“JL” (no periods) Strickland, hails from down in “the Valley,” an area on The Alabama –Georgia line once known for its heavy concentration of textile mills. JL describes himself as an:
“Unemployed geezer, frustrated writer, forced into early retirement when the cotton mill where I worked closed and went to China. “
JL is "prolific commentator" who would doubtless slap anyone who called him a “pundit.” My friend Hardy Jackson thinks JL represents “the voice of the people. Or at least a whole lot of them.” I’d like to think so, but, I know one thing, he not only speaks for me, but a lot better than I could do it myself.
To the Editor:
A recent writer to this page suggested that critics of the Iraq War were "unbalanced." I beg to differ -- it was unbalanced people who got us into this stupid conflict. And anyone who continues to support this moronic blunder could themselves benefit from therapy.
There's no danger of this war's instigators going "nuts." They've been nuts from the get-go.
And don't bother saying that opposing the war is not supporting the troops. How is it supporting the troops by leaving them in that meat grinder? Whatever our strategy is now, there will be no good conclusion to this war. Even if you drive off a really high cliff, sooner or later, there will be a nasty end to your trip.
Before our goofy frat-boy president started calling for it, did you ever hear anybody say they wanted to spend our lives, limbs and treasure bringing democracy to Iraq? Did it ever cross your mind, or anyone's you know? I didn't think so.
Iraq is not worth one pinprick of American blood. There has been a civilization in that area for thousands of years. People thereabouts have had ample time to choose democracy for themselves, if they were so inclined. After all, their ancestors were contemporaries with the Greeks who created the concept of democracy.
Iraqis have been involved in a religious blood feud between Shiites and Sunnis for 1600 years. They relish slaughtering each other, and have gotten quite good at it. They even get bonus points for blowing up the other side's women and children. Talk about unbalanced.
While it is not unheard of for our various home-grown denominations to cast vile, nasty slurs at each other, American faithful don't practice murderous hatred to this degree. One local church group who appears on Cable Channel 3 says that 28,000 Chattahootians are going to hell because we are not kneeling at their particular altar. This is drastic, but at least they are not killing us early so we'll get to hell ahead of schedule.
For whatever reason, Junior Bush took our righteous outrage over 9/11 and bent it to his foolish will, so the Army ended up in Iraq, instead of finishing the job in Afghanistan. He let the Taliban off the hook and allowed Osama bin Laden to escape unharmed into Pakistan, which ironically, is now home to the weaving jobs that left Fairfax Mill.
(I'll give the Pakistanis a work tip: they'll never run production on a stand of looms if they stop five times a day to pray. They'll have to pray and eat on the run like we old Martexans did.)
Every day that Osama lives adds another bloody log on the roaring bonfire of Bush's failure. It's a pity that Bush and bin Laden couldn't meet somewhere and have a televised smirk-off on the Fox Network. (Besides, I don't believe for a second the government doesn't know the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. Once, I owed the IRS eleven bucks and they didn't have a lick of trouble finding me.)
At this point how could anyone believe Bush's new strategy will make any difference? He's been wrong about everything else: wrong about WMD's, wrong about our reception by the Iraqi people, wrong about the length of the war, the cost, the casualties and the reaction of Iraq's neighbors.
The Congress-- Republicans and Democrats - have let us down, and even worse, let the troops down by throwing them in the middle of a centuries old throat-cutting rivalry. Happily, the delusional wing of the Republican Party seems to be shrinking. Hopefully, their number will soon be so small they'll fit on the short bus where they belong.
Maybe then, Congress can stop arguing about such nonsense as the size of Speaker Pelosi's airplane and get down to the nation's more pressing business. The Democrats have been in charge for months now and they haven't even changed the snacks in the congressional vending machines.
There's no question who's really running the show in Washington. The vice-president led us into this war, with Dubya riding him piggyback like a dim-witted little brother. It is high time Congress told them both "playtime's over."
Surely, there's a mind somewhere who can create an effective plan to combat Islamic terrorism, for this is a threat that will probably be with us a long, long time. I seriously doubt that person's name is Bush or Cheney.
If these two tricksters don't deserve impeachment, no one ever will.
JL Strickland, Linthead Emeritus,
Huguley Bohemian Quarter