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A is for: Apathy, aboulia, and abyss of avarice

Observations from the Edge
Robert T. Nanninga
Coast News
December 12, 2002


"If we loose the virile, manly qualities, and sink into a nation of mere hucksters, putting gain over national honor, and subordinating everything to mere ease of life, then we shall indeed reach a condition worse than that of the ancient civilizations in the years of their decay." — Theodore Roosevelt

Is it just me, or does it seem the majority of American people just don't seem to care about anything other than themselves and whatever might encroach on their finely groomed backyards. Of course I use the term backyard in the figurative sense, as the concern of most people is limited to immediate satisfaction and maintaining a failed status quo. All that seems to matter is protecting American interests whenever, and whatever they are deemed to be.

Sadly, the value system of the Bush Dynasty does not consider restraint, reflection, equal rights, civil liberties, and honest dialogue in America's best interest. Nor do they deem clean air, clean water, biological diversity, or environmental sustainability in America's best interest. Instead we have an administration flying blindly in the face of common sense and courting mayhem on a global scale. And most people just shake the heads say "Why fight the inevitable?"

If our two syllable President is a reflection of the United States as a whole, we are a nation of simple minded cowboys, quick to draw guns, and even quicker to forget the lessons of the past. When ignorance is studied, and mendacity inherent in the national character, is it any wonder the only avenue remaining is the dropping of bombs. With bombs come rebuilding, and as we rebuild nations that have felt the brunt of our deadly diplomacy we do so only in a manner deemed conducive to corporate interests.

Making possible, the Bush Administration's adventures in fear mongering, and the looting of international goodwill, is an American populace, bloated by convenience and self-satisfaction. Instead taking to the streets demanding the impeachment of the our appointed leader and his cabinet of cronies, Americans would rather sit in front of the television watching all sorts of dreck. Of course we are a nation grown obese, what else should one expect from being fed a diet of crap in ever increasing portions?

Even if it walked up and slapped them in the head, most Americans wouldn't acknowledge the truth. So comfortable with being told when to think, what to think and what to wear while thinking it, we forfeited critical thought for a place on the rapidly diminishing gravy train. The war George W. Bush is already fighting is already claiming innocent lives, and is no more about terrorism than it is about democracy, security, or justice.

Americans have been involved in a war against the environment for years; Baghdad is just the latest skirmish. Other battlefronts currently seeing action is 550 miles of the Spanish coast where an oil spill is wreaking havoc, every mall in America, and the lungs of asthmatic children worldwide. Then there are the jungles of Indonesia and Brazil, the forests of North America, and wherever Japanese whalers are looking for blood. In Southern California our weapons of choice are habitat destruction, overpopulation, and the internal combustion engine.

Avarice fuels American foreign policy. Greed of gain regarding access to a geological by product that dirties the air, fouls water resources, and significantly contributing to global warming, is not in the best interest of Americans, yet we still center our lives on the burning of fossil fuels. Cultural apathy is the only thing that can explain why we would permit the federal government to wage war to preserve the right to further undermine ecological sustainability. Biology is under attack every time we fill up the tank, and the cowboys making the decision don't seem to care. This is a major problem.

The fact the current Bush Administration refuses to acknowledge our war on biology makes the war on terrorism seem like an exercise of Dick Cheney's Office of Strategic Influence. In 1979 Saddam was brought to power to harass Iran. America sold Saddam Hussein the technology and materials Iraq needed to develop nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons of mass destruction to use against Iran, as were conventional weaponry. Then the CIA, George Bush #1, Oliver North, and John Poindexter sold weapons to Iran to wage war on Iraq.

Did I mention, after Saudi Arabia, Iraq has the second largest oil reserves in the world? Iraq has oil, Iran has oil, Kuwait has oil, and Saudi Arabia has lots of oil.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is an oil war.

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