The War On Iraq Continues
More than two months and two weeks after President George W. Bush announced the end of major operations in the war on Iraq, the man in charge of the occupation has admitted that the war continues. “It’s low intensity but it’s war however you describe it,” said Gen. John Abizaid, who replaced Gen. Tommy Franks.
Thus, despite US media proclamations that the war was over in April or May, the war continues, according even to the top US military official in the theater. On Sunday, the war will have raged for four months.
The US claims the resistance to the occupation comes mainly from Sadaam supporters and Baathist elements. Many have raised doubts about this assertion, but if it were true, it would mean the US has yet to achieve any of its stated principle objectives — regime change, disarmament, democracy, etc., etc. As sophisticated sabotage operations continue to destroy pipelines and otherwise interfere with the export of Iraq’s natural resources, it appears the US has yet to achieve its actual objectives — stealing Iraqi oil, extending US control over the region, etc., etc.
India and other countries have rejected requests by Washington to sacrifice their young on the altar of plundering Iraqi oil for the benefit of US oil, “defense,” infrastructure and related industries. Britain has scaled back its forces as the US has increased its troop strength with plans to increase further, meaning American soldiers find themselves increasingly all by their lonesome in the job of occupier. The most recent attack that killed one soldier from the U.S. Army’s 3rd Corps Support Command was greeted by spontaneous applause and cheering that “lasted minutes,” according to CNN reporter Harris Whitbeck. Meanwhile, back in Washington, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are themselves coming under fire — luckily for them only figuratively — for having lied to Congress.
No one cares that they lied to the public, which is expected, but when leaders lie to others in power, they may be held accountable. If they are held accountable, it will be a farce of justice. Just as Nixon was pushed from power not for murdering millions of Indochinese but for breaking into the Democratic Party headquarters, Bush and Cheney may be taken to task not for killing thousands of Afghanis and Iraqis but for lying to Senators Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden and the like.
Sadaam Hussein, like WMD, has yet to be found. Amazing how Osama bin Laden (who is reportedly on dialysis), Mullah Omar (who has only one eye) and Sadaam Hussein (who is hated in his own country) are all so hard to find and manage to evade capture by the richest, most powerful nation on earth.
In my opinion, the Republicans are preferrable to the Democrats because the Republicans are so dumb. Democrats commit the same sorts of atrocities but they do it with flare, diplomacy, cunning and patience, convincing large portions of many populations that their atrocities are actually blessings in disguise, that their invasions and attacks are actually “humanitarian intervention,” that “2 + 2 = 5” in the words of George Orwell. The Republicans are incompetent when it comes to professional propaganda, and so their crimes are open for the whole world to see. Ironically, being less capable of dissembling, they are in a sense more honest and keep us closer to the truth. How hard is it to figure out why Bush and his cabal wanted to invade and take over Iraq? The war was hardly started when subsidiaries of Halliburton and Bechtel were awarded their first “reconstruction” contracts. Of course, I’d prefer a democratic candidate to either a Democratic or Republican one, but if I have to choose between the two factions of the Big Business Party, I’ll take a dumb elephant over a smart donkey any day.
Now, we will have to see how long it takes the US to plant WMDs and/or to extract itself after installing a US business-friendly government in Baghdad that will be impervious to democratic influence.
This unelected leader killed thousands of innocent Iraqis, has invaded two sovereign nations, is widely despised throughout Iraq and the region, has lied to his own people, committed war crimes, stolen the natural wealth from the Iraqi people, snubbed the international community, caused a massive health crisis in Iraq, restricted press freedom in Iraq, has control over enormous amounts of weapons of mass destruction and refused to let UN arms inspectors into Iraq to search for weapons of mass destruction. Who is he?
Answer: US President George W. Bush