Apr 25, 2007

The Wall in Iraq, the locals don't like it one damn bit.

The Wall in Iraq isn’t going over so well.

What shall we use to fill the empty spaces
Where we used to talk?
How should I fill the final places?
How should I complete the wall?

When I first heard about the building of the wall in Iraq, I thought of the Pink Floyd extravaganza by the same name. When I was young and really into their music, I saw them in over 7 states and every tour since 1970. No, I wasn’t a hippie that followed them from concert to concert, I merely never missed their tours, which weren’t always easy to find in the beginning of their career,…but I digress.

The similarities are interesting however. In the PF version, a child grows up in a war-torn country. A horrible despot kills his father. The child knows nothing but war and strife…you get the picture.

Fast forward to Iraq, in the year 2007. We are into our 5th year of carnage there in the name of Democracy:

What shall we use to fill the empty spaces
Where waves of hunger roar?
Shall we set out across the sea of faces
In search of more and more applause?
Shall we buy a new guitar?
Shall we drive a more powerful car?
Shall we work straight through the night?
Shall we get into fights?
Leave the lights on? Drop bombs?
Do tours of the east? Contract diseases?
Bury bones? Break up homes?
Send flowers by phone?
Take to drink? Go to shrinks?
Give up meat? Rarely sleep?
Keep people as pets?
Train dogs? Race rats?
Fill the attic with cash?
Bury treasure? Store up leisure?
But never relax at all
With our backs to the wall.

The Decider-in-Chief is still calling everyone that is against the war an infidel. Yet, this war in Iraq is getting uglier instead of better. It appears the Decider and his minions have no clue how to ‘win’ in Iraq after 4 years of telling us they do and that we…don’t. So now..they decide to build a wall between the sects..the Sunni’s and the Shia’s. Only, the local folk ain’t too happy about it. They are down right pissed off about it. As this NYT article illustrates, both sides are now united in a common goal; bringing down the wall:

At a rally on Monday, residents of the Sunni Arab neighborhood of Adhamiya pledged support for Mr. Maliki because of his declaration on Sunday in Cairo that construction of the wall around their neighborhood must stop. Their endorsement was all the more telling because many Sunnis see Mr. Maliki as the representative of a government bent on Sunni oppression.

Read that again…Sunni’s supporting the Shia PM. Over a thousand Iraqi’s marched in peaceful protest against the war Monday. This evidently caught the attention of King George and his minions since this comment came from a spokesman at the Pentagon already:

“This one was obviously one in which the people in the area expressed some concern. There are aspects of this that the Iraqi government feels at this point are not productive. We’ll continue to work with them on this and other tactics,”

Don’t you just love the last sentence above my dear reader? “We will continue to work with them”..lol..so rich. I think the administration might of tripped upon a plan to unite the Shia’s and Sunni’s..do something which pisses both of them off..do it repeatedly until they both want our asses out of there as soon as humanly possible.

Is there really a chance that Bush will get us out of Iraq if the whole country and their government tells us to go?

If you should go skating
On the thin ice of modern life
Dragging behind you the silent reproach
Of a million tear-stained eyes
Don't be surprised when a crack in the ice
Appears under your feet.
You slip out of your depth and out of your mind
With your fear flowing out behind you
As you claw the thin ice.

But, something tells me that our current administration will continue to fumble and bumble their way along on the ‘thin ice’ until the next President takes office here in the good ol’ US of A.

Of course we could hurry that along by impeaching Bush and Cheney, couldn’t we? We started with Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”..we shall end there as well:

Bring the boys back home.
Bring the boys back home.
Don't leave the children on their own, no, no.
Bring the boys back home.

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