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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by zimv20, Dec 10, 2003.
This is the big, untold story of the war and occupation. There's hardly ever a mention of Iraqi casualties in the mainstream press, and no interest in counting.
A couple of nights ago a John Pilger documentary on Afghanistan/Iraq aired here, and the indifference of the American government on this matter was unmistakable. Under Secretary of Defense Douglas Feith wasn't interested, didn't care to investigate, doubted the figures of those who did care, basically repeated the Rumsfeld line of how careful their military is in avoiding civilian casualties, and had the interview stopped by his minder when pressed on the issue. Same story with Under Secretary of State John Bolton, who added a post-interview quip that went something like "are you a member of the Labour party... or some kind of communist?"
The moral concept underpinning it all seems to be that as long as we think our intentions and methods are good, it doesn't matter how many other people are actually killed.
This is the tragedy of the whole thing. We are lied to on a daily and ongoing basis, justified by war restrictions. These restrictions will never be relaxed because the phony war on terrorism is open-ended and without time/location confines. This truly is Big Brother.
We'll have a clearer idea of what actually happened (is still happening) in a few years, and no doubt there will be independent journalists who will make documentaries piecing together the worst of the single incidents which will make us ashamed to have been citizens of the nations who perpetrated them.
But they are free. Isn't that what is most important?
Wonder why we don't keep track...