Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Iraq War Grief Daily Witness - Day 64


A photo of and boots representing Private Sean Silva sit among more than 3,400 pairs of combat boots, one pair for every U.S. soldier killed in the Iraq War, displayed as part of "Eyes Wide Open: An Exhibition on the Human Cost of the Iraq War" in Chicago, May 25, 2007. The traveling exhibition will remain in Chicago until May 28. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)


A special dedication today to all in Congress who voted to continue unconditional funding for the occupation of Iraq.

I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag
words and music by Joe McDonald
(with minor lyric changes by RubDMC)

Come on all of you big strong men,
Uncle Sam needs your help again.
He's got himself in a terrible jam
Way down yonder in Iraqnam
So put down your books and pick up a gun,
We're gonna have a whole lotta fun.

Chorus
And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Iraqnam;
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

Come on generals, let's move fast;
Your big chance has come at last.
Gotta go kill ‘em in their beds —
‘Cuz the only good Iraqi is the one that's dead
You know that peace can only be won
When we've blown 'em all to kingdom come.

Chorus

Come on Halliburton, don't move slow,
Why man, this is war au-go-go.
There's plenty good money to be made
Supplying the Army with the tools of the trade,
Just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,
They drop it all on Iraqnam.

Chorus

Come on mothers throughout the land,
Pack your boys off to Iraqnam.
Come on fathers, don't hesitate,
Send your daughters off before it's too late.
You can be the first one on your block
To have your kids come home in a box.

Chorus

10 comments:

RubDMC said...

for peace

dada said...

Peace

ask said...

I witness.

Ilona said...

I am a witness.

anniethena said...

for peace
I witness

Mj Oregon said...

I witness - still.

"I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned."
from Dirge Without Music
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

roses said...

For peace.

Rub, I still have that Country Joe & the Fish album that I listened to during the Vietname War, and I still remember all the words to the Fixin'-to-Die Rag. It makes me so sad that it's just as relevant again today as it was then.

Wasim said...

i witness

moira said...

peace

musing graze said...

Witness.

Baghdad Hospitals Stretched to the Limit (IWPR, 5/29/07).

A recent World Health Organisation, WHO, report stated that an overwhelming number of conflict-related casualties die due to insufficient medical supplies at the hospitals.
...
Dr Qasim Daud, a member of the health and environment committee of the Iraqi parliament, admitted that the shortage of staff and supplies “put us and the officials at the ministry of health in a critical situation”.
...
Health officials announced that out of this year’s 2.1 billion US dollar budget allocated to the ministry of health, 25 million dollars has been set aside to overhaul the health sector, and rehabilitate and renovate hospitals.

But it remains to be seen whether the capacity and expertise exists to ensure that the money is spent wisely.