Friday, November 24, 2006

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

There's a seminal scene in the 1986 movie Aliens which seems frighteningly appropriate right now.

The platoon of Colonial Marines, armed to the teeth with the most technologically-advanced arsenal of firepower known to man, wanders into a nest of deadly, unstoppable creatures. Unfortunately, they don't realize this until it's too late; the walls begin moving, and suddenly the entire scene dissolves into complete chaos as the marines come under attack and begin firing blindly -- screaming for instructions from their commanding officer, who's sitting safely at a control center, frozen, terrified, and watching his troops being picked off one-by-one by an invisible and overwhelming enemy.

The marines are pinned down and desperately looking for a way out, while the commanding officer, shaking, issues timid and impotent instructions. As this is happening, the only person with any sense in the room is yelling at him, "GET YOUR PEOPLE OUT OF THERE!"

This morning, Iraq is reeling after a series of coordinated bombings that killed more than 200 people and wounded at least 250 others.

It was the single deadliest attack since the war began.

I can't express this in strong enough terms: the next person to say that Iraq is better off without Saddam Hussein, or that the media needs to focus on the "good news" coming out of that country, should promptly be handed a weapon and dropped in the middle of Sadr City.

There simply isn't a word in the English language for what Iraq has degenerated into. "Hell" comes to mind -- but maybe a more apt description is "nothing;" Iraq as we've known it has ceased to exist.

I seem to remember that toward the end of Aliens, that commanding officer redeems himself as best he can by paying a terrible but necessary price for his arrogance. Needless to say, nothing so just will happen in this case.

8 comments:

Chez said...

And then there's this:

Powerful cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has told Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that his group will withdraw from the government if al-Maliki goes ahead with a planned summit with "the criminal Bush."

At the end of his statement were these words: "No to America. Yes, yes to Islam."

This is the point where I'll refer you to my previous post.

Anonymous said...

And this is the point which you choose to misinterpret. yes, bush is a criminal. he alone is responsible,as head of your army, for the deaths and mutilations of countless Iraqis. what exactly should the Iraqis do but use the one thing that distinguishes them most from the people who chose to bomb their houses and kill their children (oops, excuse me, COLLATERAL DAMAGE) - their religion.
people tend to get slightly irrational when their country gets invaded (oops, another slip, LIBERATED. marija

Chez said...

My army eh? Interesting. I'm going to assume then that you don't have a dog in this fight sweetie.

I'm tired of arguing with you. You have absolutely no idea what the hell you're talking about. Run along now.

Anonymous said...

What's the appropriate message upon abandoning a country in a state of absolute bloody chaos?

"Whoops. Sorry we lit the fire of your powderkeg and you're about to have a civil war. When you get done with that nasty business we're going to have a wonderful assortment of Ben Stiller movies and Big Macs to sell you, though. So. Something to look forward to."

This is a completely untenable situation. The great American reputation, one of our strongest strategic assets, has been completely squandered in a useless war whose only real victor is Haliburton. If we leave now we show the world that we have no moral standing whatsoever. We lack the political will to escalate our involvement to the level required to provide actual security (A million or more troops for a decade.) and it's not clear that would actually help things anyway.

George Bush has done far more damage to this country than Osama Bin Laden ever could.

Janean said...

Hey, since it's your army why don't you do something about this already, huh?

I wonder what it is going to take before they finally realize what they've gotten us into over there. How much will it take before they decide to let it go? I shudder to think.

I wish real life worked like the movies and some kind of karmic retribution really would come to those responsible for this mess, but I don't believe there is any real justice in this world.

-JBS

Stevie said...

I'm going to say it, (at risk of being dropped in there by Chez, rifle in hand) but I still think Iraq is (or will be eventually at least) better off without Saddam. It is completely FUBAR over there now, but what can we do? I'm still not sure it wouldnt get worse if we pulled out.

Truly a fucking mess.

VOTAR said...

I say we dust off, and nuke the entire site from orbit.


...It's the only way to be sure.

Anonymous said...

I guess you've gotta break a few eggs to make an omlette?

Or a more appropriate cliche is in for a penny in for a pound(ing).