War and Peace


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.

And, for what?
And, for what?

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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