View from Africa II
- John and All,
Thanks for your response to the Uganda New Vision
editorial. I realized when I sent it that it employed some
hyperbole, but I was interested in letting people know the
sentiment of others around the world. I think the
statement that 'if the world were voting, Bush wouldn't
stand a chance' is both poignant and accurate. But I'm
just throwing things out there for debate, so thanks for
picking it up. Here's the New Vision editorial from
P.S. I too am more terrified of the Axis of Evil
(Ashcroft, Cheney, Rumsfeld), but they're part of the Bush
package. And rest assured, Paul, there are no Dicks in my
Why Bush should not be re-elected
THE WORLD is watching with bated breath as the United
States presidential election campaign winds down.
Whoever emerges winner between President George Bush and
his main challenger, John Kerry, will be the worlds most
powerful man. That is why we have an interest in whoever
sits in the Oval Office.
Bush has had four years of unmitigated disaster as far as
the international community is concerned, and will be most
remembered for undermining global stability.
By bypassing the United Nations in his decision to attack
Iraq, Bush laid asunder the tenets of world peace
multilateralism and joint responsibility that were
established in the wake of World War II. Because of the
militarism and (initially) unrestrained aggression of 70
years ago that led to mankinds biggest war, world leaders
decided that order would be maintained through the UN.
Subsequently, with the demise of the Soviet bloc, it was
incumbent upon the US, as the sole super power, to
exercise its leadership responsibly through international
It is not only the US that is concerned about terrorism
(even Uganda has been victim). By telling a lie about
Iraqs weapons of mass destruction, and invading on that
false premise, Bush has taken attention away from the real
culprits, Al Qaeda, and in so doing skewed the war against
terrorism, for which much of the world may yet pay.
The Bush administration has undermined not only
geopolitical interests. By failing to approve the Kyoto
Protocol, a pact aimed at tackling global warming by
limiting carbondioxide emissions, the US has put all of
mankind at risk.
By holding suspects without trial, and refusing to sign up
to the International Criminal Court, Bush has undermined
justice and democracy, the very ideals that otherwise make
the US the attractive world leader it should be.
It is for Americans to elect their chief. But because the
US, at this moment in history, is also world leader, the
President must be more suave, more astute. George Bush is
not that man.
Published on: Thursday, 28th October, 2004
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2004 08:14:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: John Patten <jppatten98@...>
Subject: Re: The view from Africa
Thanks Kristen for the post. While still firmly in the
anti-Bush camp (and tepid about Kerry), this very
interesting editorial also illustrates some of the
problems of journalism today. While an editorial would
of course be opinion, often statements are put out as
facts when they are at the very least debatable. This
author makes several mistakes and misrepresentations
(trillions of dollars of deficit for example) which
sometimes gives that side ammunition to say look at
the way the "liberals" can't get the facts straight,
diverting their own misstatements.
Bush doesn't even scare me so much anymore, but the
big four do- Rummy, Ashcroft, Paul Wolfowitz and
Cheney. An official here that knows them says despite
the fact they are smart, they self-reference each
other and have lost the plot to the big picture.
I think the world knows something we don't.