Our Victims In The Mass Graves of Iraq
"But what about all those mass graves?" the Bush administration squeals when nothing else works to justify our war in Iraq, still ongoing as far as the soldiers dying there are concerned. "He was an awful, genocidal dictator. Why does it matter what lies we told you to get you to go along with this war?"
True, Hussein was a son of a bitch. And also true, he murdered a lot of innocent people. Only when he did so, he was our
son of a bitch, as Norman Mailer unflinchingly reminds
We have relieved the world of a monster who killed untold numbers, mega-numbers, of victims. Nowhere is any emphasis put upon the fact that many of the bodies were of the Shiites of southern Iraq who have been decimated repeatedly in the last twelve years for daring to rebel against Saddam in the immediate aftermath of the Gulf War. Of course, we were the ones who encouraged them to revolt in the first place, and then failed to help them.
Remember? It was Bush's father who encouraged said revolt, and then left them to twist at the end of a rope.
Yes, our guilt for a great part of those bodies remains a large subtext and Saddam was creating mass graves all through the 1970s and 1980s. He killed Communists en masse in the 1970s, which didn't bother us a bit. Then he slaughtered tens of thousands of Iraqis during the war with Iran—a time when we supported him.
There is, of course, something to be said for making up for one's past mistakes. But Bush will not admit even for a moment that most who died did so while the White House looked the other way, and many others died because we put them in harm's way and then ran.
But why should Bush admit such things? It provided such a great set-up; the mass graves make such a great, convenient, unquestionable justification, at least until questions are asked, at which time he can scream, "The matter is closed" over and over in the most Nixonian way till the problem--he thinks--will go away.
If we are indeed as stupid as Bush thinks we are, they might. Are you stupid or are you paying attention?
Go back to sleep, America, as Bush now lets mass slaughter loose in Monrovia. God help the American people should Bush ever pledge to help us