Serious Post for the Day

In my youtubing this weekend I found an Oscar winning documentary on the 1989 US invasion of the Republic of Panama. The film, The Panama Deception, discussed a lot of things that happened in that short but deadly campaign. I initially watched the film for its historical value but the film ended up bringing a lot of things to mind and it gave me some new perspective on the war in Iraq.

I’ll give a quick background. The country of Panama was and is a key location in the Americas because of its famed canal, and its proximity to both north and South America. The ruler at the time was the much vilified Manuel Noriega. The US president was none other than George Herbert Walker Bush (Big Bush)… You can get the whole story from wikipedia.

The US invaded the country a few days before Christmas, in the wee hours of the morning, to oust Noriega. By the end of the campaign entire neighborhoods were burned down, Noriega was captured, and 300-4000 civilians were killed. [300 civilian casualties as reported by the US -4000 casualties are reported by every other investigative body. It seems like a big discrepancy, and it is. I’ve heard eye witness accounts from family memebers and after seeing the film, Im pretty sure that the 300 casualties reported by the US was a blantant lie and cover-up. Thousands of people don’t just disappear.]

Let me get to my point. I already felt for the people of Iraq, but this film changed my perspective because It showed me how war and the might of amercica affected people who I know and a country that is “tangible” to me. I’ve been to Panama and I’ve heard about it my whole life. Maybe if Iraq wasn’t in a far off land people would be doing more. As is the case with Iraq, the true deception in the invasion of Panama was how the media coved it and how the people in the US were spun the story. Amidst Global opposition the, US invaded a sovereign nation and killed thousands of innocent civilians, the whole time focusing only on American views and interests;while solely accounting for American casualties.

I wish I had some fancy alliteration, but to put it plainly: All life is important regardless of nationality, sex, ethnicity or religion. I don’t care where they come from; when a person is killed it’s a tragedy not just collateral damage.

One eerie thing about the of the film was seeing Cheney, who happened to be our secretary of defense and director of the invasion of Panama and Operation Desert Storm… Seeing clips of HW saying the exact same words about the panama invasion as his son is saying about Iraq, was also a little weird. In no way am I trying to compare the two operations, everyone knows Iraq is gonna be a blite in our history till the end of time. I’m just sharing a little perspective. I think that we, Americans forget that we live in a global community and our interests aren’t always good for the common good. I they sometimes we forget that its not only Americans who want to live in peace and enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

for a little more perspective check out this website, the numbers are unfathomable…



About julian watkins
I'm a young doctor living in the Miami area. I try to live life to the fullest every day. I love music, movies, art, running, politics, books, traveling, pretty girls and cool looking stuff. I started this blog in Medical School and I'll try to keep it up throughout my residency. I'll take everything one day, one photo, one song at a time.

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