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Heck Of A Job, Uncle Sam
Four Years of Remarkable American Achievements in Iraq


by Gilles d'Aymery





(Swans - March 26, 2007)  Keeping in mind that Iraq did not attack the USA in the first place (and never has);

Keeping in mind that Iraq had no Weapons of Mass Destruction;

Keeping in mind that Iraq had no nuclear weapons program, and no mushroom cloud was ever likely to explode over New York City from an Iraqi non-existent nuclear device;

Keeping in mind that Iraq had no biological weapons, including but not limited to anthrax, and no missiles to deliver whatever they did not have to American shores;

Keeping in mind that the Iraqi regime was a resolute opponent of the al Qaeda ideology and had no proven relationship with the al Qaeda network;

Keeping in mind that the Iraqi regime had nothing to do with 9/11 -- nothing;

Keeping in mind that the UN WMD inspection system was working;

Keeping in mind that according to Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, the Iraqi regime was pretty much boxed in -- that is, until the US administration decided otherwise and both Powell and Rice joined the hunt;

Then we are privileged to bring you some of the remarkable achievements that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq have occasioned in the past four years, or some 1,640 days -- a record every American should be proud of and delighted by:

That's only some of the few achievements that the good people of these United States of America should be particularly proud of, as they themselves live in their paranoid universe of fear-mongered delusions, all the while having produced a humanitarian, cultural, and ecological disaster of historical proportion.

Meanwhile, and without getting into the regional side effects (Lebanon, the Palestinian Occupied Territories), or the Afghan sink hole, the consequences for Uncle Sam are also quite substantial.


American Collateral Damages

Where to begin, where to end?

>> Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo, extraordinary renditions...the American legalization and practice of torture. The Geneva conventions disregarded, trashed. Torture turned into American law.

>> A country loathed and feared by the entire world, its reputation in tatters, its cynicism for all to see.

>> Civil liberties a ghost of its already poor self. FBI spying on us, our phone calls, our e-mails, our letters. Homeland Security militarizing the entire country and building a proliferation of detention centers. Habeas Corpus denied to legions of legal immigrants (like myself). An apathetic public calling for more authoritarianism in the name of safety.

>> Demonization of war opponents, the ostracism toward entire American communities of Arab descent or Muslim religion.

>> Five hundred billion dollars (some estimates run up to one trillion) thrown down the hellhole of corporate profits and military waste. Our entire social system (healthcare, education, infrastructure, etc.) in deepening disrepair. Red ink spread beyond generational horizons.

>> Wasted/sacrificed lives: 3,300 soldiers lost; an additional 800 private contractors (aka, mercenaries) gone into the hellhole; 25 to 30,000 injured and poorly taken care of (cf. Walter Reed scandal); no end in sight.

>> A government of, by, and for the liars.


And where are the intellectuals and the pundits, all the guard dogs of the bien-pensants, now that the results are in? Writing more books, I suppose. Going after Iran. Preparing for China. They help create deserts and move on to new fertile pastures that need desertification, enamored with wars and certitudes, destroyers of life and humanness.

When shall this epic tragedy be ended?

There are no right wars.


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Internal Resources

The Rape of Iraq

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About the Author

Gilles d'Aymery on Swans (with bio). He is Swans' publisher and co-editor.



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