Juan Cole links today to the death in Iraq yesterday of the 27-year old son of Boston University Professor Andrew Bacevich — a thoughtful critic of Bush’s War — written by Steven Clemons.

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.

  1. Danielle’s avatar

    Sometimes thought provoking posts such as this scrambles all my sensibilities. What are we to do? Can we ever remedy the transgressions of this administration or is the hole too deep? I don’t know what the best solution for Iraq would be but I KNOW that Bush, and Cheney CAN be impeached for their crimes.

    I have avoided all things political for about a month but I must return to the muck just to try to sort this all out at least my opinions of it.

    As always wishing you well.

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    Thanks for your comment, Danielle. Yes, they’ve dug us into a very deep hole. They’ve had much good advice from lots of quarters but refuse to take it.

    Just got back from seeing a great movie, “Live and Become” about an Ethiopean boy who survives and prospers against odds in Israel. It’s a wonderful movie which I hope to put up a post on.

    I’ve been thinking about the music meme, Danielle, and will get to it soon.

  3. barbara’s avatar

    Hi Mardé,
    I think that you have a lot of courage to speak your opinion on this war.Myself being also a US citizen BUT an expat, I would fear to be somewhat “lynched “. France did not send troops in, unlike UK .
    I hate war and I was not doing any flag waving when those guys rolled into Irak 4 years ago.Since then,I have seen some horrible things, for both sides.

    What a terrible loss for Pr Bacevich and for all parents that have lost a son or daughter.

    See you soon, Mardé

  4. Mardé’s avatar

    Hi Barbara,
    I can see that you, being an expat US citizen, might be concerned about the repercussions of too vociferous opposition. France certainly did the right thing not to back the war. Yes, horrible things happened and are continuing to happen on all sides.
    Take care, Barbara.

  5. Missy’s avatar

    Great post, Marde.

  6. Mardé’s avatar

    Thanks, Missy. Yes, it’s frustrating not to be able to do anything about the horrors, or even conceive of them in fact.


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