Monday, February 25, 2008

Hope is not mocked

Hope does not lend itself very well to sarcasm and mockery. Indeed, to mock hope seems not only stupid but cruel. Making fun of someone because they hope things will be better? I don’t understand why Clinton has taken this tack. I believe it is a terrible mistake. I like to think the real Hillary was the one at the end of the last debate, reaching out and claiming unity. I think she is not being well-advised by her “handlers.” In fact, I think she has been very ill-advised from the very beginning and it is too late now to turn things around. It appears to me that her advisors have now adopted a “scorched earth” attitude. If Hillary and the DLC can’t win they will spoil it for Obama and the DNC. All this negative stuff about Obama will play into the hands of the Brafia, of course it will be mild compared to what they will come up with. The Clinton campaign is now accusing Obama of dirty tricks while it is they, themselves, who are playing such tricks. The Clinton campaign, under the direction of Penn, has descended into the very depths of dirty politics. Unfortunately, they are dragging Hillary down with them. This is not entirely surprising as they have managed to lose the last two elections when a dead duck should have been able to beat Bush. Let’s see the end of the DLC. Hillary will be a lot better off without them.

McCain has said if he can’t convince Americans that the “war” in Iraq was/is worthwhile, he will lose. So come on McCain, convince me. Four thousand American troops lost, thousands more wounded and maimed, maybe a million Iraqis dead, including huge numbers of women and children, three or four million displaced from their homes, Iraqi infrastructure largely destroyed, their people tortured and humiliated, the U.S. in depth beyond ordinary imagination, and all this for a “war” that was completely unnecessary to begin with. What do we have to show for it? Basically nothing. Even if we were miraculously to “win,” what is it we will have won? McCain is insane, if he thinks he is going to convince anyone this was all worth it (there’s a bumper sticker there, McCain’s Insane). I think one of the reasons American citizens are fed up with it is because it is so incredibly insane. How could this be allowed to happen? What the hell are we going to do about it now? Only one answer makes any sense – get out now, apologize to the Iraqis and the rest of the world, hold those responsible for it accountable, and hope that our image can eventually be restored. If McCain wants to stay there for a hundred years, let him, and let him take Bush/Cheney and the neocons with him. Good riddance. The Iraqis would probably have some good ideas as to what to do with these war criminals. No one here even dares mention the question of what to do with them.

The roviating is starting to pick up already. They are showing a photo of Obama dressed up in a Somali costume while he was visiting there. How awful! And of course they are starting in on the idea that he may be too cozy with the Palestinians. How awful! How awful would it be to have a President who actually understands that Palestinians are people, too, and they are suffering terribly under Israeli colonialism. Maybe such a President would actually do something to bring about some kind of peace in the Middle East instead of just meekly bowing to every Israeli whim and desire. It’s perfectly clear that Hillary will never do anything to offend the Israelis, nor will McCain. In short, there is no hope at all for the Israeli/Palestinian problem unless there is at least a chance that Obama will attempt something meaningful. It’s a long shot, he may do nothing, but there is always that hope that Hillary is making fun of. Remember, depression is child’s play compared with hopelessness.

“And this stillness of life did not in the least resemble a peace. It was the stillness of an implacable force brooding over an inscrutable intention.”
Joseph Conrad

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