Does George W. Bush have the numbers 6, 6 and 6 tattooed on his head? In recent years it has become popular for every calamity, natural or man made, to be ascribed to the end times, the last days, Armageddon. If the end is near, the nation most responsible is the United States of America.
Throughout history, human beings have competed with Mother Nature in the killing business, and humans win hands down. The Middle Passage, the Native American holocaust, Stalin's purges and Hitler's concentration camps took out many more millions than did bad weather or shifting tectonic plates. If no one speaks up to stop Bush, that awful trend will continue.
The Bush administration has been threatening a military attack against Iran. Seymour Hersh recently wrote in the New Yorker that not only is the Bush administration preparing to attack Iran, but is planning to use nuclear weapons to do it. In this latest report, Hersh quotes sources who repeat the Bush messianic vision to "save" the people of Iran. If the Iranians will be liberated like the Iraqis were liberated, they are on their way to a living hell.
Hersh is not the first to report that the president is hell-bent on killing people in order to save them. Bush reportedly told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that he is getting his orders straight from God:
"God told me to strike at al-Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East."
It isn't clear if God also recommended permanent bases, no-bid contracts and Abu Ghraib.
There are obvious reasons to fear Hersh's assertions about Bush. Equally frightening is the prospect that he will get whatever he wants from a spineless, bought-off Congress. One Congressional source tells Hersh, "There's no pressure from Congress. The only political pressure is from the guys who want to do it."
A psychotic president and a collaborationist Congress aren't the only reasons to believe that the end is near. The corporate media will play their usual role and repeat GOP talking points instead of doing investigative reporting when we need it the most. They have played and replayed the drumbeat for an attack on Iran.
The New York Times and CNN were never in the habit of hanging on to every word from speeches given by Iranian presidents. Yet when Mahmoud Ahmadinajed said that Israel should be "wiped off the map," the quote was repeated endlessly.
The Congressional Black Caucus cannot be relied upon to speak against this horror. They know too well that they will suffer the same fate as colleagues targeted for defeat by the Israeli lobby. In the past there were always members of Congress who took their constitutional duty seriously. Now there is no one.
While allegedly sane people plan nuclear terror, the planet is dying because of human-created global warming. Global warming is worsening, and at a rate that may not be reversible. The Bush administration denies that it is taking place at all.
Whether Bush acknowledges it or not, glaciers are melting. That means that sea levels are rising. Pacific island nations like Tuvalu are experiencing floods, beach erosion and salt water destruction of crops. They may have to be evacuated completely.
The end may indeed be near. If you see four horsemen, don't be surprised and don't blame God. The extinction of humans will be self-inflicted.
Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly on www.blackcommentator.com.