( – promoted by buhdydharma )
I don’t know if I’ll listen to Obama’s speech on Iraq tonight (8PM EST). Got one of those “breaking news” emails from WaPo giving an excerpt of the speech:
“Ending this war is not only in Iraq’s interest – it is in our own,” the president will say, according to prepared remarks. “The United States has paid a huge price to put the future of Iraq in the hands of its people. We have sent our young men and women to make enormous sacrifices in Iraq, and spent vast resources abroad at a time of tight budgets at home. We have persevered because of a belief we share with the Iraqi people – a belief that out of the ashes of war, a new beginning could be born in this cradle of civilization.”
I used to be naive. I used to believe the truth would triumph over both lies and denials.
I still believe this. I just see it in a way different time frame, lol.
The truth eventually does come out. Just takes longer in direct proportion to the power involved in keeping the truth … controlled.
We had a brief opportunity after the defeat of George W. Bush to face that truth in such a way that we wouldn’t go through a much longer period of time processing it in distorted dribs and drabs. We were unable to grasp that opportunity, and I believe now we are witnessing why that has happened.
There is no fault here as far as I’m concerned. My view at this time is not political but just human.
I’m not saying fault cannot be found. Several lifetimes could be spent mining that rich vein.
I’m only saying my view goes in a different direction, not that anyone else’s view isn’t valid.
Well anyway, gibbering aside, here’s the truth.
We aggressively went to war against a sovereign nation that did not attack us.
We had the information at the time that there were no weapons of mass destruction.
We have overwhelming evidence that those in power lied to go to war.
Over a million Iraqis have died and millions are refugees.
Thousands of our troops have died and countless young men and women are coming home suffering from traumas the rest of us can’t even imagine, or are already home suffering from brain and other physical traumas they would not have survived in a previous time of war.
This essay is not political because I am no longer naive enough to think any politician with real power would say these things at the time it would be needed to be heard.
But I just wanted to say the truth.
As a human being, it’s important to me because I’m not separate from what happens to my fellow man. I need to understand the truth in order to make choices that harmonize with my spirit.
I can run away from everyone, but I have to live with myself no matter what.
So it’s really a very selfish reason, in a way.
Anyway, my two cents.