When I saw this on the news this morning, oh how I laughed. Fitting that a lame duck president, surely to be remembered as one of the greatest fuck ups in world history, has shoes thrown at him in Iraq. Now, for a guy in his sixties he was well able to bounce out of the way. Loath as I am to give him any credit. Then I saw this. Same scenario, different angle.
What struck me was the smirking from Bush towards the end. The first time I saw this clip it was subtitled, the aggressor shouting ‘this is for the widows, this is for what you have done’ with this in mind, to see the smirk reminded me that there was nothing funny about this whatsoever. George W Bush is a disgusting excuse for a human being, a war profiteer who has demolished two soverign nations in his time as US president. Here is a man that is directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children who were guilty of nothing except being in thier homes when the bombs started to fall. Parentless children, fathers and mothers robbed of their children and those lucky enough to have avoided bombs are dying because of a lack of clean water and antibiotics if they can avoid the mayhem brought about by the deconstruction of any form of common law and order brought about by the power vacum caused by the murder of Saddam. Call it what you will. Murder is Murder is Murder.
And he smirks.
Maybe some morning he’ll wake up and realise the nature of his reign. But I doubt it. He’ll admire how much his children had the chance to achieve without casting a thought to the lives he took in persuit of something I dont think he is to clear about himself. The great Dr King called on us to let freedom reign. I very much doubt that this was what he had in mind.
Smirk on, Mr Bush. Maybe the next guy to have a pop at you will get it right. Maybe there wont be a next guy. One way or the other, maybe you will look back from some point and feel a pang of guilt for the pain you felt it unavoidable to inflict. But again, I doubt it.