Dying To Justify The Dead
With the belated neo-con vision of Iraq Democracy looking like yet another lost cause, Maureen Down deconstructs Bush's latest rationale for "completing the mission" in Iraq:
'We owe them something,' he told veterans in Salt Lake City (even though his administration tried to shortchange the veterans agency by $1.5 billion). 'We will finish the task that they gave their lives for.'Bush is the one who owes the dead, the maimed, and the families of both US and Iraqi casualties something: an answer to Cindy Sheehan's question, what noble cause did they die for?
What twisted logic: with no W.M.D., no link to 9/11 and no democracy, now we have to keep killing people and have our kids killed because so many of our kids have been killed already? Talk about a vicious circle: the killing keeps justifying itself.