IRAQ - Catch 22
Seabutler

Craigavon, UK

#1 May 16, 2007
Violent intrusion into the Iraqi territory proved to be followed by necessity of keeping the seized territory. It inevitably increased suffering of the civilian population as well as further destruction of the country itself. To be able to keep the country under the US siege, the invading armies, those of the USA and its “allies”, have to re-assort relatively frequently. Barricading themselves only behind so-called “green zone” would be disastrous for the occupants; since they are forced to move. And, as they have to move, their military road-rollers have to regroup again, and over again, almost endlessly, causing further damage to the whole country, and that move inevitably is nursing the flower of hostility, watered by tears and blood of the civilian populations. When the flower gets mature, is just right enough to embellish the cradle of insurgence. Since, the occupant, likes it or not, must go on an unpleasant enterprise of pacification and … paint it or write about it, the Vietnamese pattern recurs.
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The pacification of a hostile territory, where there is strong resistance by the inhabitants, intensifies the mobility of the occupant’s armies. Apart from the damage to the country and its population, it brings about the armies’ own loses which are relatively proportional to the decrease of the morale of the combat personnel. The insurgency rises, the pacification increases, the insurgency goes mad. And vice versa again.
CATCH 22 - the entire move causes the vicious circle of the escalation of unnecessary suffering and damage. The American war commanders and the military industry lobby know it. But they are happy to make huge revenue out from the business of war. Neither the lives of the Iraqi civilians, who are direct victims of the occupation, nor the lives of their own American troops, nor the lives of their “allies”, have any meaning to them. The American business is making money dripping with blood. The American tax payer feels his/her purse is heavier than before; G.W. Bush is making his tax-relief promise true.
And this is a mere episode from the whole chapter of the book of the reality of the illegal war on Iraq. And what about a book? Somebody will write it, after the cannons’ snouts have been “made up with water” and the taxes have risen, inconspicuously.
It was boldly seen at the very beginning that the illegal war on Iraq had been lost, irreversibly. It was simple and obvious that (quote)“no one likes to be beaten in one’s own home”.

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