Tuesday :: Feb 20, 2007

Despair and anger in Iraq


by soccerdad

*** Updated below******

Riverbend has posted for the first time since December. For those who are unfamiliar, she is an Iraqi woman living in Baghdad, who initially was hopeful following the American invasion.

She talks about the brave woman who went on Iraqi TV accusing soldiers of having raped her.

She might just be the bravest Iraqi woman ever. Everyone knows American forces and Iraqi security forces are raping women (and men), but this is possibly the first woman who publicly comes out and tells about it using her actual name. Hearing her tell her story physically makes my heart ache. Some people will call her a liar. Others (including pro-war Iraqis) will call her a prostitute- shame on you in advance.


Riverbend's despair is apparent in her summary

And yet, as the situation continues to deteriorate both for Iraqis inside and outside of Iraq, and for Americans inside Iraq, Americans in America are still debating on the state of the war and occupation- are they winning or losing? Is it better or worse.

Let me clear it up for any moron with lingering doubts: It’s worse. It’s over. You lost. You lost the day your tanks rolled into Baghdad to the cheers of your imported, American-trained monkeys. You lost every single family whose home your soldiers violated. You lost every sane, red-blooded Iraqi when the Abu Ghraib pictures came out and verified your atrocities behind prison walls as well as the ones we see in our streets. You lost when you brought murderers, looters, gangsters and militia heads to power and hailed them as Iraq’s first democratic government. You lost when a gruesome execution was dubbed your biggest accomplishment. You lost the respect and reputation you once had. You lost more than 3000 troops. That is what you lost America. I hope the oil, at least, made it worthwhile.

As I have argued here repeatedly over the last few years is that this intervention in Iraq is nothing more than an old-fashioned brutal occupation. There has been few attempts at winning hearts and minds. There have been many policies and actions which have done much to engender hatred; the cluster munitions, the collective puniushment, the shootig of anyone who moves, the crack down in Fullujah and other cities, the use of depleted uranium, bombing of hospitals, etc etc. Approximately 1 million Iraqis have left the country, they are expecting another million to leave in the coming year, approximately 600k killed.

I think the myth of America being the "city on the hill" can now be permanently put to rest. We slaughter for oil and the geopolitical power it brings. The ugly truth is that this has been America's way since the genocide of the Native American's for their land. This is not about Bush. This policy towards the Middle East transcends party. As I have said many times its the Carter Doctrine on steroids. So if you think getting rid of Bush will suddenly solve this issue, you are naive and underestimate the strength and power of "American Exceptionalism" that drives us, as a country, to kill people to make our life better and the corporations richer. Read Kinzer's book that tracks the history of American interventions.

First of all we need to reassess what it means to be human. Will we let hate and greed bring an end to our country as it most certainly will. Don't we have anything to offer the world except brutality, genocide, and hatred?

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