Intended Consequences: The Imperial Meat Wagon Rolls On by Cindy Sheehan
The Imperial Meat Wagon Rolls On
Girl in Futhal, Baghdad, February 2012. (AP Photo/Kamaran Najm/Metrography/Corbis)
I recently saw an article in the UK Guardian about how the global anti-Iraq War movement was correct about predicting that the US led invasion and bloody occupation would lead to “chaos and instability.”
Well, “duh.” And, I hate to say this, but, of course, in the place wherever these invasions and bloody occupations are planned, whichever war criminal was in attendance, knew it good and damn well, too. How can a nation’s natural resources be stolen and empire be spread if the population of a resource rich nation is not divided? Ever heard the phrase, “divide and conquer?”
After many years and multiple exposés disproving the “reasons” and “justifications” for going into Iraq, we know it wasn’t because of WMD or 9/11 or anything about defending Americans or spreading freedom, right?
Now, as members of the anti-Iraq War movement “predicted” and the Empire intended, the violence in Iraq is continuing and by all accounts, unfortunately escalating.
My son and thousands of other US troops were killed in the bloodiest part of the invasion and occupation starting in 2003, but millions of Iraqi have been slaughtered, injured, displaced, and made desperately ill by depleted uranium and other toxins and poisons delivered by the “freedom bringers” of the US military. I just want the US to get out of the war business so there can be peace abroad and peace and economic justice here at home.
No one should have to live under oppressive occupational forces, then to be “ruled” by a so-called elected government that is just a tool of US Imperialism.
No one should have to live in constant fear of being blown-up while doing things we here in the heart of the Empire take for granted, (or used to): going to school, shopping, walking down the street.
The USA’s allegiance to Empire and absolute devotion to war is hurting everyone, even the jingoists who proclaim, “support the troops,” loudly while vets are dying waiting to get health services from the V.A.
Bottom-line, we should stop stoking the flames of Empire with the fuel of our own flesh and blood.
Recently, I was traveling by air and my next layover was in Las Vegas. A couple of dozen youngsters, really, were dressed in desert camouflage waiting to get on my plane with me to head to Las Vegas. They could have been your average American young person, except they were sporting the uniform of carnage. There was probably one reason per soldier for enlisting, but I am sure many of them were economic of nature: our young people have little or no opportunity in the Land of Constant War for the Gross Profit of a Few.
After landing in Las Vegas while we were taxiing to the gate, it was announced that these “heroes” were coming to the Las Vegas area to train and then “go off to war.” The other passengers were asked to show our “appreciation” and the plane went wild with applause and cheers.
Was I the only one who wept?
No MORE WAR in Iraq!
US troops home from everywhere.
PS: In 2003, in a speech protesting the imminent US invasion of Iraq, then Illinois State Senator, Barack Obama called Iraq a “dumb war,” a “rash war.” My question is when will his Obama-trons finally admit that ALL WARS ARE DUMB, and Obama has been a complete success for the war machine and an able servant of Empire?
CAMP CASEY, CRAWFORD TEXAS