Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Bush's War

Last night PBS stations aired the first two hours of a two-part Frontline documentary, "Bush's War," laying out in excruciating detail the steps the Bush administration took to hijack the government and this country, attack Iraq on false pretenses, and embroil the U.S. in an illegal and shameful conflict. If you didn't catch part one, definitely watch the second installment, which will examine the conduct of the war over the last five years. Let's just say that last night's episode was painful and infuriating.

These photos were taken outside famous Marble Collegiate Church. (Some of you may know this as Norman Vincent Peale's church.) Each of these yellow ribbons, posted along the church's 5th Ave. and 29th St. sides, represents a member of the U.S. military who has died in Iraq or Afghanistan. Examining the names and ages on each ribbon, one notices that so many of the dead were in their 20s. What a horrific waste of human life, with no end of the carnage in sight. What a waste of youthful optimism and opportunities. How can the families of these people believe the rhetoric and lies that spew from Washington? The blood of each of these soldiers is on the hands of Bush and Cheney, who are no less guilty of war crimes than the Nazis tried at Nuremburg. One would be hard pressed to find a more shameful event in U.S. history.

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