John Howard seems to think that the world needs American influence now more than ever. It demonstrates just how out of touch with reality Howard is. He says: “None of our global challenges, from defeating terror, to widening economic opportunity, to building a world order based on mutual respect, can be secured without American power and American purpose.” He goes on to say, “No dominant power in history has brought to bear the righteous force or generous countenance of the United States of America.” He prattles on about “…the voices of anti-Americanism around the world”, as though the American people themselves haven’t had enough of what their President has given them – war, misery for the families of the dead and wounded American servicemen and the fraudulently mispent fortunes of American taxpayers money that have deprived Americans of the essential services of life.
What Howard fails to see is that it isn’t anti-Americanism that the world is voicing its dissent over but anti-Bush, anti-war, anti-lies, anti right-wing Zionism, anti-occupation of Palestine, anti-occupation of Iraq, anti-wanton killing in Afghanistan, anti-torture, anti-US atrocities, anti-threats of nuclear weapons use against a nation that insists it isn’t interested in nuclear weapons, but most of all what the world, including the peoples of America, are really fed up with is the gross hypocricy that the world has had to put up with over the years. Bush has no ‘righteous force’, there is no ‘generous countenance’. All that Bush and his criminal government has given to the world is lies, war and death. And Howard, together with the UKs Tony Blair have been a party to those crimes.
Howard also says: “I share your President's resolve to prevail in Iraq. Australia is with you. We will stay the course. We will finish the job.”
Australia is with you?!! As far as Iraq is concerned the vast majority of Australians have never been ‘with you’. Howard went to war against Iraq based on lies and without the support of the Australian people. To tell the American people that Australia supports the President is another lie and another demonstration of Howard’s arrogance.
No, John Howard. The reality is the world will be a far better place once you and your fellow criminals have been removed from power. Only then can the world can start to work toward peace and mutual respect.
 Phillip Coorey, ‘We all need Uncle Sam: PM’, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 May 2006. Available online: http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/we-all-need-uncle-sam-howard/2006/05/18/1147545460833.html Accessed 19 May 2006.