To the editor:
Justifications for invading Iraq have all proved inaccurate, misleading and downright fabricated, so what's left for members of the nonreality-based community who, like our decider/commander guy, support staying the course, a.k.a. the surge?
"We're establishing a democracy in the Middle East."
That would be dandy had we gone about it in some manner other than leveling cities and creating ideal conditions for endless carnage. According to a new Iraq Center for Research and Strategic Studies poll, about 90 percent of Iraqis feel the situation in their country was better before the U.S.-led invasion than it is today.
"We're fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here."
According to a report by Save the Children, included among those we won't have to fight over here are the one in eight Iraqi children who died in 2005 of disease or violence before reaching their fifth birthdays. "We can still win" types should count the children in their families, neighborhoods and churches and then do the math.
The crimes and violations of the Geneva Conventions that have been inflicted upon Iraqi civilians by this "Greatest Nation on Earth" are beyond appalling, as is the devastation suffered by families of the now 3,378 U.S. troops killed in this "war on terror." It's terror all right. Be it stubborn incompetence or hidden, long-term agendas, our government chose to fight fire with accelerants. The damage is irreparable, and the fire is now harder than ever to put out.