2,000 and Counting: The Crime Continues


Randall G. Shelden


Just this morning I was re-reading the commentary by Joseph Wilson, written back in July, 2003, which eventually triggered “Plamegate” – the latest in a long line of scandals to plague the Bush administration.  The second to the last sentence in his commentary caused me to pause – and write this commentary.  It reads as follows: “More than 200 American soldiers have lost their lives in Iraq already.”  The headlines in today’s papers announced that we have passed 2,000 American deaths in this illegal invasion.  That’s ten times the number when Wilson wrote his commentary, exposing one of many lies coming from this administration.


I’m not going to run through all the lies and deceptions relating to this war.  A cursory look at several web sites (Znet, Bring Them Home Now, Institute for Peace Studies, Antiwar.com, etc.) will give interested readers plenty of documentation.  Frankly, I’m not sure what more can be said.  But I must say something.  Many people may not like what I am about to say, but I don’t care.  I’m tired of being kind and patient with those who support this war.  So here goes.


If you support Bush, or put those stupid bumper stickers on your car that say things like “Power of Pride” or that useless “yellow ribbon” that urges us to “Support Our Troops,” or the “Bush/Cheney 04” sticker or drive around with all sorts of American flags flapping in the wind, or if you are one of those ultra conservatives like Max Boot, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly et al. who praise Bush and continue to push the conservative agenda, then I have one thing to say to you: shut up, go down to the local recruiter’s office, sign up for service and demand to be sent to Iraq. You want war, get the hell out of here and hop on that military plane!


If you think we are bringing “democracy” to Iraq (this is the latest justification for the invasion, after all the others have failed an elementary test of empirical evidence), then buy a plane ticket, take your note pad or your tape recorder and go to Iraq and start talking to people at random (not some carefully selected few who will benefit the most from this “democracy”).  Or at the very least, read something other than the mainstream press or listen to something other than Fox News (aka “Pravda”). 


What this boils down to is a simple request I am asking from you: get the hell out of my sight, for I am tired to seeing you and listening to you.  And don’t you dare complain when your schools run dry of money or your social security checks dwindle or the gas prices go up to $5 a gallon or you lose your job because the company you work for has decided they can hire someone more cheaply in China or India or Indonesia or some other Third World country whose name you cannot pronounce or you never heard of.