Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mood: Furious and disgusted

So, watching a news video about a sharp rise in birth defects in Fallujah since the 2004 U.S. assault on the city. The U.S. has since admitted to using white phosphorus in the battle....which is a chemical weapon, which Saddam used against the Kurds, and which we were accusing Saddam of illegally housing to justify our invasion of the country. There's also some rumor that depleted uranium was also used in the battle. I'm so disgusted and angry by this I can't even form a coherent post about it. How dare the U.S. try to justify this. How dare the U.S. play the hypocrite once again, and engage in behavior that we use to justify our treatment/condemnation/invasion/sanctions/etc of other countries that do the same. How dare we.

Additionally, I just finished No End in Sight by Charles Ferguson. Required reading ya'll. A massive in-depth and definitive look at how the war in Iraq and how rebuilding the country went so massively wrong. [Spoilers, there was incompetence; people in authority that didn't know the country/language/people/history at all; no plan for rebuilding the country was ever drawn up before going in (or even for some time after taking over); corruption, lies and covers-up; indifference to civilian deaths; indifference to keeping up infrastructures like police, government, water, sewage, electricity, and other needs to keep a city/country from descending into chaos...]

1 comment:

  1. Ugh!!! Not sure I could form a coherent post either and not sure I can stomach reading about all that went wrong. But I may check it out sometime. Love you!