Friday, March 09, 2007

End This War

If our presence in Iraq is futile or more destructive to them and us than our absence then we must leave.

The first adversary of the Iraqi people was definitely the Bush administration, its cohorts and followers.

No matter how they feel about us we owe a debt to Iraq for the death and destruction caused by us. That should never be forgotten. It should also never be forgotten that the military was used under false pretenses. Those against the invasion were ignored from the insignificant little people to the much more influential and knowledgeable, deserving a fair hearing, along with the millions protesting at home and across the world. The predicted results ensued resulting in unnecessary anguish and carnage.

War crimes were committed. Bush policies of rendition, torture, indiscriminate use of weapons improper among civilian populations, seriously overused troops in a deadly supercharged environment, profiteering, and negligent planning wrapped up in a refusal to admit any mistakes have made Bush Neoconservative’s opponents of peace toward the US and Iraq and the people of the region if the instability spreads.

Not only have Neocon policies become the best recruiting tool for Al Qaeda and like-minded groups but they have also set up a wonderful training ground of authentic war experience against their most reviled enemy; us. Those in charge are to blame for this mess because they’re the ones that put the horror in motion.

They also screwed the Afghanistan people and our troops who were fighting the terrorists who really did attack our country by running away from the ‘war on terror’ hijacking it for neoconservative desires. The Taliban is regaining strength in Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden is still free and in charge of al-Qaeda.

Money has been wasted, misused and stolen causing us to rely on China and other nations to finance our illegitimate war while keeping the lifestyles of the powerful undisturbed. They’ve left the brunt of domestic sacrifice for this war of lies to be carried by the military families with little support from the Republican chicken hawks who so frequently love to envelop themselves with flags, yellow ribbons and military paraphernalia.

Al Qaeda is responsible for their share of the violence but it’s a relatively small percentage of the overall violence. Because of this I was also tempted to say that the Iraqi people are also their own worst enemy, but that’s not really the case. These poor tortured families are surrounded by such incredible terror, so many times worse than what we entertain ourselves with, from a myriad of evil beings, with blood and gore in our theaters for the thrill of being safely shocked.
Horror show reveals Iraq’s descent
The second great enemy in Iraq is the power lust of the few, along with the hate driven desire for revenge carrying fear and ignorance as its allies. Hate is truly evil. To be able to look into the eyes of another human being, a child perhaps, and be able to place an electric drill through their skin or eyes is truly evil. So many people are suffering an incredibly insidious hell of a tortuous death. It’s shocking how exceedingly cruel people can be once they see the others as less than human. The hate that exists is growing even stronger in an environment where fear and revenge has become the master. Yes, the second great enemy in Iraq is the hate fueled power lust of the few and the insecurity it fosters for generations to come.

If our presence in Iraq is futile or more destructive to them and us than our absence then we must leave.

The very minimum the United States should do is;

* Make certain that the world and the Iraqi people know we have no intention of having permanent bases.

* Turn over the building of the country to the people who live there.

* Apologize to the nation the Iraqis and the world for the lies that were used to start this war and the crimes that were committed during the occupation. President Bush and Vice President Cheney should both resign. If they won’t resign then they must be impeached.

* Bring ALL neighboring countries into discussions on the future of Iraq and the region.

* We should be listening to Murtha and the others who have plans for a phased withdraw and redeployment.
Plans? We Got Plans

* We must also be doing something along the lines of setting up refugee centers for the many displaced people. These centers should be run by people who know how to do this sort of thing like charitable groups along with the UN. Syria and Jordan are awash in refugees. Considerable aid should be coming from us to aid these people.

The leaders of the various factions must be dealt with politically at the table of peace and compromise. Reconciliation is imperative. Archbishop Desmond Tutu had great success dealing with the results of the hate such conflicts generated. He should be listened to now and his methods seriously investigated, otherwise I fear the violence will continue for generations to come. This is ultimately the greatest challenge of Iraq and sadly around the globe and within each of us. We must begin to address all the problems that lead to groups using terror as a weapon and embracing extreme radical forms of fundamentalism. That’s going to take the rest of the world helping out, too, after all we’re ALL to blame for the mess the worlds in right now.

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