Interstellar Adventures

May 23, 2006

Baghdad ER

Filed under: Rants & Opinions — by InterstellarLass @ 9:36 am

Baghdad ER premiered Sunday night, but I forgot until I turned on the TV to watch the Sopranos. Fortunately it was on On Demand, and I was able to watch it last night.

I’ve been against this war from the start. I don’t get it. Yes, Saddam is crazy. He was a bad man. He’s gone now, and that’s probably a good thing. I still don’t see that he was that big of an international threat but more of a nuisance than anything. But now that he’s gone, what’s been accomplished? We’ve provided a centralized location for terrorists to play, and our boys are dying for it.

I’ve heard a proposed solution. “Nuke the place and let A**ah sort them out.” A quick and dirty solution, yes. But not one that I endorse. Yet watching this documentary last night, seeing young men come in with limbs dangling or completely blown off, watching as the amputated limb after limb, and zipped up body bag after body bag, I have to wonder. What the hell are they doing there? It’s the same thing over and over. Nothing is changing. Day after day, the bombs, oops, excuse me, Improvised Explosive Devices (yeah, let’s give it a fancy name, that makes it better) go off, tearing into the Humvees, ripping the occupants to shreds.

The soldiers can’t tell the difference between friend and foe. The bad guys don’t give a crap if they blow up 20 of their own, including children; if they can get a US soldier, it’s worth it. So they walk into crowds, blowing themselves up, taking down innocents and soldiers alike. Then, when help arrives, a second wave blows them up. Soldiers are sent on missions, such as delivering chow to their fellow soldiers and are blown up for it. (This was a scenario from the documentary.)

How long will this go on? How many fingers, legs, eyes, lives have to be lost? What’s the plan? How are we getting out of there? All the news reports I read say the same thing. Yeah, we’re training the Iraqis to defend their country, but they’re just as big a target as our own soldiers, and we doubt if the ones that aren’t killed can really stand on their own.

I recommend watching this, if you can stomach it. It’s ugly. It’s bloody. I can’t imagine being one of these field doctors. They live in a revolving door of death and traumatic injury. Maybe a quick and dirty solution would be better after all. I still don’t know.

Hawkeye: War isn’t Hell. War is war, and Hell is Hell. And of the two, war is a lot worse.
Father Mulcahy: How do you figure, Hawkeye?
Hawkeye: Easy, Father. Tell me, who goes to Hell?
Father Mulcahy: Sinners, I believe.
Hawkeye: Exactly. There are no innocent bystanders in Hell. War is chalk full of them – little kids, cripples, old ladies. In fact, except for some of the brass, almost everybody involved is an innocent bystander.

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