Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Bush: "Iraqi People Determined To Live In Freedom"

Iraqi Body count as of March 2006

Bush Babbled Again Yesterday

Matthew Borghese - All Headline News Staff Writer

Washington, D.C. (AHN) - In a speech at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, U.S. President George Bush maintains that Iraq is building a "democracy from the rubble."

What Bush didn't mention is that our invasion of their country created much of the rubble in the first place.

President Bush says that despite terrorists who "dream of turning Iraq into what Afghanistan was under the Taliban," the "Iraqi people are determined to live in freedom."

Of course, they have always wanted that, all peoples want that, this is not a new revelation...

"Yet... America is determined to defeat the terrorists, [slam, he hit the main talking point] and we're determined to help the Iraqi people succeed."
"Today, because America and a great coalition acted, the [Hussein] regime is no longer in power, is no longer sponsoring terrorists, is no longer destabilizing the region, is no longer undermining the credibility of the United Nations, is no longer threatening the world."

No, but you are, Mr. President.

President Bush adds, "Because we acted, 25 million Iraqis now taste freedom."[slam, he hit the talking point no. 2]

And many thousands are also dead, wounded, hungry, broken, lost, depressed, suicidal, traumatized......on both sides of the so-called war, and I hold you responsible for that, Mr. Bush.


I have been thinking a lot about the casualties of this war, and about the next generation, the children in Iraq. What about them?

When we see the occasional anguished Iraqi faces on the news, how many Americans really see their faces, see their deep pain, their loss and grief?

When men sit down to negotiate peace and war, they count the dead in numbers on their own terms and usually only on their own side, or, as the U.S. did early in this war, tried not to count them publicly at all. But they put no faces on the victims.

Even the media often avoids potraying the war in terms of the people in Iraq. Do a search on Google for "Iraq War." The banner picture for the story is almost always Bush or some other white American spokespuppet.

When men add up the cost of the war, they do not include the number of women raped or forced into prostitution to appease the soldiers demands; the growing numbers of tortured, executed headless Iraqi men; the number of homeless and displaced families; the number of schools bombed; or the number of babies without food or milk or the orphans.

The victors pat themselves on the back, take their spoils, forget the defenseless and leave the people to clean up the rubble of what was once their homeland. All that is left from war is the daily dirge of the anonymous victims.

Three years after US forces symbolically toppled a statue of Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi capital,

'Baghdad blogger' Salam Pax
says things look bleaker than ever for his country.

One of the tragedies of this ongoing war is that no one knows how many Iraqi lives have been lost.

26 Comments:

At 10:01 AM, Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Man, your mind and mine are riding on the same track. I feel so sorry for the people of Iraq. At least with Saddam, as bad as he was, they knew the rules and they knew what they were dealing with. Now they are the victims of another man's desire to run the show and they can't figure out what the hell is going on. If all the innocent people killed in this war were all buried in the same place there would be one more mass grave in that country.

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger glenda said...

Thanks for the compliment! Thinking about the children and the innocents, that's what keeps me going on and on about this, knowing I'm not the most articulate writer on this subject... God even knows how many are dying as we write.

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

Wow..that map is amazing. I'm thinking of the adults though, too :-)

I think you make a good point that the American public doesn't apply to the troop casualties as well.

We focus on the "number of dead," but my god, some of those dead or better off than those who are missing half of their face, their limbs, having to live knowing half their family is dead, children without parents, adults without parents, people who will never walk again, etc...

So yes, there are 10's of thousands of Iraqis dead but the post traumatic stress - the destroyed homes, the fear...none of that can be measured.

 
At 3:09 PM, Anonymous earl bockenfeld said...

Glenda, great post, I like the Peace Takes Courage series:

Life will go on

So much grief and misery. For What?

 
At 5:02 PM, Anonymous Pekka said...

Yours is the voice that seems to be missing generally when the media discusses about the happenings in Iraq. Compassion reaches only those who died in this ill fated adventure on your side, and the millions of innocent victims on the other side get only half-assed mention on a page 54.

Wars are a nasty business, and every body knows that the truth is the first causualty. Right after that comes the dehumanizing of your enemy so that the killings bother those of whom we send to do the dirty work less. However, this instance there seems to be a new wrinkle; innocent civilians, regardless of sex and age, are dumped on the side of the enemy (they propably all look alike) and thus some collateral damage doesn't hurt anybody's consience too much.

 
At 7:16 PM, Blogger Diane S. said...

Glenda,

So glad you dropped by my blog. We are of amazingly like minds. I'm sure I'll be here often.

 
At 7:21 PM, Blogger glenda said...

pekka,
The Bush administration, while saying that the Iraqis are good people, has planted fear and distrust for all Muslims as a way to keep people afraid and to maintain a power nexus of power in the presidency.

Also, I did not mean to imply that I am only concerned about the children. I am concerned about all victims of war, including those wounded, displaced, traumatized, on both sides, etc.

 
At 7:39 PM, Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

That was some real psychobabble yesterday, wasn't it? I think the man is MAD! (As in 'certifiably insane'.)

 
At 9:46 PM, Blogger Guerrillas in the Midst said...

Here's a link you might find useful/interesting:

http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=10074

For some reason, the formatting on ZNet's been a little odd today, but if you see only a sentence or two, scoll down a bit.

I'm always confused by these reports and such regarding the number killed and the reasons why the Lancet study was shrugged off so quickly on the grounds of "faulty methods". Cluster analysis is pretty standard...

Anyway, keep up the good work!

 
At 3:26 AM, Blogger glenda said...

Neil,
I think he is getting deperate and I have had several counselor friends who have remarked that there are many rumors that he is using again. And, as I have told a few people, I have met the man when he was gov. of Texas. He is not a genius, or even astute, but he is cunning.

Thanks for the reference url, GITM, I will check it out.

 
At 6:09 AM, Blogger celticfire said...

uhg, the realities of American "democracy" how its ugly head again...

 
At 7:15 AM, Blogger Lily said...

part of the problem of course is we don't show the reality of war and its victims- I am not suggesting we do so without dignity but people should have more awareness of what it really looks like- massive death and destruction.

And the death/injured/traumatized toll does not include things like exposure to depleted uranium and the subsequent birth defects and health problems that both Americans and Iraqi civilians will contend with.

For some reason certain blogs would not open for me yesterday- have to catch up around here Glenda.

 
At 11:44 AM, Blogger glenda said...

I heard other folks were having problems as well.

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger Spider Girl said...

I'm reading a book on the political planning that led up to the start of the Iraq war--makes my head spin what lies some politicians get away with.

Excellent post.

 
At 5:30 PM, Blogger thepoetryman said...

Building democracy from the rubble up, again and again and again and again... Castles on the sand...

 
At 6:25 PM, Blogger eProf2 said...

I just heard that Bush is not coming to Crawford this weekend after all but heading to Camp David. I guess he didn't want to face the people. If you're still going, spread the positive spirit that I know you (and pinkfem) possess. Rock on!

 
At 2:12 AM, Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Yup, when he toppled Saddam he got rid of his greatest rival for 'The Most Evil Person In the World'. But now he's got a new challenger in that Iranian fella.

 
At 4:41 AM, Blogger glenda said...

Hi, guys.

EProf2,
I am still going to Crawford. Even if Bush will not be there, we will make an angry noise unto the Bush. Besides, it's a great opportunity to take pictures and document this small incident in history and talk to Cindy Sheehan and network with the local Codepink members..

 
At 11:49 AM, Blogger Candace said...

The real Islamic terrorists were in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, not Iraq. Until now, of course, AFTER we invaded. Now, they're still in Af-stan, Pak-stan, and Saudi, AS WELL AS Iraq. Nice going, Bushman.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger Lily said...

Glenda! Your blog is working! I will be in and out a lot the next few days and hope to see you in between but I am not sure how much web surfing I will get to do!

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Have a good trip, Lily. Sorry I have been so swamped with my job the past two days, everyone. I've barely been able to write or make the rounds!!!

 
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