Sunday, 22 August 2010

Quote of the day...

...isn't a quote so much as it is a cartoon;

The only observation worth adding is that the exit is as much of a lie as the victory. Whilst the headlines declared that the last US combat brigade has left Iraq, State Department spokesman PJ Crowley has said that "we are ending the war... but we are not ending our work in Iraq."

The Americans and British "have a long-term commitment to Iraq." Hence why this "end" to the war leaves 50,000 armed troops behind.

Apparently, they "will only use their weapons in self-defence or at the request of the Iraqi government." But this would hardly be the first falsehood told to us by the US military. For one, the collateral murder incident springs to mind. 

This is not to mention the war crimes committed in Fallujah in 2004. And the fallout which people - including the newborn - continue to suffer as a result.

So, yes, for all intents the war may be over. But its effects will continue to be felt for many years to come, not just in terms of lives lost and physical suffering, but in the economic turmoil as the country continues to be carved up for capital.

The soldier who shouted "We've won. It's over. We brought democracy to Iraq!" deserves a medal for irony.