Wednesday, March 31, 2004
I Think Maybe They Want Us to Leave

Iraqis Drag U.S. Corpses Through Streets

March 31, 2004 | FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- Jubilant residents dragged the charred corpses of four foreigners -- one a woman, at least one an American -- through the streets Wednesday and hanged them from the bridge spanning the Euphrates River. Five American troops died in a roadside bombing nearby.

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Chanting "Fallujah is the graveyard of Americans," residents cheered after the grisly assault on two four-wheel-drive civilian vehicles, which left both in flames. Others chanted, "We sacrifice our blood and souls for Islam."


Okay, I know... it's not as simple as just pulling out and abandoning the country. I'm not suggesting we simply drop Iraq and pretend nothing ever happened; the country remains finely balanced on the brink of civil war, and the complete withdrawal of any international presence would almost certainly herald the start of mass slaughter. But it would be so simple to give up a little of our pride (okay, George W. Bush's pride, a commodity that's already devalued), let the UN take over completely, and let the international community try to make the best of an awful situation.

None of which absolves us of responsibility... I'd be all for setting up some reparations to the people of Iraq. I think, however, to be fair, that anyone who can prove they were against this fucking war from the outset should be exempt. Y'all wanted the war... you pay for it. And whatever happens, may Ahmed Chalabi get everything he deserves.

From the same article:

"There are some that are doing everything they can to try to prevent" a June 30 transfer of sovereignty to an Iraqi government, White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters.

More words of genius from Mr. McClellan. If by "prevent a June 30 transfer of power" he means "by way of encouraging us to take our leave well before then if possible," he just might be right. As for assertions that the people who are doing this are Ba'athist holdouts... Saddam's sitting in a jail cell giggling insanely to himself, d'ya really think this is still about him?

Maybe they really want us to leave because we're essentially an invading force in their eyes. Maybe they want us to leave because the brand of "democracy" we've brought them has so far left the people almost no say in what kind of government they live under. Maybe they want us to leave because we have a bad habit of, at best squelching, and at worst killing, anyone who openly disagrees with us in Iraq. Maybe they want us to leave 'cause they're just a little bit sore over the 10,000+ Iraqi civilians who've been killed, directly or indirectly, by our war. But I definitely think they do want us to leave.

And if we don't leave? Well... I think we can probably expect more of this, sadly. This is what war really looks like: charred, dismembered corpses hanging from bridges. We here in the United States have had to see almost none of the results of our bombs, rockets, and bullets; we're not even allowed to see the funerals of the now 600 young American men and women who've been killed in Iraq. You can't bomb people into being peaceful; you can't intimidate them into liking you. The neocons and their supporters wanted a war... well, it looks like they've got one.

Addendum: For a bit of background on why Fallujah is such an ugly, violent place to be now (for both Americans and Iraqis), take a few minutes to read this article from last June. If this kind of thing has been going on for nearly a year, I'm surprised we haven't seen this kind of scene before now.
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