We're winning, we're told, and the lies keep pouring out
of a fully discredited administration. Only about 5% of Americans think the
bushmen are the ones who should be running the occupation.
The military want more time on the ground to gain more stability. The military measure stability by measuring the violence in a given neighborhood. Less violence equals more stability.
Take A--, a fictional neighborhood in Baghdad. Before the occupation A-- was about two-thirds Sunni and most of the rest of the folk who lived there were Shi'a. For a lot of people those statistics were meaningless because folk really didn't pay too much attention to who was what. It was the 'how' that mattered. Live a simple life, do good works, be a good person...and keep your garden beautiful for all to enjoy...that's what defined a good person. Life had little to do with Shi'a or Sunni.
The occupation created space for terrorists of many kinds to operate. There was a gradual and then more rapid spread of Iraqi-Iraqi killings. Instigated by those seeking chaos, these murders gave birth to ever-widening mistrust, revenge killing, and a population splitting intensity.
A-- was quiet in the beginning. The neighborhood resisted internal violence for three long years. Shelling from a Shi'a neighborhood to the East gradually changed the mood in A--. A militia came. No one knew who they really were or who was directing them. They attacked the Shi'a in the neighborhood. Those Sunni who stood to help were assassinated and most people just got protectively silent. Things got worse and more and more Shi'a were driven away, tortured, and killed. Last year the A-- civilization burst. The neighborhood hemorrhaged fear and hatred. The last of Shi'a were driven from their homes. The last to resist were killed.
And now A-- is quiet again. All of the Shi'a are gone. a neighborhood patrol keeps the peace. The concrete barriers that surround the entire neighborhood have checkpoints that are manned by US and Iraqi forces. Many troops patrol the streets now. It is quiet in A--. The families driven out of the neighborhood don't speak. Those tortured people do not speak. The dead do not speak, nor do the witnesses. The bushmen say, “It is quiet in A-- so we must be making progress in Iraq.”
Look carefully at how the bushmen measure progress.” It is quiet in A--, so that is progress," they say. This twisted logic would have us believe that when we finally kill the last Baghdadi we can say, "It is quiet in Baghdad therefore we are victorious."
Look carefully at the armed militias of evil men who kill for a cause; whose beliefs are stronger than their compassion for innocent civilians; who tell us they kill for Peace in the name of God. Do they take us for fools?
Look carefully at government leaders whose measures of progress lack any compassionate measure of the horrible cost of the occupation to innocent civilians. They want to extend the occupation for "only 6 more months, or until Iraq is stable." Do they take us for fools?