Inside the Fire

Maybe I’m getting lazy. This entry is just going to be a reference to Jo Wilding’s chilling article about volunteer rescue activities in Iraq and the appalling behavior of the US military. It’s the kind of thing you’re not likely to see much of in the mainstream media. I really can’t summarize it any better than Jo does herself when she closes with:

And the satellite news says the cease-fire is holding and George Bush says to the troops on Easter Sunday that, “I know what we’re doing in Iraq is right.” Shooting unarmed men in the back outside their family home is right? Shooting grandmothers with white flags is right? Shooting at women and children who are fleeing their homes is right? Firing at ambulances is right?Well George, I know too now. I know what it looks like when you brutalise people so much that they have nothing left to lose. I know what it looks like when an operation is being done without anaesthetic because the hospitals are destroyed or under sniper fire and the city is under siege and aid isn’t getting in properly.

I know what it sounds like too. I know what it looks like when tracer bullets are passing your head, even though you are in an ambulance. I know what it looks like when a man’s chest is no longer inside him and what it smells like, and I know what it looks like when his wife and children pour out of his house.

It’s a crime and it’s a disgrace to us all.


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