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Sunday, August 14, 2005

have we reached the turning point?

When a mainstream propaganda mouthpiece like the Chicago Tribune runs a story titled Doubt on war grows in U.S, I cannot help but to get my hopes up. Over the last week or so I have felt a vague sense of an immense change brewing, not yet visible but percolating just beneath the surface; a change, that is, in the tide of public opinion on the Iraq war. This is due in no small part to the focus on Cindy Sheehan and the pathetic attempts of the establishment to demonize her. But this article is not about Sheehan, it is about folks across the country, many who initially supported Bush and his war on Iraq but are now having doubts. From the article:
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- As surely as sweet-corn stands and rolling farmland give way to the boxlike tract housing of new suburbs here, President Bush is losing ground on the battlefield of public opinion when it comes to the war in Iraq.

Even among Republicans who cheered the invasion of Iraq two years ago, and some who supported Bush's re-election and his exhortation to "stay the course," the ongoing loss of American life without a clear course for withdrawal is taking a toll.

Growing opposition to the conflict, as well as a diminishing sense that it is making Americans safer from terrorism at home, is reflected in an array of recent opinion polls...
The article goes on with quotes about the Iraq war from various folks around the country, some pro but mostly con.
Ruth Carlson of Aliquippa, a Navy veteran, voted for Bush in 2000. So did her husband, an Air Force veteran. But neither voted for Bush in 2004.

"We usually vote Republican," Carlson said. "Come around this time, we couldn't vote for [Bush]. . . . If they came after my son, I'd have to get him out of the country. We don't want our child going over there and dying for nothing."
"Dying for nothing" pretty much sums it up.
...Across the country, it's the absence of the threat that Iraq was supposed to pose that most troubles Dale Blake, 42, a Los Angeles construction worker.

"When it all started, we were hearing about nuclear weapons, gas, biological weapons, all sorts of stuff," Blake says. "Of course I thought we should get rid of stuff like that. But now we know that was all bull, and so I now believe I was wrong. But maybe wrong because I was lied to from the start. How are we going to get out? That's what I want to know."
I want to know that too, Dale. But I and many other people, who bothered to look into the issue instead of just blindly believing the President and Colin Powell, never believed it in the first place and voiced our negative opinions about this thing from the beginning. That's OK, all that matters is where we are right now. And I have a growing feeling that where we are right now is a place where Bush and his neocons are going to collapse under the sheer weight of their own lies and stupidity.

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