We’d been at war a full 60 minutes before I found out about it last night. Except for the 5 hours of patchy, broken sleep it has been constant war coverage from both the television and the myriad e-mails sent to all staff at my office. Links to copies the psyops flyers we’re dropping on Iraq, links to alternative media coverage, links to pictures of the devastation of the ’91 war.
And Peter Jennings is on ABC telling me that we now have the first confirmed U.S. and British casualties, not of direct conflict but of a helicopter crash (21:36 U.S. ET, 20 March 2003).
Yesterday’s Washington Post reported that 71% of Americans surveyed were in favor of war with Iraq. This brings up a couple of question:
1) Who the fuck are these people and where do they live? No one I know has been contacted by a pollster at all. Yes, the U.S. has a lot of population but still…no one at all. The paranoid part of me thinks they surveyed 1,500 people in Kansas and extrapolated statistically.
2) Why do these people support this war and do they realize that we spent the 1970s and 1980s funding or otherwise supplying Hussein with weapons?
What makes me ambivalent is that countries with officially sponsored state religions give me the creeps. More damage has been done to humans by humans in the name of God than for all the other reasons combined. I freely admit that I’m particularly biased against Islam. Any religion that so fundamentally denies the basic rights and humanity of more than 50% of the population simply because those people are female inspires in me the most visceral desire to violence I’ve ever had.
What makes me ambivalent is that we are, to a greater or lesser extent, responsible for the mess in the Middle East. We funded, directly or indirectly, the continuation of Saddam Hussein’s government in just the same way we funded the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Is there an easy solution? No, but who the hell promised us life would be easy?