Day of Shame, Sixth Anniversary
dayofshame.com was created to promote observances and analyses of the run-up to the Iraq War and of the fateful day when the reality-based community seemingly lost its charter. And we're looking for you to help recollect, commiserate, and if possible, make sense of it all.
On February 5, 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell addressed the United Nations to rally support for an invasion of Iraq.
His presentation contained little substance and numerous obvious flaws, and the international community was unimpressed.
America's mainstream media, however, declared it "compelling."
For a nation living in the ghostly shadow of the twin towers, the media's Good Warmaking seal of approval was enough to keep that treasonous question — "why?" — relatively unheard.
The costs — in lives, money, reputation, and more — of this war of whim are nearly incalculable.
This year's sixth anniversary is the first without George W. Bush in the White House. Dare we presume that the factors that led to the war, and its successful marketing, all went packing with him?
If you have thoughts and recollections about the fateful day of Powell's presentation, and the festival of lies and ignorance that preceded it, please send them to vastleft AT vastleft DOT com between now and February 5th. E-mailed commentaries, links to your old posts from back in the day or anytime since, and new posts on your site are all good — however you would like to express yourself about that surreal, world-changing period.
We will link to relevant submissions on the dayofshame.com blog and here at correntewire.com
Thank you for helping commemorate a day that should live in infamy but won't without our vigilance.