As I look at the horror of the Bush administration,
there are many, many things to be appalled at, but the one thing
that disturbs me the most is this: On September 12, 2001, virtually
the entire world was behind us. From Canada to Chile, France to
Turkey, Russia to India and Morrocco to South Africa, nearly everyone
was united in the revulsion of the acts of the previous day. I
got chills when I heard The Star Spangled Banner played by our
friends the British. There were pledges of assistance and volunteers
to help find out who did it and bring them to justice world-wide.
Together, we removed the taliban from power in Afghanistan, but
utterly failed to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice. Instead of
sealing him off in Tora Bora, we basically allowed him no choice
but to flee to Pakistan through the hills while we flew his family
to safety, even as thousands of flyers were stranded in airports
across the country.
And then what? Did Bush use the newfound alliance
to scour the hills between Afghanistan and Pakistan? No. Did Bush
use it to set up financial traps world-wide? No. Did Bush take
advantage in any way with the global unity he had in his hand?
No. What he did was decide to invade Iraq.
George W. Bush squandered the greatest opportunity
for global cooperation in history on a single cause to invade
a country that was no threat to anyone, that had no means of attacking
the U.S. and had done nothing to the U.S. except bloviate about
how unfair our "no-fly zones" were.
Had George Bush any foresight at all, he may have
taken the opportunity to purge the cause of the problem, as seen
by the perpetrators. He could have used the global unity to solve
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict once and for all. This would
have stabilized the region for both sides and diffused tensions
that are a root cause of conflict.
Instead...what a waste.