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Dec 22, 2007

Iraq Still There


Sign of the times, here's another shot from Michael Kamber, taken in Ramadi on December 8th.  He writes:

"Found hanging on the wall of the marine base here--an old cold dirty building with no furniture, just bare brick walls."

War Is Over--Say the Pundits (FAIR)
In a Force for Iraqi Calm, Seeds of Conflict (NYT)

(Michael Kamber/NYT.  December 8, 2007.  Iraq.  Used by permission)


Any chance that this random Red Sock could be a reminder that big part of the Bush Plan for the Glorious Future in Iraq was to:

install capitalism in Iraq
install consumerism in Iraq
install Christianity in Iraq
install Father Christmas in Iraq

It looks like this Bush Plan is now hanging by a thread. And doesn't seem to have a whole lot of supporters

While glancing at 'Iraq Still There'

I started humming 'our flag was still there'
whoops, the stocking has no blue no stars nor stripes.

Okay lets try, Santa brings gifts for the young, and a fleeting moment of childhood for a soldier in his bunker.

it was sad to see soldiers family had to cry for their sons lost because of Bush idiotic plans

This image is haunting....I keep coming back to it without knowing just how to approach any comments. It seems to serve as a metaphor for what we did to Iraq. We destroyed the country and its people and hung a pretty green zone for them to look at. Meanwhile, there is no light because the electrical facilities have been destroyed; no clean potable water; nothing but bleak and barren bricks.

Michael Kamber is one heluva fine photographer. Many of his works are tinged by this eerie moodiness ~ camera effects and perspectives which, in my humble opinion do not command us to extract the real story (about his subjects) that one of his images does illustrate; rather, he invites us to abstract the surreal stories (within ourselves) that his images can illuminate.

His images, including this one often fail as documents: ie., illustrating some certain someone, some unambiguous what / where / when ~ they do not. Yet he succeeds in illuminating some thing that we feel we know about them, there.

“Where is Santa?” i wonder. “Can he see me in here?” How can he = your love get through these walls, to be with me? “Where is Santa?” i wonder. “Can he see you out there?” How can he = my love get through these walls, to be with you :

parce que il n'y a aucune liberté sans vulnérabilité.

«Notre héritage n'est précédé d'aucun testament», i.e., the will's been stolen

Dear Santa,

I know you won't intentionally forget me, but my stocking was empty.
I hope you and the reindeer are okay.
Sarge say he sent the following info Dec 14, so I understand why you didn't visit because of this big Surge in Iraq.
Air sorties up a couple of thousand to 17,893 from last year, no record keep of the 20mm and 30mm cannon or rockets fired, bombing increased from 229 to 1,119 attacks, so it must have been congested up there.
For us occupiers its empty stockings and fewer caskets and that's got to be good news eh !

crossref JC : “ it has become a forgotten War...

For the troops, the tragedy of ‘Occupation’ is that there is "No Old Glory For Young Men" in this Mission : Their 4,000 fallen are all buried in a mass-media blackout ‘Tomb of Unknown Soldiers’. Their 40,000 wounded are not even counted as casualties.

Their Heroism is reduced to invisible survival of inevitable attrition for the duration of seemingly endless, heart-breaking extended rotations of their Service.

Their War doesn't exist in reality because it persists as an issue: still unacceptable to the American psyche as self-destructive wrought; Their real History, unrealized, thus ~ even when the truth is well-written.

imho, ‘IRAQ’ is an old, unkind of war being fought by forgotten Soldiers ~ and forsaken Civilians ~ not a new kind of War, forgotten.

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