THE SERIOUS BIT
by Stefan Posthuma
The war is over.
I always firmly believed in the fact that war is evil, criminal
and injust. I always thought that I would never condone a war and
I would be repelled by it.
But during the last month or so I am not so sure anymore. It was
clear that Saddam had to be stopped, and had to be stopped fast.
The only way possible to do this was a militairy action ergo a
I was surprised by myself when I felt some strange kind of
relief the morning I woke up with the seven o'clock news telling
me that the allied warplanes had started the bombing of Iraqi
From that moment on, the first thing I would do every morning
when I woke up was turn on the TV and watch the news. Watch
Schwartzkopf and his video games that are real. Watch the smart
bombs enter chimneys and almost intelligent cruise missiles hit
their targets. A tiny part of me wanted to stand up and yell:
"Yeah, kick ass boys!!" as yet another bomb impacted another
bridge with terrifying precision.
I always felt that murder is horrible and yet I don't think I
will feel bad when the news tells me Saddam has been killed. I
think he will get killed. I mean why do you think Israel just had
to sit there and take Scud after Scud?
"You can have his ass when this is over", Bush will have
promised them. Right now the Mossad is making plans for sure.
It's not right, but I feel like "Yeah" when I hear that Saddam
is trying to flee Iraq because he is fearing for his life.
I always thought that war would bring me down, but during the
ground war, I was eager to get home and watch the news, watch
the Iraqi forces being scattered by the Allied forces. I mean
they have been defeated totally and utterly. Most of them didn't
even get to fighting and surrendered immediately and those that
did fight were killed instantly.
Now American propaganda has tried to let us believe that this
was a 'clean' war. High-tech weapons hitting only the militairy
command post and not the nursery right next to it. Civilians
being spared while the B52's turned the Iraqi defenses into
blackened ashes. They told us that Saddam deliberately put
militairy targets amidst civilians to that the Allies wouldn't
attack them and if they did and civilians got killed, he could
scream hell and blood about it. Remember the bunker incident.
"War crimes!", they yelled. But what about the innocent people in
Israel and not to mention the thousands that have been killed and
tortured in Kuwait.
But it is over and the good guys have won and we should all be
glad. So what about the 100,000 Iraqi soldiers that are said to
have been killed? Or Kuwait that has been turned to rubble and
burning oil wells? Or the oil spill in the Gulf that people seem
to have forgotten about?
It's a mad world allright.
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