Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Another young soul lost in Falluja

Another local boy drops at 21 years old.

The horror, the horror, the horror.


This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never look into your eyes...again
Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need...of some...stranger's hand
In a...desperate land
Lost in a Roman...wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain, yeah

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Breaking a city in order to fix it, Fallujah

Echoing H. L. Mencken:

''Iraq is a complex problem,'' said Charles Pena, director of defense policy studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian research group based in Washington. ''Our problem is that we keep leading people to believe that there are simple solutions.''

''Our military action creates other problems that our military cannot solve,'' he said. ''And we haven't been very good at fixing what we broke in Iraq.''

American commanders say they had no illusions that the Falluja offensive would let them capture the Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted man in Iraq, or break the back of the insurgency.

What they do not acknowledge is that seizing Falluja does not bring them much closer to solving the occupation's most intractable problem - how to get Sunni Arabs to overcome their feelings of disenfranchisement and accept the role of a minority in a democratic Iraqi state.
Letter from Baghdadby Barzou Darahahi, Guerrilla News
October 16th, 2004

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