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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Anything Short of Reparations is Not Enough

I am sickened, terribly, by the new frame of the US occupation of Iraq.

According to corporate media, some Democratic Leaders, many Republican Leaders and the Bush Administration it is the Iraqi’s fault that things are so devastatingly horrible in Iraq.

Iraq is a proud Nation of 26 million people, none of whom asked that we come in and destroy their country. None of whom asked that we murder, or cause the murder, of 655,000 of their citizens. None of the 1.5 million displaced Iraqis asked to be refugees.

They did not ask for any of this to be done to them and now, because of the clusterfuck that we have caused, the only way for this Administration to attempt to save face is to blame the Iraqis. (Remember, this is the “personal responsibility” president, yet I have never witnessed him taking responsibility for anything.)

Bush claims that the US will leave Iraq if the Iraqi government asks us to. This has been stated before, back in 2004, that we would leave if the Iraqi government asked us to.

The government has asked for a timetable for withdrawal, over a year ago, this was not honored. They asked for a timetable because unfortunately, the Iraqi Parliament cannot yet ask us to leave. I suspect that Bush is aware of this, or he would not have made that statement.

He said that we would leave when the Iraqi “government” asked us to leave, not the Iraqi “people.” He did not say the Iraqi people because he knows that the Iraqi people want us out of Iraq.

The Iraqi people want us out of Iraq.

The Iraqi people want us out of Iraq.

The Iraqi people want us out of Iraq.

The Iraqi people want us out of Iraq.

The Iraqi people have wanted us out since Sadaam was overthrown. Bush could not leave then, there was too much money to be made off of the 'rebuilding', too much of an opportunity to create the Neo-Con wet dream. He has never cared what the Iraqi people want. Never.

The only reason to stay in Iraq now is to attempt to save face, put off the inevitable until another Administration can be blamed for the disaster and to continue to war profiteer.

Fraud in Iraq costs us $4 Billion a year. Fraud is rampant and the Bush Administration continues to make it easier to war profiteer.

Georgie knows that he has no way out. There are now reports that the Administration is turning to “solutions” which could be even more devastating than what they have already done. This Administration has absolutely no conception of history and its application to the present.

The media does not get it and will not report the truth. The media will not take responsibility for their part in it. We, the people, cannot turn to the Fourth Estate for anything; certainly not information about the truth in Iraq, or America’s responsibility for the violence in Iraq.

The Bush Administration screwed up. There is ample evidence that their own hubris and incompetence is what has caused the misery in Iraq. Their post-war planning was non-existent. It was non-existent out of choice. The Bush team threw out years of Pentagon planning for a war in Iraq and the rebuilding, in exchange for their own dream plan. BushCo wanted a neo-con utopia, instead he created hell on earth and now he blames the victims of his arrogance for their plight.

The Dems did call them out, many, many times for their lack of post-war planning. The Dems did call them out but now too many of them are joining the mantra of “the Iraqis must take responsibility for their Country.” This has to stop and it has to stop now.

Iraqis want a unity government. They do not want civil war. It is impossible for Iraq to unify their Country while the United States is occupying their land. As long as we are there they cannot do what they need to do. BushCo’s Nation-Building game is a loser… unfortunately, for the rest of the world, it remains a game that Junior must look like he has won.

For the Iraqi people it is their lives. We have destroyed their lives, their families, their homes, their Country. We have destroyed it – it is our responsibility to fix it.

As the truth pours out of Iraq – pours out with the blood of the Iraqi people – Junior becomes more and more desperate. Bush is afraid. It is a horrible, desperate fear. A fear that should make us all afraid. It is the kind of fear that leads to extreme irrationality. He is coming unhinged and his desperation will lead to responses that leave the entire world in danger.

What now?

Nothing short of reparations is enough. The United States has caused this carnage. We are responsible. This is not the Iraqi’s fault and this continued meme cannot be allowed to stand. We must leave their Country, prosecute the war profiteers, imprison, for Treason, the people who lied us into this war, and apologize, apologize, apologize.

Bring our troops home and give the Iraqis their Country back.


The Iraqi people want us out of Iraq.

The Iraqi people want us out of Iraq.

What, about this demand, is so difficult for everyone to understand?


  • At 10:11 PM, December 02, 2006, Blogger OffTheFence said…

    I find it appalling (but predictable) that this administration seems to take no responsibility for the Iraqi refugees attempting to flee the country. Just more evidence that this war wasn't about rescuing the people of Iraq.

  • At 11:59 AM, December 03, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    It is terrible. We are talking about real people here. Not numbers or theories or military planning or politics.

    Real people who are desperate for peace and stability.

    People who simply want the ability to eat, be housed, go to work without the fear of being shot by militias. It is terrible.

    We must take responsibility and we must make amends; for however long it takes.

  • At 12:40 PM, December 03, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    Damn these idiots.

    They want us out of their Country.

  • At 4:44 PM, December 03, 2006, Blogger Seven of Six said…

    I did a little piece over at L & L on who the real 4th estate is.
    However, I will say the media is the 5th estate!

  • At 7:52 PM, December 03, 2006, Anonymous Colorado Bob said…

    Anjha ... Thanks for looking in .... My email is on my home site ... Click my name it'll go there. I'll make you a TYKO BUTTON that fits .... and send it back via email ...Been doing graphics work for 2 days won't take but a few minutes. I'd post it here, but blogger won't take the code.

  • At 9:04 PM, December 03, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    'Tis done Bob. Email should be

    Damn these idiots.

    I hope it was clear that I meant this Administration are all idiots.

    SOS, I will check it out later. I am very sleepy now. Thanks for continuing to come around. You are fab.

  • At 5:48 AM, December 04, 2006, Blogger Seven of Six said…

    Hope things are going well with you?

  • At 2:01 AM, December 06, 2006, Blogger OffTheFence said…


    I finally got to check out some of the links. You mentioned many of the reasons that I am so disturbed by our current presence in Iraq. Tonight at least, the fact that I find most sickening is that we are funding and arming (4 billion to 100 million) those that we are fighting against. We are supporting those who kill our soldiers, and the civilians who dare assist or openly side with the US. We can't adequately protect our soldiers, much less the civilians; and we’ve made it impossible for them to protect themselves. US forces doubly threaten the Iraqi people. Not only because they lack protection from insurgents, but also because our soldiers can’t readily distinguish civilians from insurgents. Innocents are slaughtered along with those whom we fight. Iraqi civilians face imprisonment, torture, and death from both sides regardless of their actions or beliefs. Do we seriously think we can garner and maintain their support under these circumstances?

    The ruling power/govt./party of Iraq may very well be won, bought or bartered for with US funds, arms, and resources. If we cannot win, doesn’t it make sense that we must and will eventually negotiate with those who are most likely to gain control of Iraq? Isn’t it a possibility the US will help empower and ally with those who have the greatest potential of ruling under a faux democracy and serve US interests, and maybe even allow it to save face? Aren’t we doing that now? What has that unaccounted for 4 billion already bought? The goal of this administration has been to further enrich and empower corporations. I believe that this administration, Cheney and ilk, can but won’t account for it. They would not lose 4 billion $$$ when their business is making money. I imagine that billions could buy the leaders of any group of insurgents. Past Saddam will be replaced with another Saddam. As long as US interests are protected, we’ve demonstrated we really don’t care about the extent of a dictator’s use of force and brutality against his people. Even today, in our failure to intervene, we are supporting genocide and pandemic to wipe out populations of millions. Can anyone doubt that this is part of a plan to eliminate as many as possible to save $$$$ when finally forced to contribute to saving these populations? Wouldn’t further depletion of the Iraqi population be of benefit and save $$$ and reduce conflict for this administration? This administration will sacrifice more innocent people in Iraq and sell to the highest bidder the right to slaughter them. Everyone at the auction will use US $$$ to bid for that power. I know we have provided $$ and arms to countries in the past, only to have them used against us later. But what lunacy allows a country to fund and arm both sides of the war in which they are currently engaged? Could that be the frigging plan?

    That last paragraph is just a figment of my imagination running amuck.

  • At 10:30 AM, December 09, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    OTF, I am afraid that you are correct. The people do not matter - they never did. Iraq was used as an experiment for the neo-con Utopia and to make money off of. The people were never a concern and it does not matter to any of these bastards how many people die or are injured or are displaced - see: 655,000 vs 30,000 - he does not even care to find out what the true number is. It is worse than not wanting the number to get out to the media. Do we honestly think that Arab media or Asian media or European media do not cover the real numbers of the dead?!?!

    The world fucking knows. That Bush and his administration do not care to know is the truly disgusting fact.

    These are war criminals, evil bastards who deserve to rot in a prison the rest of their lives and made to face the damage that they have caused. They must be made to feel the emotional pain that they have inflicted on so many others.

    But I doubt that they have the capacity to empathize - if they are sociopathic can they feel any of it? I doubt it.

    So sad, so fucking sad.

  • At 7:39 AM, December 13, 2006, Blogger Seven of Six said…

    Sorry Anjha, I have to use your backdoor again!

  • At 2:32 PM, December 18, 2006, Blogger Seven of Six said…

    Hey, did your home survive the storm?

  • At 9:26 AM, December 21, 2006, Blogger Seven of Six said…

    Helloooo Anjha...

  • At 8:24 AM, December 27, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…


    We got our power back (after 6 days) a couple of days before xmas.

    After having lost a week of xmas prep, I was in overload.

    I am still playing catch-up with work and everything else that I had to let go of -

    I will get my shit together soon.

    I promise!

  • At 10:29 AM, December 27, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    new post coming....


  • At 7:44 AM, January 11, 2007, Blogger Anjha said…

    Time to repost this again - needs to be front and center.

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