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going to law with nations; cannons are the barristers of Crowns;
and the sword, not of justice, but of war, decides the suit."
-- Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)
The late 'war'
with Iraq is fast becoming fading memory, and the 'reasons' set
forth for the conflict by the nations chief executive are
fading even faster.
may hurt us to concentrate way, way back into the days of...two
months ago, let us try to recall the urgencies that led the 'worlds
sole Superpower' into the dusty and bloody fields of battle. The
Bush Administration assumed a high-toned stridency when they brow-beated
and threatened the nation into why this war--Now!-- was necessary:
a) Weapons of Mass Destruction; b) Close ties with bin Ladin's Al-Qaeda
network; and c) Iraqs responsibility for the horrors of 9-11.
The 'war' with
Iraq, (if it may be called that) was, by any real measure, a walk-through
of a vastly inferior fighting force, one greatly diminished by the
long 'quiet war' waged by Britain and the U.S., a decade of incessant
bombings of Iraqs air defenses and southern provinces, as
the UN quietly looked elsewhere. Pelted with the diabolically deadly
depleted-uranium tipped shells for years, their economy staggering
as a by-product of the UN-approved sanctions, its people tired,
hungry, desperate and disillusioned, Iraqis had little energy to
muster up any sustained resistance to the worlds only 'superpower.'
A month after
this quasi-war, and the urgent reasons to engage in war are all
but forgotten, there is absolutely no evidence of 'weapons of mass
destruction', no evidence of close Iraqi ties with Al-Qaeda, nor
any evidence whatsoever in support of the widely- believed claim
of Iraqi involvement in the events of 9-11.
The big story
in every newspaper, and on every network and cable channel, is the
Jayson Blair 'story'; how one journalist lied to his editors about
the sources and quotes for his stories. What is important, to most
major media, is the race of the perpetrator of these heinous deeds
(Mr. Blair is Black). His misdeeds have evoked loud and overt critiques
of affirmative action, and of the New York Times , Blairs
young man lies to his employers about his stories and it becomes
a national scandal.
The Bush administration
lies to the nations media and its people about war; a war
in which thousands of people lost their lives, and the nations
reaction is: silence.
media solutes the war as a great and noble enterprise; they toss
bouquets and laurel wreaths to the Emperor---oops, I mean, President,
for his victory; and the nation swells with martial pride. It has
defeated a fourth-rate power, and enriched itself with the vanquished
nations vast oil reserves; the spoils of war.
for the war? A century hence, some historians will write a footnote
in a 400-page tome about the Bush presidency, Part 2 (whom novelist
Arundhati Roy deliciously terms, George the Lesser).
The Iraq war, if mentioned at all, will be a small drop in the Pax
Americana bucket. They will probably cite the evils of the Saddam
Regime as a justification for the war. Perhaps, if the scholar is
bold, there will be some intimation of oil interests.
What will probably
be missing is this observation, from aresident scholar of a major
American think tank, whose insights explain the first Iraq adventure,
the Philippine invasion, the four Cuban invasions, the five Nicaraguan
invasions, the three Mexican invasions, and the others since the
1890s. In the words of the American Enterprise Institutes
ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some crappy
little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the
world we mean business.
There it is.
A huge nation, still smarting from the ghosts of Vietnam, wants
to prove to the world how strong it still is. Like a bully that
beats up cripples, it will not be denied.
Iraq was just
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