By Debbie Menon

“The Middle East needs freedom,…” “We’re helping them fight back because it’s the right thing to do and because it’s important to our own long-term security,” said US Vice President, Dick Cheney to US troops in Iraq.

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney speaks to uniformed service members at Balad Air Base, Iraq, March 18. The vice president came to the base to visit deployed military men and women serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Photographer: Senior Airman Julianne Showalter, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing.)

No sir, it is utter, incredible lie, and I wonder if there is anyone at all, including yourself, who believes it!

Yes, one year into the surge, five years into the war, nothing has improved the lives of the Iraqi people.  Are you that incompetent?

But then, the construction of fourteen US bases and the largest US embassy in Iraq are on schedule and the oil wells have been pretty much well secured. Is that a coincidence? Or was that the ostensible goal?

History is the sum of all events, not just the identification of a few selected events. Exceptions exist, but they do not define. I should note that with a few exceptions, Muslims at war are fighting their battles on their own land. This says something about who the aggressors are.

Do the principles of the UN (a toothless paper tiger) charter condemning “Wars of Aggression” have any meaning whatsoever, or are they merely, like the US constitution, fancy words written on useless paper? Are there no moral standards, but only aphorisms?

Every despot and dictator has some redeeming excuse; freedom and democracy, soul-saving, freedom from persecution, and so on.

In Vietnam the joke was “We had to kill them to save them.”

The invasion of Iraq is a blatant crime against humanity, as Hiroshima and Nagasaki were, among other crimes; are there more?  Perhaps so, but I will not debate the issue, and leave that to others to determine.

I have met Iraqis shortly after those bombs were dropped on Iraq, who traveled and saw some of the devastated country, and the people.

Those bombs were dropped in a ‘shock and awe operation,’ on an already defeated, defenseless people, on targets which had little or no military value. Yet, you used Iraq to demonstrate your power, will, and determination to dominate….

And, at what cost? 4,000 young American men and women? A million “Iraqi” lives? A few million refugees? As valueless as the 200,000 Iraqi childrens lives which Ms Albright considered “worth” whatever it was you achieved in Iraq before you actually went in and physically and morally destroyed that country?

No, it is not the crimes which you actually committed which have brought the fury home to roost in your henhouse ,  it is the lack of humanity and compassion for others, which has attracted such hate and disdain. Remember for the umpteenth time,  Iraqis had nothing to do with 9/11, is a proven fact.

Predatory violators are eventually called to account, not so much for what they have done, but for the nature of what they have become, which their predations and violations expose them to be.

You profess that America is a promoter of liberation and opportunity… yet the products of your activities overseas in the past sixty odd years has produced nothing but domination and oppression.

You still do not have the picture yet, do you?

Better men were hanged at Nuremberg for doing the same kind of things. This is a double-edged sword, which cuts both ways. When one side is blooded, it is simply too easy to fail to understand why the other side should not be.

Being popular and “the most influential country in the world” does not make it right, nor is it an excuse for ignorance. Nor does such acclaim excuse one’s own moral failures… at best, they add to the degree of guilt in these crimes against humanity.

It is the strong and the secure who should show compassion for the weak, and provide shelter for the homeless and guidance to the misguided.

Are you so insecure, or morally bankrupt?

Not very respectfully, but with sincere pity for you and your kind, and a prayer that somehow you are preserved from hell!

* Published in the Khaleej Times,  on March 27, 2008.

Debbie Menon is a freelance writer based in Dubai. Her commentary has been published widely in Print and Online publications. Her articles are translated to Arabic, Persian, Russian, Bengali, French, Spanish and other languages. She can be reached at:  debbiemenon@gmail.com.  For  more go to : Hello Debbie at  My Catbird Seat.


  1. Egoigwe on the 31. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    I find Debbie’s insightful comments and observations as relevant today as they were in 2008. It paints an accurate picture of the monster those who run America have become and speaks truth to power. It’s worth recalling her commentary then, that we may not continue to live in the shadows of evil and death. As it was in 2008, so is it now-nothing has changed and the blood of Innocents is still being spilled on the very same land that nurtured them.

    It speaks poorly of all our humanity that we have not found the courage to stand up to this evil which continues to plague us and desecrate our soul and conscience. A people, it is always held, can only be as good as the leadership they get because they abide by the process that installs it. It time for the American people to wake up and say ENOUGH! November is as good a date to start. Will you do the right thing America and get rid of the cabal that is flushing all our lives down the drain?

  2. Rexw on the 31. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Any writer who incites the name and actions of Cheney is on safe ground. Perhaps the most evil man in the history of the US and no credit to that country in any way.
    Time will show that most of the infamous actions taken by the US, the Congress, the Senate, all tarnished organizations, will have had their roots in the Machiavellian mind of Cheney, the one person who seems to have got away with everything.

    The one thing that the world can be thankful for is his medical condition and a history of heart failures has lessened his chances of being involved in any more dirty deeds.

    However, he still has almost a complete Congress and Senate that carry some of his philosophies into their respective offices daily so the tradition continues supported by that charlatan Secretary Clinton, McCain, (read Guilt by Association-Jeff Gates) Lieberman, AIPAC, Israeli Corporations in key strategic areas, the press, and on.

    So when whoever it will be (certainly not Obama) takes up the cudgels to be the savior of America, a quick spring clean will not be enough to generate the respect that the US used to have a long time ago.

    Not any more though.

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