Ten Years Later...
...and, as round numbers such as 10 oblige us to write the usual autopsies of abortions likeIraq, we have to read and listen to everyone give their spin on Iraq on this, the tenth anniversaryof the day George W. Bush gave the order to take back the oil fields that were rightfully ours.The daily readership of Pottersville these days and the inexplicable turning away in droves of what used to be a readership of close to 1000 a day made me desist from my original intention of writing a larger, more comprehensive post. I have better things to do with my life thanmetaphorically pull out the rib spreaders and scalpels in order to transiently amuse or bemusethose who are either for or against the invasion and occupation. I, for one, am heartily sick andtired of casting pearls before virtually nonexistent swine.We'd learned nothing from Vietnam and Iraq's invasion and occupation was one of the blackest days in the history of a nation already spottier than a Ralph Steadman cartoon. Youdon't need me to say that.That's not to say we ought to turn our backs on these largely invisible and silent victims of our countless atrocities 6000 miles away. And what you
need me to say is the effect these war crimes for which many wealthy men need to be charged, convicted and executed for had had onthe children of Iraq.Everyone will have their own particular spin and focus on this tenth anniversary. More pragmatic-minded people will abstractly refer to the plunder of treasure, the loss of our international credibility and trust. Wingnuts who still think Vietnam was worth 58,000 Americanlives will insist invading a sovereign nation, smashing their infrastructure, disbanding their military and otherwise dooming these people to even greater poverty and privation than they'dever suffered under Saddam was all worth the nearly 4500 American lives and (according tosome human rights organizations) over a million Iraqi lives that were squandered.Limousine liberals will hail the Chief who finally got us out of Iraq... after nearly three yearsin office and just before an election year. Satirists coming out of some self-imposed exile or another will finally think we've established some remove to make savage funny over the wholesordid ordeal.