Wednesday, August 17, 2005



By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Bush just released his summer reading list, all heavy tomes. For example, there is the "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the US" book but Condi said, it is all old news, past history, no need to read.

So he is reading all about the Romanovs. I would say this is a good suggestion only the book he chose stops shy of WWI and the shooting of the Romanovs, wiping them out. The Romanovs thought WWI would be short, not shot.

From Mosnews:
Edvard Radzinsky’s popular historic novel, “Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar”, has happened to be on the list of books the U.S. president has taken with him to his ranch in Texas where he is spending his 5-week vacation. Radzinsky hopes his book will help George W. Bush to learn more about the origins of terrorism.

“We, Russia, created the first great terrorist organization in the world,” Radzinsky said commenting on Bush’s choice of his book, “Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar”, in a phone interview for The Los Angeles Times from Moscow. “We are the father of terror, not Muslims.”

Bush’s choice of “Alexander II” appears to reflect his interest in books about transformational political leaders, The Los Angeles Times wrote this week. Among those he has perused since becoming president are biographies of George Washington, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Theodore Roosevelt, Richard the Lionheart and Peter the Great.
Aside from the obvious silliness of all this...we all know Bush can barely mouth his way through a children's book and "The Hungry Catepillar" seems to be his only childhood book which happened to be published when he was all of 30 years old...aside from trying to pump up this pathetic puppy, these books haven't increased Bush's vocabulary, his understanding of history nor his ability to understand the mess he is making of this world.

The author of this latest Bush "read" is an intelligent man who spent his waking hours trying to understand what went wrong with the Russian Empire. The collapse of the Ottoman and Russian empires still reverberate loudly. Indeed, just like the clash of the European empires, struggling with each other to see who could cannibalize the dying Ottoman empire, led directly into causing WWI which spawned WWII.

56+million humans perished violently or starved to death in WWII. It was a giant catastrophe.
After surviving six attempts on his life, Alexander II was assassinated by a group of anarchists who tossed home-made bombs at the emperor as he was riding in his carriage on the streets of St. Petersburg. They had plotted the attack for weeks, operating out of an apartment across the hall from the writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Radzinsky said he assumed Bush had drawn the connection to the terrorists of today. “Very noble young people who dreamed about the future of Russia became killers, because blood destroys souls,” Radzinsky said. “That for me is the most important lesson.”
Bubble boy doesn't have to worry about this. We do. He can sit, engrossed in children's reading material while others get assassinated.

From the Guardian:

As well as brush cutting, mountain biking and fishing, the president will also be tucking into Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky during his five-week summer sojourn on his Texas ranch. The other tomes are reported to be Alexander II: the Last Great Tsar by Edvard Radzinsky and The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M Barry.
Gads. I still remember the anthrax killer, he was traced all the way to a secret military anthrax facility that has a very short list of people who could have gotten the anthrax and used it and no one was arrested. And that killer only targetted people who Bush wanted taken down or intimidated. Starting with the photo editor of the newspaper that ran the famous Jenna Drunk photos at a time when Bush was pretending she was a pristine Christian virgin.

We are closing in on 9/11 with the entire system in the hands of the people who allowed the attacks last time to happen. And this time, again, Bush's numbers are way down, his economic mess is messy and everyone is poking around him, learning bad stuff he wants the media whores to cover up, not uncover, a pesky investigation that the NYT and WP want to strangle but have been unsuccessful. All reasons to reunite America via some nifty terror event.

The Salt history book is amusing. Money came from salt. This is why we use the word "salary" today, it comes from the word "salt". Gandhi's first famous peace march was to the sea to make salt and thus evade the British monopoly on salt sales in India which were a culvert tax by the King of England to fatten England's purse while beggaring the poor of India. The marchers were brutally beaten, you know. Can't have them making salt!

Sounds like Bushland, no? He would pull this sort of nasty thing, anything to get richer.

Time to read some more books like the Decline and Fall of Rome or the Fall of the Third Reich.

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