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Monday, December 26, 2005

Happy New Year?

The Marines are forced to travel four hours out of their way to avoid a particularly dangerous highway between TQ [Camp Taqaddum in Iraq] and Fallujah. “The most powerful army in the history of the world,” one soldier told me, “cannot keep a two mile stretch of road open.”
From: Improvised, Explosive, & Divisive – by Tom Bissell in the January 2006 of Harper’s Magazine.

Happy holidays, I guess. Is it not just like Harper’s to drop a whopper of poignant commentary just in time for the New Year? The two articles on Iraq provide a chilling commentary on the lumbering atrocity that is the occupation of Iraq. Let us make a few resolutions this year.

First and foremost let us not trust the media. A large part of the media today has a vested interest in maintaining the current blood filled status quo. They, as any information source, must be regarded with the utmost skepticism. Pay attention to the facts the media chooses to report and ask your own questions. Your questions and insights are just as valid as the so-called experts we see every night. Question everything; a critical mind challenges all assumptions. Check their facts. Check your facts. Examine your own bias, recognize the easy ideological out, and face the assorted unpleasant truths that are out there…

I step from my soapbox… I have no patriarchal finger waggling left at the moment, but for heavens sake we have to do something about our society. We must awaken from our dogmatic slumber and struggle with our problems, fight for what is right in the world. Decide that the status quo is not enough. Vault past the ingrained indifference and decadence.

Howard Zinn said: “We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.”

For the New Year, it is time to stop the war. Stop the killing and end the slaughter. It is the children who inherit our hatreds, our war making, and our prejudices. The violence we do unto each other knows no innocents; none are spared as the bloody tocsin of war continues to beat.

Stop the war.


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