What Horrible Genie Have We Unleashed?
By Cassandra D
When we were about to launch the war in Iraq I was deeply troubled. I remember driving by a candlelight vigil for peace and having the urge to stop and participate, yet I drove on. I also remember that my neighbor had a sign in her lawn that said, "War Is Not the Answer," and I wondered how she was so sure of that. I knew I supported the war in Afghanistan, but I was confused and uneasy about Iraq and wished I knew what stand to take.
After the fighting started I had the vague feeling, I'm sorry to say, that my neighbor's sign was unpatriotic. When the war began I was still very uneasy about it but I took a deep breath and hoped for the best, hoped our leaders knew what they were doing.
Now I wish that I had gone to that vigil, that I had put up a yard sign, too. Not that it would have made any difference.
I wonder how many Iraqis are truly happy with their liberation from Saddam Hussein. I suppose the Kurds are the happiest. But the rest of the country has slid into horrible sectarian violence, with tit for tat torture and religious "cleansing."
A Sunday Times article details the horror that is found at a Baghdad morgue. Read the whole thing, but here is an excerpt:
"...It receives 20 to 30 bodies on a quiet day. Last month it processed a record 1,384. Most autopsies have been cancelled; there are simply not enough doctors or officials to cope.
As a former trauma specialist in a hospital casualty department, Dr Baker Siddique, 29, thought he was inured to scenes of carnage. But nothing he had witnessed prepared him for a visit to a pathologist friend working at the mortuary.
"I saw a street packed with people and coffins standing up vertically," he said. "There wasn't enough room to lie them horizontally."
As the doctor talked to his friend, a police pickup truck pulled up with a dozen or more bodies piled in the back. "I could not believe that the dead were brought in such a way," Siddique said. "They were one on top of the other like animal carcasses."
When the police found that no porters were available to help, they threw the bodies off the truck. It was then that Siddique noticed the corpses of two boys aged about 12 lying in the pile on the ground.
"Each had a piece of knotted green cloth tied around his neck and I could see they'd been strangled," the doctor said. He also noticed round holes that were slightly inflamed in several parts of their body, a sign that they had been tortured with electric drills before being killed. "Even their eyes had been drilled and only hollow sockets remained," he said.
When he pointed out the injuries to his friend, the pathologist shrugged and took another drag on his cigarette, saying this was now routine. "
Yes, Saddam and his torturers are gone, but now everybody's neighbors have taken up the slack.
Iraq has become hell on earth, and a little bit of democratic icing on top doesn't seem to be changing that.
(via The Moderate Voice)