46 percent of Americans thought most of the September 11th hijackers were Iraqi. None of them were Iraqi. Whether or not there is a link between bin Laden and Hussein remains a highly contested topic. But what the hell, let’s bomb them anyway.
And to add offense to injury, it’s a cheesy, crap song.
I also came across this apt description of Bush in a Salon.com article, Bush vs. Bush: “Critics of the pending war slam the president as on a personal crusade — a “fixation,” as Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., said last week, stopping short of comparing the president to the avenging Spanish fencer Inigo Montoya from the film “The Princess Bride.” (President Bush didn’t help matters by once describing Saddam as ‘the guy who tried to kill my dad.’)”
Hehe. “My name is George Bush, you tried to kill my dad, prepare to die.”