June 27th, 2004

don't fear death

(no subject)

Do you know enough to justify going to war with Iraq?

Q: How many people have died in wars since World War II?
A: 86 million

Military Budgets:

Q: How much is spent on military budgets per year worldwide?
A: Over $900 billion

Q: How much of this is spent by the U.S.?
A: 50%

Q: What percent of U.S. military spending would ensure the essentials of life to everyone in the world, according the the UN?
A: 10% (that’s about $40 billion, the amount initially requested to fund our retaliatory attack on Afghanistan)

Q: How many years has the U.S. engaged in air strikes on Iraq?
A: 11 years

Q: Were the U.S and the UK at war with Iraq between December 1998 and September 1999?
A: No

Q: How many pounds of explosives were dropped on Iraq between December 1998 and September 1999?
A: 20 million

Chemical & Biological Weapons:

Q: How long has Iraq had chemical and biological weapons?
A: Since the early 1980s

Q: Did Iraq develop these chemical & biological weapons on their own?
A: No, the materials and technology were supplied by the U.S. government, along with Britain and private corporations

Q: Did the U.S. government condemn the Iraqi use of gas warfare against Iran?
A: No

Q: How many gallons of Agent Orange did America use in Vietnam?
A: 17 million

Q: How many tons of depleted uranium were left in Iraq and Kuwait after the Gulf War?
A: 40 tons

Q: What, according to the UN, was the increase in cancer rates in Iraq between 1991 and 1994?
A: 700%

Q: Are there any proven links between Iraq and the September 11th terrorist attacks?
A: No

Q: What is the estimated number of civilian casualties in the Gulf War?
A: 35,000

Q: How many retreating Iraqi soldiers were buried alive by U.S. tanks with plows mounted on the front?
A: 6,000

Q: How much of Iraq’s military capacity did America claim it had destroyed in 1991?
A: 80%

Nuclear Weapons:

Q: How many countries are known to have nuclear weapons?
A: 8

Q:How many nuclear warheads does Iraq have?
A: 0

Q: How many nuclear warheads does the U.S. have?
A: Over 10,000

Q: Which is the only country to use nuclear weapons?
A: The U.S.

Civilian Deaths and UN Sanctions:

Q: How many years ago was UN Resolution 661 introduced, imposing strict sanctions on Iraq’s imports and exports?
A: 12 years

Q: What was the child death rate in Iraq in 1989 (per 1,000 births)?
A: 38

Q: What was the estimated child death rate in Iraq in 1999 (per 1,000 births)?
A: 131 (that’s an increase of 345%)

Q: How many Iraqis are estimated to have died by October 1999 as a result of UN sanctions?
A: 1.5 million

Q: How many Iraqi children are estimated to have died due to sanctions since 1997?
A: 750,000


Q: Who said that by December 1998, “Iraq had, in fact, been disarmed to a level unprecedented in modern history”?
A: Scott Ritter, UNSCOM chief

Q: How many inspections were there in November and December 1998?
A: 300

Q: How many of these inspections had problems?
A: 5

Q: Were the weapons inspectors allowed entry to the Ba’ath Party HQ?
A: Yes

Q: In 1998, how much of Iraq’s post-1991 capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction did the UN weapons inspectors claim to have discovered and dismantled?
A: 90%

Q: Is Iraq willing to allow the weapons inspectors back in?
A: Yes

Human Rights Violations:

Q: How many people did Saddam Hussein kill using gas in the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988?
A: 5,000

Q: How many western countries condemned this action at the time?
A: 0
don't fear death

(no subject)

TO: The American People
FROM: George W. Bush
SUBJECT: Resume for job, “President of the United States”


Yale University, C- average


Joined the Texas Air National Guard and avoided combat in Vietnam.
Refused to take a drug test or answer questions about drug use.
After transfer, failed to report for duty to Alabama Air National Guard.


Ran for U.S. Congress and lost.
Bought an oil company but couldn’t find oil in Texas. Successfully sold stock shortly before the company went bankrupt.


Changed state anti-pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the nation. Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America.

Cut taxes and threw state of Texas billions of dollars into debt.

Set the record for the most executions by any governor in U.S. history.


Became the first president in history to enter office with a criminal record (see below).

Invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of more than $1 billion per week.

Spent entire U.S. budget surplus and bankrupted U.S. treasury.

Shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.

Set record for more private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.

Set record for most home foreclosures in a 12-month period.

Presided over the biggest U.S. stock market drop in history.

More than 2 million Americans have lost their job during my Presidency.

Set the record for most fundraising trips as President.

Received the most corporate campaign donations in U.S. and world history.

Protected friends at Enron and Halliburton Oil against investigation or prosecution.

Presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history.

Presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.

Appointed more convicted criminals to the administration than any president in history.

Created the Department of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of U.S. government.

Broke more international treaties than any President in history.

Withdrew from the International Court of Law.

First President in history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.

Held fewest number of press conferences of any President since the advent of television.

Set all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year period.

After taking off entire month of August, presided over the worst national security failure in U.S. history (September 11, 2001).

First president in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security.

Support development of nuclear “bunker buster,” a Weapon of Mass Destruction.

Cut health care benefits for war veterans and supported a cut in duty benefits for active duty soldiers and their families – during wartime.


Arrested and pled guilty in Kennebunkport, Maine in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. Paid fine and had driver’s license suspended. Texas driving record has been “lost” and is not available.

All records of my tenure as Governor of Texas are in father’s library, sealed and unavailable for public view.

All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and bankrupt companies are sealed and unavailable for public view.

All records of minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-President, conducted regarding public energy policy are sealed and unavailable for public view.

Please consider my experience and accomplishments when voting in 2004.

George W. Bush