protests, representatives from 34 nations came to no agreement at the
Summit of the Americas over the weekend in Argentina, while in France
riots continue to rage out of control now for the 10th day, and in Iraq
US forces launch an all-out offensive on yet another small Iraqi town,
while the White House tries to sweep the outing of a CIA undercover
operative by the Vice President's chief of staff and President's own
chief of staff under the carpet.]
Sunday November 6, 2005--Bush
bruised, not beaten in talks President
faced harsh criticism from
American presidents over a free-trade proposal, but no clear winners
and losers emerged.
MEI-LING HOPGOOD AND
JACK CHANG, Knight Ridder News
PLATA, Argentina There
were no clear winners or losers after the Fourth Summit of the Americas
ended here Saturday: President Bush and 33 other leaders of the region
wound up the two-day meeting brutally divided over a hemisphere-wide
free trade zone first proposed in Miami more than a decade ago. ...
listened to all the
Seen how they'd rather ride than walk.
And heard them give the cons and pros
Of things that everybody knows.
Their speeches made of "but" and "and"
Where no one really takes a stand
Are liked by those who wish to cheat
Or someday win themselves a seat.
I've seen them fighting needless wars
Behind the safety of locked doors
While thousands gave their lives in vain
As they enjoyed the stolen gain.
I've watched them moving men in herds
With shepherds speaking clever words
For nothing more than love of power.
I've seen them making good men cower
And forcing the children to waste their youth.
They teach them mere words in the name of truth
While their mothers dance naked to pay the rent
To the landlord who owns the tenement.
Yes, I listened so long that I almost lost sight
Of the meaning of words like "justice" and "right".