We started a war. If we “withdraw” that does not end it. I know this comes as a surprise to many in America, but I am going to deliver some bad news.
America has become an audience nation. We act like everything is a TV show. We are accustomed to watching and changing the channel when the show gets boring. And we extend this attitude into our expectations about reality. We pretend that we can cut taxes but spend on programs (especially the military) and borrow the money to do this and this will never catch up to us. We pretend that we can buy on credit from China and send them all our manufacturing jobs and this will never catch up to us.
We pretend that we can ignore our infrastructure – our roads and our bridges and our rail and our schools and our justice system – and they will keep functioning. Perhaps we’ll be able to change the channel again and not see the deterioration.
We start wars that others must fight, and pretend it is a show for us to watch. But Americans are disovering that we can’t change the channel on the war we started. It’s starting to sink in, just how bad a mess Bush has created. Dead troops don’t come home and bombs keep exploding. The channel isn’t changing. So Americans are getting cranky.
War is the worst thing in the world. And we have started a war. We went over there and killed maybe as many as 100,000 fathers, brothers, sisters and mothers. They aren’t just going to forget that – and we shouldn’t either. A year and a half ago I wrote,
My comment is that WE DO NOT KNOW why we are in Iraq, and the reasons put forth by the Republicans are obviously bogus. They laid down a smokescreen, told a bunch of lies, whipped us up into a frenzy of fear and loathing, and got their war on. But no one accepts their reasons for war, and no one understands why we REALLY went to war. So we are left with rumors, conspiracy theories, people trying to piece together logic out of whispers of supposed information from possibly trusted sources… My point being that in a Democracy WE were supposed to decide after digesting all available information, with our government serving us by making that information available so we can be informed in our decision process, and the Congress was supposed to “declare war” only in response to the gravest of emergencies. But this time we were led to war, tricked into it, lied to, and manipulated by people who are masters of marketing but apparently void of basic humanity. But why? All we have to go on is rumor and speculation.
WAR. WAR. My God, we started a WAR! WAR IS THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD and we are at war, and we started it. Yes WE. You and me, our country, we started a war, and now we are starting to see it grow. We are seeing images of soldiers urinating on prisoners with hoods over their heads. We are seeing images of children burned to death, arms missing, mosques exploding, bombs ending lives, coffins returning home…
And here we are. We click and click and the channel doesn’t change. So now our easy solution is to just “withdraw,” as if that’s all we have to do. There’s an interesting psychological parallel in the term, no? Just “withdraw.”
But is it really such an easy answer? Aside from all the consequences for Iraqis there will be long-term ongoing consequences here. I’m talking about serious national security concerns. While we had no reason to invade Iraq in the first place WE HAVE CREATED THE THREAT. Saying “we are less safe now” is not a political slogan. WE ARE LESS SAFE NOW. If we leave, we are leaving behind an Afghanistan, with a Taliban, infrastrucutre destroyed (by us) but with all the resources of an oil-rich nation-state, and not very concerned that we will be coming back any time soon.
Withdrawal is changing the channel. But anyone who really thinks that “withdrawal” ends this hasn’t thought past those painful events of today that are making them want to “withdraw.” As if “getting out” means we’d be out. No, it means never being safe again. We started a war. Do you understand? You don’t just end a war by wishing it to end.
No, leaving means we’re STARTING, not ending, the problems. Why on earth do you think that what we did to THEIR cities can’t be done to OUR cities?
If you think the weapons that will be used against us in coming years are going to discriminate and not target the people who wanted to “withdraw,” you are kidding yourselves. You are in the “denial” phase, as the consequences of what the American chickenhawk leadship has done are beginning to come home to roost. 1800 dead soldiers is NOTHING. We STARTED A WAR. Now we are AT WAR. We can’t just “withdraw” and think that war ends because we want it to.
Go look at pictures of Berlin and Tokyo and see how the war they started ended for them. There was supposed to be a lesson for the world from that: THAT’S WHY YOU SHOULDN’T START WARS.
And it’s why we hang people who do.