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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

World trembles as Bush shapes up for four more years

This is an absolutely brilliant piece which I found on bignewsnetwork.com. I've included excerpts but you can read the whole thing here.

Taken from Big News Network.com:

"World trembles as Bush shapes up for four more years"

When Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda attacked the World Trade Center towers in New York, and the Pentagon in Washington DC, after hijacking four jetliners, it was the worst terrorist attack of all time, leaving more than 2,900 people dead. In the War on Terror during the three years following, in large part in response to the September 11 attacks, two countries have been invaded and had their governments removed from office, more than 100,000 civilians have been killed in Iraq alone according to a study released this week, and 1,270 coalition deaths as at Sunday comprising 1,129 Americans, 69 Britons, seven Bulgarians, one Dane, two Dutch, two Estonians, one Hungarian, 19 Italians, one Latvian, 13 Poles, one Salvadoran, three Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai, and nine Ukrainians have occurred. The United Nations and Red Cross headquarters in Baghdad have been bombed with numerous humanitarian aid workers killed, twenty-two in the UN truck bombing alone, including envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello. Numerous people from a variety of nations have been kidnapped, and many beheaded. Hundreds of Iraqi police and National Guards have been massacred, including 49 last weekend. Nine U.S. Marines were killed Sunday. Added to the mass killings has been the hundreds of billions of dollars of destruction of cities and villages in the quest for ‘insurgents’.

The fallout has not been limited to the war zones. The economic drain of the United States in funding hundreds of billions of dollars in reconstruction and ongoing security commitments to Iraq and its oil fields is reflected in its staggering budget deficit. There is a huge budget deficit, and a soaring trade deficit, all this at a time when interest rates have been kept artificially low for a number of years. And yet George W. Bush leads in the polls 48 hours ahead of the once-in-four-years opportunity to select a president for the following four years.

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