Thursday, August 18, 2005

Their Iraq v. Ours

Time and again we here at highwayscribery have declared ourselves as voice to those innocents whose lives get caught in the web of history woven by giant men and women.

We love big ideas and elegant intellectual articulations, so long as they don’t steamroll over those who could care less (which happens a lot).

Our metaphor is the little girl in a patio playing ball with a kitten. These are the voices who lack amplification and concern, and we choose to represent them as the highest expression of life, hope, and happiness.

So tonight we offer you the (r)epublican plan for Iraq and then at least the flavor of what the highwayscribery Iraq would taste like.

First the (r)epublican Iraq:

Aug. 17, 20005

Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of Camp Pendleton Marine

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of Lance Cpl. Evenor C. Herrera of Gypsum, CO:

“Maria and I offer our sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Lance Cpl. Herrera. His dedication to serving our nation reminds us of the sacrifices the men and women of our armed forces make everyday to triumph over any obstacles that threaten liberty.”

Herrera, 22, died Aug. 10 from wounds received from the detonation of an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

In honor of Herrera, Capitol flags will flown at half-staff.

Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of Fort Irwin Soldier

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of Spc. Brian K. Derks of White Cloud, MN:

“Spc. Derks fought for the noble cause of freedom and we are deeply saddened by his loss. Maria and I offer our deepest sympathies to Brian’s family, and out thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”

Derks, 21, died Aug. 13 in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on mounted patrol. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, Fort Irwin, Ca.

In honor of Derks, Capitol flags will be flow at half-staff.

highwayscribery’s Iraq:

Mesopotamian Wordplay

I have a secret day and nobody knows it.
You mean polka dot day?
Hey! And polka dot night, how come you knew?
I saw you telling Medina.
I think she’s the only other one who knows.
It’s too bad. She’s got some Jihad. She’s got to wear a veil every day.
It doesn’t matter. She can just dream, then. Anyone
can dream anything – even you. I do.
Yes, all the nights are polka dot nights for me.
I like you Tigris, and your friend Persia, too. It’s the
way you both say silly things.
And I like you, Euphrates. Your whitefish and your date palms
and centuries-old limes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey, excellent website. A great Iraq resource is Deaths in Iraq. It breaks all of the casualties down by age, race, branch of the military, country, etc.