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1. A landscape of destruction is seen from the bathroom of a Palestinian apartment in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, August 18, 2014. Beit Hanoun was one of the hardest hit areas during Israel’s 50-day assault on Gaza. Photo credit: Thomas Coex
2. A Palestinian woman stands in the frame of a window that had been destroyed as Israel shelled her home in Gaza City’s Shuja’iyya neighborhood, August 11, 2014. An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire put the fighting on pause, but the ceasefire would soon collapse and Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip would continue for two more weeks. Photo credit: Hatem Moussa
3. A Palestinian man sits on a dust-covered couch in his damaged living room in Gaza City and inspects the damage to the buildings across from his apartment, July 12, 2014. Photo credit: Ezz Al-Zanoun
4. Palestinian women wearing comfortable prayer clothes take a break and look outside the window of their destroyed home following late night Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, August 20, 2014. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra
5. Palestinian women look out from the window of their home to where the 15-story Basha Tower once stood, August 26, 2014. The tower was destroyed during an early morning Israeli air strike. With an open-ended ceasefire marking the end of Israel’s 50-day onslaught, Palestinians turned their attention to the streets to inspect the damage done to their neighborhoods. Photo credit: Khalil Hamra
Graffiti in Beirut.
"We are a nation that if we love, we embrace the land with love; and if we are enraged, we set the land on fire." — the revolutionary walls of Deir Ezzor, Syria.
U.S. collectively killed more Iraqis than Saddam ever did. Constantly leaving Iraq under brutal repression, sanctions and constant war. I’m in disbelief there are Americans that still believe it was a just and humanitarian mission to remove Saddam.
All I know is that we tried to do the best we could when we were over there, man. We did our best.
All I know from when I was growing up was that’s exactly not what you guys tried to do, at all. The wars were made to destroy Iraq, which is exactly why infrastructures, sewage systems, schools and hospitals were bombed first. It was exactly why when 70k more US troops were requested to keep the peace after Saddam was removed (not that they did any good in the first place but playing devils advocate to ruin your little paragraph), it was denied because peace in the region was NOT the goal. A completely obliterated Iraq was. It was exactly why the museums were allowed to be looted, nationalised projects given to privatised companies, and why Iraq is STILL struggling to rebuild today.
I can STILL hear the ringing the bombs left in my ears all these years after when I’m alone and in the silence. Shove that “we did our best” bullshit to someone who didn’t witness that bullshit lie with her own eyes. I cannot fucking hear this shit anymore.
Um, no. I don’t think that sounds like a good idea at all.