By guest author Dr. Dahlia Wasfi
Imagine that on September 11, 2001, instead of four airplanes used as missiles, massive air strikes had targeted numerous strategic sites in the U.S.
Instead of attacks over a few hours on a single morning, consider the bombardments continuing unabated for three-and-a-half weeks, for the purpose of “shocking and awing” the American people.
Instead of nearly 3,000 dead, tens of thousands of Americans are murdered in the bombings. And in the aftermath, local police and fire departments responsible for aiding the ill and injured are rendered helpless by swarms of occupying soldiers who take control of American society.
Consider the scenario of our elected leaders then being kidnapped or simply made to disappear, and foreigners—most of whom do not speak English—declaring authority over the U.S. Our lives become ruled by a military occupation that lasts the next decade.
The occupation force responsible for our security comprises primarily young men and women ignorant of our society. Human rights violations become the norm.
During the course of this decade of occupation, the foreign military protects Texas oil fields, while the fabric of American society is destroyed.
- Women’s rights are set back for decades, if not centuries.
- American infrastructure deteriorates while the healthcare and educational systems are decimated.
- An estimated 1,000,000 – 1,500,000 American citizens die
- Nearly 5,000,000 Americans are displaced [opens in PDF] from their homes
- Five million children lose one or both parents
- Between one and two million widows are made
- Electricity, potable water, and security are scarcities.
How would we feel about the people responsible for this calamity? How would we feel about the soldiers occupying our streets?
How do Iraqis feel about us?