Ward ReillyLet's Play PretendSun Jan 4 14:19:01 2004188.8.131.52
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5469.htm Let's Play Pretendby Ward Reilly01/04/04: (ICH) Okay. Let's pretend that there was no misrepresentationas 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." Twohundred billion dollars in one year. Let's pretend that we were toldthat the war and occupation in Iraq were going to unfold exactly as itis unfolding, and that our soldiers have been placed in a strange landand are now being worshipped by the locals. Let's pretend our childrenaren't acting as policemen against a people that do not want us to beoccupying their country. Let's pretend our troops are not "sittingducks" in effect, targets for about 900,000 Iraqi citizens who werepreviously soldiers in Hussein's army, now doing what they consider tobe "defendingtheir country".Let's pretend all that. So what have we got? And what are we going to dowith 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'spretend that we found military bases all over Iraq with nuclear missilesarmed and programmed, ready to fly, as we, and our congressionalleaders, were told by the president and his cabinet. Let's pretend wefound stealth jets rigged to spray anthrax all over our east coast.Now let's pretend they are all gone. Let's pretend we captured hugestores of WMDs but now we have destroyed them. Now what? Do you feelbetter?Do you feel justified? Vindicated? Let's pretend like we do.So what is the plan? Re- paint the schools? Re-establish utilities? Openthe country to capitalism? Hold elections? Put the people back to work?Farm? Cook? Make Iraq our 51st state? EXACTLY what is the plan, and whydon't those of us that want to know the plan, know where we can read theplan? Let's pretend it's a secret. Why does it take a military army topaint schools? Why does it take an army to repair utilities? Why does ittake an army to establish free markets? To farm? To cook? Those are allcivilian and business projects. Legal functions. Civilian functions.Let's pretend we don't have to have a military army in Iraq to protectthe oil fields and oil pipelines.Why do we still need a 130,000 of our troops there? Exactly when arethey leaving? Let's pretend Curious George Bush did not say we would notbecome occupiers. Let's pretend Curious George Bush did not say thatousting Hussien was the mission.Let's imagine what Saddam Hussein ordered his 900,000 man army to do, asthey waited for the imminent U.S. invasion. Let's pretend Saddam DID NOTtell his army to take their uniforms off, to run and to hide themselvesand 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'spretend guerilla attacks are defendable.Let's pretend that the Pentagon did not report this week that 12,000 ofour children have been medivaced out of Iraq for one reason or anotherin only 8 months. 12,000. Let's pretend that most Iraqi families do notproudly own weapons just as U.S. citizens do. Free countries are allowedto 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 moreinnocent Iraqi civilians than were killed on 9-11. Let's pretend theydon't care about civilian deaths like we do. Let's pretend the attackersof 9-11 were Iraqi.Let's pretend that Saddam Hussein's soldiers have less pride in theircountry than our citizens and soldiers do, and that they have nointention of defending Iraq if invaded. Let's pretend that W Bush hasnot flaunted his Christianity to a Muslim nation that believes thatAllah grants them instant passage to heaven for killing invaders ofTHEIR land, Christian or otherwise. Let's pretend Iraq is not in theheart of the Islamic world.Let's pretend that the Iraqi's understand why our troops have nowsurrounded entire cities with barbed wire, and that they don't mindproving they aren't the enemy in their own country at U.S."checkpoints", and that it doesn't bother them to have their doorskicked in even if they have done nothing to warrant search. Let'spretend they think it is all right to have to have permission fromforeigners that don't even speak their language, to go from one city toanother. Let's pretend that imposing curfews on their general populationis OK with the Iraqi's, and that they don't mind being forced to stayinside their homes when we tell them to. Let's pretend we are nothumiliating a proud civilization. Let's pretend that what we are doingis the best way to show them our true intentions, what democracy is allabout.Let's pretend that Iraq actually did something to the United States.Let's pretend that we had to attack Iraq because they violated UnitedNations resolution 1441. Let's pretend that the same United Nations toldus we could not attack. Let's pretend we used U.N. resolution violationsas an excuse to attack, but the U.N. does not have any authority if theysay we can't attack anybody we want. Let's pretend that we are rightabout what we have done, and what we are going to be doing for the nextdecade if we do not stop it now. Hell, let's pretend that Iraq has atropical climate.Let's pretend we will not have to commit genocide to get rid of thosethat 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" theIraqi's, PLUS many non-military civilians that now hate us. Every one ofthem has one rifle, at least.Let's pretend they don't want us to leave. Let's pretend that billionsof our dollars aren't being stolen by the worst kind of white-collarcriminals. Let's pretend we know where the money is going. Let's pretendthat millions have not lost their jobs here, that veterans benefits arenot 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 theVietnam era. I'm going to pretend that our troops aren't suffering andhaving 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 goingto pretend that this job in Iraq couldn't have been done peacefully.I love this country. The land of make believe. Thank goodness we canpretend 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 pretendthat it is not time to remove Curious George Bush from the White Housein 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 hasbecome unmanageable because it is a giant lie.
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