Grow Up Chuck!
Top House Democrat Charles Rangel complained on Monday that the Bush administration's decision to concoct a "fraudulent" war in
was as bad as "the Holocaust." Iraq
"It's the biggest fraud ever committed on the people of this country," Rangel told WWRL Radio's Steve Malzberg and Karen Hunter. "This is just as bad as six million Jews being killed. The whole world knew it and they were quiet about it, because it wasn't their ox that was being gored."
The Harlem Democrat charged that top Bush officials "made up [their] mind to go into
long before 9/11. And every one of the players who made this decision - they were part of this plan to do it. From Rumsfeld to Cheney, Wolfowitz, Iraq Bolton, every one of them - Perle - [they were part of the] plan to put our kids in harm's way long before 9/11."
I have a question for Mr. Rangel: Where is the proof to back up your accusations that this war was planned prior to 9/11? I'm sure he won't provide the answer, but I will. There is no proof! All he has are a bunch of empty, unsubstantiated claims that he floats out there anytime the press is within earshot and when he is sure to have a wide audience.
For Heaven's sake Rep. Rangel, don't let the facts get in your way! You were in Congress prior to 9/11 and I don't recall you making reference to these plans back then. You would have to have known then that these plans were in the works in order to prove your point now, wouldn't you? If you knew something then and didn't do something about it, then you are complicit. You can't claim to know all of the players in the "conspiracy", without somehow being involved in it.
The fact of the matter, Rep. Rangel, is that 9/11 changed the world. More than 3,000 people died on that day whether you want to admit it or not. We don't have the luxury to live in a 9/10 world anymore. 9/10 no longer exists!
The comparisons he makes are, in my opinion, worse than his allegations. What gives him the right to compare anything to the Holocaust? I'm quite sure that he is not Jewish and is not in a position to make these claims. The only thing he has done is offend a lot of people who are Jewish and are still living with the real horror that was the Holocaust. He should be ashamed for even letting the thought leave his brain and exit his lips.
Let's suppose for a moment that a high ranking Republican official made a similar comment with the only exception being the comparison was to Slavery instead of the Holocaust. I have no doubt that Rep. Rangel would be the first in line to have this individual thrown out of office while shouting to the rafters what a hate monger the official was.
Let me make it clear that I don't support either comparison being made because both are extremely offensive and in bad taste. I say this being neither African-American nor Jewish. I am simply an American who knows where the line is. To Rep. Rangel and a lot of his colleagues on the Left, that line has become quite blurry. It's time to put on the reality glasses!