Tar Baby II

by Edgar J. Steele

October 25, 2003

`Ef you don't lemme loose, I'll knock you agin,' sez Brer Rabbit, sezee, 
en wid dat he fotch 'er a wipe wid de udder han', en dat stuck.
Tar-Baby, she ain'y sayin' nuthin', en Brer Fox, he lay low.

    -- "The Tar Baby Story," (from Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings), Joel Chandler Harris (1881)

Like father, like son.
    -- Proverb

George II is in trouble.  Yes, in Iraq, but that isn't his real problem.  Yes, domestically, but that isn't his real problem, either.  Little George is in trouble with the Chosen.  You know...them.  The people that really run things hereabout.

You can tell because George II has begun to get some bad press (and we all know who owns the press, don't we?), just like Clinton before he was impeached.  Yes, Clinton was impeached.  That's what happens in the House of Representatives.  Removal from office then follows if the Senate convicts the one impeached.  Of course, the fix was in, as preannounced by Trent "I wish I was black" Lott, and Clinton walked.  Why?  Because, finally, Clinton gave in and bombed an aspirin factory, among other strategic targets dictated by them.

George II, it turns out, does have a mind of his own, though it appears to be warped.  George thinks he's on a Mission From God.  Somehow, that line played better coming from the mouth of Dan Ackroyd in The Blues Brothers.  George believes, along with a great many other American religious fundamentalists, that Israel's Chosen people are entitled to all of Palestine, just like it says in the Bible.  Besides, George doesn't get raptured along with the rest of the righteous, until Biblical prophecy is fulfilled.  George seems torn between getting reelected, so he can do more of God's work, and doing God's work right now, as enunciated by Ariel Sharon, Israel's Prime Minister.

According to The Plan, America was to have invaded both Iran and Syria by now.  George II agrees with The Plan, basically, but wants to wait until after the election next year.  Little George is not so stupid as to miss the fact that Afghanistan and Iraq were his first two strikes at bat, you see.  Israel finally went on a bombing mission of its own, in Syria the other day, and thereafter received George's blessing (picture a dog wagging his tail).

This past week, George II also was quick to add his voice to the Chosen chorus that the Malaysian Prime Minister is an antisemite for stating the obvious:  jews rule the world.  Little George isn't as stupid as he looks (more tail wagging).

In a remarkable moment of candidness, Ariel Sharon said it best:  "Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear:  Don't worry about American pressure on Israel.  We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it."   (To his cabinet, on October 3, 2001).

Problem is, we Americans don't know it, by and large.  Blame MTV.  Otherwise, we would rise up, march on Washington and hang all the politicians from lamp posts.

The Plan, in case you haven't figured it out, is to vanquish Israel's enemies and establish it as the undisputed ruler of the Middle East.  Well, the World, actually, but everybody agrees that can wait until after the next American election.

Jewish Middle East hegemony is consistent with Biblical prophecy, by the way.  Along the way, the jews are supposed to get religion and accept Jesus Christ as their savior, but that fact conveniently gets ignored by George and the rest of the neocons.  These little details have a way of working themselves out when you are on a Mission From God, after all.

George II now finds himself between Iraq and a hard place (ahem).  Does he invade Iran and/or Syria and risk not being reelected because of an instant replay of (take your pick) Afghanistan or Iraq?  Or does he wait and risk not being reelected because the Chosen intensify the media campaign now under way against him?  

George's current dilemma is a classic Hobbesian choice, which is no choice at all, the name of which derives from Thomas Hobbes' belief that man must choose between living in a state of nature (a life which is "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short") or suffering under an arbitrary and absolute government (Thomas Hobbes, The Elements of Law: Natural and Politic , 1640).

George I got the same treatment, you may recall, when he declined to enter Baghdad and root out Saddam during Gulf War I.  He reasoned that evicting Iraq from Kuwait accomplished his objective, which was clearly stated at the outset of that little dustup ("This invasion will not stand," is what he said, if memory serves).  

However, Israel didn't care a fig for Kuwait, per se, and saw emasculation of its main military rival in the Middle East (Iraq) as being the true objective (just like now).   George I saw things differently, thinking he couldn't possibly squander the lead he then possessed over a broad field of Democrat contenders for the Presidency (just like George II now).  

So, George I saw his poll numbers plummet (just like George II now) and faced mounting criticism in the controlled press (just like George II now).  

And the economy took a sudden turn for the worse (just like now).  

And, of course, George I lost to Clinton, the man who now makes me yearn for the days when I merely was ashamed of America's President.  

Just like George II will lose when the time comes, if he doesn't invade Syria and/or Iran soon.  And the Chosen couldn't care less, since nobody is allowed to run for President without first plighting his troth to Israel.

But, if George II invades Syria and/or Iran, he will lose the next election anyway because even more Americans will die meaningless deaths (just like now), deaths which cannot be kept from the public (like most of the American deaths in the Middle East are kept from us now).

George II finds himself stuck to the very same tar baby that snared his father.  Of course, in the classic Uncle Remus story (written by a white man, incidentally, as were all the Uncle Remus tales), the tar baby was set out by Brer Fox specifically to ensnare Brer Rabbit.

"Did the fox eat the rabbit?"  asks the youngster in the story.   "Dat's all de fur de tale goes," replied the old man. "He mout (might've), an den agin he moutent."

Trust me, he did.  What worries me is wondering if, four years from now, I might be yearning for the days when the American President merely foisted the Patriot Act, John Ashcroft and Gulf War II on America.

New America.  An idea whose time has come.

-ed

"I didn't say it would be easy.  I just said it would be the truth."
            - Morpheus

Copyright 2003, Edgar J. Steele

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