March of the Warmongers

Don’t much care for warmongers. Never have. Never will.

Warmongers march under the flag of false patriotism to justify unleashing the greatest military firepower in the history of the world on some primitive backwater for the misused claim of freedom.

They craft careful, public relations-designed names to their efforts: Operation Just Cause, Operation Iraqi Freedom, as if words can justify the meaningless slaughter of human beings.

They claim this is payback for September 11, 2001, but the sad truth is that the 100,000 Iraqi civilians who have died so far in that useless war had nothing to do with the attacks against us nearly four years ago. The real culprits continue to plan future attacks because the leaders of this country recklessly diverted resources from capturing them to a hopeless conflict that cannot, and will not, be won.

So far, more than 1,800 Americans gave their lives for these warmongers. How many more must die before somebody has the courage to say “enough?”

All too often, war is waged by those who themselves never served in combat. They see war as some grand cause, a chest-thumping exercise of divine right because they have never endured the horrors of war. George W. Bush avoided combat in the Air National Guard. Vice President Dick Cheney used student deferments to stay home where it was safe.

And, when you question those who most fervently support the war in Iraq you all too often find an even larger collection of chicken hawks who can talk big about war as long as they never had to go.

They don’t know what it is like to take another human being’s life, to sneak up behind them in the dark, grab their chin, plunge a K-bar knife into their throat and then feel them go limp as the air gushes out of a severed windpipe. They haven’t smelled the coppery odor of blood or the stench of voided bowels. They haven’t looked into the face of their “enemy” to discover that he was just as young and scared as they.

Unfortunately, there are times when war is necessary. Pearl Harbor made it necessary for us to enter World War II. The terrorist attacks on 9/11 made it necessary for us to go into Afghanistan to track down the people responsible.

But Iraq, like Vietnam, is a war based on lies, on a President’s obsession that has nothing to do with truth, justice or the American way.

Launched under false pretenses, Iraq had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks against this country. Bush began planning for the war immediately after he won the disputed election in 2000. One of his first orders after taking the Oath of Office on January 20, 2001, went to the Pentagon, telling them to draft plans for an invasion of Iraq. He hinted at it in his first inaugural address and those who have left the administration admit war with the country was discussed in cabinet meetings months before the terrorist attacks.

Had the attacks not occurred, Bush would have found another reason to invade. Before the war, our sources within the CIA warned us that the White House demanded manufactured intel to justify an invasion. We printed that story. Few believed it then but now know it was all too true.

Bush warned us that “an evil empire” was out to destroy America.

He was right.

Only, he has turned America into that evil empire and, in the end, it will be he and his followers who destroyed this once-great nation.