Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The picture above is from the height of the Iraqi insurgency in 2006. Click on the picture and magnify it. What it shows is a dead boy, 3 years old perhaps, with half his head blown off after an American raid in Baghdad. The flap of translucent scalp catches the sun's rays. His grandfather carries him from the morgue. All of us have an obligation to spend a few minutes staring at that picture. It is one of thousands.
This is what we did. That was a child we exterminated. WMD. Liberate Iraq. The one true incontrovertible crime of the 21st century so far. Aggressive war. Pre-emptive war. False pretences. It has been ten years since we charged into disgrace. Perhaps this ought to be a time for national reflection and collective shame.....