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October 8th, 2002 - 5:55 a.m.

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Alright. I'm going to do something rare and get political for an entry. Normally I just babble about commercials or people who piss me off or things I observe. Essentially inconsequential things. They're not that important, they're not that interesting, at best one can either empathize with my annoyance or you're amused and that's about it. And for the most part, that's exactly how I prefer it to be. It's not intended to be an intensely personal expression of my thoughts and feelings, those are mine and I'm a private person. One who never even wrote them down in an actual diary, let alone one that every Tom, Dick, and person searching for "mistress" plus just about anything under the sun, can find and read.

So it's fairly rare for me to put anything other than the most superficial of commentary on daily life or observations on this thing. But this time I'm going to make an exception.

This whole Bush/Iraq/War on Terrorism thing scares the heck out of me. I don't like politics, I don't like politicians, and I'm more of a middle-of-the-road kind of person than anything else. I realize that Sept. 11th was a terrible shock and an atrocious tragedy, but I didn't think we should go bomb a bunch of innocent people in retaliation. It seemed entirely too similar to what was done to us and the world on 9/11 for my comfort. After all, what we did was essentially kill a bunch of innocent people in order to further our political goals/ideals. Change the word political to religious and you have almost exactly what the terrorists did to New York, except for the fact that they didn't come back and drop little packets of peanut butter and poptarts as "care packages" afterwards. And really, our approach in Afghanistan didn't work any better than the one that the terrorists took. They shook our sense of security and killed people, but they didn't bring the government down or convert anyone to their way of believing with their actions. And we didn't really even kill anybody who was guilty (not that they got a trial or anything to determine their guilt in the first place, it was just arbitrarily announced), just toppled an unfavorable and admittedly fundamentalist and scary Afghani government.

And now Bush would like to declare war against Iraq. Why? I'm not incredibly sure. Because he's a trigger-happy fool who thinks that in order to remain in office another four years he needs to do what his father did and have a 2nd Gulf War only on a much larger scale? I don't know. To me, it seems to have very little to do with an actual problem with Iraq other than the fact that Saddam Hussein hasn't liked America for a long time and it's mutual. I read an MSNBC article and he apparently said: “We resolved then, and we are resolved today, to confront every threat, from any source, that could bring sudden terror and suffering to America.”

I have serious issues with that statement. It encompasses such a broad spectrum of possible evils he could do with that. What exactly is "sudden terror and suffering"? Who decides it? I mean, if there's a horrible drought and suddenly an entire season's worth of...wheat is gone, does that mean that he's going to confront that "threat" since the lack is sure to bring suffering? Probably not. And the fact that the phrasing is "could bring" does not make me happy either. I mean, who's to say that tomorrow we couldn't invade Cuba because they "could" bring sudden terror and suffering to America. And this could be accomplished much easier than it could from Iraq. I wouldn't actually be surprised if that was what happened if this stupid war with Iraq takes place. September 11th seems to be nothing more than an opportunity for America to take care of all the countries that have been giving them problems for years. What next, we re-invade Vietnam? And to start a war when barely a majority of Americans (53%, which isn't even a majority if you adjust the freaking poll for an error of +/-4%) agree with it seems ridiculous and frightening. What does it say about how well the individuals who are running our country are listening?

I could go on, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of point to it. No one's going to read this, show it to the President, and make him suddenly change his mind after all. I guess that's just my feelings at the moment. Maybe I'll rant about this again some day later. Sorry if it wasn't interesting because there wasn't any humor. I'll try to be funny next time.

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