If you pay someone to go out and shoot someone, you are as guilty of homicide as the person who actually pulls the trigger. That is the truth.
Following that logic, Aaron McGruder, the cartoonist behind the often brilliant strip “Boondocks” was absolutely correct when he called US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice “a murderer” on last weekend’s edition of the television show “America’s Black Forum.”
“I don’t like Condoleezza Rice because she’s part of this oil cabal that’s now in the White House,” McGruder said, as ABF hosts Armstrong Williams and Juan Williams looked on.
“I don’t like her because she’s a murderer,” the cartoonist announced.
The charged drew immediate condemnation from Armstrong Williams, who complained, “That is totally out of line to say she’s a murderer.”
Unfazed, McGruder repeated the accusation, stretching out his words, “S-h-e’-s a m-u-r-d-e-r-e-r.”
“Let’s put aside the fact that she’s affiliated with oil companies that murder people in Nigeria,” the cartoonist said. “We can discuss just this illegal Iraq war, the slaughtering of innocent people and the fact that she’s one of the big hawks of the administration.
“I don’t see where this is even a point of contention,” he insisted.
At that point cohost Juan Williams asked [civil-rights leader Julian Bond, also a guest on the program] if he supported McGruder’s contention.
“I generally agree with his politics 100 percent and I think he explained himself well,” the NAACP chief said.
Good going, Mr. Bond. Indeed, McGruder made his case.
You know what? It’s time to speak plainly, people. As thousands die in Iraq, we have to think about who caused this atrocity. Who launched the preemptive strike? Who aided and abetted the action? Who threatened to use murderous means to coerce Iraq into complying with their arrogant, hypocritical demands — and then sent in armed troops to make good on their threat? Who told all manner of falsehoods to convince a gullible public that launching bombs and missiles without a true prospect of imminent threat was a good thing to do?
The Shrub Gang, including Condi Rice, Rummy Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Paul Wolfowitz, Dick bin Cheney, and the Terrorist-in-Chief himself, did.
Speak plainly, people. Call the Bush Gang what they are: Murderers’ Row.
And let the right-wing boo-hoo all it wants about civility and politeness and whatever. Is it impolite to call one who kills or plans a killing a murderer? No. It is telling the truth.