10th Anniversary of Iraq War

This is the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, and I cannot let that go by without comment. Our country seems to want to forget, but we cannot really forget. If we fail to come to terms with our guilt and our actions, this is a wound that will fester forever.

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and many others, are war criminals. They started a war for which there was no justification, against a small country that held no threat against us. Though they did so for many reasons, the pursuit of cheap oil was certainly prominent among them. And they pursued the war in a criminal manner. The United States tortured people, again and again and again. Torture had faded though not disappeared from the world stage, and the United States brought it back, with a vengeance. The United States violated nearly every provision of the Geneva Conventions, and did so proudly, claiming that they didn’t apply to us since we were the good guys. We were the bad guys. So now that I’ve offended my conservative friends, let me go on to offend my liberal friends.

I wondered why Barack Obama was so insistent that we move on from the Bush administration, that we look forward and not look back. After World War II there were the Nuremberg Trials, not just to punish the guilty, but to expose to the world what had been done. After apartheid in South Africa, there the the Truth and Reconciliation process. In the Unitied States, there has been a collective amnesia, led by Barack Obama. I wondered why. Why was a person who said they were against the war, who said his administration would be one of transparency, so against bringing war criminals to justice? I now believe that it was and is because he already knew that he would be continuing many of the same criminal activities, and he did not wish to be subject to prosecution.

We elected George W. Bush. Of course I did not vote for him, but I am part of our electoral system that not only elects the incompetent, but re-elects them. And so I bear some of the responsibility. We elected Barack Obama. Of course I did not vote for him, but I am part of our electoral system that not only elects the incompetent, but re-elects them. And so I bear some of the responsibility.

Yes, I’m angry. We should all be angry.

About Dan Allison

Dan Allison is a Safe Routes to School Coordinator in the Sacramento area. Dan dances and backpacks, as much as possible.
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