15 May 2007

before i get to the tuesday topic...

this just in! ding dong the witch is... i like this response.

Well more foreign soldiers have now been killed in Iraq than were killed in the 9/11 attacks.

While there are obvious distinctions in the manner of death and status of the dead (civilian vs. military), the fact remains that each dead person leaves a gaping and torturous hole in the world of the people they leave behind.

Could you imagine politicians leveling the same rhetoric against the Iraq War that was leveled against 9/11?

Do you feel that those responsible for perpetrating the war have any sense of this responsibility they bear?

oddly enough, i was just thinking about this last night, as i wrapped up my post... my mind got to wondering, as it often does about how the people in iraq must feel. i remember vividly, the calls for revenge that surfaced late in the day on september 11th. if iraq had the capability that the u.s. had at the time... "we" were oh so justified in invading afghanistan and iraq. rationally, this would go both ways. i can easily say that i won't be surprised by the inevitable blowback that "the war on terra" is creating. i've always found it interesting that bush pronounces it that way - perhaps it is his own little megalomaniacal f-you! - literally, war on earth.

i've never been able to understand how a majority of a country's people could call for and support the very same exact thing that they had just gone through on septemeber 11th - the one event of my lifetime that was supposed to "change" us all for the better. i still can't get my brain around it. i never will. it is complete and utter hypocrisy to call for heads to roll in response to someone else calling for heads to roll. i had the same conversation literally 100 times over the bar with people that supported these wars. i think of barbara lee's words she spoke just three days after 9/11 - i have this hanging upstairs:

i think the perpetrators have justified their support and actions to themselves - some are fully convinced - some, only partially - but enough to to keep the machine clogging along, sucking up precious life and spitting it back out. this i know: we have become the evil that we supposedly deplore. which makes me wonder if "we" really deplore "evil" at all? actions speak louder than words... pride can also be a very powerful thing.

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