Friday, December 16, 2005

Iraq, Ourselves

From Today's Daytona Beach News-Journal:

Every week as I prepare to write this piece I tell myself: Not Iraq , not this time. Almost every week something makes it impossible to stay away, to get away. Iraq is 6,800 miles from our shores in geography only. What happens there in any given week has more bearing on what we’re becoming here than anything happening between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. And what we’re becoming is a fraud of our former selves. The lust and gluttony for power, the greed for cheap and easy profit from Iraq’s ruins, the wrath of our terrified military, of our mercenary “private security” goons: All of it combines into a three-ring circus of violence with the Tigris for a River Styx and the Potomac for a Rubicon. Read the full column...