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Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Devil

Is in the details...

George attempted to show sympathy for Cindy Sheehan's loss, as he spoke to a crowd 4 miles away from where she is camped out on the side of the road:
"I understand the anguish that some feel about the death that takes place."
In an effort to sympathize with the loss of our young men and women, George states "anguish that some feel"... Did those words actually come out of his mouth? What was he thinking? With the usage of the word "some" in this context, he is clearly indicating that he as well as some others, do not partake in the anguish. If he had felt remorse for the soldiers who have given their lives, wouldn't the statement have been something more like:

I share your anguish regarding the death that takes place...

Instead of:

I understand the anguish that some feel about the death that takes place...

The first statement implies a sharing of grief, while the second implies a dissociation of emotional attachment to the sense of loss. It is well understood that a cunning linguist, George is not, but these are simple words, in simple context. Was it a Freudian slip, hinting of a psyche that is so detached from the consequences of his actions, that he indeed feels no remorse for the 1800-plus sons and daughters who have given their lives for his failed war? It appears to be a distinct possibility.

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