Friday, October 13, 2006

Hypocrisy

Many times I have tried to enlighten my readers to the obvious hypocrisy that is prevalent in the american mindset. Prevalent isn't even accurate enough, maybe 'essential to' the american mindset captures it. So, for all you statisticians out there, here's one for ya....

Human Rights Watch has estimated Saddam Hussein's regime killed 250,000 to 290,000 people over 20 years.

Wasn't our justification for "staying the course" our humanitarian actions in that region? I guess it is easier to reduce the need for housing and infrastructure rather than actually rebuild during our 'reconstruction' efforts.

No more dead Iraqis.

10 Comments:

Blogger Dorman said...

In bluntly worded comments to the Daily Mail newspaper, Chief of the General Staff General Richard Dannatt criticized post-war planning for Iraq and said the presence hurt British security globally.

He was fired on by American soldiers as a minibus carried wounded people away

Making Sunnis and Shi'ites suspicious of one another ... is the policy of the Americans in Iraq

My question is to the american people... How can we all sit and watch our president prattle on with empty rhetoric about "staying the course" until our "goal is achieved" in Iraq. WHY DOES NO ONE EVER ASK TO DEFINE WHAT THE COURSE AND GOAL IS???? How obvious does this stuff have to be, the info is right before our eyes. I have been first-party witness to much of these similar things. americans are corralled by fear and numbed by tv. Religion used to be the opiate for the masses, now it is Dancing with the Stars.

08:51  
Blogger Robert Chase said...

WHY DOES NO ONE EVER ASK TO DEFINE WHAT THE COURSE AND GOAL IS????

Like you said, fear. Fear of being labeled anti-american. Fear of being called unpatriotic. Fear of having a brain and thinking for onesself.
Most people in this country unconditionally believe what the government tells them. Those same people are the cowards who fall for the "If you don't vote for us, we will be attacked again" bullshit spewed by this dumbass administration.
Too many people are afraid to dissent.
The same dummies also believe that we are safer since 9/11 for the sole purpose that we haven't been attacked since then. *rolls eyes*

21:27  
Anonymous Wendy said...

Do you (or does anybody else) keep a running tab of how many Iraqis have been killed since the IWII began?

I know that a new (and highly controversial) report was just released by The Lancet stating that over 600,000 Iraqis have died since fighting began in 2003. Obviously, this report was immediately criticized by the US and Iraqi governments (I mean, really, like we expect their reports to be as accurate? It's in their best interests to see lower Iraqi deaths reported).

However, just yesterday, a report of the difficulties of dealing with the dead bodies in the sewer systems came out by The Guardian. Those deaths are not part of the US and Iraq's death reports because those bodies don't hit the "reporting centers" (morgues, hospitals, etc.)

Even if we half the differences, we're still well over the amount of people dying under Hussein's regime.

I'd be interested to know what else is out there about this.

08:59  
Anonymous One of many Tracys said...

Totally off topic...(as usual?)

Is it okay if I ask about the story behind the "dead and dismembered" picture in your flicker spot?

I didn't know where else to go to ask.

12:21  
Blogger Dorman said...

In the interest of remaining artistically enigmatic (or pretentious) I will just say that the picture pretty much tells the story at its most basic level. No animals were harmed in the production of that photograph.

The train bridge is ina place called The Isle of Q in Selinsgrove, PA. That is also the Susquehanna River flowing underneath.

Yes, I realize that is a frustrating answer. But I truly appreciate your asking.

:)

12:52  
Anonymous One of many Tracys said...

You're welcome for my asking. I don't normally comment on your photos because you have friends who are real artists.

I respect your right to be artistically enigmatic but your photo has made quite an impact(no pun) on me. Do you want the long, emotional, rambly response or would you rather skip it? (I'm obsessing a little-go figure)

18:15  
Blogger Dorman said...

I would like to hear your response, not often I get any feedback.

Actually, a friend and I were hanging out at that bridge and a group of smart-assed kids came by and saw I was shooting photos. They got fame hungry and wanted to be in some shots. Told the chubby one to just go play dead on the tracks for a while. I had been trying to stage a similar shot with my some and some props but never got around to it. This was impromptu sans props. Sans train too.

07:11  
Anonymous One of many Tracys said...

Oh, Thank God! He's really looked limp. I'm pretty gullible. I kept looking at it...well...I'll give you what I had typed (but was afraid to put here). I don't know how you bloggers do it.
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I didn't really notice the river until you mentioned it. (The white shirt really draws my eyes-it seems so white for what's happened)

At the risk of being naive or stupid...It really bothers me that he's dead and alone. Can you tell me if someone was on their way to get his body without ruining the artistic mystery? Part of what bothers me is the lack of activity around him. I want there to be rescue workers around him-even though it's too late. The aloneness of it makes me cry.

It's been a while since a picture has grabbed my attention and emotions like this. I want your "No animals harmed..." comment to mean that it was staged-that I'm once again taking things too literally (a source of frustration and amusement for my friends and family).

I'm not sure why it bothers me so much. I enjoy the Darwin Awards as much as anybody...
...................................
That's it, pretty much as I typed it yesterday. I think I might should feel stupid-but I'm too relieved. Thanks for giving up the story for me. :) I really appreciate it.

09:32  
Blogger Dorman said...

I appreciate your bravery about being honest. You are definitely not the first person to question me about the photo, so I guess i did what I intended to do with it.

Thank you very much for taking the time to look and experience my photos.

09:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess you can produce any number that suits your need.
http://pajamasmedia.com/2006/10/joisting_with_the_lancet_the_p.php

13:20  

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