Corporate media produced live pictures of precision guided missiles flashing above a shaking earth but the death of human life wasn’t for public consumption. The statue of Sadam being taken down provided a symbol of overthrowing a tyrant to conceal the substance that the event was staged for the political purposes of another tyrant.
The graphics started with the number of Americans who died (circa 3200) but you won’t see one flag draped coffin coming home in any photo flashbacks. The number o f Americans wounded are over 24,000 but there weren’t any pictures of those returning veterans trying to exist in the streets back in the homeland or in Walter Reed’s infamous Bldg 18, and a conservative estimate of 60,000 a numberless number of nameless, faceless Iraqi men, women, and children liberated from life itself.
Sound bites included George Bush’s speech to the nation announcing his decision to wage war on a nation that he considered to be a part of the terrorist threat that created 9/11 and claiming today that if we don’t stay the course on the way forward Iraq will become a breeding grounds for terrorists – the same terrorists responsible for 9/11. The same disproved connection he claims never to have made – then or now.
World wide demonstrations in 2002 and early 2003 against a preemptive strike were not shown and were not mentioned. Those who knew the war was based on a series of fabrications, intentional deceit and outright lies weren’t heard then and they weren’t going to be heard now.
The constant bombardment on television, radio, and printed page compelled me wonder if we as a people have become so conditioned by corporate media that we are able to so easily ignore the reality that our invasion of the sovereign territory of Iraq four years ago was a crime against peace and a crime against humanity – international crimes which our country helped define to charge Nazi Germany for its predatory foreign policy of preemptive strike they were defeated by “the greatest generation” so we are told.
Blaming the nebulous faulty and/or cherry picked intelligence is longer an issue because the detached from reality Bush Administration after all has moved on as if the past has no connection to the present nor the present to the future and the press follows forgetting to remind us that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it - then and now.
While we may very well have convinced ourselves that it’s not a war crime when we commit it the rest of the known world still sees the blood that remains on our hands from the carnage we exported to the cradle of civilization four years ago. Then and now it is truth which shall set us free from the crisis in Iraq. We can choose to pursue it or prefer to ignore it but at the end of the day the consequences will be ours.