Time just keeps rolling on. That's what time does best really. Face it, time is most often not a friend to humans. In time, what doesn't stop working sags, and what doesn't sag turns grey. Then again, I'll take aging any day over the alternative.
How do the men who run our country imagine that they will get away with the massive and evil crimes that they keep committing as if laws themselves do not apply to them?
They believe they have that sneaky old bastard time on their side. And in any other place and time in American politics they would be right.
When Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for his role in Watergate, it sent a powerful yet mostly unspoken message to the country and the rest of the world:
American presidents are above the law.
Both sides play the game. If Bill Clinton had been found snorting cocaine off the breasts of a dead underage hooker in the White House shortly before he left office, Bush would have pardoned him with a wink and a smile. Because that's just how the game is played.
Ever-slippery time comes into play with the opinions of the American people. Really, how many people are still pissed that tricky Dick didn't see the inside of a jail cell for trying to subvert everything our country stands for? For that matter, the illegal invasion of Iraq is all but forgotten under Bush's incredibly brilliant, Hey We're There, Might As Well Break Some Shit
plan for the rebuilding and democratizing of the Middle East. Try pointing out that every Iraqi death during the invasion and occupation was murder in the legal and moral sense of the word and just marvel at the blank stares and tired wheezes of "but they hate our Freedoms".
Never mind that anyone with access to the internet can go online and show you the international laws against waging aggressive warfare, never mind that, we've got to fight them over there so we don't have to fight them here. In time all of this mindless bloodshed will just pass us by, right?
The Iraqis will bury their tens or hundreds of thousands (who really keeps track of those bothersome statistics) of dead, our soldiers will come home minus their limbs and sanity. They will be bitter and mostly shunned by the shiny happy society they thought they were protecting, just like the generation that fought in Vietnam. In a few years, talented directors and actors will start portraying the "truth" of the war in films and we will all shake our heads at the uselessness of it all. People will talk about the bold vision and courage to show the horrors of war as if there wasn't something we could do about it at the time. As if the war just happened by accident. It may not take years. In what has got to be the most disgusting idea for a television show in history, the same lovely people that brought you Fox News have given us Over There. A drama, a weekly television show, about the war in Iraq. I haven't seen it. I don't want to see it. It's wrong and repugnant and brings up the question, who is watching this? The families of soldiers aren't watching it. I'm sure they have enough worries without this shit. I doubt the soldiers themselves want to see "the reality of war" brought to them between commercials for erection pills. Anti-war people like me aren't watching it. The thought of it makes me break out in hives. So just who is this war porn aimed at? That's right, the true believers. It's propaganda at it's finest. I don't have to see it to know. If it shows Iraqis being gunned down by the dozens by laughing Marines singing the Star Spangled Banner, it still will never come close to even approximating the crimes that this war has, is, and will be breeding for generations to come.
Bush? He believes he will spread democracy like some sort of ideological pollen, retire, and spend the rest of his days on the lecture circuit making $50,000 a speech, basking in the glow of patriotic Americans as he attends church services across the nation to tell his wide eyed followers how he kept them safe from Satan's minions. He believes, rightly so, that all he has to do to hold these groups in the palm of his hand is to bring up 9/11 often and look sad when he does it. He believes his future is bright and blessed.
George W. Bush, with your God as my witness you will not know peaceful days after the horror you have wrought. There will be no golden pastures for you my fake little cowboy. You see, even if you manage to get out of office without over-reaching your authority to the point that half of America decides to take up arms to stop you. Even if you manage to wrangle a pardon from your successor for all of the laws you have broken, you will face justice.
Oh I'm not talking about the pie in the sky sweet bye and bye divine justice that small-minded people comfort themselves with to avoid dealing with difficult problems.
I'm talking about the rest of the world. I'm talking about me and the people like me. You see we are angry enough to do all sorts of things right now, but our anger is a pale shadow compared to those young men and women in Iraq who are fighting the occupation. How much greater is their anger? How much anger is in the hearts of American fathers and mothers who will know that their children, their precious children, died because YOU had to be " a war president". You are not alone in the responsibility for this. There are many who will spend the rest of their days answering for their parts in this. But it all comes back to you, George. Without you and your small mind and big ego this tragedy would not have happened.
Lyndon Johnson would not have stood before the International Criminal Court for Vietnam nor would Reagan for Iran Contra. Or even you own father for scorching the earth and sky just to keep the oil profits in the right hands.
But time, that you hope will hide your crimes and let people forget what you and yours have done, is not on your side in this one. Because the anger is too great and your enemies are too many and too motivated for your crimes to go unpunished.
You should pray to your God, President Bush, that the punishment you face will be at the hands of the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
It's really the best that you can hope for.