June 16, 2004
The gates of hell
The mother of a soldier killed in Iraq commented on Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now!" program that "the United States has opened the gates of hell in Iraq and we don't know how to close them." She could not be more correct.
Oil pipelines destroyed while a recent poll conducted by the U.S. found that 90 percent of Iraqis see the U.S. as an occupying force and 50 percent think they would be safer if the U.S. were to leave. Meanwhile, President Bush is afraid that if the U.S. turns Saddam over to Iraq that he might return to power! This is the stuff of novels.
A prominent cleric quoted in the New York Times said it is understandable that people get angry at Iraqis seen as collaborators with the occupation, because, "People think that anyone who works with the Americans or helps their mission is an American stooge."
We are in deep trouble. Like the L.A. Lakers, the U.S. has lost its swagger. The U.S. has gone from "liberators" to "occupiers" while supporters have gone from celebrating crowds to "stooges" and "collaborators." Indeed, the gates of hell are wide open.
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