Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Happy (Belated) Third Anniversary


This image was originally posted at The Guardian Online

Dearest George and Tony,

I can't believe it's already been three years, nor can I believe I am so late in wishing you a Happy Anniversary. Last year my anniversary wishes were right on time, but I guess every wife knows that each anniversary becomes a little less memorable and more likely to be forgotten. I imagine that's what you're banking on, people forgetting. It's like the song says,

And the band plays Waltzing Matilda
And the old men still answer the call
Year after year, their numbers get fewer
Some day no one will march there at all
I guess there are a bunch of things that you wish we could all forget, like the recurring scandals at Abu Ghraib. I guess that's why you're closing it down. I don't want to be a wet blanket, but I think the World Socialist Web Site had the best headline; Abu Ghraib to close, abuse to continue, but then you know how those socialists lie.

Speaking of lying socialists, the Observer piece offered some human interest stories, which is the last thing you need, putting a human face on the war, and summed up the situation with,
Saddam's regime was toppled but, three years on, the war still rages. About 35,000 Iraqis, 2,500 allied troops and 109 journalists are dead. The lives of millions have changed forever.
I see you pointing towards your accomplishments in Tel Afar. I wonder if their were any young Iraqi couples, three or four years ago, who were trying to decide between buying a house in Tel Afar or Fallujah. Boy the ones who settled in Fallujah sure have egg on their face now. Egg or white phosphorus, that is. Actually they would have had white phosphorus on their faces in either place but that egg sure would be embarrassing.

Well at least it's harder for everyone to see what you're doing now, with so little electricity and so many of those pesky journalists pushing up the daisies. What was it the General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists said last week? Something like,
“But when the world’s leading democracy scorns the notion of justice for the victims of violence in its jurisdiction, it gives confidence to those who target journalists in countries where freedom hardly exists,”
That must've stung. At least he's only a secretary. And at least only 250 foreigners have been kidnapped during the war, and only 40 of those killed. Of course I'm getting those numbers from the Christian Science Monitor and you yourself have shown us how much respect Christians have for the truth; the Washington Post puts the number at 400. Those numbers aren't so bad, at least compared to the thousands of Iraqis who have been kidnapped over the same period, including the estimated 2000 Iraqi women who have been kidnapped since the war began; the difference being that men are usually just killed or ransomed while the women are sold, and worse.

At least you still have your optimism, I heard you say the other day,
"I am confident - I believe, I'm optimistic we'll succeed. If not, I'd pull our troops out. If I didn't believe we had a plan for victory I wouldn't leave our people in harm's way."
and you really pidgeonholed al Qaida,
"Their objective for driving us out of Iraq is to have a place from which to launch their campaign to overthrow moderate governments in the Middle East, as well as to continue attacking places like the United States,"
Which, of course, is your job. Give my love to your lapbitch, Tony, I'll just leave you with a great piece called The Reckoning: What Have We Achieved Three Years On from Shock and Awe? which goes through what you two love-birds said you would do and then what you ended up doing. Sorry to throw your words and deeds back at you so rudely but I am in a rush. If you want a better spin on it you could always turn to Fox News. So many things I left out. We'll always have next year, and the year after and the year after...

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