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Columns - A Cup O' Kapeng Barako
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 09:53

A Cup o' Kapeng Barako 

Do not be lulled

By the gentleness of the night

Rage, rage, rage …

Against the dying of the light.

--Bob Dylan

 

The other day, while flipping through TIME magazine pages, I came upon this question posed by one of its readers in the Inbox section of its recent issue:

"When the troops finally come home from Iraq and the judgment of history is written, how will we justify to grieving parents the pointless deaths of their children in service of this monstrous blunder?"

Yes, indeed … how?

While looking through an album of photos of "Scenes from Iraq" on the Internet, I came upon a photo that stopped me dead on my tracks. It was of a little Iraqi boy standing next to a battle-clad U.S. soldier. The boy was intently gazing up at the soldier, with those huge, soulful, pure black Iraqi eyes.

I looked at the photo for a long, long time.

As I looked, questions began to form on my mind. Questions like: Was the boy gazing up at the soldier in awe? Or was he looking up in fear? Or, was the look one of smoldering hate?

I couldn’t tell.

I imagined myself as that boy. I placed myself in his shoes and tried to feel what he felt at that moment. And you know what I felt? Hate! Smoldering hate for that soldier …

This is an excerpt from a journal of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Darrel Ray Griffin Jr., a young infantry squad leader in Baghdad, recalling how he felt when his platoon kicked themselves in into a home of an Iraqi family whose only crime was having similar names to those of wanted insurgents. He recently came home to his wife from Iraq, in a flag-draped coffin.

"… I felt something that had been brooding under the attained callousness of my heart for some time.

"My heart finally broke for the Iraqi people. I wanted to just sit down and cry while saying I’m so, so sorry for what we had done. I had the acute sense that we had failed these people. It was at this time, and after an entire year of being deployed and well into the next deployment that I realized something.

"We burst into homes, frighten the hell out of families, and destroy their homes looking for an elusive enemy. We do this out of fear of the unseen and attempt to compensate for our inability to capture insurgents by swatting mosquitoes with a sledge-hammer in glass houses…."

Like the way I imagined the hate of that little Iraqi boy, I felt this soldier’s anguish in this piece of writing that was torn from his journal.

Okay now, check this out. I couldn’t believe when I first heard it. But do y’all know that in 1994 the U.S. military looked into developing a "gay bomb"?

Yes, you read it right: a GAY BOMB!

This bomb if dropped in a war zone in the heat of a battle would release some sort of aphrodisiac, making men unable to resist pawing at each other and getting lovey-dovey … you know, that sort of queer thing.

So instead of the combatants making war at each other, they would be making love at each other. Hmmmm. Heck, why not? We won’t tell. And for that matter, we won’t even ask. It beats shooting and killing each other.

I kid you not, folks. It’s true. We did indeed consider building the bomb. CBS reported last week that the Pentagon CONFIRMED the project. And guess what was the code name of the project?

Project Elton John.

Hey, if that’s a probability, do y’all think it was also a possibility the Al Qaeda had succeeded in engineering and detonating an IDIOT BOMB in the vicinity of the White House around the time Pentagon developed the GAY BOMB? After all, Osama bin Laden is a trained engineer and an expert maker of home-made bombs, and as we all know, the primary resident of the White House is a known IDIOT.

Regardless of the truth or falsity of the White House’s arguments that took us into Iraq, we made a historical IDIOTIC blunder in invading Iraq.

After four years, what we have to show for it are hundreds of thousands of casualties, mostly civilians; an escalating violence; the mounting deaths of our troops; an insurgency verging on a civil war that kills hundreds daily; entire cities where many Americans and Iraqis cannot go; a training ground for JIHADIST warriors and suicide bombers; Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay and other CIA-operated prisons holding unknown number of prisoners without access to family and legal counsel …

A true quagmire, like Vietnam. Or as we, Vietnam-era vets, would say: a "clusterf…."

And now this "clusterf…" has spread to the entire region. French columnist Jean-Claude Kiefer wrote: "America’s quagmire in Iraq has facilitated the rise of Hamas in the Palestinian territories and Hezbollah in Lebanon; it has strengthened Syria, and it has established Iran as a regional power."

True indeed, the world now is much terribly worse off because of this IDIOCY in Iraq.

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