15 Nov 2006

Protest in Singapore Against Bush Visit?

George Bush is coming to Singapore on Thursday. No points for guessing what is going to happen when he is here. The Singapore government will impose high level security to protect one of the world’s biggest terrorist. The other aim of security will be to prevent activists from publicly protesting against his war on terrorism policies. Not that Singaporeans will protest. Moreover, the freedom to assembly is criminalized.

But, just for argument’s sake, even if we are allowed to protest, how many of us will feel strongly enough to protest against Bush’s administration Middle East policies when he lands in Singapore?

Sure, we may complain against increasing oil prices due to the Iraqi invasion. Some will shrug their shoulders as they feel there is nothing that can be done to challenge US hegemony. Moreover, US Middle East policies are too far from home for us to care.

Nevertheless, just a skip away, Bush’s scheduled visit with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Bogor on the way back from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam has met with protests.

Activists have demanded the Indonesian government to cancel a visit by US President George W Bush. According to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur, in Bogor, just south of Jakarta, various Muslim youth organizations have staged a rally opposing the visit. Housewives and children from the Muslim- based Prosperous Justice Party have also joined the protest calling the US president 'poison-mouthed' and a 'cold-blooded killer.' In the Central Java capital of Semarang, Muslim student protestors burned US flags and an effigy of Bush to expressed their objection to the planned visit. Other protests have also happened within the nation including the East Java capital of Surabaya.

One can argue that the protesters were mainly indignant Muslims against the administration’s military invasion in Iraq.

Yet, that is avoiding the issue.

When Bush and his government is allowed to carry out a large scale war that murders innocents; arbitrarily detain people suspected of terrorism and torturing them, he is violating international laws. As decent human beings, we have the obligation to denounce these acts.

The much- awaited repercussion on the Bush administration is just starting. US-based Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has tried to persuade German prosecutors to open a war crimes investigation against outgoing US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

What world’s biggest terrorist??
Don't talk rubbish!
I did't read further, no point....

Anonymous said...

seeing that u don read further, u can see no point also. perhaps u cant see anything at all, except for the big flying american flag flying in front of your face.

Anonymous said...

the singaporean can only see his prick or the bloody great hole in his well lubricated anus.He is too brain washed to understand western politics.

lads stay in your caged battery hen type flats.

ke said...

Bush is not the world biggest terrorist! He's a close second behind Osama.

chaoticchic said...

I propose that we start a protest; we will proceed to start igniting the small fauna around the city to create a controlled post-IMF vegetation clearout , blanketing the CBD with a thin 'haze' . As the thin haze pervades into the nasal cavities of every Singaporean, we would be reminded of how the Bush has created this fog of tyranny that can be described only as imperialistically motivated and thinly veiled as democracy.

Anonymous said...

When you conduct an illegal war based on a lie, kill innocent Iraqis by the tens of thousands, approve torture against the Geneva Convention ... then you are not only a BIGGER terrorist but a lying, hypocritical one.

No matter which way you see it Bush is the bigger terrorist.

Having taken the low road, it's time he came down from his high horse, ride a pig quietly into the sunset and spare the world the moral lectures.

PS

Anonymous said...

To anonymous 11/15/2006 10:11:36 PM

"the singaporean can only see his prick or the bloody great hole in his well lubricated anus.He is too brain washed to understand western politics.

lads stay in your caged battery hen type flats."

............

Where are you from?

I am guessing a guttersnipe tosser who must have escaped from his council flat in east London when mother wasn't looking.

Cher know wot I meen?

Innit?

Now mind your manners child.

Boey K. Gian

Anonymous said...

boey k gian, my simple minded friend, you do not like reading home truths.

matt said...

I kinda felt a little turned off when i read the part, "...one of the world's biggest terrorist".

It's biased language, and after that although the article was good, I just couldn't help but feel a lack of neutrality, discrediting every other thing it had to some extent in my mind.

I'm Singaporean, but it's sad to see that perhaps we Singaporeans are very narrow minded too, even if we read blogs and stuff that supposedly enlighten.

"seeing that u don read further, u can see no point also. perhaps u cant see anything at all, except for the big flying american flag flying in front of your face. "

"Where are you from?

I am guessing a guttersnipe tosser who must have escaped from his council flat in east London when mother wasn't looking.

Cher know wot I meen?

Innit?

Now mind your manners child.

Boey K. Gian "


I assume these two are written by Singaporeans. I personally feel that with this kind of language, it is unable to convince anyone of anything, regardless of what the people speaking against your point of view are saying or how they say it.

clyde said...

A terrorist is a terrorist. If you must define a terrorist by his body count, Bush wins hands down. Trust me. I will admit though he is largely a puppet for his administration. But name me one other current organisation that managed even half of the mess America has made in the Middle East, killed as many women and children, generated as much global animosity towards itself in the process, broken as many international laws, and doing all this while still posing its invasion of Iraq as a legitimate war.

A terrorist uses fear and intimidation for political persuasion. I believe the Bush Administration makes certain terrorists look like Ghandi. My personal opinion is way past neutrality.