Like many Muslim Americans, I voted for George Bush but now regret that decision. After the recent statements made by Bush on the current Middle East conflict, I now wish I voted for Ralph Nader, the only honest man in politics. Perhaps that is why he didn't even come close to winning the election.
During the debates and campaign speeches, I cringed, hoping that no one would notice his stupidity. Like many, I held out hope that Bush would have a more even-handed policy with regards to the Palestinians.
But it appears his foreign policy is preposterous and has no purpose other than to exploit underdeveloped countries and promote American imperialism. His Middle East policy in particular is not just stupid, but also in line with the racist Zionist ideology.
At a recent news conference, just after Israeli helicopter gun ships blasted civilian targets in Gaza and elsewhere, Bush insisted that Palestinian President Yasser Arafat condemn the "violence". Bush and his affiliates see "violence" as when a single suicide bomber blows himself up and kills one or two Israelis in the process, or when children armed with stones and slingshots pelt heavily armed Israeli soldiers and army tanks. But when Israelis bombard Palestinian homes and villages, Bush sees that as "reprisals" done in the name of security protecting the Israeli people.
Bush's support for Sharon's massacre of Palestinians falls in line with US foreign policy. After all, this is how the American settlers wiped out 90% of the indigenous Indian population.
Everything that is just and right, honorable and holy, Bush is against as long as he can get away with pretending to the world quite the opposite. But Bush is not as good an actor as Gore. He did not get the Jewish vote in America and the Israelis didn't want him to become president. But Bush, stupid as he looks, even more stupid how he thinks, doesn't care.
He does not care if Palestinian children are killed on a daily basis. He doesn't care if medieval tactics are employed to drive out the rest of the Palestinians from their homelands. He doesn't care if children are fighting for the liberty of their country. He doesn't care how brutal the Israeli government is or how horribly they suppress and oppress the people they are occupying. He doesn't care because he has no conscience, he has no heart and because he is brain dead.
But Americans are renowned for their inhumane acts of collective punishment. We should not forget the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities, Nagasaki and Hiroshima, or the merciless yet intense allied bombing of Iraq during the Gulf War. And let us not forget Korea and Vietnam.
The horrible thing is, that Bush is the man who is running America and controlling the world. May God save the Palestinians and may God help us all.
Edna Yaghi is a free-lance writer living in Amman, Jordan.