Holt is a 28 year old Reserve Infantryman from New York State.
Standing guard outside Baghdad's Republican Palace the other day,
he told a reporter from the London Independent
his thoughts on the recent cakewalk: "We didn't win this
war, not at all. I don't know what I'm doing here and I don't
like what's happening in this city. It ain't right for the folks
here. You know, there are a whole lot of our girls getting pregnant
just so they can go home quick."
who said the co-ed military was a bad thing? But never mind that
unwed pregnancies are matters of course that's to be expected
when life is cheapened as it must be in a war zone. Remember the
mindless, soulless rhetoric used to sell this war? Remember the
septugenarian Rumsfeld, face powdered with enough pancake makeup
to clog an air filter on the spot, orating about "shock and
awe"? Remember the patriotic fervor such comments brought
forth at the pro-war rallies
conjured up by Clear Channel Communications?
your troops, they said. But the war pimps failed to add that the
cameras would eventually be turned off, and that American troops
would be outnumbered by the locals roughly 250 to 1. They failed
to add that US troops would be on patrol for 14 hours a day, and
that far too many of those troops would be National Guardsmen
and reservists. Those troops, of course, stand as totem for the
American people, who underestimated the desire of Iraqis to have
the west leave them the hell alone.
they underestimating that desire now? Probably not. The mainstream
media is aflutter with revelations that "the military is
Gee whillikers, ya think? Who would've thought there'd be any
negative consequences to a nation of less than three hundred million
people having a military presence in every corner of the world?
what a 26 year old female reservist said to the London paper:
""I've been in the army eight years and I can't do it any
more, not after this. We're sitting here like targets and the
Iraqis are getting bolder. They're taking a pop in broad daylight.
When I heard we might get another six months I wanted to cry."
a damned shame, isn't it, that such admissions of human frailty
didn't come before the war, when they would've done someone some
good. The US has been involved in military action against the
Iraqi people since 1991. Remember Desert Storm? How about the
"enforcement of the no-fly zones"? Recall when Clinton
teased an invasion of Iraq in 1998, enlisting every notable Congressional
Democrat in his quest to disempower the Butcher of Baghdad?
consequences of that military action were severe and look, from
this vantage point, to be irrevocable. What happens when cultures
are destroyed? Feminine virtue is cheapened; in the case of Iraq,
one of the few "growth sectors" in the economy is prostitution.
Families become incapable of rearing their children, leading to
such phenomena as the recent upsurge in the popularity of glue-sniffing
among Baghdad children.
June 18th report
from London's Daily Mirror unflinchingly [and weeks before
the US mainstream media] detailed the horrors on the streets of
Baghdad: "Filth and sewage swamp footpaths, and many streets
are still covered in debris from "shock and awe'' bombing raids.
. . Scores of homeless children lie by the roadside killing time
and themselves by sniffing glue. . . . It is hard to find affordable
food and water. Electricity is available for just a few hours
have we created for those people, if not hell
on earth? Keep in mind that temperatures
in the "dog days of summer" in Iraq routinely pierce
the century mark. With insufficient food and water for a city
of five million people, what has Baghdad become but a concentration
camp? Thank God they're liberated, at least, from that repressive
regime. Ain't that right?
in Jacksonville, a rented billboard recently bore the following
message: "Pray for Scott Speicher". Speicher, as you
may know, was the only POW from "Desert Storm", who
the Hussein regime never accounted for to the satisfaction of
Washington. Many war pimps used that fact to promote the 2003
invasion; we have to rescue Scott, they maintained, or else we
just aren't true to American Values.
might as well be a chimera in the current context. Iraqis know
no pleasure currently, and can't anticipate such. Like Speicher,
they too, to a person, are Prisoners of War. But unlike in the
case of Speicher, there are no billboards praying for their bodies
or their souls.
~ Anthony Gancarski
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