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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Painting the true picture

George Galloway may have had questionable friendships but who can doubt this tornedo of truth in the wake of Hurricane Katrina?

"The scenes from the stricken city almost defy belief. Many, many thousands of people left to die in what is the richest, most powerful country on Earth. This obscenity is as far from a natural disaster as George Bush and the U.S. elite are from the suffering masses of New Orleans. The images of Bush luxuriating at his ranch and of his secretary of state shopping for $7,000 shoes while disaster swamped the U.S. Gulf Coast will haunt this administration.

"In the most terrible way imaginable they show to the whole world that it is not only the lives of people in Baghdad, Fallujah and Palestine that Bush holds cheap. It is also his own citizens - the black and poor people left behind with no food, water or shelter. This is not simply manslaughter through incompetence, though the White House's incompetence abounds. It is murder - for Bush was warned four years ago of the threat to New Orleans, as surely as he was warned of the disaster that would come of his war on Iraq.

"His is the America of Halliburton, the M-16 rifle, the cluster bomb, the gated communities of the rich and of the billionaires he grew up with in Texas. There is another America. It is the land of the poor of Louisiana, it is the land of the young men and women economically conscripted into the military. It is the land of the glorious multiethnic mix that was New Orleans, it is the land of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and of great struggles for justice."


Blogger Shabadoo said...

What's the death toll from Katrina? Around 600.

How many people died in the European heatwave of 2003?
Tens of thousands.

Yes, the US gov't could've done better on federal, state, and local levels, but considering this was a Category 5 hurricane and not just a rise in the mercury, I think I'd rather take my chances in Bush's America than the socialist EUtopia.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 3:27:00 pm  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

'What's the death toll from Katrina? Around 600.'

If you believe that I have some land in the Simpson Desert for you.

Galloway may have a few questionable friends, who hasn't? But have you ever seen any proof of his own corruption? Lots of smoke, no fire.

His sparring partner a few days ago, Christopher Hitchens, counts David Horowitz, Paul Wolfowitz and Grover Norquist as close friends. I'd rather go with George's possibly suspect Rolodex than the cast of fascists, warmongers and murderers that adorn the Hitchens phone book.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 5:55:00 pm  
Blogger paul said...

Which confirms everything I've ever thought of you, Condell.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 6:06:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

The shorter Shabadoo: "The UN is corrupt and irrelevant. Old Europe is a socialist backwater. Muslims are barbarians." (Applicable to any post, whatever the topic.)

Such inspiring views! Shab, you have the potential to become Australia's most popular blogger!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 7:39:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Condell, is this gonna be the new conspiracy theory of the left, that America managed to cover up tens of thousands of deaths? Wow...what's next? Speculation about why so few Jew-Zionazis died in the hurricane? (They control the weather, you know...)

Dirt, it's much more fun here where I can engage the other side...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 7:29:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Shab, try engaging in a construcive manner then, rather than puuting words into the mouths of your perceived opponents. Where did Glenn mention a cover up? Some would call that a straw man, wouldn't they?

Thursday, September 22, 2005 6:17:00 pm  
Blogger Andjam said...

and of his secretary of state shopping for $7,000 shoes

Citation, please?

I love it when "left-wingers" engage in sexism, racism or homophobia. It reminds me that I did not leave the left, the left left me.

Friday, September 23, 2005 8:30:00 pm  

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