Tuesday, January 11, 2005

When Will They Ever Learn?

Someone at the Central Intelligence Agency has suggested that we follow the
same successful plan that was used in Honduras(in the 80s) in order to defeat the
so-called insurgents in Iraq. This "successful" plan included murdering the leaders of
rebel groups and sympathizers. Over 50,000 people were killed in El Salvador and Honduras and then U.S. ambassador to Honduras (who coincidentally is the ambassador to Iraq now) John
Negroponte claimed he played no role in that massacre. One of the main reasons why most
Iraqis want Americans out of their country is the wreckless disregard for human life.
This "Kill them all and let God sort them out" attitude so prevalent then and now will
not win the hearts and minds of Iraqis or anyone else. Archbishop Romero and at least
two American nuns were killed during that period and there were no convictions.
We are consistently being told that collateral damage is a fact of war that we should accept. If this is the case then you are totally justifed if you kill a thousand or two thousand innocent people when the person you are looking for is among them. The outrageous treatment of
the prisoners of Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib show an obvious disregard for the Geneva
accords and even worse endangers the lives of our men and women in the military if they
are taken as prisoners. With a press that could be muzzled and an opposing party that seems
to have lost it's intestinal fortitude this issue will never see the light of day. The chickenhawks (Pearle, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld etc.) have the ear of George W. Bush and as a result the sons and daughters of many citizens of the United States are dying and the king says "stay the course", which is so easy to say when it isn't his son or daughter who dies in Iraq. At this point approximately 1,300 US troops have been killed, over 10,000 have been wounded and only half of the American people realize what is going on. This is similar to the Viet Nam at this stage, but in that war it took the loss of 55,000 soldiers before the people began to wake up. As Pete Seeger so aptly put it more than four decades ago "When will they ever learn?"

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