published Monday, May 27th, 2013

Bush has created holocaust of his own and other letters to the editors

Bush has created holocaust of his own

The letters keep coming in from people who are offended by Clay Bennett's cartoon about the Bush Library and his Holocaust reference. I, for one, am deeply offended that so many Americans are indifferent to the extent of George Bush's heinous misdeeds while in office.

While most reasonable people will agree that Bush is no Hitler, that wretched man has enough blood on his hands to fill an ocean. It's no stretch to think in terms of a Holocaust of his own making.

About 5,000 American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis have lost their lives in a war that was based on lies and cherry-picked intelligence. His library/museum ought rightfully to be called the George Herbert Walker Bush Holocaust Museum of Dead and Wounded American Soldiers and Innocent Iraqi Civilians, and he needs to be put on trial for war crimes.

Some people need to get their priorities in order about what they deem offensive. Mr. Bennett did not cross any sacrosanct line. Hitler created a holocaust the horror and magnitude of which were incomparable, but Bush created a holocaust of his own and it needs to be regarded as such.

RICK ARMSTRONG, Monteagle, Tenn.


God's word gives us all reason to live

The May 21 commentary on "Lonely America: Suicide rate rises sharply in middle age" in the Chattanooga Times provokes me to respond.

If we don't have a clue as to why we are here or where we are going, it might make sense to check out before we get old and feeble. But if there is an answer book, then the older we get, the more sure we can become as to why we are here and where we are going.

There is an answer book. From cover to cover, it tells us all we could ever need to know. Psalm 138:2 says "I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving kindness and for thy truth for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name."

A loving and merciful God has given us His book so we can know that there is a glorious future for all those who seek Him with all their hearts.

RACHEL S. DECOSIMO


Bennett cartoons not for easily offended

Clay Bennett has won every award his profession has to offer including the Pulitzer.

His cartoons, (and people, these are cartoons) are on the left side of the paper. If you are an easily upset Republican, then keep your eyes on the right.

Clay is class.

BOBBY BROWN


Media portrayal of Jolie's choice off base

While I greatly admire Angelina Jolie and all women who have opted for a double mastectomy, I feel the media is portraying this as the "right" decision. The only right decision for a woman facing breast cancer is what she deems best for her based on her family's history and her emotional well-being.

As an eight-year survivor who lives with chronic pain from post-mastectomy pain syndrome and who often finds it hard to keep smiling at the end of the day, I can't imagine doubling the pain.

No woman should have to make this decision; but if so, no one should make it for her.

KATIE HAWKINS, Ph.D

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moon4kat said...

Rick Armstrong's fine letter illuminates a truth that some still want to deny: the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld lie machine actually metastacized terrorism -- putting us into more danger -- by pushing the unnecessary invasion of Iraq, a country that had absolutely nothing to do with the attack on 9/11.

May 27, 2013 at 9:49 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

"the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld lie machine." That's a good term for it, moon4kat. It appalls me that the Republicans are making such a big deal out of Obama's missteps concerning Benghazi but have been completely silent over the lies of the "lie machine," - lies that were so egregious that we're still paying dearly for them. In fact we will continue paying for those lies for a long, long time to come....in the form of lost and ruined lives, a crushed economy (both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will end up costing around 4 trillion dollars in the end), and enduring enemies that this country has made as a result of our imperialistic, attack-first-ask-questions-later attitude.

May 27, 2013 at 2:49 p.m.

Idiots. Islamic terrorism has been around since, what, 600 a.d.? They've been terrorizing the world long, long before there was an "evil" USA. Read some history. Read accounts of the millions slaughtered by Muslims in the middle ages in places like India, Africa, etc.

May 28, 2013 at 12:57 a.m.
klifnotes said...

pimping of zableedofisterix post

Idiots! Christian-terrorism has been around since, what, B.C.? They've been terrorizing the world long, long before there was an "evil" Islamic-terrorist. READ! YOUR own Christian history. Read the millions, billions even slaughtered by Christian-crusades throughout the world, and still ongoing unto this day. Specifically in Africa, Indian, Middle-East, American-genocide of a Native People (Hawaiian Empire, original Alaskan Natives, Native-American Indians, the middle passage of African captive in the slave trade, The Spanish Inquisitions etc. etc. All of those atrocities committed were carried out in the name of a Christian god.

Read: Samuel I/the story of Saul. Where the christian-god ordered Saul to enter the village of Amelike and killed all its inhabitants. To spare no one. Not men, women, children, babies, oxen and other livestock. The Christian-god wasn't angry with Saul because of the horrors and destruction he'd committed. He was angry because Saul didn't fully carry out his orders. You see, Saul spare the king of Amelike and kept all the choicer, tastier meets for himself. Fast forward to the Rwanda genocide. Indoctrinated Hutu christianized preachers are said to have used the story of Saul to justify committing genocide agains the Tutsi people. Remember: Hotel Rwanda? Based on true events.

psst. And you can start with the Old Testament.

May 28, 2013 at 9:19 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Wow again, the Bush situation with a compliant Congress, which included many NOT of his political persuasion can in any way be compared to a heinous dictator whose war machine trampled people all over Europe and in parts of Africa, killing who knows how many Jewish people and persons who aided them. That is beyond description even with the word Ridiculous. Please Mr. Armstrong, I need to see your source on the so called "hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis who have lost their lives in that war..." I guess someone's estimation and I'd like to know who that is, revealed that number. Yes even one innocent life taken is too many. But to blow the number out of proportion reveals a lack of being correctly informed. Bennett and anyone else has a right to draw and joke at our FORMER leaders' expense. But from the amount of responses we have seen, this one was over the edge. That means we who disagree have just as much right to express disgust. Bobby Brown...Awards, Smawards...who are you to tell anyone where to look or not look in the paper and especially to imply no one who is juxtaposed to Mr. Bennett or obviously your positions are...easily offended? Please do not call yourself liberal because your letter does not reflect openness unless being open is only subject to a left leaning perspective.

May 28, 2013 at 9:23 a.m.
Leaf said...

Are there some people out there who still think the invasion of Iraq was a good idea? History has already judged it to be a mistake.

Personally, I never believed Rumsfeld and Cheney or the tenuous Iraq-terrorist ties they were trying to insinuate. I was very disappointed with the Democratic Congressmen who marched blindly to the drumbeat of war.

May 28, 2013 at 10:21 a.m.
Easy123 said...

Livin4life,

"Please Mr. Armstrong, I need to see your source on the so called "hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis who have lost their lives in that war."

Do your own research. Some estimates are much higher.

"I guess someone's estimation and I'd like to know who that is, revealed that number."

Considering such things are much easier to track and estimate now than they were circa 1929-1945, shouldn't you be provided some proof for your "killing who knows how many Jewish people and persons who aided them."?

Since you asked though:

"But to blow the number out of proportion reveals a lack of being correctly informed."

Just because you're ignorant of the truth doesn't give you the ability to accuse someone of blowing the number out of proportion. You're the one that is uninformed.

"who are you to tell anyone where to look or not look in the paper and especially to imply no one who is juxtaposed to Mr. Bennett or obviously your positions are...easily offended?"

And who are you to feign indignation about something you are completely ignorant about? Who are you to accuse someone of telling a lie when you obviously haven't done any research to support such a claim? Who are you to act like you aren't "easily offended"?

Please keep calling yourself conservative because your post accurately reflects the willful ignorance and the inability to look at anything objectively that your ilk has displayed for many years now.

May 28, 2013 at 3:05 p.m.
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