This Girl's Voice

Thursday, February 13, 2003  

••chillingly prophetic••

might i suggest Gore Vidal's latest book "Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta", containing a collection of articles and essay's he's written over the past 8 yrs.;

paticularly chilling if not downright prophetic, is the last paragraph in Chapter 1 written on Jan.15, 2001 for The Nation:

"Expect a small war or two in order to keep military appropriations flowing. There will also be tax relief for the very rich......The military -- Cheney, Powel, et al.-- will be calling the tune, and the whole nation will be on constant alert, for, James Baker has already warned us, Terrorism is everywhere on the march".

••if a Dove cries in the Senate, will anybody hear it?••

Senator Robert Byrd spoke today on the Senate floor in Congress and echoed what i believe to be the thoughts and concerns of a majority of North American citizens -- citizens who have so far been consistently misrepresented by skewed polls, marginalized by the media and deemed irrelevant by the Bush administration.

"To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of
human experiences. On this February day, as this nation
stands at the brink of battle, every American on some level
must be contemplating the horrors of war.

Yet, this Chamber is, for the most part, silent - ominously, dreadfully
. There is no debate, no discussion, no attempt to lay out for the
nation the pros and cons of this particular war. There is nothing.

We stand passively mute in the United States Senate, paralyzed by our
own uncertainty, seemingly stunned by the sheer turmoil of events.
Only on the editorial pages of our newspapers is there much substantive
discussion of the prudence or imprudence of engaging in this particular war.

And this is no small conflagration we contemplate. This is no simple
attempt to defang a villain. No. This coming battle, if it materializes,
represents a turning point in U.S. foreign policy and possibly a turning
point in the recent history of the world
~ Senator Robert Byrd (D - W. Virginia) | Feb. 12, 2003

posted by voxpopgirl | 2/13/2003