In case you haven’t noticed, the Bush-Wah administration made Memorial Day into a mockery. Besides the ever-escalating numbers of Iraq war dead in a pointless and fraudulent military action based on lies, fraud, greed and distortion, we now know, in the words of this Washington Post headline sent me by Jim Cory, “Some War Dead Cremated at Facility Handling Pets.”
Where’s the respect? What’s next, an equine glue factory?
Whatever were they thinking? Not only is this a disservice to our country, our brave fallen soldiers and our beloved animal companions, it’s repugnant and shocking. Hard to believe this policy persisted for nearly a decade! According to WaPo staff writer Ann Scott Tyson, “The U.S. military has, since 2001, cremated some of the remains of American service members killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere at a Delaware facility that also cremates pets, a practice that ended yesterday [May 9] when the Pentagon banned the arrangement.”
How much further will the rulers of this allegedly great country of ours stray from any modicum of humanity?
Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday in May in the United States to honor our war dead, originally began as Decoration Day after the Civil War when Americans began decorating the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers.
Supposedly, Gen. John A. Logan designated May 30, 1868, “as a day for … decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, or hamlet churchyard in the land. … It is the purpose of the commander in chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope it’s kept from year to year while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of the departed.”
What better way to “honor the memory of the departed” now than IMMEDIATELY ceasing all military operations in Iraq and bringing our troops home?
How many years ago did the Bushling, America’s Putative Presi-Dunk, actually declare the “war” in Iraq officially “over”? Since “Mission Accomplished” was proclaimed back on May 1, 2003, we’ve had more than 3,938 U.S. war dead.
This is obscene.
So far, nearly 4,100 dead Americans – a constantly soaring statistic, plus multitudes of innocent Iraqi non-combatants, women and children. If you’re counting: 1.2 MILLION estimated Iraqi deaths due to the U.S. invasion.
Which begs the question, if more lawmakers’ sons and daughters fought and, well, died in these mostly pointless wars, would the oil-thirsty neocon junta that hijacked the USA be so eager to enter these futile battles?
I’ll never forget that famous scene in Michael Moore’s unjustly maligned documentary masterpiece, “Fahrenheit 451,” where the controversial filmmaker stands on a street corner in the nation’s capital, seeking passing members of Congress with offspring serving in Iraq.
Otherwise, the Great American Pull-Out probably would have already begun.
Indeed, Rep. Dennis Kucinich has long urged the U.S. devise a plan for withdrawal from Iraq. Back on Jan. 8, 2007, he unveiled his comprehensive exit strategy to bring the troops home and stabilize Iraq. The U.S. would:
- End the occupation, close its military bases and withdraw.
- Use existing funds to bring the troops and the necessary equipment home.
- Order a simultaneous return of all U.S. contractors to the United States and turn over this contracting work to the Iraqi government.
- Convene a regional conference for the purpose of developing a security and stabilization force for Iraq.
- Prepare an international security peacekeeping force to move in, replacing U.S. troops, who then return home.
- Develop and fund a process of national reconciliation.
- Restart programs for reconstruction and creating jobs for the Iraqi people.
- Provide reparations for the damage done to the lives of Iraqis.
- Assure the political sovereignty of Iraq and ensure their oil isn’t stolen.
- Repair the Iraqi economy.
- Guarantee economic sovereignty for Iraq.
- Begin an international truth and reconciliation process between the people of the United States and Iraq.
What kind of respect have we shown our Iraq war dead by processing their corpses in a pet-packing plant? Um, besides our own unbelievably vile Darth Vader, Vice President Dick Cheney, shrugging off their deaths by his criminally disingenuous assertion the 4,000-plus US war dead had, well, volunteered.
That’s what I love about Repug-Nicans. They’re so big on individual personal responsibility – that is, among the rest of us citizens – so it’s never the PresiDunce’s fault. Who will be to blame if Congress funds the war again through 2009?
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