This is Why You Don’t Cry Wolfowitz
I’m watching John Kerry talk about tiny bodies in white shrouds and human hair and blood drenched in Sarin. I’m thinking of Condoleezza Rice testifying about mushroom clouds and yellowcake uranium. I’m remembering Paul Wolfowitz assuring Congress that Iraq oil revenues would more than pay for the war which would only last six months at most; I’m recalling Rumsfeld and Cheney and Halliburton contracts. I’m picturing Hans Blix saying there are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I’m unraveling the long threads of years that followed and am sickened by the sheer number of mutilated corpses that spill out.
There is no question that the Assad regime has used Sarin gas in a civilian neighborhood. There is no question that the international community has long considered such an act to be unacceptable and demanding intervention against the criminals who perpetrate such an act. The entire justification for the 2003 invasion of Iraq was predicated on the notion that Saddam Hussein possessed these weapons (of course, he had used them in the past but had been given a pass on this as the US had provided him with the weapons and intel on how best to use them.). Yet here we are, without even the UK willing to take part in enforcing the standards of civilization. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times; history doesn’t repeat, it rhymes. This is not Serbia in 1914 or the annexation of Austria in 1938 but that does not mean that this crisis stands unconnected in history; if we do not have the will to enforce justice today because of yesterday’s mistakes, the blame for inaction still lies upon us.