". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Friday, January 11, 2008

Death From The Air

What this country does best.

More aerial bombardment in Iraq????

Try to reconcile these three accounts, from three countries.

I'm not clear on how this "extraordinary amount of firepower" can be"precision" bombing. sounds kinda like what the us military does best: raindown death from above, in which anyone killed was by definition aninsurgent.

Curiously, not two weeks ago, Arab Jabour was being exhibited as a case of "progress in security", as per the first dispatch below, which notes"farmers working" outside and "children going to schoo".

Mot to worry about those farmers and children, though. One of thesearticles (the US one) quotes a local militia member that "civilian casualties in his area were avoided Thursday because American forces instructed his group to warn residents to leave the area." So presumablythey left their homes behind after being told to do so. and maybetheir homes were reduced to rubble. But hey.,,2239001,00.html



This is beyond any human excuse.

1 comment:

Renegade Eye said...

Very good post.

The antiwar coalitions have events planned in March, on the 5th anniversary of the war.