– fordi tiden kræver et MODSPIL

15. Aug 2005

"When you take a father in front of his family and put a bag over his head and put him on the ground you have had a significant adverse effect on his dignity and respect in the eyes of his family"

It is an ugly occupation.

An ABC News reporter in Iraq recently described how a sergeant had pulled him aside, saying: "I’ve got my own Most Wanted List." He was referring to the deck of cards the US government published featuring Saddam Hussein, his sons and other members of the former Iraqi regime. "The aces in my deck," he added, "are Paul Bremer, Donald Rumsfeld, George Bush and Paul Wolfowitz."

More ominous, perhaps, than the occupation of Iraq is the occupation of the US. I wake up in the morning, read the newspaper, and feel that we are an occupied country, that some alien group has taken over. Those Mexican workers trying to cross the border, dying in the attempt to evade immigration officials (trying to cross into land taken from Mexico by the US in 1848), are not alien to me. Those 20 million people who are not citizens and therefore, by the Patriot Act, are subject to being pulled out of their homes and held indefinitely by the FBI, with no constitutional rights, are not alien to me.

But this small group of men who have taken power in Washington (Bush, Richard Cheney, Rumsfeld and the rest of their clique), they are alien to me.
Howard Zinn i Le Monde Diplomatique.