Surely a few people walk through US airports while simultaneously living in reality, the reality in which the United States destroyed the nation of Iraq, slaughtered 1.4 million people, created 4.5 million refugees, destroyed the health and education and energy infrastructures, created epidemics of disease and birth defects, traumatized millions of children, and left behind a ruined violent anarchic state cursed with deep divisions previously unknown.Surely some of those reality - based people are aware that a majority of Americans believes the war benefitted Iraq, and a plurality believes Iraqis are grateful. To read, on top of that perversity, the claim that a bomb blast in Iraq saved Dominique ' s leg is sickening.
A doctor saved her leg. He found a silver lining in a genocide. The bomb blasts didn ' t save people. The bomb blasts killed people. And very few of the killers or their funders or their voters seem to care.In St. Paul, Minnesota, the state capitol is surrounded by war memorials. No evidence of opposition to war is apparent to the casual visitor. Militarism, as anywhere else in the United States, is everywhere visible. The sports arena flashes a giant electronic ad for the National Guard. But the ad flashes on Kellogg Boulevard. Almost no one knows what Kellogg Boulevard was named for. But local son Frank Kellogg won the Nobel Peace Prize for organizing the major nations of the world to ban war, and did so prior to all the wars honored on the grounds of the state capitol. This of course proves that Kellogg ' s war opposition should be forgotten since the wars so stupidly and barbarically fought in violation of the law since his day have brought us such a wealth of benefits. For example... medical miracle jackasses capable of surgery but not moral reflection. Local activists plan to revive memory of Kellogg ' s Peace Pact this August. Stay tuned. Wisconsin: I remember when it was alive with protest, as North Carolina is now, when the activists joined with the Democrats and therefore labor. I remember the pizzas ordered for Wisconsin from Cairo and vice versa. Egypt ' s fate is far from clear. But this we know. Egypt has set an example of independent, partisan - free, uncompromising populism that shows no signs of fading away. Egypt threw out a corrupt leader and then threw out his corrupt replacement. We let a corrupt leader rule the United States for 8 years and then bowed down before his corrupt successor. This country is far far too big, and the population of the Washington, D. C., metropolitan area far too uncomprehending for us to walk like an Egyptian. Clearly the people of any state you care to visit could run a respectable country if it weren ' t for the other 49. I know you don ' t want to hear the word secession. But what about the word shame? Would that be too much to ask for?
[box type = " info " color = " 000000 " bg = " FFFFFF " font = " arial " fontsize = " 11 " radius = " 10 " border = " FF7F27 "]David Swansonis an American activist, blogger and author. He served for a year as media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association. In May 2005, Swanson helped make the Downing Street memo known in the United States and discussed in Congress. He co - founded After Downing Street and led an ongoing campaign to impeach President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Swanson continues to work closely with the peace movement and often leads campaigns to end the Iraq War and punish those involved in launching that war. His Swanson ' s books include War Is A Lie. He blogs athttp: / / davidswanson. organdhttp: / / warisacrime. organd works as Campaign Coordinator for the online activist organizationhttp: / / rootsaction. org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio.[/ box]