Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Fait Not Accompli

Five years ago President Bush declared war. Four years and 10 months ago he declared the mission of that war accomplished. What I'm about to say I'm saying not because I think you don't know it or because I think that somehow my saying it makes any more difference than the gazillions of people talking about it today but because I think this opportunity calls for a little civil disobedience. Sometimes when we cannot do anything else to change the situation we must at least stand still and observe the horror. We must make it known that we see what is going on. By the very act of talking about it we do what we can, we hope to reach one person, to be heard one more level up, to somehow be the butterfly wings on this side of the earth that precipitate change on the other side.

There is no connection between 9/11 and the war on Iraq.

There is no way to pull out of Iraq that will be helpful to all parties. This fact is not license to leave things as they are.

The lives lost in the last 5 years were not worth whatever mythical thing has been said to be accomplished.

The damage this war has done to the people coming back from the Middle East will continue to have an impact on our society for years to come. (See also: Vietnam, Gulf War Part I, WWI, WWII)

Bring them home. Please bring them home now.


  1. It just gets sadder and sadder everyday. Every speech he makes... qualifying and justifying... as if he could.
    Yes, bring them home. All of them.
    I certainly feel the "surge" of emotion everytime I see we have lost another life.
    I agree with you here Sister.

  2. *eyes closed, head bowed, hands over heart* Yes. Just yes.

  3. Very, very well said.

  4. Anonymous5:14 PM

    I was using "Outfoxed" in class the other week and discussed with my class how those for whom FOX news is the main propaganda pusher, er NEWS source, more than the rest of the population (I can't recall the exact statistics), DO believe in the connection between Iraq and 911.


    Yea, bring our soldiers home. It's enough.

    LOVE the new digs, Kizz!

  5. I was going to write something about bringing the troops home vs. bringing the home soon, but instead I'll say this:

    On September 12, 2001, we could have unified the world. The whole fucking world. NATO invoked Article 5. Everyone was with us.

    Instead, we've shredded the Constitution, attacked the wrong country (allowing Bin Laden to bribe his way out of Tora Bora), and ruined our standing in the world.

    It's pathetic, and depressing, and I still love this stupid country.

  6. I'm working on my own little paragraph about this. I'm sure it will pale in comparison to yours. Beautifully written, darling. It was fabulous.

  7. Anonymous9:14 PM

    Hey, even the converted don't object to a little preaching!

    It is all very sad. Prez still talks of "victory." What that means, I don't know.

  8. Thanks for all the agreement. I do still love this country, I don't want to live anywhere else but, man, it's feeling mightily unsafe for everyone these days.

  9. Anonymous9:37 AM

    And the damage done to Iraq will linger for centuries .... Ugh.