Editor's note: This contribution by the late journalist I.F. Stone first appeared in our January 1975 magazine.
Here’s how out of it Bush is.
At a press conference earlier this week, he was asked about the Iraq War, and this is what he said: If you’re an Iraqi, “you’d be saying: ‘God I love freedom.’ ”
Somehow, I don’t think that’s what most Iraqis are saying to themselves right now.
Certainly not the 75,000 to more than a million Iraqi civilians who’ve died as a result of Bush’s reckless war.
Certainly not the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who’ve been wounded.
Certainly not the families of all those killed or wounded.
Certainly not the two to three million Iraqis who’ve been rendered into refugees.
Certainly not the 20,000 Iraqis that the U.S. and the Maliki government are holding without charges.
And certainly not those who’ve been tortured.
And certainly not the women of Iraq, who are much less free today than they were under Saddam.
But Bush is beyond callous to the casualties in Iraq.
For he thinks he’s doing God’s work, which he says is to deliver the gift of freedom around the world.
And if some people die under the wheels of the delivery truck, well, that must be part of God’s plan, too.
Thus does he sleep at night, untroubled by the wailing in Iraq.