|November 16, 2004||EDITORIAL ARCHIVES|
Bush's Guernica: The Executioner's Song
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
About two weeks ago, a study was released indicating that more than 100,000 Iraqis have been killed in Bush's War, according to the prestigious British medical journal "The Lancet" -- and the American media barely blinked.
If you don't know by now how many "liberated" Iraqis have been killed in the name of Bush's holy Christian Crusade against the "Infidels," that's because the mainstream media isn't going to let the bloody reality of the Iraq War interfere with their "narrative" that it is all about fighting terrorism.
Funny though, even Bush didn't claim we were invading Iraq to fight terrorists WITHIN Iraq. He ginned up the scare tactic that we were invading Iraq to protect the U.S. from Weapons of Mass Destruction (that didn't exist, of course). But terrorists themselves within Iraq, other than the evildoer Saddam, were not among the shifting reasons given Americans for the sacrifice of so many American lives. In fact, under Saddam, Iraq was a tyrannical, but secular society.
So the mainstream media follows "the battle against the Fallujah insurgents" with the same breathless pseudo reporting that marked its coverage of the first stages of the Iraq war, and the now disproven Bush lies about WMD's. No, you don't hear much about how many American GIs have been killed (now approaching 1200, but the figure is probably higher for reasons that BuzzFlash won't get into now) or wounded (estimated to be as high as 25,000), because that wouldn't serve the propaganda goals of the Bush cartel. And you certainly don't hear about the Iraqi Civilian death count, because that would demoralize Americans who are skittish to begin with about Bush's Guernica. In fact, the Pentagon won't release ANY figures about Iraqi casualties.
So we are left to find out about the horrific extent of civilian casualties in Iraq from respected medical journals and the Arabic CNN that the Bush Cartel so dreads, Al-Jazeera. But if you look closely, you can find clues even in the lapdog American media. An AP photographer related to ABC how he ran across dead civilians in Fallujah, as he fled the city, but he couldn't swim across the Euphrates River to safety because American snipers were killing ANY person -- man, woman or child -- who tried to cross the body of water. In another city U.S. forces attacked a couple of months ago, there were reputable reports that the U.S. military buried scores of Iraqi civilians in mass graves in a soccer field after fierce fighting with the ubiquitous and mysterious "insurgents."
So now the U.S. is creating mass graves, instead of uncovering those of Saddam.
And what of the "insurgents?
Well, who exactly are they? Wouldn't it be nice to have a press with some journalistic skills to explore this key question?
The New York Times, whose news section generally reflects the White House propaganda sheet (although we are always careful to point out that its editorial page is "relatively" still liberal), announced on its first page, as though it were releasing a Pentagon news release, the headline, "U.S. Armored Forces Blast Their Way Into Rebel Nest in Falluja." The Times quoted an American Colonel as saying, "We're just pushing them against an anvil." And the ubiquitously duplicitous Donald Rumsfeld proudly claimed, "Clearly there's a large number of terrorists that have been killed or captured, and that is a good thing for the people of Iraq."
Well exactly WHOM are we killing? According to the Administration, sometimes it's remnants of the Iraqi Baathists loyal to Saddam, sometimes it's followers of the illusive Zarqawi (who managed to escape yet again, if he exists at all), sometimes it's followers of Sunni Mullahs, sometimes it's "foreign fighters," sometimes its disgruntled Shiites, sometimes it's just general Islamists (whatever that means), and the list goes on.
But the reality is that there is a strong possibility that Bush is creating the enemy as he goes along. Which is to say that with more than 100,000 civilian dead in Iraq, and thousands upon thousands more wounded, there are lot of family members out there seeking revenge against the American "liberators."
The press has never held the Bush cast of liars accountable for promising that the Iraqis would greet us with flowers. The fact is that an increasing number of them are greeting us with bullets and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. On top of that, the Bush Cartel was so lax in its oversight of Iraqi weapon storage depots, the resistance movement in Iraq has been able to easily arm themselves with high-tech weaponry and explosives.
Now, after the men, women and children of Fallujah have been decimated (a euphemistic word for being killed and wounded), the world is informed that "rebels" escaped Fallujah and have now taken up residence in Mosul, the next city in an endless series that the Bush Cartel will keep attacking in order to keep "the war on terror" alive.
But this isn't a war on terror that makes us safer. It's a Bush Cartel
Guernica style Sherman's March that only creates more men and women who
want to take up arms against an occupying army that kills young men,
women, children and grandparents alike.
The enemy in Iraq now includes just about everybody except the CIA-operative and puppet, "Prime Minister" Allawi.
The New York Times article had one concession to the truth or the horror that is being conducted in our name:
The Iraq war long ago entered into the war crime zone. That is why Bush is so insistent about his opposition to the U.S. being subject to an International War Crimes Court. He knows that his entire administration would end up in the docket.
You don't liberate a country by sealing off cities and shooting at everything in sight. You don't liberate a country by killing a 100,000 citizens -- and climbing -- including men, women, children, the elderly and whole families at a time. You don't liberate a nation by looting it. You don't reduce the number of people battling you by killing more of the population as a whole, unless you plan on killing the entire country. (The question of what they are resisting is another one the media conveniently ignores. Let's try this on for size: many of them are resisting an occupying army.)
As John Kerry pointed out in the debates, Bush is increasing the
number of terrorists in the world, not reducing them. The Bush cartel
the number of Muslims who hate America and want to take up arms against
us. The Bush Cartel is committing crimes against humanity, while at the
same time making America more vulnerable to terrorism.
Now, he is preparing to install Condi Rice as our Secretary of State, the person -- who along with Bush -- was warned in August of 2001 that Al-Qaeda was planning hijackings in the United States and did nothing to prevent them. (Bush heard the warning and reacted to it by taking a month's vacation, just prior to September 11th.)
Call it incompetence, call it hubris, call it war crimes -- or call it all of the above, which it is.
All BuzzFlash knows is that our families are less safe and America more vulnerable under the horrifyingly inept Bush Administration.
No doubt, Osama was filled with glee to see Bush "elected." No one is a better recruiter for Osama than George W. Bush.
Meanwhile, Iraqi civilians die by the thousands -- and the ranks of potential terrorists and enemies of America increase -- in our name.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL