He's a great humanitarian, he's a great philanthropist,
He knows just where to touch you, honey, and how you like to be kissed. -
A travel advisory ought to be issued whenever Neil Bush boards a plane
for Southeast Asia. What should we do when he's in the company of Sun Myung
John Gorenfeld for the story
that Silverado's billion dollar Bush has joined the "Lord
of the Second Advent" on his 100-day world tour, ostensibly to promote
the usual over-the-Moon agenda of peace, love and understanding.
Last Wednesday Team Moon touched down in Taiwan to launch a "global peace
campaign" and promote the formation of "ideal families." Moon
that "'spirits' have arrived on Earth to watch human beings' every move,"
and that "those who stray away from the heavenly way will be punished."
Next stop was the Philippines - The
Manila Bulletin generously described Bush as a "peace leader"
- where President Gloria Arroyo "praised Moon for his global peace efforts
and God-centered, family-centered economic and social initiatives."
Neil, we know, is following Poppy's lead: Moon led his father across
South America in the mid-90s, stuffing a hundred grand in his pocket for his
trouble, which naturally was no trouble at all for either man.
Also along for the latest ride is Washington Times President Joo Dong
Moon, and that should remind us of the part the Moonie paper played in breaking,
and then stifling, the Craig Spence White House call boy scandal that was
linked to the office of Vice President Bush on this
notorious front page. As I wrote last February, "did the Times
initially play this story as big as it did in order to win influence? In other
words, Look - we got the goods - what you gonna do about it? The Times
said it had the names of Spence's clients, and that they included politicians,
as well as military, media and business figures. Blackmail, it's called in impolite
circles. This could explain why the scandal was made to go away virtually overnight,
the names undisclosed. Because, they did something about it."
Given Neil's publicized
appetites, it doesn't take a great leap of imagination, or even a particularly
sordid imagination, to wonder what might remain hidden by a friendly publisher
with his own intelligence apparatus and Asian power base. That is, assuming
the Bush boy gives something in return.
The Moon junket isn't Neil's first unlikely foray into the politics of religion.
He works Capitol Hill as a lobbyist
for Scientology, and still needing clarity is the story that he co-founded a
mysterious Swiss-based ecumenical foundation with the future Pope Benedict XVI
in 1999. As I noted
back in April Neil Bush is hardly regarded for his attention to religious causes,
nor Ratzinger to ecumenism. (Also from the April post: "Curiously, the
foundation is listed by Dun & Bradstreet as a 'management trust for purposes
other than education, religion, charity or research,' though an official claims
the designation must be a mistranslation.")
Superficially it would seem as though brother Neil has picked up the religion
brief for the Bush family. (Or perhaps that should be the "Religion: Other"
brief, as a part of George still glibly plays the role of prelate to
evangelical America.) But perhaps that would be to confuse the things of Moon,
Hubbard and the Vatican with the things of spirit. The three kingdoms move vast
sums of wealth, are latticed with networks of international crime and intelligence
and command the loyalties of hundreds of millions of people, some compelled
by various degrees of mind control.
While I appreciate its colour, I don't use the term "Bush Family Evil
Empire." The Octopus is the family business, but I think the Bushes should
be regarded more as its trusted lieutenants than its first crime family. Moon
600,000 hectares in Paraguay's arid Chaco, below which sits the worlds largest
aquifer. And as it's not just about oil, it's not just about water,
either. It's about drugs and guns, as well. That's the business of the Octopus.
As Paraguay's former "drug czar" said,
"The fact that they came and bought in Chaco and on both sides of the Brazilian
border is very telling. It is an enormously strategic point in both the narcotics
and arms trades and indeed the available intelligence clearly shows that the
Moon sect is involved in both these enterprises." This should inform our
reading of recent headlines such as US
military presence in Paraguay irks neighbors.
The Bush Family presents the most recognizable face of the Octopus, having
risen, more than once, to the highest purportedly-public office in the United
States. But what again is the correlation between ceremony and power?
They have a seat at the table, but it's not their table.