Friday, October 20, 2006

Note to self

There was no need to invade Iraq in 2003. Never forget there was no need.

There were no weapons of mass destruction. International inspectors were in the country. Inspections were working.

Iraq was not an Al Qaeda stronghold. Far from colluding with Osama bin Ladin, Saddam Hussein was behaving like a classic Balkan strong man dictator, using terror, torture and death to hold the disparate elements of the country together.

You can give the people in power – George W Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and the imminently despicable neoconservatives - the benefit of the doubt. You can say there were reasons. Saddam is a bad man we will all stipulate that.

There is all the difference in the world, though between reasons and need. There may have been reasons. There was no need.

The people in power invaded Iraq anyhow. They exercised the authorization to use power that congress provided them and committed us – you and me and the other 299,999,999 citizens of this country - to their folly.

They were supported in this by an at-best-complacent, at-worst-complicit corporate media, with embedded reporters and red, white and blue graphics. The same corporate media undercounted and downplayed the massive rallies against the invasion here in America and around the world.

They were supported – or at least not opposed – by the ignorance, laziness and apathy of the American people.

“They must know something,” people said to one another. “They wouldn’t take us to war if they didn’t need to.”

They didn’t need to. There was no need.

Apologists will say that the Democrats voted to go to war too.

No. The Democrats and the Republicans in congress merely authorized the president to use force. George W. Bush was “the decider.” He chose to invade Iraq. He and the rest of his damned and deluded lackeys chose to invade Iraq. They didn’t need to.

Never ever forget that.

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