Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Remember 9/11 victims,

but Iraq War victims, too

As you read the rant below from Jessica McBride, about the victims of 9/11, consider the 2,592 young men and women who were not ready to die, either, but who lost their lives fighting the Bush-Cheney war in Iraq.

As Jessica would say, they were real people.

People with families.

Not abstractions.

They were people who didn't deserve to die. Not that way. Not then.

They died because Bush and Cheney sent them to attack and occupy a country that was not responsible for 9/11.

Those 2,592 people -- not to mention the tens of thousands of Iraqi casualties -- were real people, too. And Kevin Barrett didn't send them there to die. Jessica's heroes -- Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld -- did.

Here's McBride's take;

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2006, 1:44 a.m.
We're young men. We're not ready to die.

Kevin Barrett, and all of your ilk, you disgust me. I am sorry for the gut-level reaction, but you listen to this 911 call from the World Trade Center and have an opposite reaction. Warning! It's very disturbing.

I believe all of the 911 calls should be released. Remember that a judge banned most of them, absent releases from families. But most calls will never be heard because most callers are not identified, making releases impossible.

We need to hear them all. We need to remember. A few are trickling out.

This call is absolutely chilling. Listen here.

This is what it reminds us:

This tragedy is not something to play around with.

Real people died.

People with families.

People like Kevin Cosgrove.

They are not abstractions. They were real people.

People who didn't deserve to die. Not that way. Not then.

People who were killed by evil terrorists. Who have no moral equivalency to our government. Terrorists whose ideology needs to be countered and rooted out, not run away from.

People who were not killed by Dick Cheney.

When you blame our government, and specific people like Cheney, for the deaths of people like Kevin Cosgrove, without any legitimate evidence, you dishonor the dead.

And just because he's a politician, doesn't mean that people should be able to say whatever they want about Cheney. How dare people, without any legitimate evidence, accuse Cheney of murdering Kevin Cosgrove? That's right. It's not just "3,000" people. They had names.
So do those who have lost their lives in Iraq, fighting a war based on a lie.


At 1:24 PM, Blogger Dailytakes said...

I respect your past military service and note that I have none. But are members of the all volunteer military who die in service really vicitims? They volunteered. They took and oath. They served their nation honorably. Heroes, indeed.

But, victims?

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

I don't subscribe to the theory that getting killed in a senseless war -- or any war -- makes you a hero.

There are heroes, to be sure.

But there are many more victims.

At 4:33 PM, Blogger Other Side said...

One word describes McBride: Sanctimonious.

For those who don't have a dictionary ... Feigning piety or righteousness.

At 4:02 AM, Blogger Copie said...

Could those caring people who are concerned with the psychological effects on all of the people affected by the 911 World Trade Centre terrorism attack please join with me and support the victims and their families by sending them a “Blessing from God” certificate from the website http://www.godsblessingsforyou.co

These people will gain great strength and comfort when they receive one of these tasteful Blessing from God complete with your personal best wishes.

God Bless You
Reverend Thomas

At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I note a lack of mention of all the non-military people in Iraq who died in and since the illegal war, as a result of that illegal war of aggression. Some estimates put the death toll at 100,000; some put it higher.

Please remember all these innocent people.

At 4:03 PM, Blogger xoff said...

This post is from 2006 and says:

Those 2,592 people -- not to mention the tens of thousands of Iraqi casualties --

which was accurate at the time.


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