Democracy equals killing?

As if I did not know that I am an idiot, but I just cannot figure out, how Saddam Hussein's hanging is, according to Georg W. Bush "an important milestone on Iraq's course on becoming a democracy". Or, maybe this animated story gives part of an answer.


Last victim of the IIWW

A Finnish IIWW veteran, age 84, was killed under a tank during Finland’s Independence Day military parade in a city of Jyväskylä. The vet made a suicide by literally stepping straight under the tank’s tracks. His body was smashed immediately.
The Finnish media went almost totally silent on this tragic incident. Why? It did not fit to the hidden Finnish culture of militarism and our glorified picture of the IIWW against Soviet Union along with Nazi Germany.
The poor man's act was a spectacle and at the same time it broke some of the heavily guarded and praised spectacular representations of the Finnish society. It shed light to the traumas of the war, as it was a symbolic act of extreme pacifism and civil courage.

You tube have, of course, have video coverage on this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsjOLvYcuTc


Erich Fromm had it

"Doubletalk has become the rule in the free-enterprise countries, as well as among their opponents. The latter call dictatorship „people’s democracies,“ the former call dictatorships „freedom-loving people“ if they are political allies. Of the possibility of fifty million Americans being killed in an atomic attack, one speaks of the „hazards of war,“ and one talks of victory in a „showdown,“ when sane thinking makes it clear that there can be no victory for anyone in an atomic holocaust. Education, from primary to higher education, has reached a peak. Yet, while people get more education, they have less reason, judgment, and conviction. At best their intelligence is improved, but their reason-that is, their capacity to penetrate through the surface and to understand the underlying forces in individual and social life-is impoverished more and more. Thinking is increasingly split from feeling, and the very fact that people tolerate the threat of an atomic war hovering over all mankind, shows that modern man has come to a point where his sanity must be questioned. Man, instead of being the master of the machines he has built, has become their servant. But man is not made to be a thing, and with all the satisfactions of consumption, the life forces in man cannot be held in abeyance continuously. We have only one choice, and that is mastering the machine again, making production into a means and not an end, using it for the unfolding of man—or else the suppressed life energies will manifest themselves in chaotic and destructive forms. Man will want to destroy life rather than die of boredom." – Erich Fromm, Let Man Prevail