Thursday, November 17, 2005

We like shooting white powdery stuff...

For some reason, while I was contemplating the recent allegations that the US military used white phosphorus against Iraqi civilians in Falluja last year, I was just hit by the gravity of the fact that this country's at war. You may feel like rolling your eyes or says "DUH" but I mean it. Since I've been so engaged in the policy & activism side of things, I haven't been able to take a step back as an ordinary US citizen & grapple with the horrible reality that we are at a war & will probably be at war for a few years to come.

The more I think of it the more it depresses me that my life in the US has mainly been shaped by 9/11 and the Bush Administration's policy that followed the tragedy. I moved to the US in December'99 and the next year was election year, so Clinton was hardly in the picture. And less than a year after the 2000 elections, we had 9/11, and after that, as the cliche goes, the rest was history for me.

I have been thinking a lot about how my sister's generation (she's 13 yrs old) will view the war or how my children will study about it. Although I think Vietnam & the war in Iraq are different in many ways, check out this interesting NY Times piece Vietnam Archive Casts a Shadow Across Decades.

Although Pentagon or Washington scandals no longer surprise me, I still find them very disturbing. I feel like this country has lost its soul & we need to help it find it back.