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17 December 2006

Iraq: What Our Own Governments Would Rather We Didn't Remember ...

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Here's how a couple of our decent, regular American friends reacted when we showed them the short video linked below.

We're sure that so long as we don't positively identify them individually, they won't mind us passing on their thoughts.

Lets call our first American mate, M and the other one, D.

Here's M's heartfelt comment:
I watch that video, Richard, and I just want to cry.

We've invaded a country, and destroyed a civil society, for no good goddamn reason.

Which is not to say anyone here "supports Saddam" -- of course the Iraqi people deserved better leadership than Saddam gave them; the video makes that clear.

But what we've given them instead is chaos, and indiscriminate punishment.
You nailed it, M.

And here's D's sincere response:
It strikes me that video like that is what the Bush regime most fears will be shown to mainstream America.

All it takes is a few minutes of that to make even the simplest Redneck Dittohead think "Hey, they're just like us/me! That is clear in the video, no matter what language they're speaking.

That is what Cheney is really worried about.
Damn right, D.

So lets put it to the test, eh?

It's nothing remotely controversial nor 'covert'. It simply shows ordinary Iraqis going about their ordinary lives -- after sunset when daytime temperatures drop to something - shall we say - more 'sensible'.





Show below is another shot of how those perfectly normal people's capital city Baghdad looked, every normal night.




Then along came BushCo, BlairCo, Shock & Awe and the so-called coalition of the willing.



After that of course, came the (continuing), occupation with all it's own awful, accompanying atrocities.

A fine freedom we brought those poor people, eh?

We should be ashamed.

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11 Comments:

Anonymous samuel said...

I hope many see this that have their consciences pricked. As for myself, I've been ashamed since day one. Even though I marched in London against this war crime they call 'war' = I personally feel riddled with guilt. Yes really. But short of the "R" word, what can one do?

9:39 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I note from visiting the original Youtube site two things mainly.

That film was only shot two weeks before shock and awe.

And - the sickening, pig-thick comments left by the loony, redneck rambo wannabes.

Pity they're not stuck over there ~ the shits.

10:46 pm  
Anonymous bri said...

God forgive us.

1:02 am  
Anonymous Rex said...

I can't help but wonder how many of those men, women and children were - just two weeks later - wiped off the face of this earth thanks to the US "shock & awe". Or how many of them have been since.

And all because of a pack of blatant lies, pushed so enthuiastically by Bush, Blair and their partners in crime.

10:14 am  
Blogger bootlian said...

Living, breathing, human beings minding their own business in their own country - but because America grew tired of the despot they once cheerfully helped hold sway - hundreds of thousands of Iraqis like those in that video were blasted to kingdom come.

Mark me down as another one filled with guilt and shame - even though I too protested as loudly as possible and as often as possible, in every legal way I could.

10:21 am  
Anonymous albert said...

The bastards responsible for inflicting more merciless suffering on those already suffering more than enough are still alive. Why?

The only hope that keeps me 'under control' is that they've been temporarily 'reprieved' so as they can eventually suffer long lingering ends - when they least expect it.

A curse on them and theirs for generations still to come.

11:13 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Kinda off-topic but then, it's all connected-
This article is well worth reading
The March to War: Political Crises in Lebanon and Palestine

by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya


Hizbullah stopped the march to world war this year. The ducks lined up in a row were (are) Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Russia and then finally China.

If Syria had move to overtly help Lebanon the Israel (and US) would have happily bombed Syria too. They are also happy that it stayed out (sorta win-win)
The threat is that you come to the aid of your neighbour and you will be flattened. The trouble is that once your neighbour is subjugated then you're next on the list, anyway. But you live in hope which is what the Israelis and US are counting on.

Syria will be hit next as soon as Hizbullah are rendered powerless one way or another or at least tied up in a war with NATO forces (which is Israel's Plan B. Israel is the last country you want as an ally)

All the Naval build up in the Persian Gulf will be to try to keep Iran out of it. But they'll be next, of course, and then Russia and then China.

The US/Israel are hoping for world domination one step at a time. But if I can see then so can Iran, Russia and China.

Putin is (IMHO) the one most alive to what's going on especially after this episode. Russia has Russian manned missiles in Syria. Putin will not be taken by surprise again.

It's not looking good!

10:19 pm  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Dagan: Syria willing to attack Israel.

This is trying to paint Syria as aggressive so as to make it appear plausible that Syria attacked first when Israel strikes.

This is all bullshit, of course. How do I know it's bullshit? Because there is not one reason in the whole wide world for Syria to start a war. Apart from anything else, Israel has nuclear warheads.
The same goes for Iran, of course, and will not change even if Iran were to possess nuclear warheads.

10:33 pm  
Anonymous xxx said...

US administrations do exactly what they're allowed to do. Always have done and always will do.
Untill ........

12:30 am  
Anonymous bluey said...

We should be ashamed, is right.

We should also call those who (disingenously) caused this, to account for themselves in an international court.

1:02 am  
Anonymous Tom V. said...

Richard, this is a very good posting again.

Once more, without lofty words or abstract academic arguments, you have unveiled the imperialists' and 'neo-cons' wretched propaganda lies, what it really is, (namely trying to sell oppression, death and mayhem, as Democracy and Freedom). You confront that malicious force-fed myth, by let ourselves see how the destroyed society of Iraq, lived its life before the war, and adding a few common sense comments to it, which imbued a deep sense of Human decency, and solidarity with the sufferers.

(Remember the people depicted, were already stooping under decade-old sanctions, but still tried to cling to dignity and happiness, while showing a friendly face to westerners, and also qualities of peacefullness and forgiveness, even under pressure of adversity imposed on them.)

Although, the Nuremberg trials were, what one can call victors' justice, there were some good general statements made there, which I think, most of the peaceful people in the World, can agree with. One of them is this:

War crime is a supreme crime against Humanity, which encompass and surpass all other crimes in its scale, inhumanity and brutality.

I too feel ashamed as a westerner, to be associated with this war, whether I like it or not, just like all the good people, who commented before me, and who still have a working conscience inside them.

6:34 pm  

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