July 10, 2006 Response to Bin Laden cartoon The editorial page cartoon in the Tidings, July 3, links Osama bin Laden and the New York Times, showing a vulture faced Osama wearing a symbolic “I love,” heart shaped shoulder patch labeled N

Response to Bin Laden cartoon

The editorial page cartoon in the Tidings, July 3, links Osama bin Laden and the New York Times, showing a vulture faced Osama wearing a symbolic “I love,” heart shaped shoulder patch labeled New York Times.

Of course, more to the point would have been to suggest with a similar patch the mutual benefits that President George Bush and Osama have derived from their relationship,not referringto bygone days when they collaborated in the effort to drive the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan. But rather to the presentmoment when between them they have terrified the U.S. people to the point where Bush is enabled to act like an absolute monarch out of the days of England in the 10th to 12th centuries — although he is in much less danger of overthrow than the earlyBritish monarchs. Osama’s help has been indispensable in aiding the Bush administration to undermine what was thought to be a government upholding civil liberties and human rights and in which there was a division of power between legislature, judiciary and executive; individual states and federal government; the people and the state, local or national.

Osama, meanwhile, has benefited from the springing forth of recruits for his cause. Don’t we need a study to show us the change since 9/11 in the relative ability of the United States with its new-style king and Osama to attract soldiers to their respective sides inthe war against terror? Even now is there much doubt that Osama is winning it. We may refer here to the problems being met by the American military in recruiting youth to join the struggle, despite the huge inducements they are being offered. That reminds me of the $21 monthly pay I received when I was drafted in 1941.

In this dialectical relationship Bush and Osama have jointly terrified the country much more than Hitler, the Nazi party, and the Wehmacht did in 1941. Is that not proved by the Patriot Act, the homage paid by the party once headed by FDR to the dubious President now become sovereign, old style;along with betrayalof the respect in which the United Stateswas once held in other parts of the world, as well as by its own people,by such reverse terror as Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and internationalized torture, or generally speaking barbarity, savagery and brutality in manydimensions?

Hal Jamison



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