The true nature of war

The images we are shown from CNN and the other networks of the war in Iraq are not the whole story of what is happening there. We are being fed candy-coated news to shield our eyes from the truth: That war is bloddy, miserable, and horrific. People are being blown to bits over there, cut to shreds by massive explosions and hailstorms of bullets. Innocent people. This is not just collateral damage. These are real human beings here. Not just soldiers are dying out there: There are dozens, if not hundreds, of civilian casualties by now.

Click here for some photos of the reality of war. Be warned, they are shocking and horrific. These were originally posted on Al Jazeera’s website, but hackers have brought that site down. As twisted and biased as Al Jazeera’s newscasting is, one has to admit that they have been willing to cover a side of this war and of other conflicts that the “supposedly unbiased” major Western news agencies have been refusing to portray: That is, the bloddy faces of the true victims of war.

There can be no justification for the death of a signle innocent civilian, no matter how accidental, no matter what the cause. What really sickens me are the instances of collateral deaths of children. I see these photos, and then I think of my own two year old son, and I am horrified to imagine that such an autrocity could happen to anyone’s child. It fills my heart with dread and with shame to imagine that these horrific deaths are happening, right now, because of this war.

If you have not seen these photos, I urge you to take a look and see for yourself what the American media has been hiding from you. Spend some time to think about your own children. Think about how these people still alive in these photos must feel. Then think about how you feel about this war. Think about our own troops out there, our own men and women on the front lines, dug in to trenches, being shot at, and dying.

Now, ask yourself if Bush and Rumsfield and all the other war hawks, in their hearts and minds, have seen such images, and have they given the same consideration to this invasion.

For hours on end, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News have been showing scene after scene of smoke and fires in the distance, crackly videophone interviews with embedded reporters, explosions in the night, and interviews with stodgy former generals. The networks beleive that to show the horrific details of actual casualties is in poor taste. But in the process, the people of this country are being blinded from the truth about what happens to actual human tissue when war is waged. People’s blood will spill. Their limbs will be blown off. Their intestines will spill out. The people of this country deserve to see what is really happening at this level, so that they can truly visualize and internalize the horrors of this conflict. I cannot beleive for one minute that anyone who has given a proper amount of thought to these realities would condone this unnecessary invasion.

Pray For Who?

I found this news item from a link at AlterNet.org. Check this one out:

ABC News Online: US soldiers in Iraq asked to pray for Bush

I had to read it twice to believe it, and a third time before my dropped jaw was able to finally close. The last two paragraphs are particularly disturbing.

What sort of Nazi/Maoist/Stalinist/Ayatolla fruitcake could conciously write this shit and then have the unbeleivable lack of a sense of social responsibility to distribute this mind-numbing indoctrinating tripe to our troops while we are so busy trying to prove to the world that this fight isn’t about Christianity versus Islam… or maybe I’m wrong about that last point since probably some administration official has allowed this to be distributed in the first place.

Bill Moyers on Patriotism and the Flag

Bill Moyers is one of our brightest American intellectuals. Read what he has to say about his decision to wear the flag on his lapel at this link.

So I put this on as a modest riposte to men with flags in their lapels who shoot missiles from the safety of Washington think tanks, or argue that sacrifice is good as long as they don’t have to make it, or approve of bribing governments to join the coalition of the willing (after they first stash the cash). I put it on to remind myself that not every patriot thinks we should do to the people of Baghdad what bin Laden did to us. The flag belongs to the country, not to the government. And it reminds me that it’s not un-American to think that war — except in self-defense — is a failure of moral imagination, political nerve, and diplomatic skill. Come to think of it, standing up to your government can mean standing up for your country.

Read his full article here.

Rome Burning

Just a few links regarding the current events…

1. Fox News Slams Protesters

Fox News had its own response to the demonstrators. The news ticker rimming Fox’s headquarters on Sixth Avenue wasn’t carrying war updates as the protest began. Instead, it poked fun at the demonstrators, chiding them.

2. Bush Stutters Again

We’ve got plenty of Western allies,” President Bush gruffly told a reporter who asked yesterday why so many European countries opposed the invasion of Iraq. “We got,” Mr. Bush paused, as if searching for an example, then waved his arm dismissively. “I mean, we can give you the list.”

3. Sad Spouts Of Ignorance – Where humpback whales meet the snarling void of war, and human progress takes a bullet

I know what the whale-tail slaps are.

They are a reminder. No matter how much we think we know, no matter how many die as a result of Shrub’s vicious war, no matter what sort of self-righteous good we think we’re ramming down everyone’s throat, we are, quite simply, raging deeper into ignorance. We know nothing. And the worst part is, we seem to be learning less with every warhead, every Rummy press conference, every dust-choked reporter and dead soldier. The whales know this. Maybe they’re just waving goodbye.

4. Separation of Church and State Rolled Back Even Further

Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, a presidential hopeful and an opponent of the war in Iraq, said the resolution “may be seen by some as an attempt to inject religion into this war at a time when some of America’s enemies abroad are asserting that this indeed is a war about religion.”

5. White House Stifles Dissent

“What we’re beginning to see is a concerted attempt to attack anyone who dissents,” Congressman Sam Farr said at a press conference called Thursday by a handful of Democratic politicians who feel that the war against Iraq is misguided.

6. Lawmaker seeks details of Halliburton’s Iraq deal

“I am writing to inquire why the administration entered into a contract potentially worth tens of millions of dollars or more with a subsidiary of Halliburton without any competition or even notice to Congress,” Waxman wrote to Lt. Gen. Robert Flowers of the Army Corps of Engineers.

“Why did the administration fail to provide an opportunity for other companies to bid on this contract?” Waxman asked for a reply from the Army by April 4.

7. Key Rumsfeld Adviser Perle Resigns Post Amid Iraq War Profit Controversy

The controversy centers on Perle’s deal with bankrupt Global Crossing Ltd. to win government approval of its purchase by a joint venture of two Asian firms. Perle would receive $725,000 for his work, including $600,000 if the government approves the deal, according to lawyers and others involved in the bankruptcy case.