A tad askew from the traditional view

Monday, December 12, 2005


Well, it's another shameful day in the neighborhood. As the number of dead American military personnel moves toward 2,150 (and we have no idea of the number of limbs that have been blown off), evidence continues to mount that the Congress and the American people were intentionally misled and lied to with respect to the reasons for invading Iraq. The essence of the latest revelation, which sounds uncomfortably familiar, is shown below, in a quote from the beginning of an article in Sunday's LA Times.

"French Told CIA of Bogus Intelligence

"The foreign spy service warned the U.S. various times before the war that there was no proof Iraq sought uranium from Niger, ex-officials say.By Tom Hamburger, Peter Wallsten and Bob Drogin, Times Staff Writers

"PARIS — More than a year before President Bush declared in his 2003 State of the Union speech that Iraq had tried to buy nuclear weapons material in Africa, the French spy service began repeatedly warning the CIA in secret communications that there was no evidence to support the allegation.The previously undisclosed exchanges between the U.S. and the French, described in interviews last week by the retired chief of the French counterintelligence service and a former CIA official, came on separate occasions in 2001 and 2002.........."

The question is, how much more of this will it take to get Washington off its duff to do something about it. After all, we're not talking about a harmless dalliance in a corridor off the oval office here. We're talking about the possibility of lies that have cost thousands of lives and crippled countless others.

Sometimes, it seems that the continuing stream of news stories relating to the casualties has numbed our minds to the cumulative horror of the situation. The reality is perhaps best placed in perspective by asking ourselves, is anything more precious to us than our own lives? If the answer is "nothing," then we might ask, is anything more precious than their lives? And only after that should we read the obituaries.


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