Yesterday's incidents in Fallujah were even more depressing than the usual bad news coming from Iraq. I know that the story in Iraq is quite complex, but I'm getting a bit tired of seeing people posting enthusiastically about refurbished schools and the like. Refurbished schools are fantastic, but only until they're destroyed by artillery fire in a civil war. I think that's increasingly likely, so forgive me if I'm not popping corks off at each piece of good news.
I'm still waiting to be proven wrong on Iraq, but there is a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that I won't be. Some days I feel a bit more optimistic - but today I just feel dread. For all my criticism of the U.S., I love the country and I think it has a valuable role to play in the world, if only it would have the courage and the wisdom to play it. What I'm seeing in Iraq is not just the further destruction of a wonderful country with so much potential. I'm also watching the daily shredding of the U.S.'s credibility. And frankly, I'm really getting frightened.
It is now more likely than not that there will be a civil war in Iraq - an ugly, destructive, brutal war which tears apart families and communities and leaves tens of thousands dead and homeless.
You who asked before the war how it could get worse than Saddam Hussein, you will probably live to see your rhetorical question answered several times over. What, I would like to know, will you say then?
I'm angry now. I'm angry at the Republican party for deliberately boosting a moron into the world's most important and powerful political role. World empire is big time, baby, and that was a very small time thing to do.
I'm angry at the Americans who couldn't be bothered to take a closer look at what they were getting.
And I'm angry at the people who supported this war for humanitarian reasons. Bless your souls, I was very tempted myself, and so I think I know where you were coming from. But, dammit, before you back a war you had better take a hard look at the likely consequences. It's not enough to announce that you're morally disgusted with some dictator, shout "never again", and then taunt people who are urging you to take a closer look. That's not serious either. And now we're all likely fucked as a result, including the very people you meant to help.