I am so tired of the idea that speaking the truth in this country is somehow unpatriotic. The latest victim of this near police state is Rosie O’Donnell. Rosie, like most of America, does NOT support the war in Iraq. Unlike others of us, Rosie has a public forum where she can say this. And, thankfully, she has.
Since Rosie has been on “The View,” I started taping it on occasion. It has been more interesting than it ever has been in the past. I happened to see it the day this conversation between Rosie and Elisabeth went on:
O’DONNELL: …… I just want to say something. 655,000 Iraqi civilians are dead. Who are the terrorists?
HASSELBECK: Who are the terrorists?
O’DONNELL: 655,000 Iraqis — I’m saying you have to look, we invaded –
HASSELBECK: Wait, who are you calling terrorists now? Americans?
O’DONNELL: I’m saying if you were in Iraq, and the other country, the United States, the richest in the world, invaded your country and killed 655,000 of your citizens, what would you call us?
HASSELBECK: Are we killing their citizens or are their people also killing their citizens?
O’DONNELL: We’re invading a sovereign nation, occupying a country against the U.N.
I did not see it earlier this week when Rosie and Elisabeth got into a heated debate about this. But, of course, like everyone, I’ve seen excerpts.
Elisabeth was the one who started the whole thing by continually interrupting Rosie when the original discussion was going on. If she could ever just let Rosie finish saying what the rest of us are thinking there wouldn’t have been any issue.
Rosie never called the troops terrorists.
The troops are not terrorists. The troops are a pawn in a war for oil that George Bush wanted to start so badly he lied to congress and the American public to get it going. The troops are just being sent to carry out the war mongering of the administration. The troops families are left to worry and wonder and offer some sort of support, otherwise their loved ones are in harm’s way for no real purpose.
As I have said here many times, I DO support the troops. I want them safe. Why those who want them fighting a useless war are “supportive” and those of us who want them home with their families are not, I’ve never been able to figure out. You want them dying and that’s supportive. I want them home and that’s unsupportive. huh? I’m completely confused.
Rosie didn’t say it, but I will – the real terrorists are the Bush administration. They pushed for this war, knowing there wasn’t any real proof of weapons of mass destruction. They manipulated information to get congress to agree and get the public to accept it.
What Rosie says here is the truth – and I believe the truth can always be spoken. We invaded a country with no reason to do so. That does not make our soliders terrorists. It makes those who lied to get us there terrorists.
A terrorist is, by nature, one who induces terror? Do you think Iraqi citizens were terrified when bombs started falling? Let us not forget the first casualty of the Iraqi war was a mother – not a soldier, not a terrorist – just a mother. Note that phrase, “just” a mother. Is that how you feel about your mom? Probably not. It’s probably not how her child felt about her either.
One of the things that Americans can just not seem to understand is that people are much the same all over the world. People from all countries bleed and cry and rejoice – just like we do. One of the phrases I hate on news in the US is, “no Americans were hurt,” as if American lives are somehow more precious than other lives. People, we are not special.
How would Americans feel if Germany suddenly started dropping bombs on us because they think the way our country is run is wrong? We’d be pretty pissed. We wouldn’t be throwing flowers at them, which is one of the most ridiculous ideas I’ve heard in a long time – that the Bush administration really believed the people who’s country we were bombing – at least those who survived – would welcome us with open arms and be throwing flowers at us. When someone is trying to kill you and destroy your country that’s not a normal reaction. I’d like to be liberated from the Bush administration too, but I don’t want Canada to start dropping bombs on us in order to facilitate that.
So, let me answer the question Rosie asked. Who are the terrorists? The Bush administration.
I know Elisabeth has been brainwashed by this administration, by her church, or by Fox “news” to believe that we are all in imminent danger and that the Bush administration is keeping the terrorists at bay. They always point out there hasn’t been another terrorist attack. Well, there weren’t any before Bush was in office either. So, if you want to manipulate statistics and draw cause and effect where none exists, chew on that.
We have to be able to speak freely in this country and Elisabeth has as much right to it as Rosie. But, please, lets do try to stick to the facts. Rosie never called the troops terrorists. She was pointing out a basic and important question that needs to be asked and answered by every American before we go to the polls to vote – who are the terrorists.