Remembrance of March 19th, 2003 by Dacotah Splichalova
Marking 10 years since OUR invasion of IRAQ.
We began a WAR. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens have died, thousands of US military killed.
People continue to die.
With an unprecedented rise in miscarriages and cancer; Iraqi babies are born with the most tragic birth defects: two heads, additional ears and more than four limbs. Young adults suffer from heart attacks before they graduate high school. This is all common.
Does this happen in the US?
No. It does not.
The resultant of white phosphorus shells, although the US military has never admitted to using depleted uranium, which has been linked to high rates of cancer and birth defects. Leaching into community water sources — or the wearing of US bullets around a child’s neck as a cool momento has been a common occurrence since 2003…. All conditions are directly linked to apparent exposure of environmental toxins.
The most recent study (2012) has found that in Fallujah, more than half of all babies surveyed were born with a birth defect between 2007 and 2010. Before the siege, this figure was more like one in 10. Prior to the turn of the millennium, fewer than 2 percent of babies were born with a defect. More than 45 per cent of all pregnancies surveyed ended in miscarriage in the two years after 2004, up from only 10 per cent before the bombing. Between 2007 and 2010, one in six of all pregnancies ended in miscarriage.
US bombs and bullets have done this to an entire people. We claim no responsibility.
Imagine what this is like. This is the world of our own creation.
Not rational, not human.
Never does there exist a good reason — or within any logical reasoning for the justification of the usage of bombs.
We (US government) say that we are fighting in the name of peace. We also state that we are fighting for freedom. Freedom & Peace for whom?
Who has gained peace from these wars?
This sounds eerily familiar to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when referring to the War in Vietnam in 1967,
“Today, we are fighting an all-out war, undeclared by Congress. …. with the Vietcong, and all this in the name of pursuing the goal of peace, I tremble for our world.”
Today, King would be dismayed that we continue to repeat history again and again for OUR own gains in greed for wealth and power.
There is no good that ever comes from War.
We all suffer. There exists no suffering of impermanence, it endures.
Freedom & Peace – the journey to attain these virtues starts within each and every one of us.
For government to declare war in the name of peace is incoherent. Trapped within our own paradigm, the action of waging war onto others in order to gain our own peace and protect our own freedoms, that is irrational thought,
How does exerting brute force onto helpless civilians overseas grant US peace and freedom within ourselves?
It does not.
And it never will.
Dacotah Splichalova is a Philosophy Undergraduate at OSU, minoring in Peace Studies.