Here is a rather sobering little counter, ticking away the dollars spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just imagine what this country would be like if we had spent that money in some other way…?
Origins of War
Abuse Of Temporary Marriages Flourishes In Iraq
The practice, a way of having a “legitimate affair,” was banned during Saddam Hussein’s reign but returned after the American invasion. Some say there’s a right way to do the muta’a, or fixed-term marriage, but others claim rampant misuse.
This is a fascinating story of how organized religion can come up with ways of legitimizing men shagging women outside of their marriage. I am not commenting on the mores involved, but point this out as a whopping example of how disingenuous organized religion can be…
Now that combat operations are ending in Iraq, does that mean we are sure that all the oil there is getting to us over here? That was part of the GOP platform, wasn’t it?
Just a few hours before the 1991 Gulf war ceasefire, photographer Ken Jarecke was heading back to Kuwait from Southern Iraq. Jarecke came across a single truck burnt out from airstrike in the middle of a highway. Jarecke told his military escort that “If I don’t make pictures like this, people like my mother will think what they see in war is what they see in movies”, and went over to the burnt tank and took the above photo. At that time, it was an image challenged the prevailing notion that the ‘clinical’ attack avoided ‘collateral damage’.
Powerful. Powerful. Powerful.