Darkest before the Dawn

by Wayne Spencer - June 27, 2008

In the last edition of my commentary I talked about the "Real Senate Democrats." The few twenty-nine who opposed the FISA bill which gave immunity to the criminal activities of our phone companies and which unconstitutionally allows the administration to continue the crime of eavesdropping on American citizens without due cause and without a specific court order.

Last night the Senate passed HR2642 appropriating $257.5 billion dollars to fund the illegal occupation of Iraq for a few more months along with veterans benefits, a laundry list of other uses and a host of reporting requirements. This time Barock Obama gave his yea to this massive giveaway to the military-industrial complex. The provisions in the bill to help our poor returning vets could have been accomplished without funding the illegal occupation of Iraq. After reading the bill in its entirety, I cannot condemn Obama for voting for it, yet it would have been better if he had taken a more principled stand and voted against any more money for this so-called war. The six senators opposing this bill were surprisingly all Republicans. Perhaps there were more domestic and helpful appropriations in this bill than these Republicans could handle. Economically, it would seem that this amount of money could have gone a long way in shoring up our sagging economy.

The pain of our economic collapse is now being felt by investors in stocks. At least the pain is spreading beyond the housing and job markets. I say this because unless it is clear that we are all in the same boat together, nothing will be done to stem the tide.

While the suffering that we are imposing upon the people of Iraq has been out of the main-stream news here at home, such is not the case in the foreign press. The number of Iraqi civilians killed is now estimated at 1.2 million men, women and children and growing each day. The number of Iraqis displaced from their homes is estimated now to be nearing five million. The country is now nearing total devestation: no water and no electricity. In the meantime, reports from Iraq in the foreign press are not being picked up by our media.

An excellent source for news from the outside world can be found at http://feeds.feedburner.com/AntiwarRadio. This site has audio feeds of interviews with the following people:

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