(Article changed on March 19, 2013 at 17:50)
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."
"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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