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Thu04242014

Opinion

Tea Party can’t handle the truth

The sad fact is that a large number of people actually believe that Muslims are willing to become suicide bombers because Americans have the right to drink beer and go to strip clubs.
 
 Mabra
Holeyfield

You have to admire Congressman Ron Paul. The man has courage. At the recent Republican Presidential debate sponsored by the Tea Party, he tried to explain that Muslim extremists did not hate us because of our freedoms. America, said Paul, had military bases in countries all over the world, including several Muslim countries, and that American bombers had killed tens of thousands of Muslims. He tried to say more but the audience couldn’t take anymore. They booed him so loud that the moderator changed the subject and went to another debater.

The first person that I recall using “Our Freedoms” as the reason for attacks on Americans, including 9-11, was George W. Bush. The sad fact is that a large number of people actually believe that Muslims are willing to become suicide bombers because Americans have the right to drink beer and go to strip clubs.

Michael Scheuer, a former CIA intelligence officer, was terminated from his teaching position at the Jamestown Foundation because he dared to tell the truth about the fact that U.S. foreign policy was the primary cause of anti-American feelings in the Muslim world.

This issue is important because our leaders continue to lead this nation into disastrous wars because no one, including the mainstream media, has the courage to challenge the reasons given. President Lyndon B. Johnson got us into the Vietnam War because of the “Gulf of Tonkin incident,” which apparently never happened. In recently released Whitehouse tapes, Johnson admits that going forward with the war was probably a mistake but felt that he would be run out of town if he tried to stop it. As a result, we lost 50,000 soldiers, spent hundreds of billions of dollars and lost the war.

Another frequently used phrase used to justify going to war is to protect American interests. I find it interesting that they are never asked to specify what those interests are. Never. Politicians and reporters, who normally want to know every little detail involving issues of little consequence, suddenly have no questions when the issue is war. I suspect that many individuals would be reluctant to volunteer to fight in a war if they knew that its purpose was to protect the financial interests of specific corporations. Actually, all wars of choice are for financial reasons.

George W. Bush took us to war in Iraq because he said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. As evidence he stated that he had used them on his own people. As a result we went to war and killed more Iraqis than Saddam Hussein did only to discover that the weapons we were looking for didn’t exist. However, we did find the oil.

What really bothered me about the Iraq War is that we started with the assumption that if Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, we had the right to invade Iraq. In my view this assumption should have been vigorously challenged.

I believe there is an old saying that explains why politicians and the media are afraid to stand up to the corporate interests that take us to war: whose bread I eat is whose song I sing.

(Memphis businessman Mabra Holeyfield is an owner of Bluff City Partners, LLC. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

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