Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

May 11, 2004

by J

Iraqi Perspective

Riverbend in Baghdad has some advice for the United States.
People are so angry. Thereís no way to explain the reactions- even pro-occupation Iraqis find themselves silenced by this latest horror. I canít explain how people feel- or even how I personally feel. Somehow, pictures of dead Iraqis are easier to bear than this grotesque show of American military technique. People would rather be dead than sexually abused and degraded by the animals running Abu Ghraib prison.

There was a time when people here felt sorry for the troops. No matter what one's attitude was towards the occupation, there were moments of pity towards the troops, regardless of their nationality. We would see them suffering the Iraqi sun, obviously wishing they were somewhere else and somehow, that vulnerability made them seem less monstrous and more human. That time has passed.

[...] I sometimes get emails asking me to propose solutions or make suggestions. Fine. Today's lesson: don't rape, don't torture, don't kill and get out while you can- while it still looks like you have a choice... Chaos? Civil war? Bloodshed? Weíll take our chances- just take your Puppets, your tanks, your smart weapons, your dumb politicians, your lies, your empty promises, your rapists, your sadistic torturers and go.

Posted by J at May 11, 2004 09:25 AM
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