I'm nearly finished A War Against Truth, the book I'm reading by Paul William Roberts about the Iraq invasion. I have found it fascinating, and I've learned a lot about Iraq as a country: the history, the culture, the intellectual contributions to humanity, the people, the religion, the politics. I've also learned a lot about the american invasion of Iraq. This is one dirty war. It makes me absolutely sick, disgusted completely with Bush, with the beloved bullshit american dream of liberty and democracy and capitalism, with the ignorance of the american people who voted for Bush, with the corruption of the democratic process that allowed Bush to become president, and the vile americans who actually CHOSE this man as their leader, even after it was apparent what he was and what he was doing. How can the american people not be to blame for their leaders, when their leaders are so consistently poor? american society is breeding these men, these leaders, these liars, these murderers, who sit comfortably back and care not whether the death toll includes children, the elderly, the infirm, or even their own people, soldiers sent into hell for black gold.This war has broken all of the Geneva conventions on warfare (especially the protection of civilian populations). This war has made no effort to avoid civilan casualties, including children. These soldiers have concealed their identities to avoid blame and accountability in their actions. The US army is gutless, taking action on a defenseless country, a defenseless people, bombing from the air where they can't be touched and leaving many active bombs on the ground for any child to find like a landmine, committing atrocious acts of desecration and humiliation. This war required no military tactics, no strategy. The only strategy employed was to intimidate the Iraqi population by indiscriminately bombing as many communities as possible. This war has destroyed precious artifacts from the Cradle of Civilization, from which we all came. This war has decimated infrastructures in cities, and now american firms are making huge amounts of money through "rebuilding" efforts. Bush and his friends are nothing but war profiteers. Make no mistake: this war is about oil, nothing else.
The guise of "bringing democracy to the people of Iraq" is so transparent, so ridiculous, so completely illogical it makes the head spin. How can Bush think that forcing american-style democracy on a country is democratic? Did anyone ask the Iraqi people if they wanted the US to intervene on their behalf? If democracy is to be born in Iraq, it should be born as the Iraqi people see fit. Yes, it will be a struggle, and it will involve instability and a big learning curve as Iraq learns how to develop its processes – but isn't that what government for the people, by the people is about? What about the decision of the UN – democratically decided – not to condone or support the US invasion of Iraq? What about Bush's own "election" (more like appointment) to office in 2000 – was that democratic? Bush and democracy are not friends. No sirree.
This war is devestating to me. america seems intent on becoming an empire rather than a state, and global domination is the end goal – economically and militarily. But, heed this warning: all empires fall… and the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Already oil is being traded in Euros rather than US dollars, and this is a big problem for the greenback. Once the value of US currency declines, look out.
I'd like to close up with a quote. It's written by one of the old-time great poets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, from "Fears in Solitude" (1798).
Boys and girls,
And women, that would groan to see a child
Pull off an insect's wing, all read of war,
The best amusement for our morning meal!
The poor wretch, who has learnt his only prayers
From curses, and who knows scarcely words enough
To ask a blessing from his Heavenly Father,
Becomes a fluent phraseman, absolute
And technical in victories and defeats,
And all our dainty terms for fratricide;
Terms which we trundle smoothly o'er our tongues
Like mere abstractions, empty sounds to which
We join no feeling and attach no form!
As if the soldier died without a wound;
As if the fibres of this godlike frame
Were gored without a pang; as if the wretch,
Who fell in battle, doing bloody deeds,
Passed off to Heaven, translated and not killed;
As though he had no wife to pine for him,
No God to judge him! Therefore, evil days
Are coming on us, O my countrymen!
And what if all-avenging Providence,
Strong and retributive, should make us know
The meaning of our words, force us to feel
The desolation and the agony
Of our fierce doings?