Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Spring of Bushler's Discontent

Four years ago today, Herr Bushler and his cohort Herr Blerr decided to prove to the world that there is no such thing as international law, human rights conventions, or public opinion.

Then they bombed Iraq.

Less than a month and a half later, Bushler announced that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended." A staged rally was sponsored and Saddam Hussein's statue was knocked to the ground (the man who was an integral part of that event stated to the London Guardian yesterday that "I really regret bringing down the statue. The Americans are worse than the dictatorship. Every day is worse than the previous day."), and all seemed well in Bushburg for about half a second.

Then the war never ended.

And so, an estimated 65,000 Iraqis have been killed; hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been physically wounded -- millions having been psychologically damaged for a lifetime that will be passed on to their children, too; 3,218 US military personnel have been killed (now outnumbering the total number of Americans who were killed on 9/11); at least 24,000 US military personnel have been wounded, many (if not most, if not all) to the point where they will never live normal lives again; and at least 389 American civilians have been killed. And of course, there is Afghanistan, but that's just another chapter in the same story.

What is even worse than all of this physical destruction of the human body is the unfathomable destruction of the human spirit -- the uncountable number of people, not just in Iraq, who now have hate in their hearts and who will pass this hate on to their family, their neighbors, their children, their children's children: The Americans who have been taught to not try to relate to anyone, even their own families; the Americans who have been injected with the virus of institutional racism; the Americans who have turned to fundamentalism in one Abrahamic religion in order to better hate another Abrahamic religion; the rest of the world who have witnessed all of this damage with disdain.

I've done my duty: I've provided you information on what's going on. You've done your duty by seeking this information. Spring is here now. We've been watering the seeds together: let's watch, hopefully, as new life take shape...

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