is the most dangerous man in the world.
warmonger. A crackpot fundamentalist. A fanatic
and a fool who has only the barest grasp of the
killing power of the forces under his command.
name is George W Bush and his main battle plan
is to set the world on fire.
11 was a crime against humanity but from Afghanistan
to Iraq, and now in Israel, Bush has blazed a
purposeless trail of destruction and multiplied
the dangers of terrorism a thousand-fold.
War Against Terror has turned into a war of terror
in Iraq as American troops butcher their way through
the civilian population in pursuit of an enemy
that grows stronger daily with each dead Iraqi
in Israel Bush has overnight primed the entire
region for a new cycle of slaughter by backing
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's illegal
land-grab of Palestinian territory and offering
the Arabs nothing in return only despair.
seems determined to unite the entire Arab world
against the West. Already the mass murderer Osama
bin Laden has gleefully vowed to avenge the Israeli
assassination of Palestinian Hamas leader Sheikh
September 11 Bush promised to fight terror. But
the only promise Bush has kept is the promise
of more terror, more terrorist atrocities, like
the Madrid bombings, to come.
the American President Bush is supposed to protect
democracy and make the world a safer place.
is supposed to be the leader of the free world,
a man who directly follows in the footsteps of
such great statesmen as John F Kennedy, who saved
the world from nuclear catastrophe during the
Cuban missile crisis.
airhead Bush is no Kennedy.
Bush stumble through a live press conference,
even when he knows the questions, is like watching
a stranded goldfish gasping for air.
is not just out of his depth, he is out of his
it was not so truly frightening you could almost
feel sorry for him.
I was an American I would be ashamed. Ashamed
that the greatest nation on earth is so badly
led. Ashamed that their commander-in-chief is
without purpose squandering the lives of his men,
and Iraqi civilians.
ashamed too of a President who sends men to their
death but does not have the courage to attend
one single funeral of the 700 US soldiers killed
and Israel might seem far away but every time
you fill up your car you are taking part in the
politics of the Middle East. The world economy
still runs on petrol and that oil still largely
comes from the Arab world.
anything should ever happen to that flow of oil
- civil war in Saudi Arabia or meltdown in Iraq
- we would all know about it very quickly by the
US$100 a barrel price tag and the three-hour queue
down at your local petrol station.
war against Islamic fundamentalism, the hunt for
Osama bin Laden, is a battle for the future of
the world. It is a war the West cannot afford
to lose. And it is a war in which the clueless
Bush is blindly leading us all towards disaster.
if the quagmire in Iraq was not bad enough, Bush
has turned his destructive attention to the other
regional hot-spot, Israel.
the White House Bush summarily dismissed 50 years
of Palestinian claims for an Israeli withdrawal
from the occupied territories. Israeli settlements
in the West Bank, all illegal under international
law, were the "new realities" that the
Palestinians would just have to accept, he said.
couple of months ago I was standing next to one
of those realities, an eight-foot high concrete
wall, on the outskirts of Jerusalem in the small
Arab village of Abu Dis.
Dis is seven miles from the centre of Jerusalem
and straddles the 3000-year-old pilgrim road to
Jericho. Jesus Christ himself probably walked
along the same road on his way into Jerusalem.
last summer Ariel Sharon decided Abu Dis was no
longer part of East Jerusalem and erected an eight-foot
high concrete barrier across the middle of the
road, cutting the residents off from their homes,
their jobs, and their city.
the roof of a local garage the Israeli army erected
an observation post and threatened to shoot anyone
who climbed the wall.
Palestinians ignored the soldiers and round the
corner climbed the wall anyway.
was standing on the "Arab" side of the
wall chatting to Ahmed Bahar, a street falafel
seller, when without warning an Israeli soldier
lobbied a tear-gas grenade.
was no shouting. No mob screaming threats. Ahmed
saw the hissing gas canister, which landed about
10 feet away, and took off in the opposite direction.
I ran after him but not before getting a choking
whiff of the stinging gas in my eyes and lungs.
10 minutes the wind blew the gas away and Ahmed
went back to his falafel stall. The other Palestinians
quietly got back in line to queue for a taxi.
And life started up again.
said he had been gassed hundreds of times. He
was past being angry about it. The real thing
that bothered him was the disruption to his trade.
He wasn't making enough money to support his family.
tear gassed in Abu Dis for no reason is just one
of the new realities that George W Bush wants
the Palestinians to live with, along with hundreds
of other daily humiliations of Israeli occupation.
But is not a sustainable reality. Sooner or later
some Palestinian will angrily strike back. There
will be more suicide bombings, more killings,
save the world from terror you have to have vision,
intelligence and the ability to unlock the complex
the only ability George Bush has is an unerring
capacity to make a grim situation worse.
W Bush is a clear and present danger to the world.
we are all under threat until this bumbling oaf
is removed from office and confined to a remote
Texas cow ranch where he truly belongs.
Kevin Toolis is an expert on terrorism
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Posted: April 21, 2004