Monday, March 19, 2007

I Want A Fucking Apology

Today marks the four year anniversary of the US's illegal pre-emptive strike against Iraq. Many people commemorated it over the weekend in protests across the country.One such local protest took place at the home of Congressmen Vern Ehlers, who voted for the war. The basis for his vote? According to a letter he mailed to me it was based on an article in Esquire magazine. He responded to me, because I had opposed the war before it began, and emailed him and asked him not to vote for it. I told him there were no WMD, no links to 9/11, and no ties with alQaeda. As it turns out, I was right and he was wrong and now, I want a fucking apology!!!
This war, which was a violation of international law, was based on lies, and anyone who oppsed from the outset has had to endure insults and put-downs. We were called unpatriotic, and accused of giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Well guess what, fuckwads, the war in Iraq has created more terrorists than it has impeded, so much for making the country safer, asswipes. You were wrong to support the war, and you were wrong to question my patriotism because I knew the war wouldn't go as swimmingly as we were being told, so where's my apology? I want a fucking apology.
This morning on the Free Beer and Hot Wings Show, they copped out and stated that they didn't know the war was based on lies. I'm sure if they went throughn their archives, they would find that they probably had a caller who explained to them why the was wrong, and were probably shouted down by the asswipes on that radio station who think being louder and dumber makes them right. So while they were cheering the shock and awe, Iraqi children were having the faces stitched back together (see Why We Fight) with out anesthetic because under US/UK imposed sanctions, no medical supplies were allowed to be shipped to the Iraqi people. That hurt Saddam, I'm sure. At the time, I was barely computer literate, and I was able to ascertain that Bush was lying, why weren't you media savvy people able to?
Bill O'Reilly has stated that if we went in Iraq, and they found nothing, that he would apologize to the American people. I'm an American, and I'm waiting. I want my fucking apology.
But even more than me, these media types who fed us propaganda need to apologize to the families of the 3218 soldiers who died needlessly, in a war that was not only illegally, but unnecessary as well. Not only that, these sleazeball media types also need to apologize to the families of over 650,000 Iraqi civilians who have died because Bush had a hard on for war and couldn't get it down.
We also need an apology from the Democraps, who we voted for last November on the hope that they would do something, anything to stop the madness and bring our troops back home. They won't even pass a resolution to stop Bush from attacking Iran, which, as I have repeated over and over, has yet to be found in violation of the NPT, a treaty which the US has also signed. They also have a right to nuclear power for peaceful purposes.
Here is a short rundown of some of what George Bush's war and occupation has wrought:

Nowhere on Earth is there a worse refugee crisis than in Iraq today. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, some 2 million Iraqis have fled their country and are now scattered from Jordan, Syria, Turkey, and Iran to London and Paris. (Almost none have made it to the United States, which has done nothing to address the refugee crisis it created.) Another 1.9 million are estimated to be internally displaced persons, driven from their homes and neighborhoods by the U.S. occupation and the vicious civil war it has sparked. Add those figures up – and they're getting worse by the day – and you have close to 16 percent of the Iraqi population uprooted. Add the dead to the displaced, and that figure rises to nearly one in five Iraqis. Let that sink in for a moment.

Basic foods and necessities, which even Saddam Hussein's brutal regime managed to provide, are now increasingly beyond the reach of ordinary Iraqis, thanks to soaring inflation unleashed by the occupation's destruction of the already shaky Iraqi economy, cuts to state subsidies encouraged by the International Monetary Fund and the Coalition Provisional Authority, and the disruption of the oil industry. Prices of vegetables, eggs, tea, cooking and heating oil, gasoline, and electricity have skyrocketed. Unemployment is regularly estimated at somewhere between 50-70 percent. One measure of the impact of all this has been a significant rise in child malnutrition, registered by the United Nations and other organizations. Not surprisingly, access to safe water and regular electricity remain well below pre-invasion levels, which were already disastrous after more than a decade of comprehensive sanctions against, and periodic bombing of, a country staggered by a catastrophic war with Iran in the 1980s and the First Gulf War.

I guess I'll wait for my apology, until after you apologize to the Iraqi people.

11 comments:

Sometimes I wake up mid sleep and think I'm somewhere else, but I'm not. said...

Why should you get an apology? Is it that the "sales" tax you have paid has gone to support the war? I'm not sure it has, and I'm also not sure you are due an apology. I mean, why you? Because you voted and your guy lost?
Maybe it is because of the sacrifice the war has caused you? What sacrifice is that? Maybe it is that the cost of gasoline increased so that it took more out of your paycheck to fill you giant tank (if you drive an economy car I apologize, so that will be one apology you can pocket). Think about how much more the gas increase would have hurt if you had other obligations to fund (many people do. Do you have other obligatory bills to pay? If not I apologize again, so that makes two {if applicable}). I know this war has added to your distrust of the United States of America, and all who volunteer to serve this nation, but at least you don't have to do what the government orders. You can do what you want, so why does this give you the right to command an apology?
I must be missing something. You are an American, and you live in one of the best countries in the world to live. You are free to write or say what you want, to agree or disagree with any elected official, you can vote, you can unionize, you can do pretty much what you want as long as it’s not illegal. So you sit home, thousands of miles away from any conflict, with no affiliation to any organization even somewhat associated with the current agenda, and your still are due an apology?
That’s a beautiful thing, and that thing is the USA. I apologize to you sir, on behalf of everyone with whom I am affiliated.
Now that you have your apology, well, enjoy it.
I also apologize that you have spent your precious time gaining support for the “stop the war in south west Asia” campaign, when your time could have been better spent training for the Fifth Third river run, a charity event that actually helps people, and good for your health too!
I also apologize that the time you have spent rallying support against the USA interrupted your duties as the Giant Dungeon Master of the KCDDA (Kent County Dungeon/Dragon Association).
I am sorry.
Drive on with your commitment to excellence, and I will apologize to you whenever you want.
Again, I’m sorry, very sorry.

Lew Scannon said...

Yes, you are very sorry indeed.

alec said...

In the words of a poster from this weekends protests, "I can't believe I'm still protesting this shit"

sumo said...

I'm with you Lew...and I hope that one day we will be able to apologize to the Iraqi people for what our government has done to them. We didn't bomb those innocent people, we didn't hot them with white phosphorus, we didn't trash their homes, drag them out, rape them, kill them to hide evidence, or torture their asses. No sir...we didn't...but our government has. Our government can't even care for its own wounded properly...and they should get an apology. I'm sorry Lew...I'm sorry this ever took place as I know you are...sorry that we have a government dedicated to ignoring what the American populace really wants...and that is peace...for the war to be stopped...and innocent lives not be taken out of this world for lies told by a bunch of pernicious war-mongering gluttonous fools that have money as their bottom line. For that I am sorry for us all.

Mariamariacuchita said...

They should all apologize, every one of them who voted for the war and voted t ofund it.
Altohugh, that will not bring back the thousands of dead soldiers and civilians.

Frederick said...

Alec, that kinda ran through my head as well this last weekend in D.C.

azgoddess said...

see, i want to apologize to the world for what we are doing to them -- um, kind-of like the theme of my blog...

they did this in our name -- the american public -- but i doubt they will ever see the error of their ways -- as they can't see past the green of money...

Kvatch said...

I'd settle for apologies first to the soliers and their families and then second to the victims of Katrina. They were left to fend for themselves in the face of rising water and disease because we just couldn't tear our miserable attention away from the f*cking war and send them the aid they needed. Despicable.

Undeniable Liberal said...

Having lost my big brother to an equally stupid FUCKING war, I must say, NICE RANT!!! Dude, you get it!
The torn up families of the WASTED soldiers' lives require an apology big time as well.
Been there, done that, and not only didn't like it, I hated it. Not a day goes by that I don't wonder how life would be if my brother wasn't murdered in Vietnam for war profiteers.
And it's happening again....my heart aches for each one of those "just a number" families, and there are new ones everyday, fucking sad.
I'm still waiting for MY fucking apology after forty years, and if I were you, I wouldn't hold my breath.

Granny said...

It's a small thing but when we did our Monday vigil I noticed that the amount of support from passersby has at least tripled over the past year or so.

I live in a conservative city in the CA San Joaquin valley. They're not known for their flaming liberalism.

Kathy said...

In addition to an apology, I think Americans taxpayers should get a refund from the Bush cons that lied us into this war and profited from it. Too bad we can't file a class action suit against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al.