Yet investors are happy. One of our heavily eye-shadowed television anchors beamed that the man on the street will be as well. There is optimism about corporate earnings.
Fifteen families have just heard the words, "We regret to inform you." The Dow could skyrocket to the ozone but life for these families is filled with pain. Life is painful for all families who have lost so much in this senseless war of deception. Sympathy cards say, "May your memories bring you comfort." They don't. They bring a longing for days when those children inside the flag-draped coffins were alive, living their dreams and looking forward to their futures.
The stock market is surging. Sectarian violence has been surging for months. Iraq is in a civil war and no matter what George Bush says about our mission there, he is a failed president with the blood of hundreds of thousands of people on his hands. James Baker calls Iraq a 'helluva mess.' Bush says it's the central front in the war on terror. Experts now tell us that there will be no democracy in Iraq. They, also, have told us that this war has increased terrorism and we are less safe as a result.
The Dow is surging. So are death, destruction, and pain.
The people we've elected to the highest offices in our country have sacrificed leadership and their consciences to remain in power. Yes, there is a fight between good and evil. But the evil is within each of us who fails to recognize the duplicity of our own government, a huge wheel grinding on, greedy and insatiable.