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"War Games"

Rec. 3-25-07

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2) 3:16 Radio essay Mp3

 

War Games

Column written 3/24/07 © 2007 Mumia Abu-Jamal

              The Democrats have won a powerful symbolic vote in the US House, for they have added a measure to the Defense Supplemental budget bill, which sets a date certain that US troops will withdraw from Iraq.

              President George W. Bush immediately announced that he would veto the supplemental if it passed the Senate, and came to his desk.

              Across America, Democrats were patting each other on the back, and Republicans were grumbling about ‘pork’ ladled into the supplemental (for nonmilitary purposes).

              The corporate media immediately launched into its lockstep chorus of a ‘battle’ between the Congress and the President. We were on the brink of a ‘constitutional crisis’,

Headlines warned.

              Yet, who won, and who lost?

              The bill, even if not vetoed, insures more war, more death, and more occupation for at least 17 more months. It sets the date for withdrawal at September 2008.

              If Bush suckers the Democrats into passing it in both houses of Congress, and sending it to his desk, and signs it, then it means the Republicans can go into the general elections in 2008 with Iraq, if not off the table, at least no longer festering with the losses of the daily carnage that is Iraq.

              A ‘date certain’ for withdrawal that lies about a year and a half into the future means that the Democrats now not only own the war, they become politically become responsible for extending it, and ending it well.

              This, no American politician can guarantee—Democrat, republican, Green or Socialist.

              It is not within their power.

              It is a measure of the myopia of the corporate media that the battle of words in Washington is seen as more volatile than the battles of bullets or bombs.

              No matter what America does, only more and more disaster looms on the Iraqi horizon.

              To borrow another proverbial Middle Eastern image, the genie is loosed from the bottle.

              In Iraq, it is the sectarian violence that was first fostered by the US, as a counter-force against Saddam Hussein when the first Iraqi War raged. The US sent messages of support to the Shi’as to revolt against Saddam, and when they did so, the Iraqi Army crushed them into the sands and marshes. It is much of that memory that fuels the sectarian violence of today, and indeed, the ambivalence that Shi’as feel toward Americans.

              Betrayed once, they wonder, will they betray us again?

              Who wins? Who loses?

              The President gets billions of bucks for more war. The Democrats get the illusion of ending the war. And both get to really put it off for a year and a half.

              Indeed, if the White House takes the matter to court on the question of “executive privilege”, it may take 2 or 3 years, or longer to be resolved.

              Who wins? Who loses?

              True anti-war folks win nothing but another illusion of peace.

It is but the latest war game, in which more young lives, American and Iraqi, are tossed onto the funeral pyres of history.

--©2007 maj

 

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