This is George Bush’s accountability moment. That’s why I’m here. The mainstream media aren’t holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I’m not leaving Crawford until he’s held accountable. - Cindy Sheehan

There are things worth fighting for. And there are even some worth dying for. But Iraq is not one of them. - James Moore

Marriage is love.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Why would anyone in his right mind call this a 'game'?

(CBS/AP) ' Two days after an Ohio-based Marine battalion lost six members in Iraq, 14 more of the battalion's troops were killed Wednesday when a huge bomb destroyed their lightly armored vehicle, hurling it into the air in a giant fireball in the deadliest roadside bombing suffered by American forces in the Iraq war. '

Residents expressed their emotions in various ways. At a local doughnut shop, one woman said,
"You never know who it could be. It could be your best friend. It could be your husband — it could be anyone from here,...tell Bush to get our soldiers out of there now before any more of our soldiers die.'

A tire shop manager, who had done work for some of those killed, had a different reaction.

A Marine veteran from the Vietnam War, he did not express the anger some of his neighbors did. "It's just one of those things. It's part of the game," Fekete said in the shop's lobby decorated with American flags and a box filled with toys being collected for a Marine charity. '

I simply do not understand that. It ISN'T just 'one of those things'. 'One of those things' is a wind storm knocking down your apple tree, or winding up in the ER room at midnight with the most gods-awful indigestion that had made you afraid you were having a heart attack. Those things just happen. They are a natural part of this life.

The War in Iraq is not one of those things. This war of aggression was exacted very deliberately, an act of violence and immorality conceived by men and women who had only the interests of themselves, their political party, and their obscenely wealthy corporate power base in mind. To them, it IS a game. A filthy and deadly game of crowns, in which our troops and innocent men, women and children in both America and Iraq are the pawns.

And it appears that it is going to happen again, in Iran. The administration is making the same kinds of noises, in spite of reports which show that Iran is 10 years away from making a nuclear weapon. This is like being caught in a nightmare, an eerilyy slow-motion dream that is making its inexorable way toward an outcome that is already all too clear.

In that same doughnut shop in Ohio, another customer, a former Marine, had a different, and all too familiar sentiment: 'he worried that people would turn against the war effort. But opposing the war now would dishonor the sacrifice of the Marines, he said. "We don't want our guys over there, either," said Keller. "But what are you going to do? We're either going to have to fight the terrorists over there, or fight 'em over here."'

An echo of a delusional leader who has directly caused the death of 2,000 American troops. How can additional deaths in this insane conflict possibly honor the sacrifice made by these men and women? Tragically, their sacrifice, executed by their so-called Commander in Chief, has made it all but certain that we will be fighting them over here. It is just a matter of time.


Blogger Comandante Agí said...

A sick and demented game created by Bush-Cheney Inc.

I like your blog by the way. Great bumper stickers!

8:17 AM  
Blogger Gordon said...

As a Marine 'til I die, I have to say that all our servicepeople killed in Iraq have died in vain because of the lies of an evil administration. It's nice to think they gave their lives, or more properly had them taken, for something noble like the defense of us all, but the truth is, they were expended as political pawns.

Bush&Co should rot in jail until it's time for them to roast in Hell.

2:08 PM  
Blogger via said...

I deeply and truly wish that we would hear the truth about all of this, and soon. Then I hope they are prosecuted with everything that can possibly be thrown at them. And convicted. And yes, Gordon, if I believed in Hell I would wish them there. They have put enough families through hell for their horrible neocon schemes. I am so grateful to Cindy Sheehan the others who are going to Crawford tomorrow....


7:12 PM  

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