1 August 2005

Overactive memories

Agitprop , echoing the derisive diatribes of the right, has the following clever piece on the recent Carter statement opposing Shrub's War:

Can you believe the nerve of this guy? Only a malicious anti-American traitor would criticize a regime that invaded a country on false pretenses, allowed the killing of 25,000 civilians, promoted torture and extraordinary rendition and gave billions of reconstruction dollars to greedy private contractors. How dare Carter criticize the nation he once led as president!

Thank God Jimmy Carter didn't get a second term. Imagine all the peasants, priests and nuns that would still be living today in Central America if Carter had won the 1980 election. Luckily Ronald Reagan came to save the day, helping to fund the contras and death squads in Central America and faithfully supplying our then-ally
Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction.

Agitprop is evidently one of those left-behind children who hasn't yet realized that American history is only supposed to go back about two years at the most, and even then should only include officially sanctioned patriotic talking points put forth by the ruling party. Agitprop's clearly suffering from an over-active memory--something he should have checked right away before it becomes malignant. And he forgets about the fact that the support of death squads and other dirty tricks in South America has made the place a capitalist paradise, free of the drug-running and corruption that marred progress in the pre-Reagan years. He also fails to consider the U.S. policy of providing WMD to Saddam in its historical context. If Saddam hadn't received American WMD to massacre the Kurds and democratic opponents, these extremist groups could have taken power so as to attempt to buy WMD from the superpowers. And who knows? They may have bought them from France!

4 comments:

Glen said...

So you guys think Carter was a good president? Unbelievable.

Karlo said...

They could have put a baboon in the president's office and it would have been better than Reagan.

Glen said...

Ouch that hurt. I know this may surprise you but I have a big picture of Reagan in my living room. :) Just his name caused me to take my hat off in reverence.

Anonymous said...

It causes me to choke. I'm with Karlo here -- Carter tried to take the USA in better directions -- oil-independence, alternative fuels & high-milage vehicles & lower pollution, peace & human rights -- but the Ameriucan electorate, in its typical wisdom, chose to go in all the opposite directions from these...