http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/ to read the lastest Baghdad Burning posting of July 11.
The following is my commentary:
I have missed reading her (Riverbend's) postings of late. I have grown to appreciate her insights into Iraqi culture and politics and her being able to convey how it feels to live under the american occupation.
This last month as reports of even more uncontrolled violence in Baghdad have been reported, I grew concerned that her silence may have meant that she and her family had finally succumbed and become another unreported Iraqi fatality.
Initially I felt relief at her posting that came on line today.
However, it is undoubtedly one of her most heartbreaking and rage filled postings at the events of the last several weeks and of the American occupation. What is most affecting in reading her words is a feeling that after enduring over three years of false promises, lies and death "our" occupation has finally succeeded in turning a friend of the west into an enemy. She writes:
"The pity I once had for foreign troops in Iraq is gone. It's been eradicated by the atrocities in Abu Ghraib, the deaths in Haditha and the latest news of rapes and killings. I look at them in their armored vehicles and to be honest- I can't bring myself to care whether they are 19 or 39. I can't bring myself to care if they make it back home alive. I can't bring myself to care anymore about the wife or parents or children they left behind. I can't bring myself to care because it's difficult to see beyond the horrors. I look at them and wonder just how many innocents they killed and how many more they'll kill before they go home. How many more young Iraqi girls will they rape?
Why don't the Americans just go home? They've done enough damage and we hear talk of how things will fall apart in Iraq if they 'cut and run', but the fact is that they aren't doing anything right now. How much worse can it get? People are being killed in the streets and in their own homes- what's being done about it? Nothing. It's convenient for them- Iraqis can kill each other and they can sit by and watch the bloodshed- unless they want to join in with murder and rape."
And again I am confronted with the reality of whatever I have been doing so far to oppose the hell that I have been complicit in creating in Iraq, has not been enough. That writing or voting for "our" politicians is laughably not enough. That participating in peace vigils and marches is not enough. That trying to be polite enough and saying "but we support the troops too" is not enough and in fact is an impossibiltiy.
that occasionally ranting on independent media is not enough and is just another masturbatory activity to make me feel good, to make the anger and the despair momentary go away.
hello NSA yes these are the delusions of an enemy of the state in the making. Domestic terrorists are not brainwashed by foreigh ideologies or religions. They are being born from the realization that what is being done by "our" government in "our" name in Iraq and elsewhere is intolerable and a crime against humanity.