I cut my cartooning eyeteeth on Bush's war of aggression back in 2003. It's hard to believe that 10 years have past. My children, who marched with my wife and I in anti-war protests, will start college soon.
So much has changed, and yet the damage continues to compound, from the destruction of our military and international reputation to the devastation the war wrought on our economy. And this is without saying anything about the damage caused to Iraq. The Lancet, a highly regarded Britishmedical science journal, put out two estimates of civilian fatalities over the course of the war, which hovered somewhere around 600,00- 900,000 by 2006.
We'll never know the true number lost, just as we'll never really know what was going on in the minds of the warmongers that started the conflict. We can only marvel that there are still some who would defend the Iraq War, despite there being no solid evidence or rationale for launching it, and copious amounts of evidence that there were no WMD's.
The neo-cons that cheered our invasion remain free men...pardoned and forgotten...and disturbingly unrepentant. And those that backed them full to the hilt have transformed into the modern Tea Party, so lost in their hatred for Obama that they have, unbelievably, begun to blame the war on him.
As angry and saddened we on the anti-war left were and remain pales, however, next to the bitter fury held by those who were the victims of the Bush Administration's callous exploitation. I'm not talking about the Iraqis, (though they have as much claim as anyone).
I'm talking about our troops.
For example of this, look no further than Iraq War Veteran Tomas Young's dying words, quoted above. Formed into a letter of razor-sharp damnation, they say more than I ever could about the legacy and meaning of the war.
I humbly offer my art as a further conduit for his message.
Thank you, Tomas. I'm so sorry we couldn't stop it.
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