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The Revolution Was Not Televised
By William Rivers Pitt
Friday 31 October 2003
There was a large anti-war rally in Washington last week. The standard slogans
were on display for all to see: Impeach Bush, Bring The Troops Home, No Blood
For Oil. On the periphery of the protest stood a few dozen 'patriots' holding a
counter-demonstration in support of Bush and the Iraq war. Among the signs
carried by this crew was a banner that succinctly summed up the madness of the
age, and the dangerous nature of the current ruling class.
Across the top of the banner, which was clearly professionally made and not
hand-lettered, were the block-letter words "SUPPORT PRESIDENT BUSH." Through the
center of the banner were black outlines of a fighter aircraft, a tank, an M-16
rifle, a .45 caliber pistol, an attack helicopter, a surface-to-air missile
battery, and a thermonuclear bomb. Underneath these images were two more
block-letter words: "TRUST JESUS."
The sentiment apparently finds resonance with Senator Trent Lott, Republican of
Mississippi. The Wednesday edition of The Hill carried a story about GOP
concerns over the manner in which the post-war war is unfolding. The trepidation
is understandable; more American troops have been killed in the 'Mission
Accomplished' phase of the war than in the war itself. Lott responded to the
crisis in Iraq by saying, "If we have to, we just mow the whole place down, see
The Bush administration has tried to frame their wars as not being a
religiously-based crusade against the Islamic world. This has been a hard-sell
with Muslims, especially since Bush used the word "crusade" immediately after
September 11. Norman Podhoretz, one of the ideological fathers of the cadre of
hawks currently running our foreign policy, publicly described our conflict in
the Mideast as being a process aimed at bringing about "the reformation and
modernization of Islam." The religious overtones are difficult to miss.
Perhaps the best example of where we stand today comes in the guise of Lt.
General William Boykin, deputy undersecretary for defense, who is charged with
finding important enemies like Osama bin Laden. Boykin, when not smoking 'em out
of their holes, has been touring the fundamentalist pulpits across the America.
Describing the hunt for a Somali warlord last January, Boykin said, "I knew that
my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an
Boykin has held forth on the true meaning of the War on Terror. "Satan wants to
destroy this nation," says Boykin, "he wants to destroy us as a nation, and he
wants to destroy us as a Christian army." In June of 2002, Boykin held up a
photograph of Mogadishu to a church congregation. The photo carried the image of
a dark spot in the sky above the city. "Ladies and gentlemen," Boykin said,
"this is your enemy. It is the principalities of darkness. It is a demonic
presence in that city that God revealed to me as the enemy."
The banner carried by the 'patriot' in Washington should have had the black
outline of an oil well alongside all those weapons. Trusting Jesus has been a
lucrative business for some. The Center for Public Integrity released a report
on Thursday which details how $8 billion in contracts to 'rebuild' Iraq and
Afghanistan have gone exclusively to companies which donated piles of money to
Bush's 2000 election campaign. These contracts were awarded without the usual
bidding process; few beyond the friends of Bush were given the opportunity to
cash in on the war.
Most prominent on the list of companies awarded these contacts is Halliburton,
the oil company recently run by Vice President Dick Cheney. Halliburton
subsidiary, Kellog Brown & Root, has gathered to itself a tidy $2.3 billion
contract to repair Iraq's oil industry. The price tag for this project was
doubled recently by the Bush administration so Halliburton could get a larger
share of the $87 billion allocated for Iraq. The reason for the doubling?
Halliburton plans to go beyond repairing old oil wells and develop new wells to
tap virgin supplies of oil and gas.
Islam is not the only religion to have a militant, fundamentalist Taliban wing
making up part of the whole. In America, the Taliban wing of Christianity has
assumed power. The banner at that 'patriot' rally captures the essence of these
frightening extremists: Supporting Bush is placed on the same level as
worshipping Jesus, and shot through the middle is the steel fist of weapons and
war. September 11 has been refashioned by the Christian Taliban as a rallying
cry for an end-times death match against Islam, a rallying cry that obscures the
orgasm of profiteering that is taking place behind the scenes.
There has been a religiously fundamentalist revolution in the United States. The
extremists have taken control of the White House, Congress, the courts, and the
military. You did not see this on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC or Fox, but it
happened all the same.
U.S. Contractors Reap the Windfalls of Postwar Reconstruction Center for Public
William Rivers Pitt is the Managing Editor of truthout.org. He is a New York
Times and international best-selling author of three books - "War On Iraq,"
available from Context Books, "The Greatest Sedition is Silence," available from
Pluto Press, and "Our Flag, Too: The Paradox of Patriotism," available in August
from Context Books.
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