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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothin' Left to Lose

That must be the freedom Bush is babbling about having brought to Afghanistan and Iraq. Iraqis lost much of their freedom back in the 1960's when the CIA helped the Sunni Baath party take power. They lost a bit more when Saddam Hussein took over in the late 1970's, and when the Carter and Reagan administrations encouraged and supported him in his war against Iran. By the time Saddam was suckered into invading Kuwait they didn't have much left, and those who survived the brutal 1991 Gulf War had even less. Twelve years of murderous sanctions deprived hundreds of thousands more of even the right to life. And now, the deprivations of the previous 25 years continue, many of them much worse (like the availability of electricity), and they've got the tanks of armed occupiers rolling down their streets, and planes and helicopters attacking from above.

If this is what freedom looks like, I hope Bush isn't planning to bring it to America.

points out that while the insane bloody assault on Najaf is grabbing the headlines, the relentless destruction of Fallujah continues:
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. aircraft and artillery bombarded targets in the Iraqi city of Falluja early on Tuesday, lighting up the night sky with explosions that shook the southwest of the city, residents said.

They said U.S. aircraft mounted several air strikes in the industrial sector of the city, and tanks were then seen going toward the scene of the attack.

A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said he had no information on the offensive.
Guess you had to be there.