Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Warsaw Ghetto Revisited

I wish to direct your attention to an infuriating article by Dahr Jamail. Mr. Jamail is one of the very few independent journalists in Iraq. The article is based on interviews with survivors including a local doctor.

Click here to read the article. If you don't read the article, what comes next will make less sense. You need to see what the world is reacting to. The hatred these people have learned for America, its soldiers, and even its people.

There are no excuses for what American money and military power is doing to the people of Iraq. Good guys do not murder families in their beds. Good guys do not kill children.

I'm not just talking about the bombings. Reports of American troops murdering civilians in Fallujah are common. The few survivors uniformly tell very believable tales of murder and sadistic brutality on the part of American Imperial Storm Troopers.

A quote from a doctor who worked near Fallujah during the American siege.

"One of my colleagues, Dr. Saleh Alsawi, he was speaking so angrily about them. He was in the main hospital when they raided it at the beginning of the siege. They entered the theater room when they were working on a patient...he was there because he's an anesthesiologist. They entered with their boots on, beat the doctors and took them out, leaving the patient on the table to die."

This story has already been reported in the Arab media.

The doctor tells me of the bombing of the Hay Nazal clinic during the first week of the siege.

"This contained all the foreign aid and medical instruments we had. All the US military commanders knew this, because we told them about it so they wouldn't bomb it. But this was one of the clinics bombed, and in the first week of the siege they bombed it two times."
He then adds, "Of course they targeted all our ambulances and doctors. Everyone knows this."


What kind of country and what kind of people visit such terror on a civilian population? What kind of people specifically target ambulances and civilian doctors? What kind of nation makes war on children, the elderly, women, and anyone with the wrong colour of skin, to obtain control of their natural resources?

Savages and barbarians. Savages and barbarians do those kinds of things in the name of 'liberty', corporate wealth, and in the name their savage gods. Ignorant blood stained barbarians who roll their war machines over ancient Babylonian floors, like drunks doing dough nuts in a parking lot. Mindless savages defiling the very cradle of human civilization. Not understanding what is crunching under their combat boots.

These crimes will not be easily forgiven. The US has taken steps to assure that they will not be charged with war crimes by most of the worlds poorest nations, the very ones most likely to become victims. Such agreements are part and parcel to the ruinous 'loans' made to the leaders and native elite of said countries.

But Humpty Dumpty is headed for a very hard fall. As Americans used to be fond of saying, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall."

The American economy is in serious trouble. What very little responsibility the government takes for the welfare of its people, is being systematically shut down. For budget considerations.

I have said before, that there will be a very large price to pay for this insane deficit and for relieving the wealthy of all financial responsibility. Like all countries who become saddled with so much debt, social services are the first thing to go in the quest to repay the money borrowed. Borrowed and burned by the government and the corporate pigs at the public trough.

The only part of America that has a chance of coming out of this war better off, are the same big corporations that are bringing us this war. The same ones now urging Congress to re-institute the draft. The very same corporations that are moving all of the decent jobs to offshore factories while maintaining their American tax breaks.

They want to put your sons into uniforms and send them to the killing fields for the benefit of no one but those self same corporations and their shills in government.

At the same time, we are told it is "necessary" to cut veterans benefits including the expensive medical care many of them will need. Well, it is a budget consideration and what do these soldiers and their families expect? If he is dumb enough or slow enough to get himself wounded, he is now a drain on 'National Security'. And an enemy if he or his family go whining and complaining.

Meanwhile, we are busy teaching the people of Iraq, the Arab world, and the world at large, to hate us. We are working hard for it and will not be denied.

Hasn't America become a wonderful country? A veritable model for the world.

America is dangerous but it is also weak and ill prepared for the battle it has started.
The giant has brittle bones and doesn't seem to know it.


4 Comments:

At 9:39 AM, Blogger frstlymil said...

One of the most horrific errors by our government is the lack of attention to the fact that American History is easily accessible to anyone who can read, and that our entire history is based on going in and dominating people of color, taking their resources and turning them into cheap labor - all in the name of democracy - we haven't become anything we weren't already - we're just proving it over and over again - then we wonder why people don't embrace our way of doing things with open arms - well, gee - anybody pick up a book lately? Our own president is unfamiliar with the constitution he has sworn to uphold. It is not unfathomable to some of us at the water cooler after watching his actions over the past years and paying attention to his strutting posturing speeches - that we would not put it past someone of his ilk, unpopular in the ratings and falling, to actually orchestrate a catastrophic event to suit his own purposes and to keep that going for the duration of his agenda...I don't think we've had anyone more currupt in our government and that includes Nixon. At least Nixon was a diplomat - we don't even have THAT.

 
At 3:44 PM, Blogger ThomasMcCay said...

I think it safe to say that we have gone far beyond American business as usual. The constitution is merely an embarassment to those in power. The checks and balance system that ensured a certain amount of democracy and constitutional rule has been destroyed. W and the cronies control every branch of government now.

There has never been perfection in America but we have not always been the monsters we have become.

We become a small minded tyrannical nation bent on war with the much of the world. Under the guise of fighting tyrants and dictators.

Many pro war types are fond of making comparisons to WWII while intentionally forgetting Vietnam and the other colonial wars, with which the war on the Iraqi people has much in common.

Interesting it is, that those fond of pretending that this colonial war is like the anti-fascist, anti-imperialist war war of the forties, have yet to figure out that America is playing the role fo the Japanese and Germans now.

Like the Japanese forces of WWII, we are already running out of steam.

 
At 10:18 AM, Blogger Ian McGibboney said...

It's scary that the American government is that out-of-touch. It's no stretch to say that this administration cares so much for their own tight circle that they will ignore all sense of public servitude and morailty to make their profits. Sick and disgusting. Half of the people consistently fall for it because they're tricked into thinking that they are in the little club. Not a chance. But they are willing to let you die for them!

 
At 2:25 PM, Blogger ThomasMcCay said...

The thing that never ceases to perplex me about Americans is the large numbers of poor, working, and lower middle class Americans who believe their interests are represented by big business. A people who believe their interests are served by the interests of the wealthy elites.

 

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