March 17, 2004
Dreams don't make noise...
A year ago on this, my favorite day of the year, I wrote about the impending invasion of Iraq. Here are a few excerpts: "Bush and his war team face the same dilemma. They don't like the answers (from the people) so they avoid the questions on the road to Baghdad. Bush's lone news conference was so scripted it became a skit on Saturday Night Live...The people are told that they must support their leaders in war and vilify any dissent while troops are in harm's way. If there is no war, declare one. If there is no threat, create one."
One year later the truth continues to ooze out. The Bush administration lied about the CIA briefings of the U.N.; the U.S. worked with the Brits to bug the offices of Secretary General Annan; there were no nuclear or biological weapons; our source was not the U.N. inspectors but exiles who would benefit from the killing of Saddam; there was no threat so, as I suggested here last St. Patrick's day, "If there is no threat, create one." Little did I know they were reading FightingBob.com.
Willie Nelson provided the background music: "Dreams don't make noise when they die." Since last year, 565 U.S. soldiers are dead, thousands have lost limbs, memory, or, in many cases, any chance for a normal life. But equally important, thousands and thousands of innocent civilians have died because of our country. My country and your country. The country of Woodie Gutherie, Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, Sheila and Paul Wellstone, and yes, Bob La Follette.
There is an old Irish saying that "If you live long enough, the world will surely break your heart." I cannot fully accept that prediction, but my heart aches for those who have suffered because our country made a series of irresponsible and reckless decisions to create a war for political gain. Shame on us. Yes, us, because we didn't stop them.
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