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The McCain Camp Complaints of “Inconsistency”
Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for President, attacked his democratic rival over alleged inconsistencies in his stand on the war in Iraq. Obama, on the other hand, countered by responding: “I wasn’t saying anything that I hadn’t said before. That I didn’t say a year ago; or when I was a U.S. senator. If you look at our position, it’s been very consistent.” He didn’t stop with the Republican rabble-rousers. He politely rebuked the media for apparently acting as willing mouthpieces for the McCain camp.
“I am surprised at how...the press...I’m not trying to dump on you guys, but I’m surprised at how finely calibrated every single word was measured,” Obama said. “The notion that we have to get out carefully has been a consistent position,” he continued. His sentiments were not just directed at Fox News, disparagingly called “Fix News” by some liberals. The conservative media in general were discretely put on notice.
Fresh from his suppression of what some perceived as the start of an American gynecocracy (see “Word for the Week” below for definition) spearheaded by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama elaborated on his consistent stand: “The belief that we have a national security interest in making sure Iraq is secure, I’ve been saying consistently.” This was a retort to what many see as McCain’s calamity howling about the possibility of genocide should US troops exit Iraq abruptly.
“And what has been the result of Uncle Sam’s abrupt presence in Iraq since 2003?” asks one anti-Bush commentator? To date, as of this writing, 1,236,604 Iraqi deaths have occurred since the US invasion according to the antiwar.com Web site. And the iraqbodycount.com Web site notes that from 85,795 to 93,594 documented civilian deaths have occurred due to violence since US troops landed in ‘03. Looting by American soldiers, who are special targets of the Iraqis, is said to continue. British troops, I was told when I was in the Persian Gulf, show empathy. There has been 312 Coalition troops killed, a fraction of American troops.
On one occasion, British troops unexpectedly encountered armed Iraqi “insurgents.” The British commander ordered his troops to remove their helmets, which they reluctantly did. This gesture showed respect for the Iraqis, indicating to them they the British knew they were on foreign soil. What happened next? A soccer game broke out between the two groups!
Of course, with regard to genocide, the Iraqis and other Muslims in the region say the tribal wars and infighting among the country’s inhabitants is no different from what is happening in the US. As has been mentioned before in this column, former US “War on Terror” “detainee” Moazzam Begg, in his book Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantánamo, Bagram, and Kandahar, wrote regarding America:
“You fight for the right to bear arms, in a country that is plagued by firearms violence: juvenile college killings, shopping-mall snipers, serial killers, Hollywood-style shoot-outs with the cops, gang violence from all your races—Latino Lords, Mexican Mafia, Crips and Bloods, Aryan Brotherhood, Ku Klux Klan; highest crime figures in the world, especially murder in your capital city.”
“Genocide!?” asked another observer. “You mean like what the US did to the Indians?” He paused for effect. “You mean like what they’re doing to African Americans on several levels?” he continued. “Take the infamous Tuskegee experiment that was conducted on innocent, unsuspecting Black men. Sure, the government will issue an insincere formal or informal apology, and then do something else similar to it again that we may find out about later, issue another apology, and on and on.” I thought he was through, then as I was about to say something he said:
“Don’t you see what’s happening with the HIV/AIDS debacle?” He didn’t allow me answer. “The powers that be corner us as Black people by either denying us education, or making it difficult for us to move up the corporate ladder, or by getting our sons in the legal system. And what do we do?” I didn’t even attempt to answer. “We turn to drugs, sex, music, sports, and violence. And the White man is only too please to accommodate us by introducing HIV/AIDS to a depressed population that’s using sex as the primary form of escapism. Any money we make while dying a slow death we spend on drugs (HIV/AIDS again), music, the latest sneakers, and violence. It all adds us to carefully orchestrated GENOCIDE.” “Whey,” I say to myself. “Oh, I forgot something,” he said. I just look at him. “White people are the first to say, ‘Well, you know those people are doing it to themselves.’”
Again, regarding the bogus Republican concern for genocide sweeping throughout the country, in 2004 a royal family member from the region told me when I was reclining next to him at a banquet table in his Persian Gulf palace not far from Iraq, “The Iraqi civilization is 5,000 years old, whereas America is a few hundred years old. How do you think they managed to survive just fine for thousands of years before America, and the United Kingdom too, was even thought of?” Meanwhile, after Republicans fired off what CNN called “attack e-mails,” the exchanges between Campaign McCain and Camp Obama heated up as the running gun battle continues.
To be sure, Mr. Obama is struggling with problems of Biblical proportions when tackling the Iraq issue. Modern-day Iraq is ancient Babylon all grown up. By the seventh century B.C.E., ancient Babylon was a secure fortress. Before it ascended to glory, prophet Isaiah foretold: “Babylon...must become as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. She will never be inhabited, nor will she reside for generation after generation. And there the Arab will not pitch his tent, and no shepherds will let their flocks lie down there.” (Isaiah 13:19, 20) Sure enough, Cyrus the Great, many centuries prior to the birth of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, overthrew Babylon on the night of October 5, 539 BC. This was only the beginning of the prophecy’s fulfillment.
A few hundred years later the Parthians ran Babylon. Shortly thereafter, Jewish historian Josephus said that “a great number” of Jews lived there. One source says that, “According to The Cambridge Ancient History, Palmyrene merchants founded a prosperous trading colony in Babylon in 24 C.E. So, as late as the first century C.E., Babylon was still not completely desolate; yet, Isaiah’s book had been completed long before then.” (See 1 Pet. 5:13) The fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy outpaced him. He didn’t live to see Babylon become a mere “piles of stones.” (Jeremiah 51:37)
Jewish scholar Jerome, who lived a few hundred years after Christ, wrote that “by his day Babylon was a hunting ground in which ‘beasts of every type’ roamed.” Presently, Babylon is still in shambles, despite Saddam’s promise to rebuild it. God is quoted as saying of Babylon, “I’ll bulldoze it out of existence.” (Isaiah 14:22; Message Bible) Ultimately, God will bless The Iraqis, and persons from all nations. Amen!
Word of the Week (or is it “Weak”?): gynecocracy—political rule by women. The related word, “gynecology,” means the study of women.
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