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A Million Iraqi Corpses?

Former appointee for rebuilding Iraq, Lt. General Jay Garner by use of his special, magic crystal ball has predicted that we will come up with over a million Iraqi corpses. While such speculation might normally belong on the "Psychotic - er Psychic friends hotline", this speculation is politically motivated. The Bush administration wants us to take our eye off the ball, to allow them to change their rationale for invading Iraq.

These numbers, conjured up apparently out of thin air, remind me of the atrocity figures we were fed by the Clintonista regime regarding Kosovo. These numbers also remind me of the wildly exaggerated enemy casualty figures given us by self serving Air Force generals to "prove" that they needed an even bigger budget. After the dust settled, it turns out the figures were wildly exaggerated and had virtually no basis in reality whatsoever.

The Bush administration apparently believes they may not find any Weapons of Mass Destruction after all. This of course begs the question "What Intelligence did they have before they launched a multi-billion dollar war that has cost the lives of over 200 US service personnel?". Don't forget that we were promised by our fatuous federal government that they had "secret" information that they could not show us without revealing sources.

By switching the focus to human rights violations, the Bush administration is seeking to justify their monumental blunder and outright deceit regarding Iraq. Whether we find one million casualties, one billion or none though, let's keep on track. This war was not necessary, it was not Constitutionally mandated and it was not started according to Constitutional law. Might does not make right and the pathway to hell is paved with good intentions.

No American serviceman or woman is worth the blood of a thousand non-Americans.

I realize that this statement is obviously not politically correct, that it goes against the conventional "wisdom" which states that we are the world, we are a global village and that all of us are equal. I realize also that there are many who believe that it is the mission of the United States military to provide humanitarian relief. In my earlier column however, titled "To Uphold and Defend", I clearly displayed that a soldier's duty is to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and he has no duty or business in global affairs.

I also realize that those who believe that the American servicemen and women are supposed to be some sort of global police force, coincidentally, are not in the military and if they ever were, they no doubt were in some highly political or protected position. I haven't met too many grunts, especially ones that have been on these endless deployments, who believe that defending the rights of some other nations people should be their mission. The only reason they went along with the deployments in most cases was because of the consequences, usually a courts martial with prison time and a bad conduct discharge or worse, meaning they would never have a decent job again in their lives.

Garner also went on to say that he believes the United States is helping build a peaceful and democrat Iraq. This statement is so ridiculous that it is almost surreal. A "Democratic" Iraq would mean one controlled by the majority who are the Shia Muslims, seconded by the Sunni Muslims. At the bottom of the heap and sure to be relegated to second class slave status are of course the Christian and Jewish population which was one of the largest for any Middle Eastern Country outside of Israel.

Meanwhile, the "peaceful" Iraq is steadily claiming the lives of our fine young servicemen and women who are living in squalid conditions. Couple this with the fact that there is no viable exit strategy for the military, that they are being given a nearly impossible mission of holding the peace while tyrants like GW Bush deny the Iraqi's the right to self determination, and that the Iraqi people have massive unemployment, a bankrupt economy and an unstable infrastructure and we can see a powderkeg waiting to explode.

Despite the politically motivated bluster by the Bush administration which claims that everything is fine, the WMD's will be found any second now and that his "strategery" for the region, a closely guarded secret that changes daily, things are not fine. Soldiers are dying and this war is costing the American taxpayer 3 billion dollars a month, not counting the billions we are going to pour into the pockets of Haliburton and other corporations for the rebuilding. By the way, Haliburton and the other rebuilders did not have to submit competitive bids as is required by law and they are hiring mostly foreign and cheap labor to do the job, so much for a shot in the arm to the American economy.

Garner has also stated that one of the top priorities of the military in Iraq is to capture Saddam; I guess Osama bin Laden has been forgotten. Garner went on to say that the "Iraqi people are happy as hell that the Iraqi people invaded and occupied their country" which strikes me as the most bizarre lie I have heard in years. How many of us would be "happy as hell" to see tanks in the streets, have checkpoints at every corner, little or no food, water or electricity and an occupying army that says "sorry, you can't have your own government, we're in charge". I don't know about you but I'd be anything but happy.

Garner indicated that some "mass graves" have been found and that some of them are just kids. While some mass graves have indeed been found, I believe the actual cause of death can be attributed to over a decade of sanctions and allied bombing which, according to human rights groups, have killed more than a million, the majority of them children.

Regardless though, Iraq was none of our business and it should remain that way, unfortunately so long as the soldiers do the dying and the taxpayers pay for the war, leaving the politicians free from any responsibility or cost, this war is but a precursor of things to come.

In Freedom,
Al Lorentz
State Chairman, Constitution Party of Texas
7 July 2003

Al Lorentz is a Fundamentalist Christian and the State Chairman of the Constitution Party of Texas

Al Lorentz's Bio. Untitled

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