Wednesday, December 22, 2004

 

"Fallen in love with death"

Why does William Rivers Pitt hate America?
It Will All Be Over Soon

By William Rivers Pitt

Everyone can relax. This thing is clearly getting ready to wind down. Ask the brilliant minds up at the Pentagon. Back in April 2003, a formal Pentagon planning session stated emphatically that the U.S. occupation of Iraq would be coming to an end in December 2004. It is December by my calendar, so clearly we should start planning the tickertape parade down the Canyon of Heroes.

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The poet Stephen Dunn wrote a poem titled 'To a Terrorist' for a collection released in 1989. In it, he writes, "I hate your good reasons. I hate the hatefulness that makes you fall / in love with death, your own included." You have to wonder, fifteen years later, who is best suited to read those lines. Suicide bombers in Palestine and Iraq and Saudi Arabia can be said to love death, but what of us? What of mighty America, which as Dunn says in his poem, "thinks its terror is meant / only to mean well, and to protect"?

Have we fallen in love with death, too? Buy one of those paramilitary video games, watch prime time television for an hour, or try to rectify the fact that a new Washington Post poll has 70% of Americans believing the cost in flesh and treasure of the Iraq war has been "unacceptable," and yet somehow enough of those people thought the whole thing acceptable enough to vote for its continuation less than two months ago.

Do any or all of those things, and then tell me how it is we really haven't fallen in love with death. Christ's final edict ­ "Forgive them, Lord, they know not what they do" ­ has no purchase here. We know what we are doing, and we are doing it anyway. No fear. It will all be over by the end of the month.
And yet, William Safire thinks this is Bush's finest hour.
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