Friday, June 02, 2006

Hell Is A Place On Earth

For those who want to hold onto the belief that what happened in Haditha was just an isolated incident, here is another example of what Iraqis are enduring at the hands of the American occupation.  This is surely just a fraction of what has been committed in our name.  For regular updates on the horror, read Baghdad Burning where Riverbend allows us to see the truth through her eyes, and although her accounts are compelling, they aren’t pretty and we owe it to the world to at least try to understand what we have set in motion.

The price of war is high and it is easy to focus on the cost to us, in billions of dollars diverted from our needs toward a war with seemingly no end, and in American lives lost in a struggle that has been successfully framed as “good” versus “evil”, but the real cost is hidden from view by an administration blinded by a neo-con ideology that demands a win, and a press that is owned by companies that make more money from wartime contracts than they do from us, the viewers.  These are truths we would be well served to grab a hold of.

We don’t take enough time each day to consider what it must be like for the average Iraqi trying to live a life, after all, we’re busy trying to live ours.  But our futures have become inextricably tied together and the sad truth is, they are not the enemy, we are.  The rest of the world knows this, and we better learn it real fast if we ever hope to become the America that we once were long ago.  The America that we, and the world, would like to see rise again.  

3 Comments:

Blogger Daniel Kirkdorffer said...

Indeed. I've also written about how this war is an unfathomable hell. There is no excusing the mess, no justifying the disaster, no comprehending how this has destroyed the lives of so many Iraqis and Americans - but no one should be surprised that this mix produced this result.

The question is what do we do about it? When do we start holding the right people accountable for it?

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Lester said...

I can't really apprecaite that riverbend stuff. I think it is probably more appealing to europeans who enjoy feeling bad about themselves. It just sounds whiny to me.

The US doesn't belong in Iraq and haditha was a crime, but the sunnis have been shitting on the shias for hundreds of years. Alot of people blame the US for the failure of the shia uprising in 91 but that's baloney. The Sunnis actively fought for the baathist regime against their muslim bretheren. The US is only part of the equation.

Our big mistake was getting involved in their civil war. it's why we shold stay out of Darfur.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Chief said...

Love your blog, but need to ask when you feel the below quote from the end of this post was happening?

"if we ever hope to become the America that we once were long ago"

I can recall how the white settlers killed and subjrcted the native americans, how the Japanese Americans were rounded up in 1942 and put in detention (concentration ? ) camps, how beginning in 1953 or 1954 in Guatemala, we got rid of governments, even popularly elected ones, if they objected to U.S. companies business practices, n ot to even mention the enslavement of dark skinned people until 1865 and the further murder and ghettoization of people of color to this very day.

When were we what our history tells us we were? Remembering that it is always the winners who write the history.

5:16 AM  

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