Saturday, August 12, 2006

I wonder

Today we marked the very sad passing of the 2600th US member of the military. It is likely the media will not comment on this number. All Gold Star families mourn the loss of any soldier.

The occupation of Iraq has been put on the back burner while we try to figure out what the hell is going on in Israel and Lebanon and what we can and cannot carry on an airplane.

I've been no particular order....

I wonder if members of the Bush administration ever wring their hands and ponder what they have done?

I wonder if they ever watch the news and see, really see, the faces of our children, our loved ones who are dying in this war.

I wonder if they know, at a moments notice on any given day, the US casualty count in Iraq. (it's 2601 as of today)

I wonder if any of them know
a name, any name of a US soldier who has died as a result of their failed policies.

I wonder if they know
a name, any name of an Iraqi civilian who has died as a result of their failed polities, not they even know the number of those casualties.

I wonder if they ever wake up in the middle of the night; are not able to breathe thinking about their loved one. They'll wake up with their loved one safe and sound, but we never will.

I wonder if they look in the mirror and say "I am the meanest son of a bitch in the land.....and I like it!"

I wonder if they know how hot 135 degrees is. Not just for one day inside the Green Zone in Baghdad, but for months at a time.

I wonder if they have any guilt for lying about the reasons to illegally invade a sovereign country.

I wonder if any of them has a doubt about staying the course. Do they ever even think about it?

I wonder if the executives of Halliburton, KBR and the other war profiteers cheer at their company picnics for the obscene profits they are making off of our children. For that matter, I guess we are paying for that picnic anyway.

I wonder if they feel guilty for losing $9 billion dollars of reconstruction money.

I wonder if they honestly believe that the war in Iraq can be won.

I wonder if these people have lied all their lives or is it a skill they gained later in life.

I wonder if they can imagine standing on a tarmac at the airport waiting for your son's body to be removed in a flag covered casket.

I wonder if they know what it is like to lay in bed at night practicing what you would say if you got that knock on the door.

I wonder how many of them have attended a military funeral for a casualty from this war.

I wonder how many have visited Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery to see the damage they have done.

I wonder if Rumsfeld ever did sign the condolence letters to families.

I wonder if they ever think that the American public would have backed this war/occupation if they had told us the truth in the beginning.

I wonder when Peace became a bad word.


pogblog said...

I'm trying to figure out how to describe a quality which Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, and Mr. Rove et ilk share. You could call it one degree of sadism or another, an adrenal-excitation disease which leaves them semi-fear-priapic at all times. That's true and crawls the skin.

But there is a subtler or more underlying quality that, as a placeholder, I'm going to call imempathy.

Cf im-moral. Now, we certainly could just embrace all the synonyms for immoral: Wicked; sinful; criminal; vicious; unjust; dishonest; depraved; impure; unchaste; profligate; dissolute;
abandoned; licentious; lewd; obscene.
Not one of which doesn't horribly resonate with Mr. Bush et ilk if you remove the cover, the fog of patriotism hallucination of 'the presidency' to which we are supposed to tug our forelocks at, apparently, all costs without discernment.

However, the base mental aberration is imempathy. Almost all your wonderings involve a sentient being having empathy, a tender and tending imagination, an ability to get a perspective outside the greedy and fear-ridden narrow self. Grotesquely these ilk are absent empathy. As a diabetic does not produce insulin, these ilk do not produce the enzyme or hormone empathy and blunder with gigantic weapons through the world without either a clue or empathy.

Chancelucky said...

My town has about 8,000 people in it at least according to the City Limits sign. I try to imagine what it would be like for 2,600 people to be missing from it. Worse, people never talk about the 18,000 plus "wounded" many of whom are very seriously traumatized and who will not lead "normal" lives.

Pogblog may be right, but it's clear that war remains a strangely abstract notion to those making the policy.