posted on Apr, 8 2003 @ 01:51 AM
The sin of silence
By Dennis Rahkonen
Online Journal Contributing Writer
April 7, 2003óBlinded by thick bandanas of wooly jingoism, many self-styled patriots thoughtlessly back implementing "Iraqi freedom" by
"liberating" the 5,000,000 inhabitants of Baghdad through either starving or blasting them into submission.
While some of them are escaping as refugees, countless others remain, for varying reasons. But it's predictable that, when our final assault comes,
we'll justify their deaths on the facile pretext that they were "regime supporters".
It's the infamous Vietnam rationale revisited, on a far greater scale: "We had to destroy the village in order to save it."
The International Red Cross is reporting civilian casualties in Iraq on a "horrific" scale. Men, women, small children. Dozens were hideously killed
or wounded by illegal U.S. cluster bombs in the town of Hilla, for instance.
Countless innocent noncombatants were healthy and happy just a few days ago. Then the Americans came.
This cruel invasion was predicated on a series of amply exposed lies, and it's conduct and consequence are obscenely different than officially
portrayed in whitewashing and glorifying CENTCOM briefings, with their decidedly Orwellian tenor.
I shake my head in amazement as a participant in our town's component of the nationally-orchestrated, right-wing "Pro America" rallies writes in a
local newspaper about how "awesome" an event it was. The same rally from which one man was forcefully expelled for wearing a button saying,
"Unions, yes. War, no."