As the number of US troops killed in Iraq passed the 4,000
mark, George W. Bush, after conferring Monday with US officials in Washington
and Baghdad, told the American people that the outcome "will �merit the
sacrifice," according to the Washington Post.
My question is, for what mother, father, husband, wife or
child will this illegal pointless war that has sapped the blood of a million
Iraqis as well, not to mention some $12 trillion from our Treasury -- better
used for life-giving projects -- will this sacrifice be merited?
Of course, it will be merited by the defense contractors,
the private armies of Blackwater, the contractors of Haliburton, its subsidiary
Kellogg Brown and Root, and dozens of other military suppliers and lobbying
leeches. The lifeblood of these 4,000-plus will be the lifeblood of these
creepy crawlers. And of source, this sanctimonious statement of merited
sacrifice is coming from the Texas Air National Guard recruit who didn�t show
up for his second year of service and nixed his opportunity to be a fighter
pilot (for which he was expensively trained) in the Vietnam war, which yielded
58,000 American deaths and 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Was that sacrifice
merited as well?
In fact, Peter Tremblay reports in The Canadian, �Over 70,000 deaths,
and over 1 million disabilities among American solders attributed to Iraq Wars
says US government data.� In Tremblay�s words, �U.S. investigative researchers
have discovered an official U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs official, but
not well publicized count, of 73,846 U.S. soldiers who have perished as an
apparent result of Depleted Uranium based bio-chemical warfare exposure. This
exceeds an estimate of 58,000 U.S. soldiers who had been killed in relation to
the Vietnam War. Well over 200,000 American soldiers could be killed by 2010,
as a result of the after effects of exposure to U.S. dirty bombs.�
In other words, weapons of mass destruction made in the USA
have contributed to these massive figures, which exceed even the Vietnam
figures. In addition, Tremblay writes, �Over one million US soldiers have
apparently been disabled from Depleted Uranium based biochemical exposure. Over
one million Iraqis have also been documented to have been killed.� And
whichever set of figures you chose to believe, we still have Bush banging the
war drum for "the surge" to continue. Behind him in the wings is the
truly strange John McCain banging the war drum louder, willing it seems to do
or say anything to get elected.
Nevertheless, as Tremblay points out, this massive death and
destruction is what Bush and McCain call a �success,� a pyrrhic success at the
very least, a total defeat for reason, law, and democratic process at best. And
as Tremblay, points out, �How many sons and daughters of the American ruling
class have been sent in harm's way of the apparent biological warfare that is
being perpetrated in Iraq.� This would be equally true if even the
administration�s figures were used. Yet in the name of fighting �extremists�
and �terrorists� anything goes, especially with the homemade terror of 9/11 to
buttress the argument.
That truth is, following Tremblay�s logic, only the ruling
elite and their military/intelligence machine could pull off the intricate and
massive destruction of the World Trade Center, certainly not 19 Muslim
terrorists with box-cutters. Tremblay points to the evidence gathered by Dr.
David Ray Griffin�s The New Pearl Harbor-Disturbing Questions
about the Bush Administration and 9/11. I would also suggest the
very graphic and well-researched what really happened website.
As to the effects of the pollutants of the explosions on first-responders
Ground Zero workers and neighborhood civilians, try 9/11�s second round of slaughter,
my review of the documentary Dust To
Dust: the health effects of 9/11, which DVD is linked in the article�s
Returning to Iraq and Tremblay�s appraisal, �More than 1,820
tons (3-million, 640-thousand pounds) of radioactive nuclear waste uranium were
exploded into Iraq alone in the form of armour piercing rounds and bunker
busters, representing the world�s worst man made ecological disaster ever. 64
kg of uranium were used in the Hiroshima bomb. The very broad human and
ecological disaster of the Iraq War has been drowned out by America's sound-bite
driven media organizations, that are owned by the same fascist clique which
presides over the Iraq War.� What �merits the sacrifice� of life today and for
generations to come, which this DU presence will ensure? And what merited the
false-flag sacrifice of 3,000 innocent lives on 9/11 if not the perverted
reason to start the "Global War on Terror," this curse on the world
and the US, brought to us by the Bush administration, who have to yet provide
America with an �unbiased� investigation of the tragedy.
In fact, they exploit the homemade terror, the inciting
incident of 9/11, everyday, in Iraq, Afghanistan, in the US, to keep the
American people in a constant state of fear and paranoia, and to weaken dissent
by corporate media, to monitor dissent by activists via spying on emails and
phone calls in a variety of ways.
This is the Brave New World where it is now illegal to
disagree, and where one is liable to be arrested for saying the above;
subjected, without habeas corpus, to torture, tried, and sentenced to
imprisonment indefinitely. For whom and what "merits this sacrifice� of
the entire fabric of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and our system of
law, its tripartite balance of powers, not the usurpation of them for a
dictatorial executive branch, which Naomi Wolf in her book, The End of America, has
compared to the rise of Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pinochet, and dictatorships
Thus, I disagree totally with the president. The violence,
bloodshed, human and material cost of Iraq does not, will not ever, "merit
the sacrifice" it has claimed so far, let alone for the further tragedy
its continuation proposes. The very basis of the Iraq war, that Saddam Hussein
was in possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) more aptly applied to
Bush. And the lie that Hussein was in league with Osama bin Laden (who seems to
have disappeared from the face of the earth) only increases the absurdity. Bin
Laden was an ardent religious leader whereas Hussein was a secular gangster
armed and financed by the CIA. There is no merit to the sacrifice caused by
that criminality, except to punish the guilty ones.
Thus, I think that the sacrifice of blood, our treasure, and
liberty will gain merit only in the strange minds of Bush�s Texas buddies,
thirsty for oil, the black gold and its profits. I can only add caveat emptor!
Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer living in New
York. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.