Signs of progress in Iraq

Iraq in a nutshellThe always insightful (and often bombastic) Chris Floyd sums up the state of the occupation of Iraq:

We have American casualties swelling with the still-rising wave of the Bush-McCain-Romney-Guiliani-Lieberman surge, with even more deaths expected as the escalation crests. We have American soldiers flung into the brutal service of the Bush Regime’s criminal enterprise becoming more brutalized and criminalized themselves — with thousands of troops admitting that they have beaten or despoiled innocent civilians, and tens of thousands embracing the torture of prisoners and rejecting the very notion that the people they have come to “liberate” should be treated with dignity and respect, according to the Pentagon’s own examination of the fraying mental health of its forces. We have Iraqi citizens cowering in fear of the American-trained “security” forces of their own government. We have the ghetto-building campaign by the occupying liberators sealing whole quadrants of Baghdad into open-air prisons whose inhabitants are left to the tender mercies of the violent sectarians locked in with them, creating “mini-Islamic republics,” as one Iraqi government official admitted to The Independent. We have literally millions of Iraqis fleeing their homes, eating the bitter bread of exile in foreign lands or else on the run from ethnic cleansing inside Iraq — one of the greatest population displacements since World War II. We have a never-ending hellstorm of death and chaos, lies and looting, incompetence and arrogance — and unfathomable, unendurable human suffering — all of it spawned by the illegal, immoral and unnecessary war of aggression launched at the order of George W. Bush, and championed or countenanced for years by the “great and the good” of American society.

It’s easy, at least for me, to get caught up in the relative minutia of the occupation, usually related the political scene in Washington. It’s important to remember that while our “representatives” in government bicker, grandstand and play electoral games with matters of war, people are dying in Iraq. Not only that, but given the big picture, which Chris Floyd helps illustrate, it’s apparent that the situation is worse than even the cycle of violence conveys.

4 Comments

  1. Thanks for mentioning the good work Chris Floyd has been doing, but do you really think he’s “bombastic”?

    His writing may convey that impression because he knows the whole language and he uses all of it, but I don’t find him arrogant at all, as the word “bombastic” implies.

    More to the point, though, we could stand to see more real news, like the sort of stuff Chris Floyd writes, and less puff and spin.

    Especially important for those who have trouble seeing the forest for the trees, as it were, Chris does a really good job of laying out diagrams of the forest.

  2. Ian

    Like I’ve said before in forums on this page, those in Washington really don’t give a crap about whats happening in Iraq. The Democrats just want to go on about how bad it is so they can steal votes from the Republicans, not based on their own merit, but simply the “Anything But Bush” mentality. They want to ignore the fact that they gave Bush the authorization and funding to do all this. The Republicans know its bad over there, but they want to try and convice you it isn’t, or that its getting bettter. If that doesn’t work, they want to try and distract you from it all by bringing up subjects like abortion, evolution, and whatnot. In the end, no one on Capital Hill gives a damn about our soldiers on the ground or the Iraqi civilians. The Democrats want the war to go bad, even worse, so they can win the next Presidential election. The Republicans just want us to forget about it.

  3. Chris

    Winter,
    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    I struggled with coming up with another adjective to describe Chris Floyd’s writing. I was torn between dramatic and bombastic, but I thought both were too negative. Maybe I should have said nothing at all.

    Either way, I meant no disrespect and I really enjoy his writing, but you have to admit he does have a certain flair for language.

  4. Chris

    Ian,
    I think you’re right that there is very little humanity left in our politicians in Washington. Most of them are not concerned with making our country or world a better place, their world is already perfectly fine. They live in gated communites, they have superb healthcare, their kids go to private schools and members of their families are not being sent to war.

    It shouldn’t be surprising then that they dont give a damn about poverty, our failing healthcare system, our failing education system and the war in Iraq.