But more than anything Iraq is a 'war of empire' --- and like all wars of empire, it is an elitist war, an arrogant war, a non-democratic war, a lying and deceitful war, and a war which sticks its finger in the eyes of the average 'working class' population and says, "you don't matter squat, and we elite will ignore you with impunity, slaughter your sons, laugh at your pain and tragedy, and then spit on you with contempt because you don't have the cojones or brains to simply walk away from us and govern yourselves."
Wars of blatant, arrogant, elitist empire are always painful and degrading for the population of the empire waging the war, but they don't always end without victory for anyone.
I genuinely believe that this 'war of empire' in Iraq might well lead to a victory for the American people.
My hope that this 'war of empire' waged by an imperial elite, arrogant and removed from the American people, can possibly lead to a victory is based on what happened in the Afghanistan war ---- No, not the Bush empire's war in Afghanistan, but the Soviet empire's war in Afghanistan!
You see, the arrogant, detached, unaccountable, smug elite of the Soviet empire that watched impassively while tens of thousands of Russian mother's sons were slaughtered and 'bled' in the Soviet imperial forces for the whole decade of the 1980's in a senseless 'war of empire' in Afghanistan was actually more the cause of internal collapse of the Soviet empire than anything that that second-rate actor playing US president ever did to bring about the end of the 'evil empire'.
Once average people, even people in a country like Russia, that is not nominally thought of as a democracy, reach a certain point where they realize in their very souls that the ruling-elite constitute a vainglorious empire, not only beyond the reach of the people, but actually taking pleasure in inflicting pain on the people (and their children) for no reason other than that they contemptuously can, then the people understand that they have nothing left to lose --- and they turn on the empire, and simply refuse to go along.
I fully believe that this November's vote was a vote of the average people of America not only against the specific war in Iraq, but even more so, a resounding vote against all wars of empire --- and even against the very concept of arrogant elite empire in general.
I fully believe that the average American people are giving their government a last chance to represent them and act on their wishes, rather than to continue to act as a detached, arrogant, elitist empire waging senseless war against their wishes. Both faux parties of this imperial elitist government have been put on notice by an enraged public of citizens who formerly thought that they lived in a representative democracy.
When nothing changes --- as it clearly is not changing in this 'war of empire' despised and unsupported by the people ---- then hopefully, the people of America, who have always believed that they lived in much more of a democracy than Russian people ever believed, will, I believe, turn against and away from this elitist empire that has displaced the government Americans always believed was theirs --- and walk away from this empire at least as resoundingly as the Russian people walked away from the
disgraced, arrogant and elitist Soviet empire shortly after the Soviet empire's last 'war of empire' in Afghanistan.
That is my hope for a real victory coming from this contemptuous 'war of empire' in Iraq.