This is the reality for American soldiers day after day in exotic Iraq:
-It is a place most of them have not seen before, nor like any other desert, including those in the American Southwest and Mexico of which some of them may be cursorily familiar.
-It is the place of a language most of them do not speak, nor have even before heard. For fear, it is not like anything one may hear in Detroit these days.
-It is the place of a social order most of them do not understand. The politics of revenge there is not what even those from the meanest streets of our biggest cities know.
American Soldiers on a Mission from Hell in Iraq
The Muslim fanatics there have already won this 'war', just as surely as the Christian fanatics here have lost it. Hopefully, it won't take more than a century for these deluded adherents to figure this out, as was true in the Middle Ages.
So, be damned the attempt to impose some 'notion of democracy' on the Iraqis', and they are not even sure that's who they are. They work against America at every turn. They hate us. They kill our soldiers because our soldiers kill them. They just plain don't want us there!
So why are we there? It is because of the arrogance of greedy, warmongering American psuedo-intellectual advocates of hegemony, and the hubris and stupidity of those who have enthusiastically waged this faraway war for them. Sadly, those too have been persuaded to insidiously and calculatingly wage war as well on their own people's 'notion of democracy'. . .
A native of California, Timothy F. Newkirk is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. Among many other endeavors, he has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor and is a longtime political activist. He continues to advocate for (more...)