I don’t know what to say. I read a diary over at Daily Kos by Robert Naiman saying that the death toll in Iraq has reached one million. One million dead. One million dead.
What can anyone say about that? The number is too big. Who can grasp the death of one million people? It would take years merely to hear the names of the dead said aloud. And for what? For what did they die?
This is too big for politics. I think we all have begun to see the unreality of what is going on in Washington, D.C., and around the country as politicians campaign and speak and try to persuade people to vote for them. This is too big for politics.
Little by little the veil is ripped away and people around the country and around the world are seeing the complete picture. The veil is ripped away and the horror has only begun to sink in. No American will be able to avoid this for much longer, no matter how busy with the accoutrements of life, the car, the job, the home, the family, the social activities, the community work. No American will be able to avoid this for much longer.
There’s a big rally going on this weekend. OPOL and pico, to name just two of our Dharmaniacs, will be there. I think that rally is going to be important — not because of politics, no. Not because of politics. But all those people know this, know the horrible human destruction that has been wrought in our name, paid for by our money. They are aware of the unreality of the messages by the politicians and the pundits. And they will be together, hand in hand, together confronting this monstrous misAdministration. They will help rip away the veil.
This is too big for politics. This is a human tragedy on a large and terrible scale. This is no longer about nations and armies. This is humanity itself, and the veil is being ripped away.
And when we see it entire, when Americans can no longer look away, it will be a terrible thing.
May the Iraqi people have peace. May they have peace and time to mourn their dead. May they have peace.