Thursday, November 23, 2006

War! Huh! What Is It Good For?

Well, it's not very good for the citizens of Iraq. It's not too good for our soldiers either. Or their families. It's not really good for the US, as it has destroyed our crdibility on the world stage.
But it is good for defense contratctors, obviously. Halliburton is benefitting handsomely from all the no-bid contracts they received. But, it turns out, the war in Iraq is good for someone else-Israel.
Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared the war in Iraq was a boon to Israel's security, just like Cindy Sheehan said! He also said he has few regrets about changfes wrought by the invasion of Iraq of 2003. How could he? His people, while gaining the most from it had sacrificed no one to achieve these goals. Perhaps that's why Israel keeps goading Bush to attack Iran. If he was stupid enough to break international law once, Olmert is fairly certain that Bush will fall for it again.
"I stand with the president because I know that Iraq without Saddam Hussein is so much better for the security and safety of Israel," Olmert said.

Of course, the Iraqis now only have two hours of electricity a day, water is hard to come by and their country is littered with depleted uranium, but hey, what's more important? Their country is been torn asunder by sectarian violence, it's shaping up to be a theocracy, and the US tax payer gets stuck with the bill. At least someone got something out of the war, right?
Yuval Diskin, chief of the Shin Bet intelligence service, said in a leaked briefing earlier this year that Israel could come to rue Saddam's ouster if it deepens regional instability.
"When you take apart a system in which a dictator has been controlling his people by force, you have chaos," Diskin said in a recording broadcast by Israeli television. "I'm not sure we won't end up missing Saddam."

So in the immortal words of Edwin Starr, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

4 comments:

Peacechick Mary said...

Thanks Lews. I hate wars. They make me craaazziiii.

GraemeAnfinson said...

Friday's democracy now had Howard Zinn giving a good speech on wars

pissed off patricia said...

Damn! Yesterday on the news they showed some of the hellish scenes in Iraq and then they showed Americans fighting to get into dept. stores to get bargains. Those two stories back to back said so much.

Wars are usually only good for those who aren't involved. You would think that by this time we would have discovered another way to settle our differences.

karena said...

Lew,
We can control this, but the neo-cons discovered the secret sauce, bitchslapped Americans. They will do this as often as they can, if not through actions than through scary words until we airstrike Iran. Gates recommended airstriking Nicaragua in 1984. Americans need to know that his philosophy is closely aligned with the neo-cons, he is just working on the military industrial complex side vs the military industrial complex plus a clean break. These guys are scary, and we cannot let another terrorist attack in the US change us or our congress into revenge raging, simpering fools. Raging and simpering seems like an odd combination, but that is what got us into this mess to a point where we have found it acceptable to go to war based on lies and not impeach the president for those lies. Anyone who falls for the notion that we need to or can fight Iran via air is an idiot and we don't need to fight them at all.