Saturday, October 29, 2005

Tom. Watson. Is. Pissed..

Human remains found atop a forty-story building being demolished near where the World Trade Center once stood are almost certainly from that terrible day.

Workers on the roof of the skyscraper, the former Deutsche Bank Building at 130 Liberty Street, came across the fragments last month as they were cleaning gravel in preparation for the building's demolition. The 10 small pieces of bone, ranging from half an inch to two inches, some perhaps from a rib cage, were turned over to the medical examiner's office.
Link to NY Times story]

Tom Watson observes...

They're still finding bone fragments from the dead on the tops of New York skyscrapers, and still the shrapnel of September 11th finds its way through the soft body of American life. Today it ripped the guts from the long public career of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, one of the highest officials in the Bush Administration, as a grand jury charged him in a cover-up involving the deliberate leak of a covert American operative's name in a callous act of political retribution.
The heart of the case against Scooter Libby and Fitzgerald's ongoing investigation is the still beating heart of September 11, 2001 - a heart beat of sacrifice and liberty defended to so many Americans, perverted - utterly perverted - by a group of zealots and pretenders. Make no mistake: the killing machine of 9-11 is still stirring; the jet fuel is still burning, taking the mostly young lives of 2,000 Americans in Iraq - men and women who died because of a sleight of hand engineered by Richard Cheney and the White House Iraq Group.
Led by Mr. Cheney, this Administration used the attack on New York and the Pentagon to launch an unnecessary war against Iraq - an immoral adventure that seems to have no end and no purpose. Iraq has no connection to 9-11. No connection. It never has.

There's more, but you get the idea. By now we are all lined up on one side or the other as the country has polarized as badly as it did during the Vietnam War. I don't think reading this piece will persuade those "supporting" the war to change their mind. And for those of us who find this war a savage and nasty exercise in making more enemies, the piece will be repetitious. But reading these words makes me remember again how helpless I felt as I watched public opinion ignorantly connect the WTC attack with the need to wage a war in Iraq.

Tom Watson is correct. Every time I think of the WTC attack I want to explode with rage. Then I remember all the times I have exploded with rage and how little that accomplished. I felt better for a fleeting moment, but when the moment passed the rage returned and nothing I did with my explosion of anger had done anything to ameliorate the pain.

I know, Saddam was evil and needed to be removed from power.
Okay, that has been done. He's in custody and scheduled for some kind of Justice.
But that does not explain why we continue to remain in Iraq.

That country is having a civil war and we are in the midst of it. We claim to be "fighting for freedom and democracy," but if the truth be known -- if anything like "democracy" were to be had today, with the will of a majority dictating what should happen next -- I very seriously doubt that anything like a majority would be in favor of the United States' remaining in Iraq and continuing this war. The US is no longer seen as a liberator but an occupation force. We may have the hearts and minds of a lot of Iraqis, but mathematically I do not believe that we have anything resembling a majority. And the last time I checked, majority rule is what is meant by the word "democracy."

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