Here’s an excerpt from Juan Cole‘s blog this morning:
The fabled Tigris of the Fertile Crescent, said by some to have watered the Garden of Eden, has become the Styx, a river of death and corpses, with Bush and Cheney playing Charon. Some of the 14,000 Iraqis who disappear without a trace no doubt make the journey, not to the other side, but straight to the bottom.
Bacevich, no less than Walt Whitman, is our courage-teacher, reminding us of a lost America of vitality and backbone:
[Allen Ginsburg, “A Supermarket in California,”:
“Ah, dear father, graybeard, lonely old courage-teacher, what America did you have when Charon quit poling his ferry and you got out on a smoking bank and stood watching the boat disappear on the black waters of Lethe?”
If Iraq is menaced by the river of death, America is threatened by the river of oblivion. How many Americans feel the reality of the carnage in Iraq, the sorrow of Lt. Bacevich’s being taken from his parents? As Ginsburg saw, it is the opulent supermarket that preoccupies us, not the epic vision of a Whitman. The oblivion is being helped along by an Iraqi Interior Ministry that is reportedly forbidding photo journalists to take pictures of the aftermath of bombings, and by a US military that seems intent on severing public access to the online blogs of soldiers. I’m told my own site is no longer available to the US military in Iraq.
So I say ENOUGH! America should get out of Iraq ASAP and impeachment proceedings should be begun against Bush and Cheney.
Update 5/16/07: Polling shows that roughly 75% of Iraqis believe the presence of U.S. forces is making the security situation worse, and more than half of the members of Iraq’s parliament rejected for the first time on May 8 the continuing occupation of their country. The U.S. media ignored the story. Links to this info can be found on Juan Cole’s blog.