Like To Buy the World a Coup
June 27, 2002
By Beth Henry
is a fine thing, according to our unelected Simba-in-Chief.
Of course, it may not necessarily be determined by votes representing
the will of the people. It may easily mutate into martial
law and unilateralism in our own country, while retaining
its nominal nobility, but only in the event of an undeclared
war with no objective and no forseeable conclusion. Democracy
is sacred to George W. Bush, even though it proved a nuisance
to his own corporate-financed coup.
This devotion to democracy has led him to keep adding to
the list of heads-of-state he would like to see ousted, by
popular vote, of course, all over the world. They may already
be there by popular vote, but that's a mere technicality.
In a true democracy, it doesn't really matter how they got
into power unless they have the Bush dynasty seal of approval.
Saddam Hussein, of course, tops the list. Little Bush is
determined to succeed where Big Bush failed. Hussein, to be
sure, is a "bad guy." He was a bad guy when he was our buddy,
siding with us against Iran, while using chemical weapons
with impunity. He was an even worse guy when he invaded Kuwait,
endangering the fortunes of our petroleum industry and threatening
the "American Way of Life," in which massive consumption of
energy and just about everything else is perhaps even more
sacred than democracy.
Then, of course, there's Castro. Cuba, it seems, is in the
grip of a dictatorship in which elections are fraudulent and
free speech is strangled by surveillance and oppression. That's
okay, though. What really, really irks the Shrub, who admittedly
would like, and is garnering, dictatorial power, is that the
Cubans are not capitalists. They are being deprived of the
joy and fulfillment of enriching the global corporate interests
to which our administration is single-mindedly devoted.
Oh, and let's not forget that opposing Castro pleases those
whom brother Jeb must please in Southern Florida. A bit more
Bush family business, which now seems to dominate American
policy and interests.
Hugo Chavez of Venezuala, elected by the majority of the
vote there, hangs onto his office and his life by his fingernails
following a corporate-sponsored attempted coup supported by
Bush, Inc. In his back-pedalling response to questions about
his support of this new kind of democratic process, Baby Bush
first sputtered denials, then began to admonish Chavez concerning
democracy, and then unaccountably segued into his usual jingoistic
rant against "terrr..."
Afghanistan is a done deal. No more Taliban. After all, they
were evil. They harbored Osama, were mean to their mamas,
and, horror of horrors, actually thought they could bargain
with Unocal to get the pipeline the company wanted to build
through their country to supply some of their energy needs,
and to help them rebuild their infrastructure. Had they been
more forthcoming, the pipeline would have supplied natural
gas to Enron's power plant in Dabhol, and poor Linda Lay would
never have had to lower herself to a humble retail job.
So, even though the ideology and the culprits in the terrorist
attack on our country could be traced directly to Saudi Arabian
and Egyptian al-Qaeda operatives, the Taliban had to go. Now,
minus a few thousand starving civilians, Afghanistan is in
good hands, hand-picked for oil industry friendliness by Bush
& Cheney, Inc. Another triumph for democracy!
This week, George the Younger added Yassir Arafat to the
list of leaders who needed to be ousted by the people in a
fair and democratic election. Does he have a replacement in
mind? What if Palestinians, on the way to the polls, are shot
down or arrested by Israeli troops? How, if practically all
Palestine is under virtual house-arrest, will there be campaigning
or voting? These are details to be worked out, of course.
Given the alchemy of political terminology at which Bush
seems to excel, I'm sure he will come up with a brilliant
and creative way for a country to hold elections in the path
of tanks and bullets, under perpetual curfew, and surrounded
by barbed-wire and checkpoints.
Who knows? We may need that very blueprint for our own elections
Email Beth Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org