Four Years of Destruction
I have been wanting to write something to acknowledge the anniversary of the War on Iraq. It is hard to put one's feeling into civil reflection. It has been such an outrageous fiasco that has destroyed two countries,
: one the cradle of civilization, (Iraq) and the other once a hopeful light to the World.(the United States of America).
We now know it was a fraud perpetrated on the American people and not a last response to a real and present danger to the US. It was in fact, the fulfillment of a plan that existed before the tragedy on 9/11, before George W. Bush was elected President..
The correct response to 9/11 should not have been a military one. What was required was an cooperative international intelligence gathering and police action to bring, criminals to justice.
To see how far off the mark the war was I suggest you read President Bush's own words. They are high minded and optimistic. How low the US has fallen in it's enterprise is stiking. These words disquise the truth that the war was illegal by international standards and from the beginning the Bush administration have been war criminals. http://www.australianpolitics.com/news/2003/03/03-03-19.shtml
After 9/11 the American people as well as other, such as Canada, were manipulated by fear. This seems to have been a deliberate strategy of the Bush administration which saw such a lack of faith in the rule of law and the responsibility of a democratic society to defend not take away the peoples right and liberties, so carefully crafted over the generations. America has become a less secure place because of it as people has discovered how government is snooping into their lives when ever it wants to, in spite of laws that are supposed to protect the people from such actions. These draconian measures have often been criminal according to US law.
The Bush administration will be judged by history as the worst one. It has not only been involved in criminality, international and national in scale it has also failled to face the problems with in the US, a country increasingly falling behind other progressive countries in meeting the needs of it's people. The Bush administration has also been legally corrupt in many ways and incompetant in others.
What has been dishearening to some is the inability of the legislative branch of the American government to rein in an administration that is so bad for American and the World.
On the anniversary of the War in Iraq we need to think of those who have suffered as a result of this aggressive act by a country we like to think knows better. The death of soldiers and the dreadful injuries which have left so many with a lifetime a disability to remind them of their countries ignoble war. There are also the Iraqi deaths, mostly civilian and their countless injuries. They have paid a dreadful price for something not of their making. And then, their are the prisoners, illegally detained and tortured for up to five years. The vast majority of these will never see justice in a court and sadly most are innocent of any crime against the US.
Here is a website I visit from time to time which tally's the victums. http://icasualties.org/oif/default.aspx Look at it long and hard. Try to fathom the suffering behind the statistics. All for nought.
I am a real softy when it comes to lists of names of dead soldiers. I can rmember sitting and crying over WWII casualties from the little college town I lived in Canada in the 60's. I have never know personally a casualty of war, but the futility of the deaths of a society's young and future is a overwelming idea for me. I was in the US during the Vietnam war and protested hard against it, so much so in a way I feel at time a Veteran of sorts of that war and feel I have over the years suffered some form stess disorder as a result. One of the things I would like to do is visit the Vietnam memorial in Washington but I know it would be too overwelming for me. Just thinking of it fills me up with emotion. And now we have new lists of name of soldiers and casualties. At the site mentioned above you can call up the list of names of dead soldiers by State. Pick a State, any State, and start to read the names. I have read the names for several s
States. I am often brought to tears. Such a waste, in lives and loves. For nothing worth dying for. All the patriotic nonsense used to get the young and often poor, to die for the wealthy and priveleged does not make the tragedy honourable.
As a human being, I will never understand how those who perpetrate such criminal and illegal wars live with their own consciences. How do the sleep at night. Surely, they must know they lied to themselves and then the rest of us as the justification for war.
The criminals of this war need to be tried and convicted for their crimes in an international forum. We know this will never happen. In the end, their is not justice for their crimes. History will judge and it will inform us that two countires were destroyed and are in need of repair.