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Legion Of Dishonor

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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.

 

It was dishonorable to   first   convey the lie about WMDs   and then, when it was discovered- to ignore the truth and    proceed to howl like werewolves   about how good it   was to get rid of Saddam. It was and is dishonorable to continue to destabilize that region   by instigating new wars in Libya and Syria and threatening Iran. It is dishonorable to use   a real WMD- THE DRONE to kill   whenever and whatever and praise this as some kind of   a humane warfare. It it dishonorable to announce a perpetual war.

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