“We set out to establish a democracy, but we’re slowly realizing we will have some form of Islamic republic,” said another U.S. official familiar with policymaking from the beginning, who like some others interviewed would speak candidly only on the condition of anonymity.
You would think that after all this time my feelings of rage would be dampened.
People may have very different reactions to someone’s wrongdoing. Anger, denial, forgiveness. Me, I forgive many infractions, then at some point get to a place of deep anger. If there is no acknowledgement, apology, and attempted redress, I swallow the anger and move on — hopefully doing something productive but certainly trying not to live in the anger. But sometimes the wrongdoer comes to their senses & belatedly acknowledges or apologizes. Then I realize that I didn’t forgive, I didn’t forget, and all the anger comes back, doubled, with a new head of steam.
So that’s where I’m at with the Bush Administration and the invasion of Iraq. Reading about the admissions and acknowledgements of US officials — even if they’re not the Bush administration leaders/figureheads — really just infuriates me. Such a waste. Such a goddamn waste. So many lives, Iraqi, American, English, and from everywhere else. Lives tossed away directly with guns and explosions. And lives that will be tossed away for years to come as a result of a devastated infrastructure. More lives lost to resurgent nationalism (here and in Iraq, I’ll note) and Islamic fundamentalism. It’s just such a fucking waste.