The Truth Will Emerge

Truth has a way of asserting itself despite all attempts to obscure it.  Distortion only serves to derail it for a time.  No matter to what lengths we humans may go to obfuscate facts or delude our fellows, truth has a way of squeezing out through the cracks, eventually.

But the danger is that at some point it may no longer matter.  The danger is that damage is done before the truth is widely realized.  The reality is that, sometimes, it is easier to ignore uncomfortable facts and go along with whatever distortion is currently in vogue.  We see a lot of this today in politics.  I see a lot of it -- more than I would ever have believed -- right on this Senate Floor.

Regarding the situation in Iraq, it appears to this Senator that the American people may have been lured into accepting the unprovoked invasion of a sovereign nation, in violation of long-standing International law, under false premises.  There is ample evidence that the horrific events of September 11 have been carefully manipulated to switch public focus from Osama Bin Laden and Al Queda who masterminded the September 11th attacks, to Saddam Hussein who did not.  The run up to our invasion of Iraq featured the President and members of his cabinet invoking every frightening image they could conjure, from mushroom clouds, to buried caches of germ warfare, to drones poised to deliver germ laden death in our major cities.  We were treated to a heavy dose of overstatement concerning Saddam Hussein's direct threat to our freedoms.  The tactic was guaranteed to provoke a sure reaction from a nation still suffering from a combination of post traumatic stress and justifiable anger after the attacks of 911.  It was the exploitation of fear.  It was a placebo for the anger.

Since the war's end, every subsequent revelation which has seemed to refute the previous dire claims of the Bush Administration has been brushed aside.  Instead of addressing the contradictory evidence, the White House deftly changes the subject.  No weapons of mass destruction have yet turned up, but we are told that they will in time.  Perhaps they yet will.  But, our costly and destructive bunker busting attack on Iraq seems to have proven, in the main, precisely the opposite of what we were told was the urgent reason to go in.  It seems also to have, for the present, verified the assertions of Hans Blix and the inspection team he led, which President Bush and company so derided.  As Blix always said, a lot of time will be needed to find such weapons, if they do, indeed, exist.  Meanwhile Bin Laden is still on the loose and Saddam Hussein has come up missing.

The Administration assured the U.S. public and the world, over and over again, that an attack was necessary to protect our people and the world from terrorism.  It assiduously worked to alarm the public and blur the faces of Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden until they virtually became one.

What has become painfully clear in the aftermath of war is that Iraq was no immediate threat to the U.S.  Ravaged by years of sanctions, Iraq did not even lift an airplane against us.  Iraq's threatening death-dealing fleet of unmanned drones about which we heard so much morphed into one prototype made of plywood and string.  Their missiles proved to be outdated and of limited range.  Their army was quickly overwhelmed by our technology and our well trained troops.

Presently our loyal military personnel continue their mission of diligently searching for WMD. They have so far turned up only fertilizer, vacuum cleaners, conventional weapons, and the occasional buried swimming pool.  They are misused on such a mission and they continue to be at grave risk.  But, the Bush team's extensive hype of WMD in Iraq as justification for a preemptive invasion  has become more than embarrassing.  It has raised serious questions about prevarication and the reckless use of power.  Were our troops needlessly put at risk?  Were countless Iraqi civilians killed and maimed when war was not really necessary?  Was the American public deliberately misled?  Was the world? 

What makes me cringe even more is the continued claim that we are "liberators." The facts don't seem to support the label we have so euphemistically attached to ourselves.  True, we have unseated a brutal, despicable despot, but "liberation" implies the follow up of freedom, self-determination and a better life for the common people.  In fact, if the situation in Iraq is the result of "liberation," we may have set the cause of freedom back 200 years.

Despite our high-blown claims of a better life for the Iraqi people, water is scarce, and often foul, electricity is a sometime thing, food is in short supply, hospitals are stacked with the wounded and maimed, historic treasures of the region and of the Iraqi people have been looted, and nuclear material may have been disseminated to heaven knows where, while U.S. troops, on orders, looked on and guarded the oil supply.

Meanwhile, lucrative contracts to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure and refurbish its oil industry are awarded to Administration cronies, without benefit of competitive bidding, and the U.S. steadfastly resists offers of U.N. assistance to participate.  Is there any wonder that the real motives of the U.S. government are the subject of worldwide speculation and mistrust?

And in what may be the most damaging development, the U.S. appears to be pushing off Iraq's clamor for self-government.  Jay Garner has been summarily replaced, and it is becoming all too clear that the smiling face of the U.S. as liberator is quickly assuming the scowl of an occupier.  The image of the boot on the throat has replaced the beckoning hand of freedom.  Chaos and rioting only exacerbate that image, as U.S. soldiers try to sustain order in a land ravaged by poverty and disease.  "Regime change" in Iraq has so far meant anarchy, curbed only by an occupying military force and a U.S. administrative presence that is evasive about if and when it intends to depart.

Democracy and Freedom cannot be force fed at the point of an occupier's gun.  To think otherwise is folly.  One has to stop and ponder.  How could we have been so impossibly naive?  How could we expect to easily plant a clone of U.S. culture, values, and government in a country so riven with religious, territorial, and tribal rivalries, so suspicious of U.S. motives, and so at odds with the galloping materialism which drives the western-style economies?

As so many warned this Administration before it launched its misguided war on Iraq, there is evidence that our crack down in Iraq is likely to convince 1,000 new Bin Ladens to plan other horrors of the type we have seen in the past several days.  Instead of damaging the terrorists, we have given them new fuel for their fury.  We did not complete our mission in Afghanistan because we were so eager to attack Iraq.  Now it appears that Al Queda is back with a vengeance. We have returned to orange alert in the U.S., and we may well have destabilized the Mideast region, a region we have never fully understood.  We have alienated friends around the globe with our dissembling and our haughty insistence on punishing former friends who may not see things quite our way. 

The path of diplomacy and reason have gone out the window to be replaced by force, unilateralism, and punishment for transgressions.  I read most recently with amazement our harsh castigation of Turkey, our longtime friend and strategic ally.  It is astonishing that our government is berating the new Turkish government for conducting its affairs in accordance with its own Constitution and its democratic institutions.

Indeed, we may have sparked a new international arms race as countries move ahead to develop WMD as a last ditch attempt to ward off a possible preemptive strike from a newly belligerent U.S. which claims the right to hit where it wants.  In fact, there is little to constrain this President.  Congress, in what will go down in history as its most unfortunate act, handed away its power to declare war for the foreseeable future and empowered this President to wage war at will.

As if that were not bad enough, members of Congress are reluctant to ask questions which are begging to be asked.  How long will we occupy Iraq?  We have already heard disputes on the numbers of troops which will be needed to retain order.  What is the truth?  How costly will the occupation and rebuilding be?  No one has given a straight answer.  How will we afford this long-term massive commitment, fight terrorism at home, address a serious crisis in domestic healthcare, afford behemoth military spending and give away billions in tax cuts amidst a deficit which has climbed to over $340 billion for this year alone?  If the President's tax cut passes it will be $400 billion.  We cower in the shadows while false statements proliferate.  We accept soft answers and shaky explanations because to demand the truth is hard, or unpopular, or may be politically costly. 

But, I contend that, through it all, the people know.  The American people unfortunately are used to political shading, spin, and the usual chicanery they hear from public officials.  They patiently tolerate it up to a point.  But there is a line.  It may seem to be drawn in invisible ink for a time, but eventually it will appear in dark colors, tinged with anger.  When it comes to shedding American blood - - when it comes to wreaking havoc on civilians, on innocent men, women, and children, callous dissembling is not acceptable.  Nothing is worth that kind of lie - - not oil, not revenge, not reelection, not somebody's grand pipedream of a democratic domino theory.

And mark my words, the calculated intimidation which we see so often of late by the "powers that be" will only keep the loyal opposition quiet for just so long.  Because eventually, like it always does, the truth will emerge.  And when it does, this house of cards, built of deceit, will fall.

Source: Common Dreams

  Category: Americas, World Affairs
  Topics: Conflicts And War, Iraq, Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein
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I am very thankful to the senator for this wonderful article. It is obvious that there is only one truth that exists somewhere on this planet and the disguise will soon wear out.
Allah is great and all-aware of everything- he knows whom to punish and whom to reward.

These are the facts and realities.But what the nations who have WMD like israel many in asia, europe and america.What action US will take against them and what about the WMD which it has piled itself.Weaker power they have destroyed on false pretext like Afghanistan and Iraq.Why not they do it against some other countries who are more dangerous than poor afghanistan and iraq.History has seen the fall of Hitler , Massolini etc.Just wait the same fate will happen to these despots.

The senator got one thing right, and that is the American people do understand political spin and shading by their news media and their public officials. It is a practice that Senator Byrd has been guilty of for years.

Excellent article, as a recent convert to Islam (Subhana wa ta' Alah)I'm very passionate about every aspect of this Ummah, and how it is affected by the actions of the government of this country. Insha Allah more courageous members of Congress will follow suit, and attempt to derail the imperialist plans of the neo cons, and it's crony George Bush

The truth is that here is yet another article (posted at a Muslim website) that would appear to be trivializing the mercy and blessings of Allah - in the course of attributing Allah's mercy and blessings to the misdirected generosity of the American people. I (categorically) disagree.

America is never that which causes "a brutal, despicable despot" to find themselves unseated. May Allah choose to bestow peace and blessings upon them - as well as upon the senator.

Also, there is surely a point at which a reluctance to publicly praise Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'Ala) for that which is good effectively amounts to a refusal to do so. Additionally, please don't be thanking America for doing what Allah alone can do (for example, for bringing about that which is good for us).

As Salaamu Alaikum.

May Allah bestow peace and blessings upon Rachel Corrie. May Allah reward her for good deeds and intentions - as well as for her self-sacrifice on the behalf of others. Ameen.

I commend the Senator for his open mindedness and objectivity. Sadly this is lacking in much of USA. However the world can rest assure that the Americans will wake up one day to the lies they are been fed, and being the brave nation they are, will raise up against the deceit and fabrication that they were fed. Eventurally truth will prevail....hopefully it will not be too late.

Senator Byrd hit the nail on the head. America MUST understand that "with great power comes great responsibility". Unbridled arrogance is not an option.

Thank you Senator Byrd. Hope you can relay this to the rest of the government members and special interest groups.

In the words of an ex-Israeli soldier:" The most partiotic thing you can do for your country is to question that actions of your government" (Sorry if I've misquoted).

I agree with the article.The truth will surface itself but by the time is happens, no one will care and by that time many other lies have been put up, in the pretense of it being the truth. However, God is Great. The truth will prevail if not now, in the afterlife where all those who do evil will get their rightful sentence.

Excellent article. Truth always prevails.May not be today but tomorrow and we all will be ashamed of what we have done.
I applaud the Senator for the courage and persistence. It is always a first drop of rain before it gets heavy rain and wash away the castle of lies. No doubt falsehood meant to be perished.

There is one truth that will emerge and this is its begining. The nation that becomes a tyrant abroad becomes a tyrant at home.

Excellent article once again from Senator Byrd. He expresses a lot of the frustrations and concerns that many Americans share. He is also a great example of a person who can love their country, but not tolerate wrongdoing by its government. In fact I believe that a true patriot should make it their business to always hold their government accountable, regardless of how painful that may be.

Fain would they extinguish Allah's light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it).

Two years ago, a US ambassador spoke to a Zionist group mentioning the US take over of the region from Lebanon to the Pacific. Asked if she meant Muslim countries she shook her head as if coming out of a spell, looked confused several moments and left. With Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan under US control what will be the next Muslim nation plunged into chaos by the US? Note a pattern of every other country from which the US could launch an attack on those that refuse the Zionist agenda. I doubt the US has any intent to create functioning governments. That would jeopardize their reason for being there.
But what goes around comes around.
The US administration set a course of cutting taxes while increasing military expenditures. They cut their own credit worthiness by allowing the value of the dollar to fall. Low interest, and falling value cause foreign investment to withdraw. A cut in taxes on dividends is ineffective when principle value is falling and unemployment is high. Exports should be cheaper but unofficial boycotts of US goods by angry world citizens already block consumer product sales.
Where does it lead? Dissolution within 10 to 50 years. Less if developing areas like China and the "new Europe" start demanding their share of oil production. Development takes factories and factories take energy. If China used oil at the same rate as the US, China would take more than the present world production. Project population, development and monetary trends. The US may control the region but who trusts them? Beware the North, it has targeted the land you live on. Mininukes will make a land uninhabitable removing indigenous resistance. Ten to fifty years.

What America is doing right now is adding more fuel to the fire. So instead of extinguishing it, she's actually making it more stronger. Not only will her action cause demolition in one's country. Before she could even sense it, she'll end up suffering the same or even the worst possible fate that could happen to a country. She'd be humiliated beyond recognition when all of us have awaken from the deep slumber of ours. That will be the time, truth will prevail.
This is actually a period of adversity for us humans. So after this, they'll neither be neutral, they will either be classified as fools or the righteous.

It is obvious that whole truth about going to the war is not there. I am grossly disgused that this country which has the flag of democarcy would behave so un democartic. I have learned one thing in the past few monhs. MONEY IS EVERTGHING, EVERYONE HAS PRICE AND PRICE WAS RIGHT FOR BUSH AND HIS ADMINISTRATION.

I 100% agree with this article. Born in America, I was raised in a patriotic environment. My father, brother, cousins, and friends proudly served this country in the armed forces. If they were called upon in this generation, it would be a very sad occasion for me, not a flag-waving event. The arrogancy of this administration is a disgrace. As always, the TRUTH does rise to the surface. Hopefully, sooner than later.

To Ellen Carroll

TRUTH hurts, doesn't it? People who do not acknowledge the truth live in a world of fantasy and deceit. You're Ellen, nobody else. If you can't accept that, then may God bless you.

Dear Mr. Johnston, The Irishman from Boston. Your opinion does indeed matter. As a muslim from the other side of the world, I am given hope that an American like you is peace and truth-loving.

All this creation has one purpose and one purpose alone: Kindness towards each other and acknowledging God's creation through acts of worship and kindness.

Bless you and peace from one humble muslim to a good Catholic. May your prayers be answered.

Ahmed Asgher

I disagree with this article.

I cannot dispute any of the statements made. Having always believed my country was 'right', having served my country as a US Marine, I have had an undying faith that our leaders were just and righteous. However, the events of the past decade have given me reason to pause and ponder. The contradictions are too blaring. I ask.. where are our elected officials? Why do they cower in fear? Is it the truth they fear or their own shadows which support this regime by their silence? The pendulum swings both ways. In the end, justice will prevail.

I am a Boston native, and (as a result of my birthplace, I suppose) a Liberal Democratic Catholic Irishman. I have always been interested in the amount of cultures, customs, and religions in the world, especially Islam.

I am very proud of Senator Byrd for speaking up against an American government that is very ignorant.

My thoughts on the president have always been that he thinks he is doing a wonderful job and therefore ignores the truth of the matter. The reasons are obvious. He has been surrounded by people like himself: Texans, Born-again Christians, Republicans, and wealthy businessmen.

I just hope that the rest of the world understands that not everybody in this country supports him. Before I go to sleep every night, I pray that someday soon his own "regime" will be over. Then, tolerance, intelligence, and open discussions will once again be a part of my every day life.

But I guess that is just one opinion - doesn't seem to mean much around here anymore...