Dead on the Fouth of July!
Jessie Ė TV News Lies July 2, 2007
For heís a Yankee Doodle Dandy, Yankee Doodle Do or DieÖ. A real live nephew of his Uncle Sam, Dead on the Fourth of JulyÖ (with apologies to George M. Cohan)
Fly your flags, all you patriots; itís another Fourth of July! Fire up the barbecues, ice up the beer and get ready to celebrate another Independence Day in the good old USA. And be sure not to miss the fabulous fireworks that so majestically explode in the night sky to the music of God Bless America. Makes you proud, doesnít it?
And oh, while youíre at it, donít give a momentís thought to the men and women fighting the Bush/PNAC war in Iraq. You know, the troops who are out there supposedly fighting for your freedom, or for an end to terror, or for regime change, or for Iraqi liberation, or for the spread of democracy, or for oil, or for George Bush and Dick Cheney or whatever. Donít let them spoil your fun. After all, itís a holiday. Enjoy.
Heck, itís a war, and people die, right? Have another hot dog. So what if nearly 3,600 Americans and nearly 300 Ďcoalitioní forces are dead on this Fourth of July? So what if hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are dead on this Fourth of July? So what if tens of thousands of young men and women are no longer whole in mind and body? Itís a holiday. Play ball.
Yeah, itís been a bloody few months, - the worst, in fact, since that other amazing fireworks show called Shock and Awe. Do you even remember that spectacular night? Never mind, itís party time in America. Donít let images of innocent people being blown to bits get in the way of your fun. Donít get upset about a needless war that has been raging for more than four years with no end in sight. Just go for a swim on this lovely day. And tomorrow is a workday. Damn.
The dead are dead, and thereís nothing you can do to change that, right? Thereíll surely be more dead men and women and children tomorrow, and who knows how many thousands will join the dead and dying by the next Fourth of July.
Oh, thatís rightÖ you really donít approve of the war any more, do you? As a good American, you wouldnít mind seeing it all end, and you really want the troops to come home one of these days. But, what the hell, thereís nothing much you can do about it, so donít let it bother you. Relax. Have a beer.
But when the songs and star bursts have ended, and when the food is all gone and your back home, safe and sound, stop and think. Think for just a moment of those who are dead on this Fourth of July because of the greed and insanity of those who lied this country into an illegal and immoral war. When the holiday has ended, think for just a moment of those who will be dead in time for the next Independence Day.
And then sit back and wonder whether there was anything at all to celebrate.
Last updated 04/07/2007