Former US president George H W Bush died on 30 November. And unsurprisingly, the media and political establishments have sought to whitewash his dark legacy. But fortunately, bold voices on Twitter and in the independent media have been countering this deception with the truth.
Many reasons to challenge the George H W Bush whitewash
As the Intercept‘s Mehdi Hasan explained, Bush’s legacy is one of “war crimes, racism, and obstruction of justice”. Common Dreams, meanwhile, highlighted in particular “his role in the Gulf War, Central America, and the Iran-Contra affair”. And Left Voice summarised seven reasons why it wouldn’t be mourning the former president, including:
- The “orchestration of coups and dirty wars”, mostly in Latin America.
- “Imperialist wars” in Iraq and Panama, which killed many thousands of civilians.
- A damaging free trade deal that fostered sweatshop labour and hit indigenous people in Mexico particularly hard.
- The “most racist” political campaign before the era of Donald Trump.
- The devastating ‘war on drugs‘, which destroyed lives but “did nothing to reduce drug abuse”.
- His woeful performance during the AIDS crisis.
- Like Trump, Bush nominated (and defended) a hard-right alleged sex offender for the Supreme Court.
He is also the man who said “I will never apologize for the United States — I don’t care what the facts are” when the US downed an Iranian commercial flight in 1988, killing 290 civilians (including 66 children) in the process. And as Rutgers professor David Greenberg insists, he was a politician who “put self-interest over principle time and time again”, surrendering frequently to “instincts of political self-promotion and self-preservation”.'
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