A Year Of Reckoning
By Jim Scanlon
Anyone who has spent twenty or thirty years on earth should know from experience that it is easier to lie your way into a disastrous situation than it is to lie your way out. And that any situation with an entrance and no apparent exit is a trap.
It is a terrible thing to find yourself caught in a trap, especially a trap of your own making. Worse yet is sitting in the dark, watching the absurd theatrical spectacle, the grade-B horror movie progression, of the naive, ignorant, doomed traveler, entering into the sinister castle, with lurking creatures, in some ancient, far away forbidding land amid flashes of lightening, thunder and howling, blinding wind.
One wants to cry out a warning, "Go back! Go back!" But it is no use. One watches, paralyzed with fear, as our simple hero blunders deeper and deeper into the trap, learning too late, he has made a mistake. This is our national fate to be worked out for us and with us in 2005.
We can't remain in Iraq, it will get worse! We can't leave! Most of the unburned oil left in our world is within striking range of a medium range ballistic missile. Someone else will get it. We have the right, the obligation, the duty to burn black stuff as quickly as possible.
We need more soldiers, more weapons, thicker armor, better leaders and we don't know how, or where, to get them. We have to leave! But we can't! We cannot have free, global markets and a fortress Homeland. Our consumer economy will stall. We can't have free trade from behind a barrier wall. And how can we pay for all of this? The value of our dollar is evaporating like icy frost on the grass in the light of the morning sun.
So maybe it was a mistake, this war, or a misjudgment, but we have no other choice now but to go forward, no matter what happens. Staying the course, full speed ahead, no retreat, are in the finest military tradition which never has other choices because, when the killing starts, it is always too late. There is no disaster that cannot be made infinitely worse by the application of more soldiers, more weapons, more, more time more force-a basic law of war.
Since the Bronze Age human societies have been sick with the disease of militarism. Its symptom we call war and no one yet has figured out a cure for it.