I feel like sharing some powerful stuff that I came across today related to the war in Iraq.
This slide show contains pictures of wounded soldiers who have come back from the war.
Following this link will take you to an exerpted article from a book written by a person who has lived in Iraq for the past few years. It’s certainly incomplete but makes me want to read the book.
The beginning of the 2nd page starts off with this paragraph, of which the final sentence makes me throw up a little in my mouth.
The opportunity to participate in the US-led effort to reconstruct Iraq as part of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), which ran Iraq’s government from April 2004 until June 2004, attracted all manner of Americans: restless professionals, Arabic-speaking academics, development specialists and war-zone adventurers. But before they could go to Baghdad, they had to get past Jim O’Beirne’s office in the Pentagon. To pass muster with O’Beirne, a political appointee who screens prospective political appointees for defence department posts, applicants didn’t need to be experts in the Middle East or in post-conflict reconstruction. What seemed most important was loyalty to the Bush administration.
As if it could get worse a quote further down is this:
“I’m not here for the Iraqis,” one staffer said. “I’m here for George Bush.”
Unbelievable stuff. Simply unbelievable that people were awarded these jobs as rewards rather than looking for the best candidate.
And if that’s not enough here’s an article discussing how the Israel situation has eery similarities to how England manhandled Ireland back in the 17th century.