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Riverrocks Fresh run-off from a light
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the Colorado Trail on Sunday. /Photo by Todd Newcomer.
So much for liberation
The latest lie being shoved down the throat of
the American public is that of “liberating” the Iraqi people and bringing democracy to
Americans swallow this ludicrous idea because
they understand virtually nothing about Iraq’s cultural composition. In addition to the
potential Kurdish insurrection, the Shi’ites present a solid obstacle to liberty and
The Shi’ites comprise the majority of
Iraq’s population, so they would naturally have the advantage in a democracy, gaining
dominance in government. But the Shi’ites lean toward fundamentalism and are VERY
anti-Western, which would pose a problem for U.S. “vital interests.” The Bush
administration does NOT want a repressive fundamentalist anti-Western regime in Iraq, which means
it must control the selection of candidates.
So much for democracy.
Furthermore, according to Shi’ites, the
right to govern is hereditary. They are never loyal to any ruler unless he is one of the
descendants of ‘Ali bin Abi Taalib.
Any governing body in Iraq will have to put
down Shi’ite rebellions in the same way Saddam has for the last twenty years; by force. The
Iraqi people will be no freer to oppose a U.S. installed regime than they were to oppose the regime
of Saddam Hussein.
So much for liberty.
“Operation Iraqi Freedom” is a
ridiculous piece of propaganda employed to win public approval for the war. The real purpose of
this war is being concealed, because if Americans discover what their sons and daughters are
actually killing and dying for, there will be unanimous public outrage.
A philosophy of freedom
Abstract ideals that all of a sudden find
themselves mixed in with political definitions usually undermine the full meaning of what they had
intended to explain initially. For some people, their needs of having a separate, independent and
unique angle as to what a definition to concepts such as freedom may mean to them can be an
important personal matter. Concrete examples such as a family, historical events, places,
comparisons, life in general, happiness, or many others can help explain it. Examples of freedom
may abound, but these are only individual particulars of the concept that will always best
represent their true ideals when left in the abstract. The concept of freedom is a metaphor for
Jean Jacques Rousseau had said, “Man is
born free and everywhere he is in chains.” When one feels free, one is free; when one is to
be free all that needs to be done is “be,” awareness will promote the other to soon
follow thereafter. This is a painless mental liberation of a person’s soul, without the use
of a foreign invading force.
Ideologies as deep-seated as this should not be
thrust upon some individuals expecting to be received as goodwill. On the contrary, I have found
many definitions of political freedom not only to be less than adequate, but also quite shallow in
the depth of the full understanding of what exactly needs to be defined. Would you let someone
define what your definition of religion, or spirit is as only it can have a significant value to
It would be as unlikely for some people that
value their morals to a high degree to let others do the same for the concept of freedom that an
external element such as a government would understand in defining for each individual. If that
would be the case, it would be time for a new government.
In such personal matters as these to be forced
to see ideals as an accepted set of some kind of nationalistic pride or a doctrine is beyond my
understanding. This concept of freedom runs deep, and therefore must be met when left on the terms
best expressed to each person’s needs.
Freedom to think will always precede all other
types, as being the primary source or fountainhead from which all other types of freedoms evolve.
Without being aware of this starting point, all other types of the particular freedom are and will
always be secondary. This is why the most refined type of freedom is the one that precedes all
others, regardless of sacrifice. Thought precedes essence.
Patriotism can also be a bit ambiguous, and it
too should require a unique reply, and should not have a cookie-cutter definition that looks to
have people complying just because there is a war going on. Times like this re-defining certain
words may make some people more patriotic; it does become a matter of subjective relevance.
Historicity may well prove the importance of these times, and how much fruit world events may bear.
Are these rebellious times, or have the people of this society lost their desire to insist that
certain definitions be left up to the individual? Only time will tell. I support freedom that
justifies the direct creation expressing our virtues as human beings, without the need of violently
destroying any lives in the process.
Your essay on house hunting was interesting.
However, I have one question; when you sell your recently purchased condo will you price it at
market value? If so, does that then make you greedy too?
War’s real winners
By instigating this war, the administration is
creating a niche market for arms. The hatred we are nurturing around the world is so vast, it will
produce an entire generation of people who despise this country so much that they will be willing
to die in an attempt to bring us down. This in turn will create more “terrorist”
enemies and thus increase the demand for more “defense” that we the public are
The $75 billion price tag for the war this
month equates to about $300 for every woman, man and child in America; rent or mortgage for most
people. We are literally mortgaging our future; not to the bank but to the military industrial
There is no chance we will win this war! The
only winners will be the arms dealers, contractors, war consultants, oil companies and developing
anti-terrorism industrial complex (aka Homeland Security). Profiteering will abound, but what share
will we, the taxpayers, get?
Nothing but more debt and blood on our
– Paul Iverson
Imagine Naomi Whitehead,
left, and Erin Woolcott perform Saturday during Destination
Imagination, a program aimed at fostering
student creativity, at Durango High School. /Photo by