Elaine Meinel Supkis
They should have called it "Sturm und Dreck." The latest war in Iraq was a fake fireworks display for CNN and Fox TV. Meanwhile, the real war within Iraq heats up, many more religious attacks, everyone is choosing sides in a massive show-down in the long running war between Shi'a (Shiites) and Sunni.
That sounds exciting! But according to a colleague of mine from TIME who traveled up there today on a U.S. embassy-sponsored trip, there are no insurgents, no fighting and 17 of the 41 prisoners taken have already been released after just one day. The “number of weapons caches” equals six, which isn’t unusual when you travel around Iraq. They’re literally everywhere.On the anniversary of our illegal and ill besotted invasion, Bush needed a fireworks display. Since nearly everything this clown does is fake we got ourselves a nice Potemkin battle to entertain the dwindling numbers of Americans who support this illegal "President" who happens to be a total war criminal on the order of Hitler or the Japanese High Command.
Only he can't win no battles, can he?
I wondered about this latest battle. At first, I thought it was in Samarra, a city that seethes with hatred towards us. Like Fallujah, we leveled it over and over again and each time were surprised that it only got worse, who would imagine that!
Instead, it was off in the desert. "Oh, no! Not attacking tents and sheep herders with expensive bombs!" I sighed. Again and again, we attack miserable peasants who retaliate by being surly and nasty. Since they carry little and have little to lose and we give them no quarters or dimes, they can skulk around us, tripping us up, blowing us up and in general, being very stubborn and difficult.
I have used donkeys. When you keep them happy, they will plod along, ears down. When you annoy them, they lock their legs and you can hit them, scream at them or shove them and they won't move an inch. My tactic with the donkey (I was a kid back when) was to sit nearby and pretend to be oh-so-interested in a flower or blade of grass. The ears move towards me instead of flat back. The big brown eye shifts sideways to get a better look. Then the donkey moves over and the muzzle goes to my hand and I pet the muzzle and then get up and say, "Come along, come along," and off we go. It is weird how that works.
Well, the peasants of the Middle East know their donkeys and camels well. Getting maximum work out of minimum fuss is how they survive. They hate us and want to buck us and they will succeed unless we figure out how to make them happy but we are too busy stealing their patrimony. And we can't fake that.
All Iraqis know we are thieves. Their country has been invaded a zillion times since time immemorial.
Back in America, the insane media keeps beating the war drums trying to egg us into WWIII by making us scare of tiny Iran. Media Matters:
On the March 15 edition (7:00 p.m. ET hour) of MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, and MSNBC political analyst Pat Buchanan discussed what they agreed were the likely political benefits to President Bush and congressional Republicans in November 2006 if Bush were to launch a pre-emptive war against Iran. Buchanan posited: "I don't think he's going to do it for political reasons, but if he did do it for political reasons, you'd do it in October," because "you'd get right up the polls ... you'd win the election." Matthews, who confessed to being "staggered by the possible truth" in Buchanan's comments, invited Milbank to comment. Milbank noted that "[t]here is undoubtedly a rallying effect," but, according to Milbank, the question regarding a possible war against Iran launched partially -- or purely -- for political gain is: "Exactly when do you do the action, and exactly how long do you stay up at the top of the heap here?"You can practically hear these inhuman vampires smack their blood red lips. They are childishly gleeful at the thought of more dead civilians, more raging fires. This will keep the GOP in power and keep their tax cuts and investments overseas safe! They will all be billionaires and live in giant bubbles they can take all over the planet!
Of course, none of these creeps will go to Bagdad. They all remember the top TV news reader who played GI Joke in Bagdad only to be blown up and now is a vegetable in a hospital, barely able to ask for water or recognize his own family.
Not that these clowns aren't vegetables already.