Laura Bush's Speech

RECEIVED Thu., Sept. 2, 2004

Dear Editor,
   I'm not picking on Laura Bush. Her speech was less bellicose than most at the RNC, but it included the basic point all speakers have made: The war is good and Bush is the man who will keep it going.
   Here are some excerpts from her speech and my comments.
   "We are living in the midst of the most historic struggle my generation has ever known."
   More important than the potential for nuclear war? Vietnam? Korea? Civil rights? Pollution control? Domestic terrorism? Abortion? Disease? Terrorism kills about 700 people worldwide a year. World population is 6 billion and 60 million to 70 million die every year (40% from environmental degradation).
   "We need to reassure our children that our police and firemen and military and intelligence workers are doing everything possible to keep them safe."
   Children have a lot more to worry about than a terrorist coming to get them. The leading causes of death for children are accidents, cancer, and suicide. Children need to be protected from environmental pollutants, drunk drivers, and depression. The Arab bogeyman should be the least of their worries. Why depress a child by telling her before she goes to sleep that the policemen are working hard every day to keep away terrorists and that firemen will pull her out of the house if a terrorist throws a fire bomb through her bedroom window?
   The Republican strategy is to suggest terrorists will kill us if we don't let GWB continue to direct hundreds of billions of tax dollars into the pockets of the military contractors, instead of where they are needed. Ironic that more of us will die from the Bush administration's ignoring of the environment, sending us off to fight in useless wars based on falsehoods, and creating more terrorism by subjugating an Arab population.
Brian Macleod
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