When the successful son of Barbara the First Lady is a first among unequals, one sometimes succumbs to feelings of panic, and wants to stop the world and get off. George Bush is without doubt the most terrifying president America has ever had. Now one can sit in the submerged streets of New Orleans and cry a river of tears over the fate of a human race that has him as its leader. After five years in office, it is possible to pass judgment on the legacy he is passing on, to the everlasting ignominy of the denizens of this world.
What is so frightening about him and his leadership? Although "where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint," when there is a messianic vision composed of faith-based pie-in-the-sky, the earth seems to be jolted off its axis and begins to spin out of control. As we know, Bush is a "born again," and wherever people who have found the old-time religion take their stand, intelligent people run away, as if from fire. Instead of running the world and its inhabitants, as one may expect of the leader of the free world, Bush acts as someone who is reinventing the world on a mission from God.
As a first step in fixing the world, the president several years ago refused to sign the Kyoto treaty. If the costs of fixing it are too high, then the world can go to hell. The big avaricious corporations, the main polluters, applauded him. What do Bush and the leviathans care if the ozone layer is disintegrating, the greenhouse effect is intensifying, the oceans are warming up, the desert is expanding not only in Africa and Asia but also in Europe, and the number of hungry is growing by the hundreds of millions? The world can revert to a state of chaos - so long as the messenger does not violate his covenant with the Divine Providence and with the supervisors down below. It may very well be that the warming of the oceans contributed to Katrina, but who is going to tell a shepherd what is good for his flock while it is drowning in a flood?
While "the fixer" has been on the job, there has been a breakdown of the world order, which is intended to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The UN summit that convened three months ago with the aim of continuing to reduce the nuclear threat, was unable - for the first time ever - to reach any conclusions whatsoever; the summit broke up amid feelings of consternation and oblivion. Over 100 participating countries perceived the American hypocrisy - who is allowed to have forbidden weapons, and who is not - and a double-standard policy that is heading toward a breakdown. Iran and North Korea were not the only revelers at the gala finale of the failed summit.
The world according to Bush is now more polarized than ever. A new poll that was released last week indicates that a decisive European majority - approximately 72 percent - rejects his policies and does not trust him. And how could it trust him, if this coming winter everyone will be paying to heat their homes twice or more what they paid before he took the reins? The global oil market has gone crazy. It goes without saying that the aforementioned homes would be heated only by those who own a home and a car, not those wallowing in life's dunghill under a blackened sky.
During his presidency global terror raised up its ugly head, and when he suppressed it, it only spread further. That is what happens when you only strike a blow, but do not attempt to heal. Although the murderous regime of Saddam Hussein has been eliminated, it is being replaced by a more murderous reality. Since the war in Iraq broke out, about 40,000 people there have been killed. One doubts whether the murder victims really care just who is killing them, or why.
Under the leadership of the fastest gun in the West, the United States has proved to the entire world that it has no one to rely upon, and no one to take example from. Even America's own poor do not take precedence. In the prisons of Baghdad and Guantanamo, America's image as the sentinel of human rights has been shattered. And in the graveyards of America, so has its image as a country that offers a good life. And America's reputation has even suffered in Beijing and New Delhi, for even there they do not envy the morbidity and mortality rates of American babies, as publicized last week by the Washington's central bureau of statistics.
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