"And I tried hard to be proud of my service but all I could feel was shame and racism could no longer mask the occupation. These were people. There were human beings. I've since been plagued by guilt anytime I see an elderly man, like the one who couldn't walk and we rolled onto a stretcher, told the Iraqi police to take him away. I feel guilt anytime I see a mother with her children like the one who cried hysterically and screamed that we were worse than Saddam as we forced her from her home. I feel guilt anytime I see a young girl like the one I grabbed by the arm and dragged into the street.
We were told we were fighting terrorists, but the real terrorist was me and the real terrorism is this occupation. Racism within the military has long been an important tool to justify the destruction and occupation of another country. It has long been used to justify the killing, subjugation, and torture of another people. Racism is a vital weapon deployed by this government. It is a more important weapon than a rifle, a tank, a bomber or a battleship. It is more destructive than an artillery shell, or a bunker buster, or a tomahawk missile. While all of those weapons are created and owned by this government, they are harmless without people willing to use them.
Those who send us to war do not have to pull a trigger or lob a mortar round. They do not have to fight the war. They merely have to sell the war. They need a public who is willing to send their soldiers into harm's way and they need soldiers who are willing to kill or be killed without question. They can spend millions on a single bomb, but that bomb only becomes a weapon when the ranks in the military are willing to follow orders to use it. They can send every last soldier anywhere on earth, but there will only be a war if soldiers are willing to fight, and the ruling class: the billionaires who profit from human suffering care only about expanding their wealth, controlling the world economy, understand that their power lies only in their ability to convince us that war, oppression, and exploitation is in our interests. They understand that their wealth is dependent on their ability to convince the working class to die to control the market of another country. And convincing us to kill and die is based on their ability to make us think that we are somehow superior. Soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, have nothing to gain from this occupation.
The vast majority of people living in the US have nothing to gain from this occupation. In fact, not only do we have nothing to gain, but we suffer more because of it. We lose limbs, endure trauma, and give our lives. Our families have to watch flag draped coffins lowered into the earth. Millions in this country without healthcare, jobs, or access to education must watch this government squander over $450 million a day on this occupation. Poor and working people in this country are sent to kill poor and working people in another country to make the rich richer, and without racism soldiers would realize that they have more in common with the Iraqi people than they do with the billionaires who send us to war
I threw families onto the street in Iraq only to come home and find families thrown onto the street in this country in this tragic, tragic and unneccesary forclosure crisis; only to wake up and realize that our real enemies are not in some distant land. But not people whose names we don't know, and cultures we don't understand. The enemy is people we know very well and people we can identify. The enemy is a system that wages war when it's profitable. The enemy is the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it's profitable; it's the insurance companies who deny us health care when it's profitable; it's the banks who take away our homes when it's profitable. Our enemies are not 5000 miles away, they are right here at home. If we organize and fight with our sisters and brothers, we can stop this war, we can stop this government, and we can create a better world"
I'm so sad about the message in your post. We joined you in war. There were huge protests against this. But our Government was friends with Bush so our soldiers were sent. The people voted out that Government, but the next one just went with the status quo, so the protests, the voting, the people's wishes, this meant nothing. Our soldiers have died and so have innocent people in a country we have no right to tell what to do. And we are a 'democracy'.
damn .. this really fucking hurts thinking about it, im glad you can say out loud what i cant even share with anyone i know the things ive seen will give most people nightmares with just the storys i want to get out god dammit your hero man! i cant sleep how do you sleep?
You should be embarassed. What a lack of understanding about the world around you. No one thinks that all Arabs are terrorists. In fact that vast majority aren't, but the vast majority of terrorists are Muslim - or at least people hijacking Islam for their political ends. That, byu the way is afact, not an emotional response.
Yes war is horrible, but it only takes one side to start a war. If you don't defend yourself then you are just as guilty of crimes and the ones that started it.
JournalsbyblakeFeatured By OwnerNov 6, 2012Hobbyist Writer
As an American who has grown up in and around the military, (the past 5 generations have served, and I might actually break the chain) this pisses me off. Slightly.
The military doesnt do anything without reason. Of course, the poster of this image wont read this and will surely hide it, our military is far from innocent.
We liberated Iraq and we should have left years ago. Saddam was dead and Osama was as a horse with a broken leg from then after. Were moving progressively more into Afghanistan to weed out the very last of the AlQaeda terror group in that area, but theyre more active now in Indonesia and Malaysia than ever before.
Condolences to the dead child and his family. Unfortunate as it is, no war goes without civilian casualties. Americas own civil war was the bloodiest one our nation has ever fought and our relation is far from absent.
OrantmihiFeatured By OwnerJan 20, 2013Student General Artist
Osama was an American FBI agent called Tim Osman. Investigate it if you don't believe it. Everything is an inside job, 9-11. An excuse to 'liberate' (read: occupy and wipe out) the countries surrounding Israel.
"can't keep hiding behind their media lies" I know it won't do any good to tell you this but we AREN'T hiding behind our media, we're easily lied too, "easily moved" as Netanyahu put it. AIPAC (Israeli lobby) controls our foreign policy and war-profiteer right wingers control our media. If we were told the truth, things would be very different.
Hey man, you know just search in web, simply find the Petroleum storage in some countries. Like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, or Russia. and you find Petroleum storage of Saudi Arabia after 50 or 60 years done(off). so crazy but in Kuwait you know after 150 years and what happen in Iraq? uh com on. don't worry man. Petroleum storage in Iraq after 500 years. so this war IS not "anti terrorism" war of OIL. ONLY