Abel Meeropol's tune, 1937, begins:
Southern trees bear strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.
A sad ode to 2 black men lynched in Indiana.
The fruits that the bushman speaks of are strange and just as sad, indeed.
Yes, violence in Iraq is down to the lowest point since March of 2004. Civilian deaths are down. Sectarian killings are down. Yes, all these wonderful things are true, but Bush's gloating is ill-placed, false-faced, and enraging a a growing number of Americans and Iraqis who are able to see the truth of the consequences of our actions.
The cost of this fruit has been immense, and it continues to rise.
Telling us violence is down now is like telling an amputee with a new limb that she is better off than she was right after her arm was chopped off. Sure, she has seen an improvement, but it would have been a lot less painful if she'd never lost her arm in the first place.
Iraq has been savaged by the decisions of the Bush White House,
and so have our service men and women.
No amount of 'improvement' will erase the loss and trauma we have enabled in Iraq.
We have an enormous responsibility to the Iraqi people, and we have to face up to it or remain victims of our own bad decisions. My country, my government, my responsibility. You can help Iraqi widows and orphans immediately...
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