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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:

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IVAW - Iraq Veterans Against War

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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

flame of any kind will not be tolerate

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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.
josegoncalo Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People can't live without violence it's in their blood.
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.
Rozrr Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just seen this on Facebook... It is doing the rounds...
Quadraro Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional
It's me ;)
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...
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
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.
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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