Ten years after the invasion, occupation and widespread destruction of Iraq was set into motion the revisionist apologetics are flying fast and furious. These include the denial of culpability for crimes committed, the systematic undercounting of the innocents slaughtered and displaced and the conveniently forgotten hubris of empire in the high theater of technocratic carnage. They also wanly posit the historical epic is behind ‘us,’ the 75% of the populace reported in poll results to have supported the war before news began leaking that its murder and mayhem weren’t achieving their hypothesized results. So to this 75%, a/k/a the American people, is the problem that we murdered too many or not enough? Put another way, what number of murdered Iraqis would be too many if today there were a Starbucks on every corner in Baghdad and Payday Lenders to bridge the cash flow shortfalls of the citizenry that remains?
Those murdered cannot speak up in order to be counted as such. Nor can they retaliate, demand justice or ask for a do-over. They died in order to affirm the vanity of America’s Chicken-Hawks and to meet the national-security needs of Israel’s morally unhinged elite. There may be only outcome which could make their deaths meaningful as grand Historical facts — common American standing up to their ‘leaders’ and forcing them to make good on the demand, “Never Again.”
- The Audacity of Unrepentant War Criminals (skydancingblog.com)
- Last letter from a dying veteran (heraldofwar.wordpress.com)
- Dying Vet’s ‘Fuck You’ Letter to George Bush & Dick Cheney Needs to Be Read by Every American (leaksource.wordpress.com)
- ‘Baghdad Bob’ And His Ridiculous, True Predictions (theatlantic.com)
- How We Forgot Iraq (newyorker.com)
- Baghdad bombers kill 57 in bloody day (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)