Let's Play Pretend
Ward Reilly
Let's Play Pretend
Sun Jan 4 14:19:01 2004

Let's Play Pretend

by Ward Reilly

01/04/04: (ICH) Okay. Let's pretend that there was no misrepresentation
as to why we had to go to war with Iraq. Let's pretend the
$200,000,000,000 we just spent, was spent well, for our "safety." Two
hundred billion dollars in one year. Let's pretend that we were told
that the war and occupation in Iraq were going to unfold exactly as it
is unfolding, and that our soldiers have been placed in a strange land
and are now being worshipped by the locals. Let's pretend our children
aren't acting as policemen against a people that do not want us to be
occupying their country. Let's pretend our troops are not "sitting
ducks" in effect, targets for about 900,000 Iraqi citizens who were
previously soldiers in Hussein's army, now doing what they consider to
be "defending
their country".

Let's pretend all that. So what have we got? And what are we going to do
with Iraq? Why did we do what we have done? Lets pretend that we have
"liberated" Iraq and "democracy" is on the way.

Lets pretend that Saddam DID have direct ties to al Qaida...let's
pretend that we found military bases all over Iraq with nuclear missiles
armed and programmed, ready to fly, as we, and our congressional
leaders, were told by the president and his cabinet. Let's pretend we
found stealth jets rigged to spray anthrax all over our east coast.

Now let's pretend they are all gone. Let's pretend we captured huge
stores of WMDs but now we have destroyed them. Now what? Do you feel
Do you feel justified? Vindicated? Let's pretend like we do.

So what is the plan? Re- paint the schools? Re-establish utilities? Open
the country to capitalism? Hold elections? Put the people back to work?
Farm? Cook? Make Iraq our 51st state? EXACTLY what is the plan, and why
don't those of us that want to know the plan, know where we can read the
plan? Let's pretend it's a secret. Why does it take a military army to
paint schools? Why does it take an army to repair utilities? Why does it
take an army to establish free markets? To farm? To cook? Those are all
civilian and business projects. Legal functions. Civilian functions.
Let's pretend we don't have to have a military army in Iraq to protect
the oil fields and oil pipelines.

Why do we still need a 130,000 of our troops there? Exactly when are
they leaving? Let's pretend Curious George Bush did not say we would not
become occupiers. Let's pretend Curious George Bush did not say that
ousting Hussien was the mission.

Let's imagine what Saddam Hussein ordered his 900,000 man army to do, as
they waited for the imminent U.S. invasion. Let's pretend Saddam DID NOT
tell his army to take their uniforms off, to run and to hide themselves
and their weapons, to cross the borders, and to wait until the U.S.
troops were in place, then to attack using only guerilla tactics. Let's
pretend guerilla attacks are defendable.

Let's pretend that the Pentagon did not report this week that 12,000 of
our children have been medivaced out of Iraq for one reason or another
in only 8 months. 12,000. Let's pretend that most Iraqi families do not
proudly own weapons just as U.S. citizens do. Free countries are allowed
to have weapons, right? Let's pretend that 12,000 dead or hurt U.S.
children aren't very many. Let's pretend we haven't killed 10 times more
innocent Iraqi civilians than were killed on 9-11. Let's pretend they
don't care about civilian deaths like we do. Let's pretend the attackers
of 9-11 were Iraqi.

Let's pretend that Saddam Hussein's soldiers have less pride in their
country than our citizens and soldiers do, and that they have no
intention of defending Iraq if invaded. Let's pretend that W Bush has
not flaunted his Christianity to a Muslim nation that believes that
Allah grants them instant passage to heaven for killing invaders of
THEIR land, Christian or otherwise. Let's pretend Iraq is not in the
heart of the Islamic world.

Let's pretend that the Iraqi's understand why our troops have now
surrounded entire cities with barbed wire, and that they don't mind
proving they aren't the enemy in their own country at U.S.
"checkpoints", and that it doesn't bother them to have their doors
kicked in even if they have done nothing to warrant search. Let's
pretend they think it is all right to have to have permission from
foreigners that don't even speak their language, to go from one city to
another. Let's pretend that imposing curfews on their general population
is OK with the Iraqi's, and that they don't mind being forced to stay
inside their homes when we tell them to. Let's pretend we are not
humiliating a proud civilization. Let's pretend that what we are doing
is the best way to show them our true intentions, what democracy is all

Let's pretend that Iraq actually did something to the United States.
Let's pretend that we had to attack Iraq because they violated United
Nations resolution 1441. Let's pretend that the same United Nations told
us we could not attack. Let's pretend we used U.N. resolution violations
as an excuse to attack, but the U.N. does not have any authority if they
say we can't attack anybody we want. Let's pretend that we are right
about what we have done, and what we are going to be doing for the next
decade if we do not stop it now. Hell, let's pretend that Iraq has a
tropical climate.

Let's pretend we will not have to commit genocide to get rid of those
that do not want to live by the rules we tell them they have to live by.
Let's pretend we wont have to kill a 900,000 man army to "liberate" the
Iraqi's, PLUS many non-military civilians that now hate us. Every one of
them has one rifle, at least.

Let's pretend they don't want us to leave. Let's pretend that billions
of our dollars aren't being stolen by the worst kind of white-collar
criminals. Let's pretend we know where the money is going. Let's pretend
that millions have not lost their jobs here, that veterans benefits are
not being slashed as the White House continues to "support our troops".

I am going to pretend I wasn't in the infantry for 1095 days during the
Vietnam era. I'm going to pretend that our troops aren't suffering and
having their lives ruined. I'm going to pretend I am not hurting inside,
and I'm not humiliated by the actions taking place in my name. I'm going
to pretend that this job in Iraq couldn't have been done peacefully.

I love this country. The land of make believe. Thank goodness we can
pretend in our free country. Let's pretend the Iraqi's like our gift of
"democracy and freedom". How long are we going to pretend? Let's pretend
that it is not time to remove Curious George Bush from the White House
in order for us to REALLY fight terrorism.

Let's NOT pretend there will be peace in 2004.

Ward Reilly is a member of Veterans For Peace,
Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and the Coalition Against War &
Injustice in Baton Rouge. He spent 3 years as a gunner in the famed 1st
& 16th(Rangers) of the First Infantry Division from 1971 to 1974

Belief is based on fear.
Knowledge is based on truth.

All of this human belief system management has
become unmanageable because it is a giant lie.

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