2007 Baghdad Massacre of Civilians and Reuters Reporters by United States Troops

Notes on the Wikileaked Video of the 2007 Massacre

We had fed the heart on fantasies,
The heart’s grown brutal from the fare;
More substance in our enmities
Than in our love; O honey-bees,
Come build in the empty house of the stare.

– WB Yeats

The presence of the Father is enough.
In his underpants like Noah, in a black van
Carrying a weapon he’s obscene.

It might be
Can’t hurt me

Turns out it was a camera’s shadow
A rumour of truth

Circling like a nightmare, the black helicopter
Checkmates the black van.
The houses are not empty. Children cower.
Mothers whisper.
Silence and dust.

I withdraw allegiance from the United Snakes

Edward G. Nilges 23 Nov 2010

Edward G. Nilges, “Inadequately to Mourn”, ink and wash drawing assembled with video still, 23 Nov 2010


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