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    Five Things You Can Do On the Internet to Make Yourself Feel Better About Iraq

    Written by

    Brian Merchant

    Senior Editor

    Just look how happy that kid is. Image: Anti-War

    Yesterday was the 10 year anniversary of the Iraq war, and being on the internet during it was a serious downer. Every link you clicked produced a bummerific reminder that some pretend-folksy Texan who didn't even win the popular vote talked the country into going to war, and that approximately one-half of that country then yee-hawwed like cowboys and convinced themselves it was a cool thing to do.

    And then a bunch of people were killed for no good reason at all. Mostly Iraqis, and mostly civilians, and lots of women and children and elderly people. Americans too. And people are still dying, ten years later. 56 more of them died yesterday.

    See, this is depressing. Especially because we are not used to thinking about such things, except on even-numbered anniversaries. But just as the internet bummer-outeth, the internet can cheereth up. What you probably need right now is a listicle, to get your mind off of all the death and destruction and your possible implicitness in all of the above.

    So here you go: These are 5 things you can do on the internet to make yourself feel better after a grim decade couple of days.

    1. Read heavy-handed apologia from erstwhile pro-war bloggers and liberal pundits. They were all wrong, see, and they're very sorry they helped convince everyone the war was a good idea. I feel better already.

    2. Watch the triumphant clip of the Saddam statue coming down on YouTube, and try to muster up some of that jingoistic joy you felt the first go round. 

    3. Read a dying Iraq war veteran's despairing letter to George Bush and Dick Cheney. This impassioned and articulate letter has been circulating the blogs, and the paralyzed vet laments the—no, on second thought, don't read it. It is upsetting.

    4. Watch a short documentary about Iraqi youth culture, to be reminded that it is not all doom and gloom in the shadow of the war, and that teenagers still have regular problems, too, like getting their heads slammed with cement bricks by people who don't like their long hair.

    5. Email George W. Bush and get your grievances off your chest. It could be cathartic. Seriously, email him. Here is his personal email address: gwb@ogwb.org. 

    That really might make you feel better.