Illusions

Posted: August 12, 2008 in Uncategorized
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I remember sitting in my office down the hall from the first “Petraeus Hearing,” watching the closed-circuit feed as the general and Ambassador Crocker showed charts tracking the Balkanization of Baghdad. The charts illustrated in mathematical, sterile terms that Baghdad reorganized itself along lines of ethnicity and mutual suspicion. The report below dramatizes the cold numbers with pictures and stories. It’s a heartbreaking repudiation of the myth of redemptive violence. Those who say that the “surge is working” have a very limited and brutal view of success.

The image in part 2 of the desolate wasteland of junk, each piece an impromptu gravestone for an unnamed victim of the militias, is heart-rending and poignant.

(Hat tip to Crooks and Liars for finding and posting these links.)

Look on these neighborhoods, these endless, shallow dust-fields of unmarked graves, these walls feebly containing an overflow of pain-wracked violence, and tell me that this is fruit of a Christian nation’s actions on behalf of Christ.

One:     Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
All:     Have mercy on us
One:     Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
All:     Free us from the bondage of sin and death
One:     Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
All:     Hear our prayer. Grant us peace.

One: For the victims of war
All: Have mercy
One: Women, men and children
All: Have mercy
One: The maimed and the crippled
All: Have mercy
One: The abandoned and the homeless
All: Have mercy
One: the imprisoned and the tortured
All: Have mercy
One: The widowed and the orphaned
All: Have mercy
One: The bleeding and the dying
All: Have mercy
One: The weary and the desperate
All: Have mercy
One: The lost and the forsaken
All: Have mercy

One:   O God — Have mercy on  us sinners
All:     Forgive us for we know not what we do
One:    For our scorched and blackened earth
All:     Forgive us
One:    For the scandal of billions wasted in war
All:     Forgive us
One:    For our arms makers and arms dealers
All:    Forgive us
One:    For our Caesars and Herods
All:    Forgive us
One:     For the violence that is rooted in our hearts
All:    Forgive us

–From The Litany of Resistance.

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