Letter From an Angry Soldier….
I know I said I would stop being so harsh in my criticism of the president, mainly so as not to offend my pro Bush readers. I have reached a point where I am equally offended by rabidly liberal writings as I am by rabidly conservative writing, I think that’s a good thing. Americans need to be able to dialogue with each other when they disagree, if we cannot do that our enemies win by default.
However, I have also reached a point where my opposition to the war is going from criticism to outright protest. Until recently I held out the idea that maybe I was wrong about Iraq, and maybe things would turn around. Hell, I wanted to be wrong about Iraq, I would like nothing better than to see Iraq and other Middle Eastern nations transform into European style parliamentary democracies.
And I still would. However, I no longer see even the remotest possibility that Bush’s invasions are going to do that, in fact if anything they have set the democracy clock back by decades in the Middle East and empowered Islamic extremists to the point where Iranian style revolutions are now possible in other nations in the region. Pakistan already has nuclear weapons, if the extremist mullah’s take over there it’s not going to be a pretty sight. And the blame will fall largely on Washington, where exactly as in Iran with the Shah, we have supported a military dictatorship that is the antithesis of our purported desire to see freedom and democracy in the world. Bush’s war is feeding the fires of Islamic extremism everywhere, not quenching the flames.
So in that vein, I am publishing the letter below from an Iraqi veteran. It’s from Motherspeak.org. I’d say I’m sorry if some people are offended by this, but we have reached the day where the people who supported Bush’s war are the ones who need to think about apologizing to America and our troops. In any event, read her words and judge for yourself:
“Let me tell you something: unless you’ve been there, you don’t know a god damn thing about it. It you haven’t been shot at in that fucking hell hole, SHUT THE FUCK UP!
How do I dare say this to you moronic war supporters who are “Supporting our Troops” and waving the flag and all that happy horse shit? I’ll tell you why. I’m a Marine and I served my tour in Iraq. My husband, also a Marine, served several. I left the service six months ago because I got pregnant while he was home on leave and three days ago I get a visit from two men in uniform who hand me a letter and tell me my husband died in that fucking festering sand-pit. He should have been home a month ago but they extended his tour and now he’s coming home in a box.
You fuckers and that god-damn lying sack of shit they call a president are the reason my husband will never see his baby and my kid will never meet his dad.
And you know what the most fucked up thing about this Iraq shit is? They don’t want us there. They’re not happy we came and they want us out NOW. We fucked up their lives even worse than they already were and they’re pissed off. We didn’t help them and we’re not helping them now. That’s what our soldiers are dying for.
Oh while I’m good and worked up, the government doesn’t even have the decency to help out the soldiers whos lives they ruined. If you really believe the military and the government had no idea the veterans’ hospitals were so fucked up, you are a god-damn retard. They don’t care about us. We’re disposable. We’re numbers on a page and they’d rather forget we exist so they don’t have to be reminded about the families and lives they ruined while they’re sipping their cocktails at another fund raiser dinner. If they were really concerned about supporting the troops, they’d bring them home so their families wouldn’t have to cry at a graveside and explain to their children why mommy or daddy isn’t coming home. Because you can’t explain it. We’re not fighting for our country, we’re not fighting for the good of Iraq’s people, we’re fighting for Bush’s personal agenda. Patriotism my ass. You know what? My dad served in Vietnam and NOTHING HAS CHANGED.”
I have to agree, nothing has changed. As in Vietnam we are staying in Iraq because our leaders don’t want to admit it is a lost cause. Thirty thousand Americans died in the time between the Tet Offensive and our final withdrawal. If we had pulled out in 1968 instead of 1975 the end result would have been exactly the same, but tens of thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese would still be alive and healthy today instead of dead or maimed. How many more Americans and Iraqis need to die because Bush cannot admit that his plan to spread democracy to the Middle East at the point of a gun isn’t working?
(The above image is from VIAW. It is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit and it is central to illustrating the post. I’m also pretty sure that they wouldn’t object to my use of the image.)