Friday, December 29, 2006

All the Hearts and Souls Lost

Riverbend has a new post up and it points out a very serious development in the ongoing disaster that is Iraq. It is not surprising that everyday more and more Iraqis are changing their opinion of the American occupation for the negative. This post tells me that we are now poisoning the last vestiges of support that we may have had. When a sensitive, thinking and loving person like this drops from the ranks of the few you might hope support us then it is obviously time we admitted our failure and begged forgiveness on the world stage from the Iraqi people and all the others whom we have failed.

My only conclusion is that the Americans want to withdraw from Iraq, but would like to leave behind a full-fledged civil war because it wouldn't look good if they withdraw and things actually begin to improve, would it?

Here we come to the end of 2006 and I am sad. Not simply sad for the state of the country, but for the state of our humanity, as Iraqis. We've all lost some of the compassion and civility that I felt made us special four years ago. I take myself as an example. Nearly four years ago, I cringed every time I heard about the death of an American soldier. They were occupiers, but they were humans also and the knowledge that they were being killed in my country gave me sleepless nights. Never mind they crossed oceans to attack the country, I actually felt for them.

Had I not chronicled those feelings of agitation in this very blog, I wouldn't believe them now. Today, they simply represent numbers. 3000 Americans dead over nearly four years? Really? That's the number of dead Iraqis in less than a month. The Americans had families? Too bad. So do we. So do the corpses in the streets and the ones waiting for identification in the morgue.

Is the American soldier that died today in Anbar more important than a cousin I have who was shot last month on the night of his engagement to a woman he's wanted to marry for the last six years? I don't think so.

Just because Americans die in smaller numbers, it doesn't make them more significant, does it?

To read it all

h/t to scout_prime

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