Bad Behavior - Andrea Faye
What the fuck is an axis of
evil? And why is the president talking like we are fighting a war against Saturday
morning cartoon villains? And why doesn't anybody notice that this is a problem?
Americans have ruined their minds with play stations and Nintendo and now think that
foreign policy and war are games with good guys and bad guys. My four-year old nephew
operates on that presumption. But he likes to be addressed as Spiderman and began
crying a few days ago because his older brother convinced him that he had stolen
his brain and put it in a balloon. We worked it out and got his brain back but I'm
still concerned about the President. It would be a great embarrassment to this country
if President Bush had, on his trip to China last week, had accused the Chairman of
China of putting his brain in a balloon.
The axis of evil we are going to war against is North Korea, Iran, and Iraq. Unlike
the axis forces of WWII, which consisted of the alliance of Germany, Italy, and Japan,
the axis Bush would like us to fight are not allied with one another. As a matter
of fact, Iran and Iraq are sworn enemies, negating the use of the term axis entirely.
There are things these countries do have in common, however. Iran and Iraq are both
opposed to and by Bin Laden. They have all made an effort to acquire nuclear weapons.
Thirdly, they are all allied with China and the Soviet Union. To understand the implications
of this, imagine how the United States would respond to a Chinese invasion of Mexico
or Israel, or of a Russian invasion of Canada. Canada and Israel have nuclear weapons.
Does that give foreign armies the right to invade them? And even if it were right,
does it make it an intelligent thing to do?
I am not an isolationist. Pacifism is ideal, but this is not an ideal world. Still,
I want to know why when this city was attacked by Al Quaeda members, we are going
to war with three countries that are not linked to our attackers. There are an estimated
10,000 Al Quaeda terrorists plotting attacks on us who are still at large. Should
that not be the priority instead of attacking nations who have no relationship with
Al Quaeda. Bin Laden wanted to fight Iraq in the Gulf War. He is a Sunni fundamentalist
who is against military dictatorships in the Holy Land. The Iranians are Shiite Moslems,
the sworn enemies of the Sunni's. North Korea is a Buddhist communist nation that
has nothing to do with any of this. Possession of nuclear weapons by hostile dictatorships
is a serious problem, but unless they are at war with us, or seek to be, which none
of these nations are, why should this nation risk a world war? Not to mention the
fact that none of these nations have actually acquired nuclear weapons. Pakistan
has nuclear weapons and is responsible for the schools that trained Al Quaeda and
the Taliban. They allowed the U.S.A. access to Afghanistan after the 11th, but the
Iranians allowed us to use their airspace to fire on the Taliban. Saudi Arabia forbade
us to use theirs. Why don't we invade them?
I don't like to overstate the obvious, but next to Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq have
the worlds next largest oil supply. They are also vehement opposers of Israel and
supporters of Hezbollah. But to be honest, I don't give a fuck. New York City should
be a higher priority to the U.S.A. than Israel is. Besides, Israel has had fifty
years to learn how to get along with even one of it's neighbors and has failed to
do so. Maybe it's always someone else's fault, but if that's the case, than Israel
also has a lot in common with my four-year old nephew.
The axis of evil is a lot of nonsense. Speechwriters use words like axis to give
this country images of WWII when we fought the Nazis and Fascists, who were as close
to evil as political parties can come. But these countries are not presently a threat
to the rest of the world. If George W. Bush does want to refer to WWII, then maybe
he should learn from it and it's mistakes. Hitler was winning the war until he overextended
himself by attacking the Russians. He found himself fighting on too many fronts,
and overextended his army and his supplies. The Nazis were defeated because they
were spread too thin. They went to war with too many nations at once, and lost everything.