Sunday, November 04, 2007
Video of the Week: "The War Machine Rolls On"
From Bill Moyers:
In Iraq the war also goes on...despite the protests...despite public sentiment that has turned against it...despite almost four thousand soldiers killed...another 28,000 wounded...and God knows how many iraqi civilians dead or injured...and the war goes on...
One officer told [Reporter Joshua Partlow]: "People are killed here every day, and you don't hear about it. people are kidnapped here every day, and you don't hear about it."
The unit has lost 20 of their comrades during their 14 months at war...the soldiers, Partlow writes, are tired, bitter and skeptical.
One of them told the journalist: "I don't think this place is worth another soldier's life."
Here at home, if you were watching the Sunday talk shows, you wouldn't know anyone was paying attention to either the soldiers or the protesters. The talk was all about politics, fires and Iran.
And if anyone in high office was weeping over yet another war with no end in sight...we'll have to wait until they write their books to know it.
The protest last weekend came almost exactly five years after Congress had backed the President's rush to war. Five years later the Capitol and the country alike seem once again to have their fingers in their ears.
In Philadelphia one puzzled protester looked around and wondered aloud why there's not more outrage...as the war machine rolls on.
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No subject for immortal verse
That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
-- Cecil Day-Lewis from Where Are The War Poets?
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