Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Reality - "The Great Liberal" - and Barack Obama

I have to laugh when McCain, Palin and others try to paint Barack Obama as "the most liberal senator" or similar - in an attempt to get middle-of-the-road/undecided voters and similar to vote against Obama.

Obviously Obama sets off "class warfare" by mentioning class at all and suggesting that having taxation policies which might be of increasing benefit to families with incomes less than $150,000/year is oh so radical.   

At the same time I really can't imagine how capturing or killing Osama Bin Laden is going to appreciably help you, me or others in the U.S. or elsewhere in the world.   While he obviously is our "voodoo doll" - the scapegoat to end all scapegoats - particularly since the death of Saddam Hussein I don't see How things would change appreciably if he were in captivity or deceased.

No doubt Bin Laden is no "angel" and perhaps is "dangerous".   At the same time he affects and reflects a world of "Islamist Extremists" who share a hatred of the U.S. Government, Israel and others.    Those Who are his allies will continue on with their cause with or without him.

As I understand it the 911 - bombers - acted primarily at least independently of Bin Laden.   Even if he did have leadership with that tragedy, we are confusing a Symbol with a Cause in making him into such a "Devil" in our minds.

Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and other neighboring countries - may someday find peace or at least a choice of their own path(s) when they can exist without U.S interference militarily and economically in their normal, everyday existence - when we are "a part" of their worlds, not "Numero Uno" - interfering.

Afghanistan's War, despite what Obama and McCain say is not "winnable".    The Taliban control at least in the range of 75% of the country.    There is no "democratic government" nor effective forces to counter the influence of the Taliban.

I suggest reading eloquent experts in these areas such as Robert Fisk:    

Perhaps Obama must speak as he does for political expediency - to win the election next month.  I hope that he is not naive enough to believe so much of what he says in such areas.


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