Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Massacre Memorial

Memorial Day in the U.S. comes just as news of another atrocity surfaces. U.S. Marines killed 25 innocent civilians in Haditha, possibly as a "reprisal" for a roadside bomb which took soldiers lives. Some are comparing it to the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, which was the turning point in that war, although it took another five years before troops pulled out.

How the U.S. responds to this will be interesting. Will a spokesperson explain that the civilians that were shot in cold blood were killed to prevent them from becoming terrorists, as part of the overall "preemptive" strategy of the U.S. War on Terror? This all seems linked to what I have said before. The Marines will be tried whether in universal or special courts. It would be nice if it were to influence overall foreign policy but of course it won't. Just another accidental side-effect, nevermind that the whole invasion was an accident -accidentally blaming someone who had nothing to do with 9/11.

I'm sure that this is only one incident in many that are reported. Iraqis have come to accept violence by insurgents or soldiers as just another fact of their existence. They have limited communications technology to serve as a whistle on such breaches of Geneva conventions.

War debilitates and desensitizes us, like a thick veil pulled over our faces. The numbers of dead are faceless. The U.S. body count is above 2,400 but it sounds a little more shocking when you count how many limbs have been lost -6,432 arms and 9,715 legs. [1] That's a lot less people walking, jogging, dancing, playing guitar and being functionally ambulant although I'm sure for the wives and husbands of soldiers, it is better to welcome them home in a wheelchair, rather than a box. As for the scores of innocent civilian Iraqi deaths, Iraqi body count is the first database, accumulated by various sources and verified by several accounts that I've seen attempted to get some sort of accurate figure into just another fact of war.

1) http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20060530/cm_huffpost/021847

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love it when u edumacate me.

12:28 p.m.  
Blogger Maddy said...

George Bush needs to apologize
to his country for sending
troops into unspeakable
brutal conditions in a war
based on lies and falsehoods..
he should be ashamed and
take a moral inventory on this
massacre - all moral authority
was squandered in this
horrific deed.

9:16 p.m.  
Blogger Babsbitchin said...

sirbarrett, I can already tell you have an old soul. You are a thinker and shaker. We need more of you in the prime of your life. Never bow to what does not feel good and never be a yes man and you will honor that old soul of yours!

9:52 p.m.  
Blogger mistipurple said...

humans, with the highest level of intelligence, do not use their brains effectively. sad.

10:25 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Mitzzee said...

i love it when u edumacate me.

It's not a difficult task. Basic addition counts ;).

11:57 p.m.  
Blogger Prmod Bafna said...

Just very sad how shite is done and then labelled off into a 'broader strategy' perspective..

2:45 a.m.  
Blogger Butchieboy said...

Watch out for Peter. That fucker almost tricked me into moving to Canada once. He told me that along with free healthcare, everyone recieved a Seagrams debit card every week.

9:22 a.m.  
Blogger Phronk said...

That Iraq body count site made me sick. People suck.

11:01 a.m.  
Blogger Pincushion said...

Us Humans(if can call ourselves that!) all want the same thing..a little happiness at the end of the day..so many things to bind us and yet we invent more reasons to divide us...

11:10 a.m.  
Anonymous Adorable Girlfriend said...

I love when you go studious. How America will handle this? Like everything else: Washington will deny, deny, deny!

12:32 p.m.  
Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

You indeed do have an old and very sensitive and passionate soul.

These tragedies coming out of Iraq seem to be never-ending sadly.

3:39 p.m.  
Blogger Jason said...

Pretty sad.

10:07 p.m.  
Anonymous Adorable Girlfriend said...

Very sad.

9:16 a.m.  

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