It appears today will be a very sad day for those of us holding out any hope of a peaceful resolution to the Iraqi situation. The “president” will be on the tube tonight telling us why we need to start dropping bombs on primarily innocent people in an act that most of the civilized world doesn’t see the need for. He’ll repeat all the usual rhetoric, invoke the name of god eight or nine times, tell us we have no choice, and give the go ahead. I don’t think I’ll watch.
I guess what has irked me most in these final days is the jingoistic jabber that politicians and preachers have been throwing out, specifically god’s role in all of this. It’s obvious that god likes us better than the Iraqis ’cause he’s watching over us. I guess he’s not watching over the children and the elderly and the infirm in Iraq…no one mentions them much. Must be some other god’s dominion. We have to protect Americans, as if we by some birthright are inherently more important or worthy than those born in other places. Our president believes that “the United States was called to bring God’s gift of liberty to ‘every human being in the world.'” Yeah, liberty in the form of two-ton bombs and heavy artillery. Some gift.
This is a sad world, and we’re going to make it sadder tonight, or tomorrow, or the next day. Two million children die of disease in Africa each year. Two billion people on this planet have no water to drink. Twenty five percent of African’s suffer from chronic diarreha because of it. Yet our priorities are to spend billions of dollars and an enormous amount of our reputation to topple a egomaniacal dictator whose closest neighbors don’t even fear.
Excuse me if I don’t get it.