Some of my readers say in their e-mails to me that they are reading my book, “The Education of Lev Navrozov,” which I wrote in Russia and published in the West in 1975.
Thus, on Dec. 29, 2008, that is, 33 years later, I received an e-mail from “Useless Dissident”: “I am reading your book. It is very good. Since it is out of print, I wonder if you might allow me to scan and publish excerpts from it on my blog.”
When President Nixon was trying to end the Soviet-American Cold War, the Soviet rulers decided to show him how democratic the USSR was and allowed several hundred Soviet citizens to emigrate!
My wife, our son, my mother and I found ourselves, as by some miracle, in New York. It was 1972.
One of us unprecedented showcase emigrants had volunteered to smuggle out the manuscript of my book — he knew how, and he did it! — which was published in 1975 by Harper & Row, and simultaneously in Canada by Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
Compared with the truth about Stalin in Stalin’s Russia, it was easy in the United States to know the truth about President George W. Bush.
On May 22, 2003, he signed Executive Order 13303 (his executive orders can be downloaded on the Internet).
On Aug. 7, 2003, the Los Angeles Times carried a report titled, “Immunity for Iraqi Oil Dealers Raises Alarm.” Executive Order 13303 granted immunity to U.S. oil companies from both criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits regarding anything they can perpetrate in their dealings with Iraqi oil, such as bribery, damage to the environment, and violation of human rights, established labor practices, international treaties, and business contracts.
In other words, the U.S. oil corporations were to be a mafia; and George W. Bush, its godfather, was to receive a lion’s share of Iraq’s black gold, for the mafia was to depend on his benevolence, as did the fundamentalist Shia theocracy for its defense against the Sunni guerrilla war.
To conceal the truth, George W. Bush would have to destroy all copies of Executive Order 13303, all those who transmitted it by the Internet, all copies of the Aug. 7, 2003 Los Angeles Times and all its readers, Lisa Girion, me, who quoted the above in his columns, and my columns in the archives of the web sites where they appeared.
Stalin could have such a purge by just giving a curt order to his secret police. After his death, I learned that in the “Russian Orthodox Church,” which Stalin had been expanding, he would be God.
Now, George W. Bush was not God, but a U.S. official, trying to embezzle Iraqi oil money, without making a great secret out of it.
Yet even if he could and would take all the measures I mentioned above, on Jan. 2, 2004, Laurence M. Vance, teaching economics in Pensacola, Fla., published in LewRockwell.com his “Eight Facts About Iraq.” I will mention five of them:
(1) The USA regarded Saddam Hussein as its ally until George H. W. Bush provoked him into the invasion of Kuwait, to have a pretext for the invasion of Iraq.
(2) Compared with many other Islamic countries, Iraq was a liberal Muslim state. The Shia, who are in a majority, are more “fundamentalist” than the Sunni. Hussein was a Sunni and his Baath Party was more closely associated with the more pro-Western Sunni.
Unlike Saudi Arabia, Iran, and most other Muslim states, Iraq was not controlled by a fundamentalist Muslim government, something that is now (January 2004) a possibility. The Baath government tolerated both Jews and Christians, something not to be seen in Muslim countries like Indonesia, Turkey, and Iran.
(3) Hussein’s Iraq had no connection with 9/11, al-Qaida, or Osama bin Laden.
(4) Iraq was not a threat to the USA.
(5) The USA has never intervened in Sudan, where millions of Christians were killed. Or Indonesia! Fidel Castro has been untouched (for 40 years!) as has been Idi Amin in Uganda. The reason is that these countries, as well as Rwanda or Zimbabwe, have no significant oil deposits.
On Jan. 16, 2006, I could read the following in Yahoo!:
By a margin of 52% to 43%, Americans want Congress to consider impeaching President Bush . . . a new poll, commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, supports a congressional investigation of President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003. . . .
So I was not an endangered lonely truth-seeker as I had been in Russia. Yet on Jan. 9, 2009, I received an e-mail from John Peterson:
I have recently read your book. I liked it very much. Consider my surprise, then, in reading your recent articles where you claim that George W. Bush invaded Iraq “to become a rich oil man.” Was Iraq any less of a “serf-slave state” than the USSR; or today’s China? Were his [Saddam Hussein’s?] atrocities any less atrocious than those of his idol [?], Josef Djugashvili?
George W. Bush invaded Iraq because of its oil for himself? Of course!
John Peterson’s attempt to prove that George W. Bush invaded Iraq for the safety of the United States, and my columns have broken his [Peterson’s] heart makes the geostrategic position of the United States even more tragic. What if most American voters are mentally at the level of Peterson?
According to Peterson, Iraq before Bush’s invasion was like Stalin’s Russia. And now? Peterson says to me:
Does the irony escape you — a man throws his shoes at President Bush because he can throw his shoes at President Bush? The Bolshevik “megacriminals” organized in the streets and splashed acid in people’s faces because they could. Is the shoe-throwing incident anything more noble or beautiful?
That is, Iraq is now so free that an Iraqi can throw his shoes at President Bush! But just as Bolsheviks abused freedom in Russia in the autumn of 1917 in order to come to power, so, too, some scoundrel in Iraq today abused its freedom and threw his shoes at President Bush!
Well, George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq did more harm to Iraq than to the United States. Iraq was destroyed by a five-year war on its territory.
The number of “Iraqi deaths due to the U.S. invasion is 1,307,349,” according to studies like a study published by the British prestigious medical journal Lancet. The number of American deaths in the invasion is 4,227 as of Jan. 16, 2008. Many Iraqi children had died of hunger due to the “sanctions” before the invasion.
A shift of power from Sunni to Shia made it less, and not more, liberal.
But the Iraqi could not vote for the impeachment of President Bush. Hence the Iraqi journalist al-Zeidi threw his shoes at Bush and shouted in Arabic: “This is from the widows, the orphans, and those who were killed in Iraq!”
In Iraq, throwing one’s shoes at an opponent corresponds to a slap in the face by a pair of leather gloves in aristocratic Europe. Since the country was still occupied by U.S. troops, al-Zeida was arrested and asked for political asylum abroad. But apart from demonstrations in his support in Iraq and other Arab countries, on Jan. 29, 2009 a 6-feet-high one-and-one-half-ton monument was unveiled, depicting a bronze shoe, in Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit.
What’s the moral?
A twice-elected U.S. president paid no attention for eight years to the development of post-nuclear (such as nano) weapons in China and its global economic-military expansion.
This means that while chasing Iraqi oil money for himself and his cronies, Bush sentenced his country to the annihilation by the dictatorship of China unless the eight years of his presidency can and will be crossed out and replaced by an adequate effort to survive.
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