21 May, 2004

"The Iraqi people have been in training and now it's time for them to take the bike and go forward."

This statement was made by Rep. Deborah Price of Ohio, paraphrasing President George W. Bush.
Especially ironic given the other major headline of the day, the slaughter of an Iraqi wedding party (including the bride, groom, women and children, and a famous Iraqi wedding singer) by arial bombardment and helicopter gunfire, accompanied by a complete refusal on the part of American generals to acknowledge their mistake. What must Iraq think of our arrogance? What, indeed, have we taught them, other than that we are full with the sin of pride?

"Bad things happen in wars," said Major-General James Mattis, the U.S. Marine commander in charge of occupation forces in western Iraq. "These were more than two dozen military-age males. I don't have to apologize for the conduct of my men."

This is what the Greeks called "hubris". I can only hope that there are no Gods, because the retribution for the measure of our pride should be cataclysmic.

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