I call them Bushtanistas (For they have not only overthrown the Iraqi (Bathist Government) they are attempting to overthrow America’s form of governance, and every other system of governance in the world that does not go along with their world-view and their vision for the world)!
1). When growing up, each of us, at one time or another experienced a kid or group of kids (bully or bullies) who would manipulate, belittle, intimidate, threaten or beat you up if you failed to go along and give in to whatever they wanted at the time.
And for a myriad of reasons, not wanting to be left out, a need for connection, not having the power or numbers to resist, for convenience’s sake or out of fear, some kids would simply give in to the overwhelming power (perceived or real ) of the bully, bully gang or mob.
2). The bully, the bullying child and his gang that has been terrorizing American citizens, America;s allies and the rest of the world for the past 7 or 8 years, are groups that comprise the Republican Party; and they have been and are still being led by none other than the nascent child-President of the United States of America (Spanky). For the past 7 or 8 years, even before assuming the office of President, George Bush and his group have employed all of the uncivilized tactics of childhood bully and bully gangs in order to steamroll the opposition in America and abroad.
3). During this renewed period of McCarthyism, George Bush and his mob have insisted over and over that every American and America’s allies must go along with the inane and insane schemes that they often come up with, otherwise they will be humiliated, ostracized, singled out or subjected to character assassination. America and many of America’s allies who have failed to get on board, like those who have experienced a bully or bullies during their childhood experience, have been threatened, subjected to name calling and manipulation, excised from the group, made to feel less than an American or a friend of America; and in short treated just like America’s so-called enemies, the terrorists, Iraq, Iran and DPRK!
Opposing opinions simply do not matter to the Bushtanistas, and whether you agree or disagree, or find what they are saying or doing as unconscionable or uncivilized, your ideas, feelings and conclusions simply do not matter to the Bushtanistas.
4). As far as they are concerned you should divorce yourself from principled thought, reason, spirituality or conscience, and simply go along and join the mob. We all have been taught that at the heart of the bully lies a heart of fear!
5). These people, Bush and the Bushtanistas, need to get in touch with their own inner child; for it is driving them, and in turn destroying our nation and the world! Who would put their households in charge of children and expect a different outcome. Hopefully someday the Bushtanistas will grow up and emerge from pre-pubescence, and come to understand their unconscious drives and motivations, apparently fear, narcissism and the fear of the loss of control (I am not safe unless I can control ‘my’ environment-the world)!
6). The rest of us are neither leftists, liberals, anti-war, nor cowards as it has been intimated, by our bullying lynch mob counterparts. And we will not be manipulated into making unwise choices or going along with the war crowd, in spite of their attempts to punish us if we do not. It is time to bring an end to Mob-Rule in America, and to put down the Bush-led Bustanista uprising, or even when Iraq is over they will still be here causing trouble.
7). Are we anti-war? No, but we are anti-lynch mob! And what Bush and his mob have been doing in this country and the world for 7 or 8 years, and in Iraq for the past 4 years are simply acting out in the manner of a childhood bully-lynch-mob-gang of raiders!
8). For bullies gain their strength through intimidation and the use of overwhelming force or power. That is by and large what is going on in Iraq; the USA bullies are destroying a once sovereign nation by employing overwhelming and unrelenting force. The only ‘just war’ to be fought in Iraq, would be for the Iraqis to fight back against a childish bully nation, led by George Bush, that has invaded their land with such force. And it is for the rest of Americans, to stop Bush and the dupes and the troops, from furthering this bullying crusade. The scriptures teach us, THAT THE STRONG OUGHT TO BEAR THE INFIRMITIES OF THE WEAK!
And isn’t it ironic, and as is often customary (after all of the intimidation and degradation of Iraq over the past 4 years), the bully is still not winning!
In conclusion: There are a group of Americans who call themselves, The Right. Unless they are tracing their origins back to France, or in particular to the fascist Right in the British Parliament of the past century, they are deluded. They have been wrong for the past 7-years with regard to the fiasco and genocide in Iraq and the rights of all Americans, our allies and the world. Let us pray for our nation and many of our religious leaders, for many of them are not a part of the resistance that is standing up for right - they are part of the problem and wreaking havoc, outside of the word of God, on the whole world!
Peace & Grace
The anti-unjust war Reverend C. Solomon