Wednesday, February 09, 2005
By William Pitt
100,000 Iraqis are dead, but we don't hear about it. We creep towards 2,000 American soldiers dead, but we don't hear about it. Tens of thousands of American soldiers have been horribly wounded, but we don't hear about it. The war has so destabilized our economy that the foreign governments we need to buy our debt are flocking to the Euro instead of the sinking dollar, but we don't hear about it. The Sunni city of Fallujah is a graveyard, a tableau of war crimes writ large, but we don't hear about it. There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but we don't hear about it. The new Iraqi government is about to become a Shi'ite fundamentalist regime that will likely ally itself with Iran, but we don't hear about it.
Pitt's blog FYI is worth reading.
This is only the tip of a humongous frozen mass of irresponsibilty, blameless impunity, faultless freedom, clear conscience America. Infallibility. My country right or wrong. What did I do? Why do they hate us?
It's a symptom of the everyone-for-themselves and god-against-all logic of puritan capitalism. If you want to grow out of that cult, begin by taking responsibility for things that don't at first appear to be your responsibility. You'll gradually be surprised that you are responsible.