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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:15 pm    Post subject: George Bush dead - a WSWS take Reply with quote

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12/03/bush-d03.html

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Former President George H. W. Bush died late Friday at the age of 94. Born into a ruling class family of wealth and privilege, he lived a life a world away from the struggles and sufferings of the working class.

In his decades as a political representative of American imperialism, the most murderous and reactionary force on the planet, Bush helped insure that millions of people around the world did not have a chance to live the full and comfortable life he led. Instead, they were shot to death, bombed or otherwise annihilated by the armed forces of the United States, or starved, jailed or tortured by governments backed by the CIA and doing the bidding of Washington.

Few people in recent American history have had so long a record of “service” to the US ruling elite and its state machine. Few have participated in the crimes of American imperialism in so many ways: legislator, diplomat, CIA director, commander-in-chief. As a member of Congress for four years, 1967-71, Bush voted repeatedly to fund the war in Vietnam. As US ambassador to the United Nations, 1971-72, he was the public voice of the United States government, defending its crimes in Southeast Asia before a world audience. As US envoy to China in 1974-75, he carried out the Kissinger policy of wooing Chinese Stalinism as a counterweight to the USSR. As CIA director in 1975-76, he oversaw Operation Condor, the joint venture in the assassination of leftists conducted by the CIA and the US-backed military regimes in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and other Latin American countries.

While vice president in the Reagan administration (1981-1989), he was complicit in the terrorist “contra” war against Nicaragua and the death squad operations in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, in which hundreds of thousands died, as well as the dispatch of US troops to Lebanon, the invasion of Grenada and the bombing of Libya. In the first year of his presidency he ordered the invasion of Panama and in the final year the occupation of Somalia. In between came the greatest crime of all, the waging of the first Persian Gulf War, deliberately instigated by the Bush administration, in which hundreds of thousands of Iraqi conscripts were incinerated by US bombs and missiles.


A powerful article which reminds the readers of the many crimes committed by George Bush.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://steemit.com/politics/@caitlinjohnstone/if-you-murdered-a-bunch-of-people-mass-murder-is-your-single-defining-legacy

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Thought experiment:

Think of an acquaintance of yours. Not someone you're particularly close to, just some guy in the cast of extras from the scenery of your life. Now, imagine learning that that guy is a serial murderer, who has been prowling the streets for years stabbing people to death. Imagine he goes his whole life without ever suffering any consequences for murdering all those people, and then when he dies, everyone wants to talk about how great he was and share heartwarming anecdotes about him. If you try to bring up the whole serial killing thing, people react with sputtering outrage that you would dare to speak ill of such a noble and wonderful person.

"Look, I didn't agree with everything he did, but you can't just let one not-so-great thing from a man's life eclipse all the other good things he's accomplished," they protest. "For example, did you know he was a baseball captain at Yale?"

"But... what about all those people he murdered?" you reply.

"God, why can't you just pay respect to a great man in our time of mourning??" they shout in exasperation.

You turn on the TV, and it's nothing but nonstop hagiography and adulation for this guy who you know was a serial murderer. Pick up a newspaper and it's the same thing. On the rare occasions where they do mention his astonishingly high body count, they frame it as a good thing: he got the killing done quickly and efficiently. He helped our country get over its phobia of mass murder.......
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still think that world Communism killed more people than any other man made cause in the 20th Century combined - more by incompetence and bloody mindedness than design or intent perhaps. I would doubt the number of people that GHW Bush sanctioned to be killed would be in the low double digits. Compare Stalin who signed 3000 death warrants in one day.

For me the best thing to remember him by is the following quote at the Rio Earth Summit I think...

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The American way of life is non negotiable


That spurred 20 years of inaction and cancelled projects in things that the US was a world leader in such as solar energy and wind power. The NREL institute in the US was a world leader in many forms of alternative energy. Now nearly all solar panels are made in China and few wind turbines are US built.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:16 pm    Post subject: Re: George Bush dead - a WSWS take Reply with quote

Lord Beria3 wrote:
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12/03/bush-d03.html

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....... [Bush] helped insure that millions of people around the world did not have a chance to live the full and comfortable life he led. Instead, they were shot to death, bombed or otherwise annihilated by the armed forces of the [United States], or starved, jailed or tortured by governments backed by the [CIA] and doing the bidding of [Washington].

..........


Delete word/name in brackets and insert 1, Stalin, Kruschev or any other Soviet leader, 2, Soviet Union, 3, KGB and 4, Moscow/the Kremlin for an equally valid critique.

That's not to say the criticism of Bush is not valid it is just drawing attention to the pot calling the kettle black.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget he also doubled the US national debt thereby forcing millions of people in the future to pay for the goodies enjoyed by somebody else - call if theft if you will.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

boisdevie wrote:
Don't forget he also doubled the US national debt thereby forcing millions of people in the future to pay for the goodies enjoyed by somebody else - call if theft if you will.


I think that is something that most US presidents have managed to do since Reagan. What Bush 1 and Clinton had the chance to do was to move to a more sustainable economy and they did not take it. People 100 years from now may look back and say that that decision cost the lives of billions of people.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:19 pm    Post subject: Re: George Bush dead - a WSWS take Reply with quote

Lord Beria3 wrote:
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/12/03/bush-d03.html

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Former President George H. W. Bush died late Friday at the age of 94. Born into a ruling class family of wealth and privilege, he lived a life a world away from the struggles and sufferings of the working class.

In his decades as a political representative of American imperialism, the most murderous and reactionary force on the planet, Bush helped insure that millions of people around the world did not have a chance to live the full and comfortable life he led. Instead, they were shot to death, bombed or otherwise annihilated by the armed forces of the United States, or starved, jailed or tortured by governments backed by the CIA and doing the bidding of Washington.

Few people in recent American history have had so long a record of “service” to the US ruling elite and its state machine. Few have participated in the crimes of American imperialism in so many ways: legislator, diplomat, CIA director, commander-in-chief. As a member of Congress for four years, 1967-71, Bush voted repeatedly to fund the war in Vietnam. As US ambassador to the United Nations, 1971-72, he was the public voice of the United States government, defending its crimes in Southeast Asia before a world audience. As US envoy to China in 1974-75, he carried out the Kissinger policy of wooing Chinese Stalinism as a counterweight to the USSR. As CIA director in 1975-76, he oversaw Operation Condor, the joint venture in the assassination of leftists conducted by the CIA and the US-backed military regimes in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and other Latin American countries.

While vice president in the Reagan administration (1981-1989), he was complicit in the terrorist “contra” war against Nicaragua and the death squad operations in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, in which hundreds of thousands died, as well as the dispatch of US troops to Lebanon, the invasion of Grenada and the bombing of Libya. In the first year of his presidency he ordered the invasion of Panama and in the final year the occupation of Somalia. In between came the greatest crime of all, the waging of the first Persian Gulf War, deliberately instigated by the Bush administration, in which hundreds of thousands of Iraqi conscripts were incinerated by US bombs and missiles.


A powerful article which reminds the readers of the many crimes committed by George Bush.

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Former President George H. W. Bush died late Friday at the age of 94. Born into a ruling class family of wealth and privilege, he lived a life a world away from the struggles and sufferings of the working class.

Apparently the author considers getting shot down in the pacific during WW2 a privilege.
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