|Statement of purpose
||[Aug. 25th, 2005|11:59 pm]
Operation Iraqi Invasion
How do we reach a state where we feel others' pain as our own? Is it
even desirable to seek such emotional knowledge? Fear prevails. Why
would you want to identify with the people you are trying to kill? The
people who want you dead?
Major Stan Coerr writes in his essay- "No One Asked Us" that
the US invasion of Iraq is all good and righteous because it stopped the
wife-beating bully Saddam Hussein from inflicting pain on others. His
analogy of domestic violence is likely easily accepted by every
American repulsed by the strong beating on the weak. However he only
looks at the faults of the Iraqi people (weak) and the evils
perpetrated by their former dictator.
In his case the fear of empathy doesn't emerge from a failure to try
and understand the other, it stems from failure to acknowledge his
organization's own mistakes.
Sure, the US military stopped the 'wife-beater', but only by
sacrificing more than a few innocent children, and taking its place as
the ruler of the 'dysfunctional household', continuing to punish and
murder with only the best intentions.
How's that for your fucking domestic violence analogy Major Stan Coerr?
Maybe if left in power, but not unsuppressed, Saddam Hussein would have
murdered hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, some innocent from violence
and terrorism, and some not.
United States military forces, from the time the first bomb was dropped,
have murdered hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, some innocent, some
'evil', and some merely fighting to defend their homeland from foreign
invaders who show no sign of empathy.
The liberal media and younger, neo-conservative media ignore this. The properly established conservative media justifies it.
Does anyone care what the broad spectrum of Iraqi citizens feels when
they see their country taken over by foreign military forces? They
certainly liked Ahmed Chalabi's bid for power! There's no doubt that
the Iraqi people who know they will benefit are happy and celebrate the
coming of American capitalism and hope for an investment boom once the
fighting subsides. But what about the vast numbers who fight against
the USA's soldiers, regardless of their previous feelings about
Saddam's cruel dictatorship?
Do they fight because they are so used to hating the powers that be, no
matter what form authority takes? Do they fight beacause they want the
Ba'ath back in power? Why are they killing American soldiers?
I don't know, and neither do you. And apparently neither does Major
Stan Coerr, who thinks the poor weak Iraqis should fall at the feet of
their big strong American stepdad, and behave exactly as he says,
because there's a new rule in the house. Because US forces fought to
depose Saddam, they are apparently absolved of all accountability for
the deaths of innocent non-combatants.
At least Saddam didn't try to cover up his crimes with such defiance and shame!
Do what you must, US military forces. Kill the people you're trying to
save, and make a better Iraq for the world to see. But at least admit
your mistakes! Apologize and try to make things better for the families
you've hurt! Stop being so arrogant as to claim all your actions are
righteous. Consider the price of Iraqi lives. Try and feel some empathy.
That's what this project is for.
It's very simple. We're going to put up the Iraqi flag everywhere we
can around the USA, right in public view. And every dipshit nationalist
who sees it and feels offended, right then and there has no reason to
say he doesn't feel what an Iraqi citizen feels, when a symbol of
invasion parades itself around their home.