The first one helped cause the second one
While the death toll mounts in Musayyib, the horrific bombing there Saturday is rapidly coming to symbolize the disintegration of Iraq.
The blast created an enormous fireball, which swept through a crowd of pedestrians, shoppers, and worshippers heading to sunset prayers. The fireball also set at least 20 cars on fire, and destroyed two tea shops, a restaurant and part of an apartment building.
No good can come of the tragedy there—for Iraqis, that is. Compared with them, we Americans—except for our endangered and dangerous soldiers—are lucky. Regarding Iraq, all we have to suffer is constant bombardment of poisonous propaganda from the Bush regime.
But the tragedy of Musayyib can be good for us. We can stand to be constantly reminded of the role that the name “Musayyib” played in the pre-war plot that resulted in what Brad Corsello wittily termed Dubya Dubya III—the unwarranted invasion that resulted in the heavy-handed occupation that has prompted agonies like that of the real Musayyib.
Wrong weapons, pal. Your cooked-up invasion has created the horror of, as the BBC reports today, parents in the town of Musayyib—that’s different from the Musayyib plant—throwing their children out of burning houses to save them.
If the violence in Iraq has knocked you senseless, go back and read what Powell said in February 2003:
• ISG investigated pre-OIF activities at Musayyib Ammunition Storage Depot—the storage site that was judged to have the strongest link to CW. An extensive investigation of the facility revealed that there was no CW activity, unlike previously assessed.
Secretary of State Colin Powell lied. Whether he was a fool and merely repeated others’ lies is another question. The fact is that what he said so forcefully about Musayyib was a lie—one of a string of lies.
He talked to the U.N. about “unusual activity” at his Musayyib. The only “unusual activity” regarding Iraq that was going on May 2002 was the pre-war plotting by the Bush and Blair regimes.
That crap from Powell in February ’03 was followed by the invasion in March, which was followed by Bush’s declaration of “mission accomplished” on May 1, which was followed by pasha Jerry Bremer‘s glowing description of life in Iraq on July 1, 2003:
To which Bremer, whom future historians will flay into ribbons for his disastrous performance, appended this delusional prognostication:
Another mission accomplished.
Two years later, U.S. commanders on the ground in Iraq are becoming vocal about the futility of a military solution. Forget about those tough words from Bush and Blair. For God’s sakes, a month ago—before the current unprecedented wave of insanity—Knight-Ridder’s Tom Lasseter wrote:
Lasseter, who’s often far ahead of the curve in maneuvering through the Bush regime’s bullshit, added:
Meanwhile, Iraq has disappeared again from George W. Bush‘s home page.
As of late this afternoon, there was only one tiny place on the main White House page that mentioned the word “Iraq.” You can click there, on the tiny “Iraq elections” type on the left-hand side. Go ahead. It takes you to the White House’s “Renewal in Iraq,” which hasn’t been renewed in a few weeks—time seems to have stopped on June 28, 2005.
This isn’t the first time the Bush regime’s “Renewal in Iraq” has become stuck.
But now, thanks in no small part to the other—the real—Musayyib, it looks as though Iraq has become unhinged as well.