is tax day in America, and I just mailed my forms. Before any
overseas readers chide me for plumping
the wehrmacht, let me assure you that I had no choice.
Not one dollar of mine spent on this war possessed my fingerprints,
because it never passed through my hands. Thanks to the Pentagon's
smartest weapon, the withholding
tax, no Thoreau
will ever stiff Caesar a penny again.
all you American
liberals who bitch that we feed our government less than
do theirs, congratulations. Every bomb brings
us closer to your utopia. Send some roses to the neocons,
for taxes reveals the Marxist
gene in their lineage. But before you send any love letters
to the IRS, take a look at how they plan to spend your money.
couple of months ago, I
urged Fox News to quench its viewers' bloodlust by showing
Iraqi casualties. Instead, Fox and the rest of our allegedly
free press have played an endless
loop of Saddam's statue falling. Stirring. By the way, did
you notice the extremely
tight shot around the pedestal? When the focus withdrew
for a couple of seconds, what appeared to be the gratefully
liberated masses of Baghdad
(population 4,000,000+) turned out to be maybe two hundred people.
The tape plays on.
the child above hasn't made it to Fox, and he likely never will.
He's not the sort of clip-art Americans want to see. But he
is real, and my taxes really did this to him.
name is Ali.
He's twelve years old. I don't know what little boys pass the
time with in Iraq, but they're probably like boys everywhere:
wrestling each other, kicking balls into makeshift goals (and
occasionally windows), trying mother's nerves. Ali won't
do those things again, and that rips my cynical heart to
shreds. Yet, even as I weep for Ali and the tears persist I
cry as much for the nation that made him so. For the only "points
of light" it has left are the crystallized lumps of
coal in its chests and skulls.
yes, the "realists" will say that Ali is a sad, but
of 9/11. My voice is too hoarse to remind them that he didn't
pilot those jets into the World Trade Center, nor did his recently
deceased family. Even the thug who ran his country took no part
in that. You and I, however, played an undeniable role in Ali's
horror, whether we wished to or not. Remember that as you finish
your taxes tonight, and pray that a democratic Iraq never votes
you wish to help Ali and other Iraqi children like him, click
~ Matt Barganier
Barganier works for an educational philanthropy in Baton Rouge,
LA. A late bloomer in his mid-twenties, he has only recently joined
the ranks of web punditry. He is an alumnus of Louisiana State
University and the University of Alabama.
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