Love, honor, shame and hubris in Iraq
There is much which needs to be said about Iraq and this will require the painting of some very broad strokes. There is, on the surface, the all-too-familiar debacle. How could this have happened to the greatest military power on Earth?
As such, one might wonder about the real reasons behind the invasion?
Was it to break up Iraq into three little states which would be unable to challenge the U.S. or Israel? (I doubt our leaders are that smart.) Was all of this the workings of the Project for a New American Century, AIPAC, the Council on Foreign Relations or some other nefarious group?
We know that over 650,000 Iraqis are dead, (some may dispute this number) all because we felt the need to get rid of a murderer and dictator we trained, financed and armed. Saddam had no connection to 9-11 yet I believe he did have WMD’s which were moved to the Sudan, Syria or perhaps even Belarus. The U.S. Congress held hearings about Saddam’s massive involvement with his army in the Sudan.
British Intelligence, the CIA, Bush Jr. and his cabal (as correctly chided by everyone from Paul Craig Roberts to Paul Sperry) have acted shamefully at various levels. This should be chilling to all decent Americans who value truth. Only liars tolerate other liars and no lie occurs in a vacuum, rather only to cover up other lies. Just ask Joseph Wilson and his blonde wife, who have risked so much for this great country of ours.
Let us consider that American soldiers (who probably are mostly Christians, Catholics and Evangelicals) have now effectively run most Iraqi Christians out of their own country by installing the radical Shiites to power in Iraq. Is that true irony or what?
What about all the missing U.S. development aid which Paul Bremmer couldn’t account for? He couldn’t fly in some accountants? Where is the outrage of the U.S. taxpayer?
How could our military train so few Iraqi soldiers in all that time and with all that money? I could have trained a battalion myself over the past few years. Why dismantle the entire Iraqi Army and purge every single Baathist from power? Was that smart? Is this the best our military, the State Department, Rand Corporation and Ivy League “elites” can come up with?
How does a radical Shiite government in Iraq chanting “Death to America” help our nation? It’s just insane and it is getting harder and harder to try and focus on the reality in Iraq, or in the minds of Cheney, Bush Jr. and Halliburton.
As a plus, the Kurds, the largest ethnic group in the world without a country, may finally get their own state.
As for the future of Iraq, we have created such a mess that things may not sort themselves out the way we in the U.S. or the West would like. Of course, things didn’t have to turn out this way.
From the beginning of Shock and Awe we had no real plan for occupation. We did not secure an important Iraqi museum and it was looted. Great and priceless treasures of human antiquity were lost. This was a horrible mistake as it set a tone for anarchy. In fact, it was so stupid from a tactical point of view it stupefies the imagination. Questioned about this, what we heard from Rummy was that “Democracy is messy.” Well, so is a diaper! That’s why a baby needs constant attention.
And what good is a brand of democracy that brings Hammas, Hezbollah, the Shiites in Iraq and the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt?
Then, to control people with vice, alcohol and prostitution were legalized almost right away in Iraq by the U.S. forces. If you look at MTV you will see why Muslims fear America. Our culture is disgusting. Things we would have shunned even in 1990 are now not only openly tolerated but celebrated. Legalizing such vices in Iraq probably alienated many Muslims. Islam is a genuine religious faith and we should respect its morals, especially its stance against the murder of children through abortion, resistance to pornography and other wickedness.
Not many Americans realize that scores of Iraqi doctors and professors are being murdered on an almost daily basis. How does this bode for the future?
Trick or Treat at Abu Ghraib was beyond disgusting and has forever damaged the image of America. Our soldiers and the Vlakplas archetype mercenaries were beyond cruel. Where is their honor? Where is their love? Where is their humanity?
The rape of the 14 year old Iraqi girl, (probably because she was pretty), her subsequent murder and the murder of her family to conceal this Satan-inspired ritual was beyond disgusting. The U.S. soldiers involved with this should be summarily executed. They are beyond inhuman and shame all of us. And to think a U.S. defense fund to help out with their ordeal was proposed. It makes one shudder with horror. This is America?
That said, can the various factions in Iraq make peace, after all of the rape and murder of their own, by their own? I really doubt it. Iran, Russia and China will not sit by and allow things to work to a way not to their own liking(s). You can count on it.
Other questions we might consider about Iraq, our foreign policy and culture run across a wide spectrum;
What about the fresh water from the Tigris and Euphrates? Israel is running out of water. Has a pipeline been proposed? (A few years back, Tony Blair was caught trying to broker a fresh water pipeline from Kurdistan to North Cyprus and then to Israel).
What about Iraq’s oil?
What about the oil pipeline going through Afghanistan?
If the U.S. is the so called, “Great Satan” and Islam is so pure, why is so much heroin coming out of Lebanon/Syria and Afghanistan? Do these Muslims know what their drugs do to people in the West? Do they also have no shame, no humanity and no honor? (Obviously most Muslims would be against this).
What about America’s MTV culture trying to turn Allah McBeal into Ally McBeal?
What about women in combat roles? Meaning U.S. female soldiers and also Palestinian women carrying out suicide terror bombings. The latter is not akin to Samson. It’s just E-V-I-L. If the situation were reversed, and it was all Jews from Morocco to Indonesia, and from Southern Russia to South Sudan, do you really think all those Jews would go all out to destroy a tiny Muslim nation the size of New Jersey? Not bloody likely.
What about Central Asian population control? Will the New Age Mother Gaia types allow Iran’s population to continue to grow at such a rate?
What about hte U.S. declaring victory in Afghanistan not when bin Laden was captured (he probably never will be) nor the Taliban defeated (they are now busy retaking the country) but rather when “women were liberated from the Taliban.” This is the real America. Where all the soldiers in our Army get to wear the archetype special forces beret so their “feelings” and “self esteem” aren’t hurt. The America where “America’s Girl” Ashley Judd runs around Washington, D.C. waving her coat hanger. Again, have we no pride, no honor and no shame?
I count America having lost four wars in the past six years: there is of course, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Somalia-warlord contest and by proxy, Lebanon. (The latter which we paid for and exactly how does bombing the airport in Beirut help stop Hezbollah? Have the Israelis no love and no shame?)
Now our military is a wreck, Pat Tillman, though a brave and great American, died for nothing, and our leaders have been exposed as insane cowards and liars. They still can’t see that Russia and China stand behind almost all of America’s enemies and even non-state actors.
Depleted uranium is making many of our soldiers sick, never mind what it is doing to ordinary Iraqis and Afghanis. It’s all just so very, very Christian, isn’t it? Let’s wave the flag and chant a mantra that the center is still holding.
South America, Central America, much of Africa, China and Russia, along with Cuba and North Korea and various drug cartels are aligned against the U.S. Our border with Mexico is a joke and the EU is leaning away from the U.S.
Nuclear war and nuclear terrorism remain very real possibilities though our shopping mall cultures does not want to hear the truth.
We’re in tremendous debt, with both fiscal and trade problems (as Lou Dobbs tries in vain to tell us just about every night).
Remember when a man carrying a sign on the street saying “The End is Near … Repent” actually seemed funny instead of prophetic?
Worse of all, our children wear pajamas to school, and in the winter, during the most frigid of days, many children refuse to wear a coat, but rather only a T-shirt. It appears the insanity and the infantilization has spread from top to bottom.
In the end, the nightmare in Iraq is merely a symptom of a far greater American disease. Where there is no love, no honor and no shame, there can be only hubris.