The American occupation, however, has made this internal and external violence worse. The Americans destroyed the remnants of our culture, banished those among us who were struggling to create a space to think, to help us use our imaginations, to transform our society peacefully. Even under the dictatorship we had some semblance of a civic life. It was not perfect, but people were learning.
from The Corpse Exhibition: And Other Stories of Iraq, by Hassan Blasim,
Richard Clarke, the USA’s top counterterrorism official under former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, accused Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney of committing war crimes in their 2003 invasion of Iraq . Clarke, resigned in 2003 after the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq.
George Bush whose “favourite philosopher is Jesus Christ.”
The most effective Catholic in the United States, Michael Moore, a layman who wore the prophetic mantle while so many bishops wore the stars and stripes, almost wept when the Iraq city of Mosul fell. He wrote on Facebook
So today, Mosul fell. Mosul is the second largest city in Iraq. The Iraqi government we “installed,” has now “lost” Fallujah, Ramadi, Mosul and other large swaths of the country we invaded at the cost of thousands of American lives, tens of thousands of Iraqi lives and a couple trillion dollars. (What could your school district do with a trillion dollars?).
One more maddening day in this 11-year illegal, immoral, greedy and stupid war. Today in Mosul, that Iraqi Army YOU pay for, freaked out, threw down their guns, and literally RAN away. I have friends and acquaintances who lost sons in all three of those cities. I can only imagine what they’re feeling tonight. FOR WHAT? FOR WHAT! I am so sorry we couldn’t do anything to stop this when it started. A few million of us tried. Last week, Richard Clarke, Bush’s former head of counter-terrorism, said he now believes that his fellow members of the Bush administration committed “war crimes.”
I continue to await the perp walk.”
Imagine being flailed by those sunshine patriot Republican Catholics for daring to put the Sermon on the Mount into practice.