Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Wow. Where have we gone now?

This war is getting more and more frightening. The motives are looking more and more suspect.

I just finished reading reports that indicate many lucrative contracts have been awarded to US firms to manage various resources in Iraq after the war. These contracts were awarded by the US to US corporations. Many of these were awarded even before war had been declared. This paints the US as true invaders and conquerers rather than liberators. They took Iraq, so "to the victors go the spoils".

Last night, in a baseball park in my city, in Canada (not the US), we were "ordered" to pay respect to the US military activities by quietly acknowledging the playing of "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch. This decree was placed by Major League Baseball and was apparently non-negotiable. A woman who planned ahead brought a sign declaring "Sing Oh Canada". She was asked to surrender her sign or leave the ballpark.

I've seen old newsreels of an infamous regime where stadiums full of people were obligated to stand, with arms thrust out and heads turned, to pay homage to their leader, their fuhrer. I'm hoping were not heading that way again.

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