Friday, November 11, 2005

"Now Is the Time For All Good Men..."

By Cassandra D

It's time for Americans to stand up and rescue the soul of our nation. Time and again over the last few years I have heard stories that I thought could not possibly be true, stories of deceit and cruelty that I thought were beyond our capability, beyond our tolerance. Unfortunately, too many of these stories have turned out to be true.

So it was with great trepidation that I read about the story reported by Italian TV that the US military used white phosphorus as a chemical weapon in the battle for Fellujah. I watched the broadcast and hoped that it was just anti-American hype. Not surprisingly, the report was quickly picked up as a great propaganda story by those who already despised us.

And then I found this post from DailyKos, with excerpts from the U.S. Army's March issue of Field Artillery Magazine that confirm the use of white phosphorus by our troops as a weapon in that battle, not just for illumination as has been claimed. Another post, called Melting the Skin Off Children, shows a photo of a dead child and goes on what seems to me to be a justifiable rant. Yet another post adds more confirmation that we did, in fact, use WP as a weapon.

What have we come to?

"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


At 7:04 PM, Blogger Scribe said...

Well put.

We (as in, this country under coercian by this administration) invaded a sovereign country to remove an evil dictator who used horrific chemical weapons, tortured and inhumanely abused prisoners (often without any charges or trial) and was responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqis.

Since our successful overthrow of Saddam, the Iraqis have seen the use of horrific chemical weapons, the brutal torture and abuse of detainees, and the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqis. Plus, terrorism has become a constant, imminent, grave threat to both the occupation and innocent Iraqi men, women and children. Basic services are still lacking for many Iraqis and unemployment is a major problem.

We sure know how to make a situation better.


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