All the administrations since Bush the 1st, if there's a hell they'll be planted deep in its bowels. I remember when Denis Halliday, a UN career person for three decades, resigned in disgust and protest due to the vulgar and genocidal UN Sanctions Regime and the Mafia like 'Oil-for-Food Program'. Hans von Sponeck, Halliday's successor, also resigned a little more than a year later for the same reasons. Halliday gave a number to talks following his resignation and Free Speech TV broadcast just about all of them. People like Halliday, von Sponeck, Scott Ridder put themselves right on the line. Ridder, who spent a decade and a half in the military, was blasted by the right wing and Bush administration types. This was an administration that was packed with AWOL, draft dodger, deserter boys and deferment queens. The whole lot of them. And as a Vietnam veteran I got to witness first hand the vile perversion that passes for 'state policy'. A person doesn't stay 19 their whole life. Unless they're the above mentioned prima donna frat boys, a la Cheney, who had 'other priorities'. May their tombstomes be urinals.
Tariq Aziz, a person placed in truly difficult conditions showed that decency and courage can exist in a world populated by filthy cowards. Cowards. As their cowardly silence to make an effort in behalf of Aziz demonstrated. Efforts that others, such as Halliday and von Sponeck have initiated.
Today we are asking our representatives to show some backbone and vote against 'Fast Track'. And this is with almost the entire population againt Fast Track. It's only 'then' that we may/can expect some 'courage'. Meaning they could get voted out of office dispite the campaign money from the dark side.
You're a far, far better man than they'll ever be, Tariq Aziz. History won't forget. R.I.P.