The war in Iraq is now part of our mysterious past, it happened so long, long ago, that memories of what was being told the American people have vanished into thin air. Ah, the famous “surge”led by the great General David Petraeus once filled our media with tales of defeating al-Qaeda and bringing peace and prosperity to the people of Iraq after their long nightmare under the tyrannical rule of Saddam Hussein. Remember how George and Dick and Don promised the people of America that once our forces had ended this cruel dictatorship then, somehow, democracy would emerge in the sad land of Iraq? There was certainty in their words,an aura of assurance they understood how to restore stability to the people of Iraq.
Yesterday, the current Shiite government of Maliki sent troops to arrest still another Sunni Iraq leader, Ahmad al Alawi and in the ensuing shoot out he died along with his bodyguards. This came after the former Sunni Finance minister and his bodyguards died at the hands of the government. And this came after the former Sunni Vice President, Tariq al-Hashemi was forced to flee the country for his life. The dictatorship of Saddam Hussein was replaced by the dictatorship of Maliki and his Shiite followers. Such was what we Americans brought to Iraq in the guise of “democracy.”
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Uganda is a nation that was colonized and in the process became accustomed to the ideas of civilized people. Of course when one employs words such as “civilized” that connotes the people of this fair land are adept at identifying people to hate. The essence of any “Christian” land is filling one’s heart with feelings of dread and anger toward anyone who does not believe Jesus came for those who were straight and believed love was only between those of opposite sex. The Parliament of Uganda has passed an Anti-Homosexuality Bill that contained the punishment of death for those engaging in “unnatural sexual” activities. It also makes it a criminal act to “promote” homosexuality which means discussing the topic. The assumption is if one discusses the topic the end result will be that listeners will instantly become a homosexual.
It is clear that President Museveni agrees with the basic ideas of the law but fears it might result in suspension of economic assistance from American or European sources. Personally, he wishes people would cease being gay and go around with somber looks on their faces.
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The president of the United States of America has the power to parole those who have been unjustly convicted of crimes or to mitigate sentences that are way out of line with the crime and punishment. There are cases of a person receiving a life sentence for stealing a jacket-his crime was to possess a black skin. President Obama waited until 280 days had passed prior to issuing a parole for someone in jail. As of this date, he has only pardoned about 39 people for crimes. This is among the lowest number of paroles by an American president in history. This is stocking, every day a man or a woman goes to jail for a minor crime because of their skin or ethnic background. Surely, the president can set those people free. They never would have gone to jail if they had money or their skin was white.
The president can strike a blow for the madness of our sentencing system which sends the vulnerable, the poor and the ill to jail because they lack money for a competent lawyer. Obama is great at rhetoric, but lousy at justice.
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