In his most benign moments the current president reminds me of a creature called the 'lesser Panda'. Incomparably disappointing when compared to the better known creature of the same name, he might simply be overlooked and dismissed as harmless if history (or the Trilateral Commission) had not conspired to put him center stage.
But the question that now preoccupies America and probably his own father is 'how much harm can this booby still do before the travesty is over?'
Well, if your name is Sheik Abdul Sattar Abu Reesha you know that George Bush still has the power to do considerable harm. All you have to do is shake hands with him.
Disturbed by the violence in Anbar province, Abu Reesha's father Sheik Sattar Bzia helped organize a Sunni conference against Al Qaeda exactly one year ago. Sheik Bzia was then killed by a car bomb last fall, the eighth member of his distinguished family to die in a sectarian bomb-attack since the liberation of Iraq.
Abu Reesha who shared his father's convictions took up the tribal reins and worked against Al Qaeda realizing that no matter how you feel about the occupation of Iraq, unless you're a terrorist, terror is bad for Iraqis, Sunni and Shia alike. Unfortunately, George Walker Bush liked his work and decided (what the hay!) to visit. Abu Reesha died shortly thereafter.
Blessings and peace be upon him.
The Sheik of Ramadi was in what intelligence people call 'the loser's corner' since he obviously didn't have sufficient information about all the other people that George Bush has supported 100% percent. Let's see if we can construct a partial list: there was Colin Powell, of course, and John Ashcroft, Claude A. Allen, Michael Brown, Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, Alberto R. Gonzalez and yes, I would also include John McCain.
While, some of these names are people who were promoted way beyond their talents because they could be 'trusted' by a corrupt administration, there are at least two names among these whose previously impeccable reputations have been irreparably sullied by their association with a doltish, morally bankrupt White House. Tragically, the regrettable political deaths of Colin Powell and John McCain, pale beside the recent assassination of Sheik Abu Reesha, one of the few effective forces for peace in present-day Iraq.
In addition to these casualties, there is a raft of other people who the current administration destroyed ruthlessly for simple 'obstruction'. These include Valerie Plame, (I do find it hard to sympathize with a CIA operative, especially one with a lucrative book contract), and my personal favorite, Bunnatine 'Bunny' Greenhouse, a woman of conscience who got busted for exposing blatant patronage in the award of Haliburton's Iraqi contracts.
Well, there are a two more casualties I would like to see from this administration, but like everyone else, I will just have to wait until November 11, 2008.
Meanwhile, nobody else should shake hands with the 'lesser Bush'.