Bush’s ignorance is an embarrassment
Our president seems to have a problem distinguishing among cultures. In a recent speech in Pakistan, he stated: “I believe that a prosperous, democratic Pakistan will be a steadfast partner for America, a peaceful neighbor for India and a force for freedom and moderation in the Arab world.”
Last time I checked a map, Pakistan was not an Arab nation. Bush shows not only his ignorance, but also his racist and elitist beliefs. Apparently to him if you are brown-skinned and Muslim, you must be an “Ay-rab.” No wonder the United States has become hated in much of the world.
Appalled by continuing torture
I am appalled at this administration’s constant lying. The latest videos of torture are only the tip of the iceberg. The rest has been confiscated and hidden away in secrecy like everything else related to this administration. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says they are taught to say they were tortured. He’s trying, of course, to get us to believe America doesn’t engage in torture. In fact, time and again the administration has tried to skirt the laws of the Geneva conventions.
The evidence speaks for itself. For the 30-something percent that still support the administration’s policy, do you realize we are breaking the law? Do you not know more than 100 prisoners have died in our custody. Don’t tell me they were taught to be killed, too. I’m not that gullible.
These so called Christians that support the Bush policy are still beyond my comprehension. Have we forgot “for what you do to the least of these you do to me”? That includes the prisoners. God help us see the truth even when we’re wrong.
Thanks to Kaliente for renovations
Just a note to extend my appreciation to the owners and operators of Kaliente on Maple Avenue. The owners, Albert Rey and Danny Faust, have done an excellent job in converting a run-down building (on the inside and the outside) into a very nice club. The club’s appearance has made a 180 degree turn in the last 3 years. Thanks to Alberto and Danny for a job well done.
George L. Castro
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, March 10, 2006.