It is so late in the game, but we are finally hearing and reading about some of the havoc wreaked by this administration’s reckless and ill-thought decision to wage war in Iraq.
The 1,500-plus dead American soldiers, the thousands of wounded American soldiers and hundreds more dead and wounded American civilians, the tens of thousands of dead and wounded Iraqi citizens, the dead and wounded soldiers from other nations around the world and the millions of lives affected by those dead and wounded in this greedy grab for oil and control are made even more tragic by the waste of money, materials and time on the part of those responsible for this inhumane and arrogant action.
Reports of millions of dollars unaccounted for, suspicious deaths, and dealings with those who have proven track records of deception, fraud and violence are trickling into the mainstream media at last. The disregard for the protections guaranteed under our Constitution is glaringly bold, the acceptance and even encouragement of the use of torture has been exposed to the world, and still we, the American people seem content to let it continue.
We seem to be the sheep so many religious leaders refer to as “their flock” following the lead of men and women who use the mantle of their power and their “faith” to justify their actions as they pick and choose which of God’s commandments are relevant at any given time. Those basic tenets of charity, love, faith and compassion seem to have been determined obsolete in this age of of greedy arrogance.
Social Security, the environment, education, opportunity — all these are under attack, and should we remain in quiet acceptance of their dark fate, we will deserve everything we get.
— Kristine Pustina-Haldane, Ventura