Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Propaganda? ...

Heads up, friends: This is a political post. Those of you who don't like it when I wax political might want to stop reading now, because odds are, you ain't gonna like what I have to say.

But I've been seeing these ads, presented by Freedom's Watch, about the war in Iraq and they're getting my dander up. It took about five minutes four years ago for me to get pissed off all over again at George W. Bush and his bullshit assertion that those who questioned the war were being unpatriotic.

Now the war is into its fifth year and thousands of soldiers are dead (3,741 as of today) and wounded and the Iraqi casualties dwarf the deaths of our soldiers. (The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit today demanding that the military release documents about civilians killed by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.) Everyone except the sitting administration seems to understand that we are in the middle of a civil war. And today, I saw a story stating that Bush, contrary to his recent assertions, knew about the plan to dismantle the Iraqi army.

And now all the Iraq progress reports are streaming in and the reports aren't good. The Iraqi government isn't meeting the benchmarks that have been set for it. The Iraqi government says the timetable is unrealistic. I agree. We can't force a nation to turn into a democracy so that we can feel safer, and we can't expect such radical changes in such a short span. Especially not while we're over there killing indiscriminately.

Oh, that last sentence probably pushed a button, didn't it? Well, I was watching 60 Minutes this weekend, watching an interview with a soldier who was responsible for the deaths of 19 Iraqi civilians, including children as young as 18 months old, and one of the phrases he used sent a chill down my spine: "... prepping the rooms with grenades."

Prepping the rooms with grenades. Meaning that soldiers pulled the pins on grenades and rolled them into houses before entering. Except that the criteria for shooting to kill necessitates a positive identification of a suspect or threat. It's hard to say you've positively identified a threat when you're rolling a grenade into a home blindly.

Some will argue that if soldiers politely knock on doors, they might die at the hands of whomever is on the other side.

So we kill indescriminately. OK, if that's what war's about, then we can hardly be baffled by all the insurgents doing their damndest to kill our soliders.

If someone started bombing our country and occupied our land for years and killed civilians day after day, do you think you'd sit idly by and do nothing?

So these commercials featuring amputee soldiers saying that if we withdraw from Iraq now that their sacrifices will be in vain really smack of propaganda.

Check out this press release, titled "New Group, Freedom’s Watch, to launch Major Advertising Campaign in Support of Victory in Iraq'

Here's the first sentence:

August 22, 2007, (Washington, D.C.)—Today a new organization named Freedom’s Watch announced it is launching a nationwide grassroots campaign aimed at ensuring Congress continues to fully fund the troops with the ultimate goal of victory in the War on Terror.

I'm sorry? The ultimate goal of victory in the War on Terror? Does that mean the troops aren't coming home until the War on Terror is won? We'll be waging the War on Terror forever, my friends. Victory in the War on Terror is not around the corner. It's not a matter of holding out until next year.

Guantanamo Bay is a breeding ground for terrorists. Does anyone honestly believe that if we ever let those men out of that prison that they'll merely shrug their shoulders and say, "Oh well, I had years of life taken away from me and I was never even charged with a crime. I'll just go home and be peaceful now." No, I don't think so. I think a lot of those people are going to retaliate and who will be able to blame them?

Saddam may be dead but his loyalists remain and they're pissed.

Oh, and by the way, the sixth anniversary of 9/11 is days away and we still haven't caught bin Laden.


Blogger Mercurie said...

I must admit to being unhappy with the war on Iraq from day one for one simple reason--it takes forces away from whom we should have gone after...Bin Laden. I know there are those who will disagree with me, the war on Iraq has me doubting George W.'s commitment to fighting terrorism.

5:37 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

That segment on 60 Minutes was incredible. It was fascinating watching that soldier trying to correlate his training with the deaths of the Iraqi civilians.

It's all so tragiclly stupid.

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone else been following the PBS Frontline series, "America at a Crossroads"? Now, THAT's powerful stuff.

8:07 AM  
Anonymous girlanddog said...

Well said, Beth. This entire war is a hoax, a waste of money and lives, and just another way for the U.S. to extend its imperialistic reign over the rest of the world.

9:46 AM  

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