Environmental Press # 340

Subj: Bush losing track of reality: casualties
Date: 11/7/2003 12:02:57 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Doug Korthof <doug@seal-beach.org>
To: voiceforveterans@aol.com (via list)

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/

Pfc. Steven Acosta 19 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 4th Infantry Division Calexico, California Died from a non-hostile gunshot wound in Baqubah, Iraq, on October 26, 2003

Capt. James F. Adamouski 29 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division Springfield, Virginia Killed when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq on April 2, 2003

Pvt. Algernon Adams 36 122nd Engineer Battalion, Army National Guard Aiken, South Carolina Died of non-combat related injuries at Forward Operating Base St. Mere, Iraq, on October 28, 2003

Pfc. Michael S. Adams 20 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division Spartanburg, South Carolina Died of injuries sustained in a fire during a small-arms fire exercise. The fire began when a bullet ricocheted and ignited a fire in the building in

 

Baghdad, Iraq on August 21, 2003

Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams 27 Exchange officer with the Royal Navy's 849 Squadron La Mesa, California Killed when two British helicopters collided over the Persian Gulf on March 22, 2003

Spc. Jamaal R. Addison 22 507th Maintenance Company Roswell, Georgia Killed in an Iraqi ambush at Nasiriya on March 23, 2003

Capt. Tristan N. Aitken 31 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division State College, Pennsylvania Killed in action in Iraq on April 4, 2003

Cpl. Stephen John Allbutt 35 Queen's Royal Lancers Stoke-on-Trent, England Killed when his tank was struck by a shell from another British tank on March 25, 2003

Spc. Ronald D. Allen Jr. 22 502nd Personnel Service Battalion, 43rd Area Support Group Mitchell, Indiana Died of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident that occurred while he was conducting convoy operations near Balad, Iraq on August 25, 2003

Sapper Luke Allsopp 24 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) North London, England Killed in attack on British vehicles in southern Iraq on March 23, 2003

. . .

It goes on and on.

The latest headlines have Bush's megalomania even more apparent: now, ignorant of Islam and Muslim culture and history, he proposes to remake the Muslim world in his version of "democracy". But our liberal, free ideals are the result of 800 years and more of philosophical inquiry and scientific endeavor -- and social progress. While the West started off in the 13th Century laying the basis for freedom, the lights were going out in the Islamic world. Islam, once in the forefront of tolerance, became the symbol of bigotry and hatred.

Even today, Islamic extremists use the fruits of our freedom -- western bombs, guns and bullets, part of the bounty of our freedom from fundamentalism -- to attack us. You won't see many inventions coming from the Muslim world, few steel plants, and so on; mostly, they are living off the progress of the Western world.

How could they be forced to be free? It would take centuries to remake the closed, fearful, woman-hating Muslim world into some sort of free people. It is a laudable goal, and great task: but it's not something that can be rammed down their throats.

The Muslims have, long ago, turned away from freedom, social tolerance, elections and learning. They are not going to be led back to it by guns and bombs.

Ignorance and arrogance on the world stage are sure recipes for disaster. And who suffers? Click through to this link and look at the faces of young men and women who are paying the price for Bush's insanity.

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/

This vain and impossible task is bound to cause the majority of Americans to lose traction with the Bush agenda. But it don't matter much, the evil-doers have learned how to steal elections in the face of apathetic Citizenry.

In the words of the Linda Ronstadt song, "People look around you, the signs are everywhere you left it to somebody other than you to be the one to care "You're lost inside your houses, too late to find you now..."

Doug

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