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Our Real Enemies by Quadraro Our Real Enemies by Quadraro
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thanks to ThePhaedrus83


"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"


— Mike Prysner
US Army Veteran who served in Iraq

Speech Transcript:
[link]

Please Support the Veterans at:

IVAW - Iraq Veterans Against War


Also visit:

Antiwar.com



Watch with Spanish sub titles
Asombroso discurso de un Veterano SUBTITULADO ESPAÑOL
DISCURSO DE MIKE PRYSNER indicando quienes son el enemigo verdadero de su pais.

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thank you to All the Activist Around the World


ATTENTION
flame of any kind will not be tolerate

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:iconhalekae:
halekae Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
There are no words, but it is a sediment unspoken by most. People are sheeps, allowing others to tell them, who to hate, who to love, who to kill. Beautiful piece, as heart breaking as it is.
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:iconjosegoncalo:
josegoncalo Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People can't live without violence it's in their blood.
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:iconsilver-shadowoni:
Silver-ShadowOni Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student General Artist
The U.S has never left the phase of trying to be an empire. This proves it.
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:iconrozrr:
Rozrr Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just seen this on Facebook... It is doing the rounds...
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:iconquadraro:
Quadraro Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional
It's me ;)
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:iconapologyerrorlove:
ApologyErrorLove Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student General Artist
i don't want to add it to my faves. its just such a sad photo! :( but i have respect and i give my heart out to this... great photo...
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:iconrocknrolllostboys:
rocknrolllostboys Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
This proves that saying "As long as there is profit in war, the world will never know piece" from the film V For Vendetta
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:iconahsie:
ahsie Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
When people with the correct mindset, grow more courage to stand up, even if it may be against the majority. That's when such wars will end.
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:iconsouity:
Souity Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
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'.
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:iconjustjoseph:
justjoseph Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
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?
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:iconpeasantb:
peasantb Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
People will do what it is in their interest to do.
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:iconhighwindwarrior1988:
highwindwarrior1988 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The feeling i get from seeing this, ... It makes me understand why most other nations hate us Americans.
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:iconhelperofdeath:
HelperOfDeath Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
People don't hate American's specifically, they hate the government, and Americans who hate them just because of their beliefs. Mostly Arabs are like this.
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:iconelenhpaine:
elenhpaine Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i have no words..
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:iconmeecko0o:
Meecko0o Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Amazing, and sadly so true :(
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:iconmanda-of-the-6:
Manda-of-the-6 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
This is a fantastic piece. The quotation in concert with the art is very powerful.
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:iconwizkhalima:
Wizkhalima Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
wow this was amazing wow lol
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slackycml Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Assalamu'alaykum.
Great to found your art here and I want your permission to add this to my Wallpaper Linux Distro, Comal-Linux. Are your art is Creative Common Licence?
JazakalLohu khoyr.
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:iconquadraro:
Quadraro Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional
no problem , if you need a better resolution, just ask ;)
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:iconslackycml:
slackycml Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Okay, I need slight better resolution... like 1024 pixel width or more, for match desktop screen. Thanks... :-)
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:iconpolarisprime:
polarisprime Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
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.
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Journalsbyblake Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist 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.
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Orantmihi Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student 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.
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AwesomelyDerped Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013   Digital Artist
very true.
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:iconjournalsbyblake:
Journalsbyblake Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ha! Youre funny.
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:iconquadraro:
Quadraro Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional
you liberate iraq... and afganistan... from... thank you for your last comment here..
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:iconcommanderstegas:
commanderstegas Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
This was nice, America and its allies need to be exposed for what they really are. They can't keep hiding behind their media lies and so called "Justice" and "Freedom".

Keep up the good work, don't let the brainwashed sheep dissuade you.
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backup-character Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
"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.
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:iconorantmihi:
Orantmihi Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
No American is going to tell you the truth. You have to look for it.
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:iconquadraro:
Quadraro Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional
no problem ;) no one can dissuade me in life
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:iconempath-l:
Empath-L Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Powerful speech. Thanks for sharing.
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:iconquadraro:
Quadraro Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional
:peace:
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:iconkovex2443:
kovex2443 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
If only more people would start to see the same light of such an open mind instead of the darkness a racism.
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:iconquadraro:
Quadraro Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional
if only... :peace:
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:iconnuminiousnihil:
NuminiousNihil Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Beautifully said. You throw the chair, and i'll start swinging xD.
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:iconquadraro:
Quadraro Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional
:peace:
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:iconabellius:
abellius Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Do you belong to the communist party?
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:iconquadraro:
Quadraro Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional
off topic
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:iconabellius:
abellius Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Deflect.

Nvm. After I looked at your profile and it says you are a Free Palestine person, that is all I needed to know.

As of today, explain to me how America occupies Iraq as an occupation as you see it?
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:iconquadraro:
Quadraro Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional
oil? ;)
off topic again
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:iconabellius:
abellius Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Oil, really? How much oil does America import from Iraq compared to Canada, Mexico, and South America?

How is this off-topic? You picture quotes "Occupation", right?
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Muhsen3D Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
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
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:iconabellius:
abellius Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Not sure if this is a language barrier misunderstanding, but I'm not sure what your point is.
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:iconmuhsen3d:
Muhsen3D Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
hahaha. OK. I will correct my lang...
But I mean This war, war of Oil not anymore.
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:iconquadraro:
Quadraro Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional
maybe you miss something... this is a declaration of a Veteran, regards the truth.
you're and mine opinion it's useless
you understand?

thank you
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:iconzorro3000:
zorro3000 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
A brave statement. Real bravery is something or nation has lost.
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:iconquadraro:
Quadraro Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional
:peace:
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:iconrebelliousrehan:
RebelliousRehan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
thank you soo much for sharing this
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