Monday, October 31, 2005


It is with much disappointment I write to commemorate the 2,000th American life (approximately 2012 at this writing) that has been lost in the war in Iraq. I also mourn the 30,000 deaths of Iraqi people (many civilians) who feel that their homeland has been invaded by a foreign country. Also there are 102 soldiers of the "coalition of the willing" that have died. We have almost spent the $30 billion allocated to rebuild Iraq after destroying it and "there is no clear source for hundreds of millions of dollars a year needed to operate the projects that have been finished" (NY Times, 10/30/05) .
Let me take this moment to reiterate two facts:
1) There were NO weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. (source: CIA)
2) There was NO link between Iraq and the 9/11 attack on the US. (source: 9/11 Commission)
In both regards the American people have been either LIED to or extremely MISLED by our government leaders. We owe the families of everyone involved much more than a crappy apology but no one's even been given that!

And in closing one more number. ZERO (as in 0, none, nil, nada): the number of funerals Bush has attended as well as the number of casket photos the media has been allowed to publish (despite something called the Freedom of Press in the First Ammendment of our Bill of Rights).

How many roads must a man walk down, Before you call him a man?
Yes, ’n’ how many seas must a white dove sail, Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ’n’ how many times must the cannon balls fly, Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

How many times must a man look up, Before he can see the sky?
Yes, ’n’ how many ears must one man have, Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, ’n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows, That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist, Before it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, ’n’ how many years can some people exist, Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, ’n’ how many times can a man turn his head,Pretending he just doesn’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,The answer is blowin’ in the wind.
-Bob Dylan


Lance Noe said...

WOW! Nice and powerful. I wish I had deep thoughts like you. I just post pics of cute people.. my students, my boyfriend and ME!

abogado-david said...

Dan, there is an alternate explanation to the Bush Administration having either lied or misled the American people. Even placing things in the best light for them, one has to admit that our leaders were duped or manipulated themselves with fake intelligence (possibly by Iran, who has really come out ahead on this). For me, this is no less damning for our leaders, because it showed they did not have good judgment. While it is true that Clinton and a whole host of Democrats over the years thought that Sadaam had WMDs, nobody until Bush had the (at best) audacity or (at worst) supidity to go ahead and invade without proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Iraq was an inevitable threat to our national security.