Monday, June 07, 2004

RONALD REAGAN RIP?

Investigative journalist Greg Palast provides a needed corrective to the ridiculous hero worship (Stalinist style personality cult?) that's filled the media over the past few days.

KILLER, COWARD, CON-MAN GOOD RIDDANCE, GIPPER...MORE PROOF ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG

You're not going to like this. You shouldn't speak ill of the dead. But in this case, someone's got to.

Ronald Reagan was a conman. Reagan was a coward. Reagan was a killer.

In 1987, I found myself stuck in a crappy little town in Nicaragua named Chaguitillo. The people were kind enough, though hungry, except for one surly young man. His wife had just died of tuberculosis.

People don't die of TB if they get some antibiotics. But Ronald Reagan, big hearted guy that he was, had put a lock-down embargo on medicine to Nicaragua because he didn't like the government that the people there had elected.

Ronnie grinned and cracked jokes while the young woman's lungs filled up and she stopped breathing. Reagan flashed that B-movie grin while they buried the mother of three.


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