The stories about Hurricane Katrina have distracted me from the real horror at hand. The following commentary brought me back to my senses:
“she had changed her mind about the war in Iraq. She said, “It’s no longer worthwhile” as if talking about hanging her laundry >snip< she had exposed >snip< the violence of the American mind: We can kill at whim. We can waltz into other countries with our guns loaded when we feel like it. >snip< war can be as easy a choice as which flavor ice cream you prefer. This week I feel like fighting, maybe next week I won’t. >snip< It is vile to promote the war, vote for it, support it with your flags and stickers, and then, because the violence continues, >snip< or that it might be ruining the economy, >snip< decide it is not “worthwhile”.
The devastation of Katrina pales beside the horror American armed forces are creating in Iraq. To date, there are 1,896 dead American soldiers, a minimum of 30,000 dead Iraqi soldiers, and reported civilian deaths of at least 24,000 at an estimated cost of over $193 billion US dollars.