Merit the sacrifice for whom?

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Published on Online Journal, by Jerry Mazza, March 28, 2008.

As the number of US troops killed in Iraq passed the 4,000 mark, George W. Bush, after conferring Monday with US officials in Washington and Baghdad, told the American people that the outcome “will merit the sacrifice” according to the Washington Post.

My question is, for what mother, father, husband, wife or child will this illegal pointless war that has sapped the blood of a million Iraqis as well, not to mention some $12 trillion from our Treasury – better used for life-giving projects – will this sacrifice be merited?

Of course, it will be merited by the defense contractors, the private armies of Blackwater, the contractors of Haliburton, its subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root, and dozens of other military suppliers and lobbying leeches. The lifeblood of these 4,000-plus will be the lifeblood of these creepy crawlers. And of source, this sanctimonious statement of merited sacrifice is coming from the Texas Air National Guard recruit who didn’t show up for his second year of service and nixed his opportunity to be a fighter pilot (for which he was expensively trained) in the Vietnam war, which yielded 58,000 American deaths and 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Was that sacrifice merited as well?

In fact, Peter Tremblay reports in The Canadian, Over 70,000 deaths, and over 1 million disabilities among American solders attributed to Iraq Wars says US government data. In Tremblay’s words, U.S. investigative researchers have discovered an official U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs official, but not well publicized count, of 73,846 U.S. soldiers who have perished as an apparent result of Depleted Uranium based bio-chemical warfare exposure. This exceeds an estimate of 58,000 U.S. soldiers who had been killed in relation to the Vietnam War. Well over 200,000 American soldiers could be killed by 2010, as a result of the after effects of exposure to U.S. dirty bombs …

… This is the Brave New World where it is now illegal to disagree, and where one is liable to be arrested for saying the above; subjected, without habeas corpus, to torture, tried, and sentenced to imprisonment indefinitely. For whom and what “merits this sacrifice? of the entire fabric of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and our system of law, its tripartite balance of powers, not the usurpation of them for a dictatorial executive branch, which Naomi Wolf in her book, The End of America, has compared to the rise of Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pinochet, and dictatorships everywhere?

Thus, I disagree totally with the president. The violence, bloodshed, human and material cost of Iraq does not, will not ever, “merit the sacrifice” it has claimed so far, let alone for the further tragedy its continuation proposes. The very basis of the Iraq war, that Saddam Hussein was in possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) more aptly applied to Bush. And the lie that Hussein was in league with Osama bin Laden (who seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth) only increases the absurdity. Bin Laden was an ardent religious leader whereas Hussein was a secular gangster armed and financed by the CIA. There is no merit to the sacrifice caused by that criminality, except to punish the guilty ones.

Thus, I think that the sacrifice of blood, our treasure, and liberty will gain merit only in the strange minds of Bush’s Texas buddies, thirsty for oil, the black gold and its profits. I can only add caveat emptor! (full text).

(Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer living in New York. Reach him by e-mail).

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