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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.

From: (Anonymous)
2005-08-30 05:47 pm (UTC)


Seems a reasonable way to say, "I am an Iraqi"...somewhat as Reagan stated, "I am a Berliner"...and whatever it was Kennedy said that Reagan ultimately copied.

Certainly there must be room for solidarity with the suffering Iraqis.

What have we done?
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-08-30 10:36 pm (UTC)

Re: solidarity

We've certainly pissed people off enough that Iraqi insurgents will murder anyone who they think is American or working with the Americans. Otherwise I'd be over there in a heartbeat trying to understand and mediate. I think it's a lot more dangerous than say- Israel/Palestine.

GNN.tv's "Battleground" documentary is incredibly good.

However I think our job here is to try and generate some empathy for the right-wing warmongers, figure out what makes them tick, and try to get them to freakin stop the violence on the American end of things!
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