myth and reality in Iraq clashing
- The following letter to the editor appeared on page B10 of the Wednesday, June
11, 2003 edition of The Arizona Republic. In some ways it is extremely
stupid, particularly to those not familiar with the myths of American popular
ideology. It must seem absurd to any objective foreigner to expect people
to be happy and grateful when their country is invaded, but Americans have
been taught to expect that this is the result when American troops invade
other countries. What we see in this letter is an attempt to make sense
out of a clash between myths about Iraq and reality, and the conclusion,
while stupid, may be useful in applying pressure to the imperialists.
LET'S PULL TROOPS FROM NASTY IRAQ
The daily reports of the killing and maiming of our soldiers in Iraq are
I could possibly understand their deaths if there were just one ounce of
gratefulness on the part of the Iraqis for our efforts to deliver them from
an evil dictator. However, the opposite seems to be true.
There is glee and delight when our GIs get killed or wounded, and outward
displays of downright hatred and malice toward them at every turn. Let's
face it, the people over there are taught to hate us when they are still in
the cradle, and they always will wish us harm even when we are not physically
located in their region.
Let's get our troops home and give that ungrateful nation what they wish for.
Our soldiers are too precious to be offered up to hateful people in the
interests of political manipulations.