Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Reality Check For Charlie Rangel: America Has Never Been Your Country
sent by Bill Koehnlein - Sep 24, 2006
Following Hugo Chavez's great UN speech--which endeared him to the entire world--and his remarks later that week to a receptive and very appreciative Harlem audience, Charles Rangel, the uptown Congressional rep, had this to say:
"You do not come into my country, my congressional district, and you do not condemn my president. If there is any criticism of President Bush, it should be restricted to Americans, whether they voted for him or not. I just want to make it abundantly clear to Hugo Chavez or any other president, do not come to the United States and think because we have problems with our president that any foreigner can come to our country and not think that Americans do not feel offended when you offend our Chief of State."
Here is a copy of a letter I faxed to Rangel at both his New York and
Washington offices. You can send your own to him at the addresses below, or fax to (212) 663-4277 and (202) 225-0816.
Beat the Devil!
September 24, 2006
Representative Charles B. Rangel
United States House of Representatives
2354 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
163 West 125 Street
New York NY 10027
Lighten up, man!
You said, "If there is any criticism of [the Devil], it should be
restricted to Americans...." Since when is the Devil, or any other high
government leader, immune to criticism from a non-American? Look at all the criticisms made by Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Devil himself against Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, not to mention numerous other heads of state and high-level officials of various governments.
Etiquette and social nicety has not hindered the Devil from constantly
whining and droning on about "evil doers" or "evil ones"-appellations
applied liberally by him to various world leaders and political
In fact, the actions of the Devil have gone beyond mere criticism. The
Devil has threatened both Chavez (and even helped launch a coup d'etat against the legally-elected government of Venezuela), and Castro (and the Devil continually does his utmost to strangle, weaken and create social instability in Cuba). The Devil has invaded sovereign states or taken other actions to undermine or overthrow them; he has been involved in political assassinations; he tortures innocent people at will; he capriciously deprives others of their freedom; he has plunged the world into a ghastly war that threatens not only the Middle East but the entire planet itself.
I live on the Lower East Side, downwind from the United Nations. All day Tuesday there was a horrible sulphurous stink in my apartment, and I had to spend the entire next day airing out the place and scrubbing the floors and walls with a strong Lysol solution.
I'm indebted to President Chavez for telling me what the source of the
stench was. I thought it was the sewers backing up. All Americans as
well should demonstrate their gratitude to him for telling it like it
is. In fact, most do. It's only the corporate media and hysterical
politicians who seem to be chagrined.
bill at toplab dot org
"My fellow Americans, major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed."
--George W. Bush, May 1, 2003
"...I told the American people that the road ahead would be difficult, and that we would prevail. Well, it has been difficult--and we are
--George W. Bush, June 28, 2005
U.S. military fatalities through May 1, 2003: 140
U.S. military fatalities through June 28, 2005: 1743
U.S. military fatalities as of September 24, 2006: 2700
Iraqi civilian fatalities through May 1, 2003: 1982
Iraqi civilian fatalities through June 28, 2005: 22,563 - 25,560
Iraqi civilian fatalities as of September 24, 2006: 43,387 - 48,174
*These figures are based on the number of fatalities cited in various news reports and have been criticized, with much justification, for not giving an accurate assessment of the real civilian death count. A much more rigorous and statistically-reliable study, conducted by teams from Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University and Al-Mustansiriya University, and published in The Lancet (the British medical journal) in the Fall of 2004, put the figure at around 100,000 civilians dead. However, that data had been based on "conservative assumptions", according to research team leader Les Roberts, and the actual count could be significantly higher. Note also that the Lancet study's data greatly underestimated fatalities in Fallujah due to the surveying problems encountered there at that time.
If the full and true data from this town is included, the compiled studies would point to about 250,000 excess civilian deaths since the outbreak of the aggression and genocide committed by the United States against the people of Iraq.