Nelson's thoughts on the great cognitive divide between the actual war and the propaganda used to justify it express my own? Exactly... how do you justify the unjustifiable?
THE EVIDENCE OF this overwhelming meanness of spirit is everywhere, abroad and at home. Even the administration’s efforts to justify the war in Iraq as one of liberation and declare victory cannot mask the human costs to American troops and their families. How many thousands of Iraqis are dead? Where are the ridiculously named “weapons of mass destruction” that Bush used to justify this invasion? Witness the looting of priceless antiquities, kitsch and cash from Iraqi museums and Saddam Hussein’s palaces and homes, allowed and participated in not only by Iraqis but members of the American armed forces and their “embedfellows,” the media.
And the way she speaks to the problems of free speech also highlight, most tellingly, the surrender of Congress and most of the American people to those who wish to undermine and decimate the basic tenets of our Constitution. She doesn't use the "f" word, but I will... it's a kind of neo-fascism at work, an unholy alliance between government and corporations, which seek to take control of the media and the minds of the people, and to silence those who protest or dissent. This kind of control-freak behavior is playing out in a very real manner the Mussolini definition of fascism. As Nelson puts it:
[b[ ...to question this war and its aftermath is characterized as at worst treason and at best anti-American cynicism. And woe unto those who criticize Halliburton, Kellogg Brown & Root and the rest of the corporate sponsors of the Bush administration as they line up at the trough of government contracts to rebuild Iraq and control its oil. Now, the armed forces in Iraq have turned to shooting Iraqi demonstrators, the very people they supposedly came to “liberate” with democracy. [/b]
We are even under siege at home, right here in America, notwithstanding the ME. Homeland Security measures and impending Patriot Acts are seeing to that. Will anything be private and sacred any more under the Pubs, even consensual sex? Think about it. This is serious.
So I find it rather easy to hear my inner voice echoing Nelson's when she closes by saying:
Today, I live in an America that makes my stomach hurt and fills me with terror. A nation run by greedy, frightened, violent bullies. It is time to take our country back before it is too late.