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Legion Of Dishonor

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  From http://www.flickr.com/photos/62807517@N03/8487087453/: George Bush & Igor Cheney concoct an epic brew that conned the American people and Congress into believing there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
George Bush & Igor Cheney concoct an epic brew that conned the American people and Congress into believing there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq by idropkid

Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "My name is Legion," he replied, "for we are many."

Mark   5:9

"What is strange here that there are so many dishonorable people. Even an evildoer can still retain a sense of honor   but here we have   a lot of reasonably good people who perform dishonorable acts exclusively due to the goodness of their hearts..'

F. Dostoevsky. Winter Notes On   Summer   Travel Abroad Impressions

There is a   rather   well- known   insurance commercial in which   a man of a   sinister appearance   presents himself as a   force of nature or   some other mayhem from which the insurance   could protect. It would be advisable   for such man to appear   on the screens of our TVs,   right now, on the infamous anniversary of the Iraq carnage and say:

- I am your dishonor. No insurance protects from that.

Those were the years of the triumph of dishonor.   Americans are not   honorable people anyway; they   do not have much of an experience when a nation has to be honorable to survive.   On the   other hand, dishonor    and hypocrisy are two evil sisters who like   intertwined twins can exist only together. As soon as hypocrisy had been a part of the American character   for a very long time, dishonor was not that far whenever it   was needed. It presented itself   in full force in Vietnam and culminated during the Iraqi pogrom.

It was dishonorable to   announce that an attack on another country for a reason    that its leadership somehow   could be involved in a   very dubiously presented   terrorist plot, was   thus justified. It would be honorable to    perform an investigation and convene a trial. It was also honorable for the Bush administration to resign in shame. But honor was not in their vocabulary.

It was dishonorable to concoct a pack of malicious   lies about WMDs in Iraq   and while doing that -- to use corruption, torture,   extortion, smear, death and political pressure. It would be honorable for Colin Powell to stand up   in the UN and tell the world that he would not   convey that   lie to the   world and that he    would be resigning. But honor is not   in   their vocabulary.

It was dishonorable to instigate   the   worst possible feelings in the US population and   use   those feelings as a political clout   to push Congress to adopt the   shameful and meaningless resolutions of support. I still see   Senator   Byrd   waving the US Constitution on the floor of Congress. At that moment Senator Byrd was like Stephan Lux in 1936 who killed himself in the League of Nations with the pack of anti- Nazi documents   in his hands. It   would have been   honorable for Congress to start the Impeachment proceedings against Bush and Cheney at that moment. But honor is not in their vocabulary.

It was dishonorable to attack   the defenseless Iraq,   destroy the infrastructure, loot   its   treasures, viciously exterminate its population (up to 1 mln, no matter how   you count), kill its   best and educated people,   viciously persecute the families of   its former leadership, up to women and children, to exercise thievery, mayhem, murder and rape and then to announce "mission accomplished'. It would be honorable   to   convene an International Tribunal on   the perpetrators, Bush, Blair, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Condi, etc. But honor is not in their vocabulary.

It was dishonorable to   instigate a bloody skirmish while raping the country even more, to push the US and British soldiers   deep into the territory to secure the full benefits for   the oil companies   who now   practically own Iraq.   It was dishonorable to use the US armed forces as   mercenaries   and put them   in the   harm's way.   Vincent Bugliosi makes a good case   against Bush. It would be honorable to   start at least an investigation. But honor is not in their vocabulary.

It was dishonorable to use Iraq as a training   place for   the torture   conveyor to   use the most violent, barbaric   methods, to corrupt   not only the US personnel with those atrocities but also the   people of Iraq, to   behave like savages in   the land which   by far is more culturally rich than the US and Britain combined, to exercise brutal racism, promote   greed and malice. It would be honorable   to repent   and announce a week of mourning in this country every year on March 16. But honor is not   in their   vocabulary.

It was dishonorable to   sacrifice the youth of the US and Britain   in an act of malice and crime. It was dishonorable to then pretend that to be a freedom- bringing endeavor     (that was an insult to freedom in any form).   It was dishonorable and malicious to use the US media   to justify and support that despicable act. Honor would   require   an apology to this nation,   the Iraqi nation   and the whole Humanity. But honor is not a part of their vocabulary.

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The writer is 57 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.


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There is no honor in serving a dishonorable cause.... by Richard Pietrasz on Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 7:11:32 PM
There still are a small few, who have the courage ... by Paul Repstock on Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 9:03:18 PM
While America,especially the irrational right clai... by kappie on Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 3:20:02 PM
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The truth is always hidden by the powerful because... by Ivan Boatwright on Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 5:03:10 PM
Thank you for this excellent essay on honor or lac... by Hosea McAdoo on Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 5:17:25 PM
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