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Two Million Thirsty People

So much for staying away from politics...

One of Baghdad's water mains has been blown up by the insurgents and more than two million of the residents have been without drinking water for the last two days... one would think that this is pretty big news, considering that it is now summer in Iraq, but I can not remember reading about this in major US papers like the San Francisco Chronicle.

What the fuck is going on? Are there any journalists with half a brain left in this country?

After two years in Iraq, the US can not even guarantee drinking water for the residents of the capital, and at least two million people have now the sudden choice between drinking polluted water or dehydrating in the desert heat. The main news all day today on the Chronicle's web site: A 17-ton popsicle in New York melted prematurely in the summer heat.

What. The. Fuck.

The American public is willfully left in the dark about what a gigantic clusterfuck Iraq has become. In the name of every US citizen, a whole country has been ravaged and raped in front of the eyes of the world, and the only people who have nothing to say about it are these very same US citizens.

The All Spin Zone has a very moving piece about what the "Generational Commitment" will really mean for the average American.

I happen to have some personal experience with dealing with generational shame. I was born in Dachau, more than 20 years after the end of the war, and I can tell you that it is no fun to be identified with something that a previous generation had fucked up.

From here on out, every American will have to deal with the same thing, and trust me, I already feel sorry for the children.

Guantanamo Bay. Fallujah. Abu Ghraib.

These are the bloody scars in the once beautiful face of Lady Liberty.

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