Lest we forget:
The torrent of horror falling in Iraq today has its roots in the American consciousness. Our invasion and occupation unleashed a time of horror unequaled in modern American history, and be not fooled: the history of Iraq is written deeply into the history of Iraq.
What enabled our nation's people to fall so readily in line behind an administrations lies; lies which were put forth by the Bushmen, obscured by the media, and absorbed by a nation wounded by an unprecidented attack.
On our soil! On our innocent civilians!
We displayed an inability to step back and view the carnage of 9/11 in a broad context of political history, social influence, and international relations. Instead we reacted with a short-sighted vigor that unleashed the mighty power of the U.S. military at any convenient target.
Having released our anger we spent the rest of these long 9 years justifying our actions; weapons of mass destruction, association with AlQaeda, insurgents, saving women from oppression...the logic of the arguments did not matter. All that counted was that we could keep up a steady stream of excuses. These excuses allowed us to view the slaughter of innocents as collateral damage.
The technial nature of modern weaponry allows us to view the deaths as part of an elaborate computer game, devoid of compassion. Even the language, i.e. surgical strikes, allows us to hide the horror.
The otherness of the Iraqi, and now Afghan, peoples puts them in a category for which death and destruction is allowed, even supported as part of the cost of war. Nevermind that the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents has spawned the rise of an anti-American backlash new to modern times.
Instead of looking at how a person can become a suicide bomber or why Muslims are attacking Muslims we should be looking at how Americans came to kill with such fervor. What is it within our society that puts us on such a coldhearted path? What fears and paranoia are driving us to such acts?
Iraq Today Tuesday, September 28, 2010
#1: Two civilians were wounded Monday in a sticky bomb explosion in southeastern Baghdad, according to a security source. “The bomb, stuck to a civilian car, exploded on Monday afternoon (Sept. 27) in a garage in southeastern Baghdad, injuring two passing civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
#2: An improvised explosive device went off on Monday near an army vehicle patrol in northern Baghdad, eyewitnesses said. “The bomb exploded in al-Safina region, northern Baghdad, with no word on damage or casualties,” the witnesses told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
#3: An officer of the Iraqi Interior Ministry was wounded on Tuesday when a sticky bomb attached to his car went off in eastern Baghdad. “The blast occurred today in the al-Baladiyat neighborhood, eastern Baghdad,” a local security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
#4: Clashes have erupted on Tuesday between unknown gunmen and security forces in the al-Neayria area, eastern Baghdad. “Police forces sealed off the area,” a local security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
#1: One U.S. soldier was wounded on Monday by a sniper in central Amara, a security source said. “The soldier was wounded while conducting a joint operation with Iraqi army forces in al-Askari neighborhood in central Amara,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The soldier, who was wounded on his leg, was carried to a nearby hospital for treatment and he is in a stable condition,” the source added.
#1: A car bomb was defused on Monday in a rural area in eastern Nassiriya, according to a security source. “Acting on a tip-off, policemen managed on Monday (Sept. 27) to defuse a booby-trapped car in al-Kariedi region in Said Dakhiel region, northeastern Nassiriya,” the source, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The car contains amounts of TNT, C4 and two Katyusha rockets,” he added.
#1: Gunmen in a speeding car shot dead a civilian in southeastern Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
#1: A young man was killed on Monday in a random shooting in western Mosul, a police source said. “The man was killed as a result of a random shooting in al-Harmat region, western Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, pointing out that the 16-year-old victim got a bullet in his head, killing him on the spot.
#2: A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi army foot patrol wounded two soldiers in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.