Riverbend has a new post up

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?

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5 thoughts on “Riverbend

  1. “Again, I can’t help but ask myself why this was all done?”
    and can her question be truly answered by anyone?

  2. Hoppy, you’re right. It’s so sad to see the change in Riverbend. I’m always relieved when she posts, too, but what a life we have given her with our “spreading freedom”.
    Yes, Pansypoo, we did it. We did it.

  3. As much relief as I feel when Riverbend posts again, I still feel very bad reading what she posts. It is just unbearably sad to see such a vibrant, postitive thinking woman change into a bitter, negative one. If there really is a God, George Bush has a really horrible eternity awaiting him.

  4. it’s sad that she would have to leave to thrive. and we did this. we destroyed iraq. a birthplace of civilizations. with much history. georgie comes and poof. gone.
    and it all began with the big fuck up from april glaspie. amazing what that butterfly has wrought eh?

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