Thursday, December 01, 2005


Apres Bush, le blood-bath

And I don't mean in Iraq. Sooner or later, all but the most diehard Koolaid drinkers are going to have to admit that no good can come from our staying in Iraq one more single solitary day. (Which does not mean that we won't.) At some point, sanity will return (most likely after Bush is impeached, resigns, goes crazy, or - and alas, much more likely - is finally replaced by his elected successor on Jan. 20, 2009. And that's when the nightmare will really begin.

Because at some point, we are as a nation going to have to survey the wreckage that is and will be Iraq, contemplate the disastrous effect the unnecessary and lie-drive war there has made of our economy, our society, and our reputation abroad, count up the horrendous and all-but-incalculable cost - and ask, was it worth it? To which the answer can only be, NO.

And at that point, the survivors of the thousands of dead and horrifically wounded soldiers are going to rise up in fury to demand a satisfactory explantion of why their loved ones were sent into harm's way, were sacrificed in vain, were denied the promised protections of body armor and vehicle armor - were murdered by their trusted leaders in service of vainglory and malign ambition and mendacity - and do you really expect that the traitors who shoved them into the wood-chipper are simply going to raise their hands like basketball players whistled for a foul and admit what they did?

I'd laugh if it weren't so tragic.

No, what Bush and Cheney and all the other rightwing monsters are going to do is blame someone else - anyone else - for their own miserable failures and crimes. And, human nature being what it is, there will be a strong tendency for the victims to believe them. Because when the families of the murdered soldiers cry out, Did my son/daughter die in vain?, they are not going to want to hear the miserable truth that their beloved family members died for nothing. For no reason at all, not even a bad one. Which is what the left has been saying all along, and which is the undeniable truth, but which offers not even cold comfort to a widow or orphan. It's too painful for most grieving family members to contemplate.

Bush and Cheney will be able to shamelessly lie that the soldiers they sent into the buzzsaw died for freedom and democracy and the war on terror - what do they care that it never was true and they know it never was true? - while those of us armed only with the truth will have to fight the natural tendency of parents to want their children's death to have meant something. But rather than blame Bush and Cheney for actually murdering their kids, they will blame those of us who tell them, truthfully, that their kids were murdered.

It's not going to be pretty.
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