I still recall Madeline Albright casually declaring that the U.S. sanctions on Iraq following the Gulf War were worth the cost, given that they were responsible for the deaths of roughly half a million children. Albright said, and I remember it painfully that “It was a difficult decision . . .but yes . . .I think it was worth it.”
In case that’s not fresh on your mind. Perhaps we should wonder how many civilian lives have been lost in Gulf War II – The Sequel – enacted by Bush The Son. Many estimates have shown figures anywhere between 10 to 20 thousand – however – according to a new study by a research team at the Bloom-berg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore the figure is actually closer to 100,000.
Let’s try that again – one hundred thousand civilians have been killed due to a war declared more or less unilaterally by the United States on a country that had already been ravaged by sanctions for more than 12 years. One hundred thousand innocent people have been swept away by America’s wrath due to the WTC attack – an attack in which Iraq played no part. One hundred thousand civilians have been killed by a war launched on false premises, serving nothing but greed and an apparently unquenchable lust for power.
Is America prepared to apologize? Does America even think it’s done anything wrong? Does America plan to spend the next one hundred thousand years in a confessional chamber at some church somewhere in Washington D.C. – trying to forgive itself for the lives lost in the pre-emptive bloodspill that the search for fictional WMD’s has led to?
Does anybody care?