The moral bankruptcy of the Bush administration has just reached a new low. I just read that the U.S. military is going to be providing ammunition and other weapons to the Lebanese government so they can eradicate Islamic militants from Palestinian refugee camps. One such camp has about 30,000 Palestinian refugees living without electricity or hospitals and without adequate food or water. Just think of all the money our defense contractors will be making as their bombs and bullets fall down on innocent women and children, who are barely surviving after being driven out of their homeland.For Bush and the other warmongers in his administration, this will be nothing new. Amnesty International has just pointed to the United States as a country with one of the worst records for human rights abuses. And UNICEF has said that about 2/3 of Iraqi children (approximately 42 million) now lack access to clean drinking water and other basic necessities. In 2005, 75 percent of Iraqi children were in school. Now, two years later, only 30 percent are in school. But Bush stubbornly vetoed a bill passed by the House and Senate (and strongly supported by the American public and the Baker commission) calling for the start of troop withdrawal. Like Pilate before Jesus was crucified, I hope that Bush and his supporters wash their hands before they die, because they will have a lot of innocent blood on them.Speaking of Christianity, could some conservative Bush supporter please tell me where the New Testament advocates killing your enemies? If I am not mistaken, Jesus said “You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matt. 5:43-44). Also when Peter cut off the ear of a servant who was arresting Jesus, Jesus said “Put your sword back in its place for all who live by the sword will die by the sword.” (Matt. 26:52). To me, a real Christian is one who practices the teachings of Jesus, not one who just dresses up for church on Sundays.Also for all of you paying record high gas prices this Memorial Day weekend, our Commander in Chief has threatened to veto any bill penalizing oil companies for price gouging. According to their quarterly reports and stock prices, the oil and gas industry is the most profitable industry in our economy. (Exxon Mobil recently reported the largest quarterly profit of any company in U.S. history.) Back in the early 20th century, when steel companies and Standard Oil would engage in “price fixing,” Congress passed laws to make this practice illegal. But once again, Bush has decided to side with the oil companies and against the American consumer. Finally, the Supreme Court (which has been packed with conservative justices) recently ruled 5-4 that the EPA must regulate carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. In effect, they told the EPA to start doing their job (i.e. protecting the environment, not corporate profits). Bush told the EPA that they have until the end of 2008 (three weeks before he leaves office) to set guidelines on CO2 emmissions. So, in effect, during the eight years of his administration, Bush will make about three weeks worth of progress on fighting global warming. No wonder every major environmental organization has given his administration a D or F in their “environmental report card.”
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