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Guest Opinion: "Feelings" By Edgar J. Steele


by Edgar J. Steele

April 11, 2003

Feelings, feelings
Like I've never lost you
And feelings like I'll never
Have you again in my heart.
Feelings, for all my life I'll feel it.

---"Feelings," by Morris Albert, 1975 (Since established that Albert plagiarized his single hit from "Pour Toi," by French composer Louis Gaste.)

Here's a first: I'm at a loss for words.

I just don't know what to say about the senseless murdering rampage that America, my America, has inflicted upon yet another all-but-defenseless third-world country. So many already have said it so well. The internet is surging with condemnation and exposure of the government/media lies, from both ends of the political spectrum, from Michael Moore to Joe Sobran. There really is nothing original that I can add to what already has been said so thoroughly by those more eloquent than I. But I've never let that stop me before.

Picture Katie Couric sitting in my living room. "Well, Edgar, you must really be proud to be part of the liberation of Iraq from its oppressive, dictatorial regime, huh? Tell us how you feel."

Like my heart has been broken for the first time, that's how. Yes, it happened long ago and several times since, but this time in a totally different place. A special place never before violated. The place where I have held a special pride for being part of the best of the best - the best country, the best economy, the best know.

It's like learning your father has just been arrested for raping and killing the neighbor's ten-year-old girl and then seeing the pictures on the front page of the morning paper. Followed by TV news footage of him beaming proudly and saying, "She was asking for it. It was her own fault. She made me do it."

That's how I feel.

How can I ever feel the same again?

The media propaganda barrage has been relentless and of one voice with the American military. Those journalists out of step simply have been fired, ejected from Iraq or killed. This is the first war in which the press corps suffered a higher mortality rate, as a percent of its total number, than any of the combatants.

As one of the neocon Chosen, by and for whom this "war" was prosecuted in my name, among so many other Americans, put it in yesterday's New York Post: "(T)he antiwar movement consists not of thinkers but of true believers; indeed, it's more akin to a religious cult than a political cause, hoist on tenets of faith rather than points of evidence...As the Iraqi people rise up to cheer the American troops, the true believers will claim the scenes are staged. As chemical and biological weapons are uncovered, the true believers will claim they were planted. As an interim government is established, the true believers will claim it's a puppet for American interests. As the oil wealth of Iraq is translated into prosperity for the people, the true believers will claim American companies are hogging profits." Mark Goldblatt, "Antiwar: Movement or Cult?" New York Post, April 10, 2003.

So - those of us who disfavor American imperialism are cultists, eh? Presumably, then, only the clearheaded favor the dismemberment of small children in pursuit of Pax Americana. This, from the very people who demonstrated so vehemently against the Viet Nam war (which, after all, was not in Israel's interest, was it?). And, remember, I'm a right winger, like so many others opposed to this, America's first war of pure aggression. For once, we stand alongside our leftist brethren, now that they have been deserted by those now calling themselves neoconservatives.

Well, guess what - the scenes are staged:

When and if chemical/biological weapons are uncovered, they will have been planted. Saddam would have used them if he had them, after all.

The "interim government," already selected, is an American puppet. Actually, it is an Israeli puppet, but I repeat myself.

American companies are hogging the oil profits. In fact, many of the contracts have already been signed, with Dick Cheney's Halliburton one of the biggest pigs at the trough. Iraq's existing contracts with France, Germany, Turkey and Russia will be voided, as the administration has already indicated.

Typically, the wife of the convicted child molester/killer divorces him on the spot and moves elsewhere for a fresh start. Frankly, I am so disgusted that I would do the same, if there were someplace safe in the world to which I could move - safe from America, that is.

But, as Bush the Second so eloquently put it, "Yer either with us or agin us." Anyplace "with" America won't be safe for the foreseeable future because of the mortal enemies now created throughout the world. Of course, anyplace "agin" America might well suffer Iraq's fate. Given the rate at which American ire has been generated against France, anything seems possible.

Russia, believe it or not, seems to possess the new wellspring of personal freedom, liberty and opportunity and is one of only two countries America dare not attack. American expatriates living there report that, already, they have far greater freedom than currently exists in the United States. However, I honestly fear for Russia's future, bound up with the Muslim world as it is. If America doesn't end up nuking it, you can bet Israel will.

Of course, this all presumes that WWIII has begun. What do you think? I know what those in the Middle East think.

New America. An idea whose time has come.


"I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth."

- Morpheus, The Matrix


© (Copyright )2003, Edgar J. Steele

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