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The Cowardice of America at War

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Posted on Nov 15, 2010
U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II

By Richard Reeves

LOS ANGELES—I had to pull over to the side of La Cienega Boulevard last Tuesday evening as I drove home from work. I was crying.

It was nothing, or it was the same old thing. I was listening to the news on National Public Radio when there was another story about another death in Afghanistan. Pfc. Andrew Meari, age 21. A village called Senjaray. An Afghan on a moped pulled up next to an American truck and blew himself up, killing Meari and another guy. The Americans, my countrymen, were there, near Kandahar, working to win the trust and cooperation of the locals.

They were paying the locals, sipping tea with them, giving them weapons and advice. The locals killed them. What hit me was listening to Spc. Robert Criss, who said Meari was his best friend: "I don’t trust anyone out there. They just seem shady all the time. ... They duck around corners and [peek] out at us."

"We were making inroads," said Capt. Nick Stout, Meari’s company commander.

No we weren’t. We were occupying their country—and they hate us. I was not crying for Meari, though God knows, he and his family deserve our tears. I was crying for my country, for the cowardice of our leaders who continue to send the same brave young men out again and again to die rather than admit they have no chance as strangers in a strange land.

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They, the cowards in Washington, know what they are doing. If they don’t, they can read the reports of the University of Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism, which analyzed each of more than 2,200 suicide attacks around the world since 1980. Their conclusion, obvious if you read history, is that extremist religion is not the motivation for such terrorism. The reason, above all, is military occupation of other countries.

What would we do if foreign troops occupied the United States? What did we do when we considered British troops occupiers in 1776?

An extraordinarily brave American, Spc. Salvatore Giunta of Hiawatha, Iowa, the first live American to win the Medal of Honor since the war in Vietnam, said this after his heroism was recognized in a battle far from Kandahar, in the Korengal Valley three years ago:

"These people won’t leave this valley," he said of the Afghans, as reported by Elizabeth Rubin of The New York Times. "They have been here far before I could fathom an Afghanistan."

Then he said: "All my feelings are with my friends and they are getting smaller. I have sweat more, cried more and bled more in this country than my own."

Our soldiers fight for each other, for their friends, as soldiers have fought and died for each other through the centuries. They are certainly not fighting, this small band of volunteer brothers, for the ideas or ambitions of George Bush or Barack Obama, or Donald Rumsfeld or David Petraeus.

They are not even fighting for the rest of us, the American people. We just had a national election for the Congress, that half-dead body which is supposed to declare wars, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were barely mentioned by candidates. And why should they be? Except for the fact that it is draining our treasury, the wars are barely affecting the overwhelming majority of Americans. We have a volunteer army, the National Football League with guns, and we are spectators. Did we even notice when the troops abandoned the Korengal Valley in defeat three months ago? Are we noticing that Congress, the White House and the Pentagon are now planning to hold off on major troop withdrawal from Afghanistan until 2014, four years from now?

So, cry the beloved country. Shed tears for the brave. And for the cowards, too, the men and women in Washington who refuse to admit we cannot impose our will on the world—and certainly never will unless we are in a struggle where we are all engaged and all at risk. The band of brothers out there are alone. We have already abandoned them in a bloody fog of empty words about national security.

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By LocalHero, December 26, 2010 at 4:57 am Link to this comment

I “support the troops” in the only way that’s remotely sane. Get them the hell out of every country that they are currently occupying: Including our own!

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By Gulam, November 29, 2010 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment

For liberalism, at least in its radical form, the wish to submit people to a ethical
ideal felt to be universal is “the crime which contains all crimes,” the mother of all
crimes- it amounts to the brutal imposition of one’s own views onto others, the
cause of civil disorder.   

Slavaq Zizek

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By Amused, November 28, 2010 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment
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By all means , we should bring all our brave men and women HOME .
Afghanis and Iraqis are quite good at killing each other and are far more efficient at it .
Of course a response was required after 9/11 and that could have been blunt and simple ...a cruise missle aimed at the Taliban Government building while they were playing make believe trial for Bin Laden /kill’em all and that should have been the end of it ...PERIOD . Iraqis have killed far more Iraqis than we ever have or will , the Taliban and various tribes have killed more Afghanis than we have or ever will .
Lets get out now and let’em all have at it .

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By Lee Oates, November 25, 2010 at 11:48 pm Link to this comment

The people of Afganistan and Iraq are doing what I would do if invade by a foreign people, fighting back in anyway possible.

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By pnguine, November 21, 2010 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment
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Support the troops.

Stop the slaughter.

Bring them home.

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By Joe, November 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment
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From the otherwise excellent article:
“...and certainly never will unless we are in a struggle where we are all engaged and all at risk”

though we now have no moral or logical reason to do so!

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By HCG, November 20, 2010 at 9:46 pm Link to this comment
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Time to ask some ugly questions: before 2003 there
were about 38 million Iraqis living in Iraq, now we
count only 25 million Iraqis and ethnic groups.

4-5 million refugees, but the terrible figure of
possible 8 million Iraqis may have been butchered by
the US “heroes”.

Since 1946 - 120 million people died through US
“hero” activities.

Makes you wonder? When do you take responsibility?

US has murdered more people than Hitler, Stalin, Pol
Pot.

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By Inigo Montoia, November 20, 2010 at 8:44 pm Link to this comment
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Cry? What could be a more joyful prospect for all mankind, better for the
world’s poor, for the ecology of the planet, and for world peace than the fall of
the United States from its high horse? Is not this THE classic fall strategy, the
inevitable culmination of this excess of materialism?  How could you set the cat
among the pigeons more completely than has been done systematically
through the course of the last few decades?  Americans are leaping into not one
but multiple land wars in Asia, intentionally demonizing those who have the
resources most needed by the West. For those whom America has taught to
hate, for those who have long yearned for her collapse, it does not get any
better than these days just before the fall, when the outcome is certain and
their joy is as yet unmixed with the horrors to come. A thoughtful man might
well feel now like Krishna celebrating the coming battle, despite its tragic
aspect, because it will so perfectly demonstrate for all time the truth of the
ancient visions and the ultimate stability of Dharma. One cannot be a reader of
the Western religious experience and not know that the Israelis and the
Americans, who have set themselves up as a New Israel, are bound to fall
spectacularly, once they have lost the way, once they forget that the promise to
Israel was always conditional, always a blessing and a curse, always very much
a two edged sword. The promise is only that this people will be an example.
The kind of example is left to them.

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By Peter H, November 20, 2010 at 7:13 pm Link to this comment
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US troops fight endless Wars for Israel, it all started nearly a decade ago under a false flag attack.
9/11 and Israel, here:
http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

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By Attila.Iskander, November 20, 2010 at 6:54 pm Link to this comment

How does the author KNOW that it was a “local”
When you consider that the GREAT MAJORITY of the Taliban are NOT Afghani, the odds are pretty good that the suicide bomber was NOT a “local”.


Too bad the author,  to promote his agenda, is willing to dance in the blood of those who take the risks to change things for the better.

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By Realist Veteran of another USELESS WAR IN INDOCHIN, November 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment
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oh, save the National Pornogon Radio crying scene for another day, dufus.  I would have stopped and bought an iced latte and celebrated the deaths of two more invaders of a nation who didn’t need to be invaded for the Rothschilds zioturd jew bank cartel.

tears??  of joy perhaps.  screw the dead PFC (putz, freak, cannonfodder) dork.  a lot more will be sacrificed there by the illuminati filth who want the pipeline before this crap is ended in another Saigon withdrawal.

to the freedom fighters in Afghanistvietnam; “you only have another quarter million of these misguided dorks to OFF before they leave your country in shame..so keep up the GOOD WORK!!”

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By frederic rounds, November 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment
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I have been complaining for 9 years about our wars. I
even wrote a book about it: Reflections on the War of
the Willing.

I’m afraid we’re going to have to wait these wars out,
unless someone comes up with an idea to rally the
American people.  We could stop paying taxes, but that
would impact important government benefits.  We could
demand a selective tax policy in which we would be
allowed to deduct various undesirable things from our
tax bill, such as the cost of the war.

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By Homer, November 20, 2010 at 11:51 am Link to this comment
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I fear the day when the troops come home and the America public become their enemy. The military cannot be trusted to protect our nation when they abuse so many other nations. They are an immoral killing machine, nothing more.

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By RayLan, November 18, 2010 at 7:50 pm Link to this comment

@Virginia
“U.S. soldiers are not volunteers”
You are justifying enlistment on semantics?
Volunteer does not necessarily mean unpaid.
It just means voluntarily. So they get paid. They are not drafted -

See the defintion- only definition 2. mentions wage.
Definition 3 is the military definition, not mentioning payment.

vol·un·teer? ?/?v?l?n?t??r/  Show Spelled
[vol-uhn-teer]  Show IPA

–noun
1. a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking.
2. a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.
3. Military . a person who enters the service voluntarily rather than through conscription or draft, esp. for special or temporary service rather than as a member of the regular or permanent army.
4. Law .
a. a person whose actions are not founded on any legal obligation so to act.
b. a person who intrudes into a matter that does not concern him or her, as a person who pays the debt of another where he or she is neither legally nor morally bound to do so and has no interest to protect in making the payment.
5. Agriculture . a volunteer plant.
6. ( initial capital letter ) a native or inhabitant of Tennessee (used as a nickname).

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By Virginia Meagher, November 18, 2010 at 9:19 am Link to this comment
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I am so tired of hearing about our volunteer Army.  They are not volunteers;  they are mercenaries.  They are paid, and paid well, for their work.  Volunteers are the people who run the local soccer league, the Boy Scout and Girl Scout leaders of troops, the elders and deacons of the local church.  U.S. soldiers are not volunteers.

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By Bernc, November 18, 2010 at 6:51 am Link to this comment
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I was born in Kenya to British parents and remember as
a teenager back in the 60’s a conversation my father
had with a learned black Kenyan gentleman who said,
“Whilst a few Africans may see the advantage of being
ruled or dominated by foreigners, the vast majority
would rather suffer under a despotic African government
than prosper under a foreign one.” Obviously this
simple statement is totally wasted on the brilliant and
all knowing brains of USA and EU political leaders and
generals.

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By RayLan, November 18, 2010 at 6:08 am Link to this comment

There are no heroes in an immoral stupid war. That’s just the mythology talking. The ‘brave’ young people are dupes of an ideology or just not very bright since none of them are drafted there. If enough of the young generation protested like they did in the sixties and seventies, when the liberal class was still a force for change, our society would not be going down for the count.

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By denk, November 18, 2010 at 4:43 am Link to this comment

740m mega *embassy* in iraq
790m *expansion* for afghan *embassy*
uncla sham is chuckingly to himself
*we’re there for the long haul guys, hehehe* !

coming up next, an 8b *super base* in guam….....
er, its *in response to China’s strengthening of its defence potential,* [sic]
http://tinyurl.com/2axs7we

why’d the pentagoons get alarmed by the chinese boosting their *defence potential*, unless coz if the dod harbours hostile intention towards china ?
hmmm, THAT’d be a real money spinner for the mic hehehe !

its high time to call a spade a spade, the dod should be changed to its proper name….doo, depart of offence. !

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By moni, November 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment
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We are living in an economy which is dependant on WAR. Where would all the soldiers go . . .  if they weren’t employed by the cowardly old men who have waged this miserable war ?  We are now an uncivilized country which proclaims itself to be honorable and exemplary but in reality must fulfill the desires of the Corporate Greed of men like Dick Cheyney who live in the shadows but pull the corporate strings of the puppets in political office.
 
The predictions are that the “war” will continue to be waged until 2014.  How amazing that it has been declared that it will continue into the term of yet another “President”.  With not even a faint cry of resistance from the American people. No, now we can pre-occupy ourselves with the cholera which has erupted in the country of our neighbors’ and which is a disease which hadn’t been seen in this century until recently.  It is at our doorstep.  Yes, we have become a nation of cowards.

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By Stan Serafin, November 17, 2010 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you all for making my day…and making me feel I am not alone…

BUT I am alone, as is each of us.  Waiting for Everyman?  That was only in the Jackson Browne song, at a time when some of us REALLY thought the world would change.  AND THEN CAME ANOTHER US ELECTION, AND THE DREAM ENDED.

It is time for the real revolution to begin.  As that idiot Sharron Angle said, “It’s time to utilize your 2nd amendment rights”.  IT IS TIME…

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By crk, November 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm Link to this comment
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One has to remember the Millions our political caste will make off the military industrial complex and the oil cartels. Considering the few deaths the country sacrifices to the gods of war it really is a bargin. Just think of all the jobs being created for such a small sacrifice of a few professional soldiers.
Don’t forget Viet Nam was created and supported by Democrats. The WAR now is Obama’s and he can declare a Mission Accomplished if he so desires but alas he is now the Emperor of the American Empire and must protect us from the Barbarian Hordes.

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By Gerald Sutliff, November 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment
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I remember an excessively stupid movie titled something like “Wolverine” wherein the heros, American young men, were resisting imagined Russian occupying forces in the American west.  The heros had no motivation other than resisting adverse occupation which in the context seemed sufficient to die for.

Short of genocide; there’s no winning in Afghanistan. Besides who can “prove” if we leave “they” will follow us home to terrorize us?

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By Doug Roberts, November 17, 2010 at 11:49 am Link to this comment
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There are a lot of intelligent, well-informed, angry Americans posting here and on other progressive websites.  When I read them, I feel hopeful for the future of what could be a great country, America.  But then, I read articles and comments on some conservative websites- vicious, vengeful, wilfully ignorant, self serving, ‘patriotic’ comments.  and then I lose hope.  There seem to be a lot more of the latter and they are supported and encouraged by religious fundamentalists, by conservative politicians, by ‘talk’ radio by and Fox News.  As a neighbour and former friend (Canadian) I feel disappointed and I feel sorrow for what has happened to your country.  And I don’t see any way out.

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By Ruy Mauricio de Lima e Silva, November 17, 2010 at 10:35 am Link to this comment
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Cowards! Gullible, empty-headed, deadly, mortiferous people! Shame on you and on your contemptible country! Your day will come.

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By tedmurphy41, November 17, 2010 at 9:28 am Link to this comment

The only inroads that America, and the rest of us, will make in Afghanistan is to leave it and let them sort out their own affairs. It may take a very long time for this to happen but, when it does it will, at least, be sustainable with the full support of the Afghan people.

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By Elroy, November 17, 2010 at 9:00 am Link to this comment

Even the trolls have felt too ashamed to try and
disrupt this vital discussion.

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By Glen Wayne, November 16, 2010 at 10:25 pm Link to this comment

Our Trillion Dollar Hole       empirePie  

So we got our selves into a few trillion dollar hole
Thank God the rich are going to save us from the dole
with Ponzi powered trenches and trickle sliced tranches;
with mercenary plunder power ....  and cost plus free market might
the gaited future is in sight ...  the new greed Green Zone
soon to be franchised for a disaster nearer to you
to be fertile for the next flood
to be tactile with your blood

We march ahead to be the next new country dead
to feed the cubicles of the sacked and led
to new heights of envy and desire
with digital bliss that’s on the wire;
the yellow ribbons of football,and pizza
while Palin water skis with polar bears,
and Obama jokes of predators

So we got our selves into a few trillions dollar hole
Thank God the rich are going to save us from the dole
We’ll build more yachts and teach more foxy trots

Soon the trickle down will be a surge
We’ll clip some bonus coupons for our schools
For profit jails will be our freedom tools

A bust of Friedman the immortal Milton of the Hilton
will glow from all the golden arches

We’ll patent lust and even dust
Our progeny will be so proud of us

So we got our selves into a few trillion dollar hole
Our fraud based finance will surely save us ....

save us from the dole

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By Brian S., November 16, 2010 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment
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Thanks, Mr. Reeves. Though Alan Paton’s great work Cry the Beloved Country depicts South Africa in the 1930s and ‘40s, his timeless novel calls to us from across the oceans and the ages and could have been written expressly for the America of today; ironically, the novel was first published in New York.

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By jondillingham, November 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment

Great column: marries moral outrage with exacting intellectual poise. But not only
should we be indignant about the American deaths, we should turn our focus to
the incredible number of non-Americans we’ve murdered over there.

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By jondillingham, November 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment

Great column: marries moral outrage with exacting intellectual poise. But not only
should we be indignant about the American deaths, we should turn our focus to
the incredible number of non-Americans we’ve murdered over there.

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By SoTexGuy, November 16, 2010 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment

There’s so much excellent commentary here already I’m hesitant to try and add anything! But here goes..

What strikes me most about the ‘military industrial complex’ is that it is operating as the ultimate incarnation of the consumer society..

It’s been posited that our entire economic-social system is based on the ever increasing use of resources.. these resources (nonrenewable in most cases) contribute to the system and are ultimately discarded.. in fact being discarded and subsequently replaced by new is their main function.

Now the Pentagon and all their corporate partners have focused this to a laser point.. as in the laser pointing targeting system on some multimillion dollar munition system..

Bang! .. it’s gone! It’s like fireworks, gone like the cash you put down for it, but times millions! .. and nobody has to find a place to bury it or dump it on the continental shelf or whatever. A pure, one way profit center..

As long as there’s still people to tax to pay for it.

Adios!

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By JDmysticDJ, November 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment

Gerard’s comment is absolutely and incontrovertibly correct. These words are the most profound I’ve read on truthdig, or anywhere else. There is nothing flowery or exceptionally eloquent about gerard’s words, they are simply truth.

“May I encourage all previous posts to send their comments also to their Senators and Representatives, to the editors of their local papers, to other blogs, to the White House and State Department, and to agencies like Iraq Veterans Against War, Union of Concerned Scientists, Move-on. org, American Friends Service Committee.  Talk to your local community radio and TV stations about getting this meesage put out there, in interviews with you, in dialogs, in stories connected to local returning veterans—any way you can.  Be creative.  Take initiative. There are others in your neighborhood who feel exactly the same way.  They might help you.  Go for it. That’s the only way to end the horror.”


Where are the marchers, the multitudes of activists, the balance of power, and the truly committed? If they are anything like me, they are stifling too frequent tears, while waiting for someone else to start the rebellion. I’m a man, I’ve experienced hard ship, and suffering during my life, I should not be having tears. God damn the cowards for my tears, God damn the cowards for Richard Reeves’ tears, God damn me for my cowardly tears of remorse and lack of action. Our tears are less than zero and have absolutely no significance compared to the screams; the screams of wounded and dying men, women, and children, the screams of the grieving, or the screams of the tortured. Sadly, it’s only these individual stories of sorrow that bring the tears; the magnitude of the suffering is beyond our ability to comprehend and we have all become callous and effectively immune to the suffering, except for suffering from the symptomatic worthless tears.  There is the folly, the squandering, the insanity, or as the fictional dying Curtz breathed, “The horror… the horror.”

“Joe Hill’s Last Will”

My will is easy to decide,
For there is nothing to divide.
My kin don’t need to fuss and moan,
“Moss does not cling to a rolling stone.”

My body? Oh, if I could choose
I would to ashes it reduce,
And let the merry breezes blow,
My dust to where some flowers grow.

Perhaps some fading flower then
Would come to life and bloom again.
This is my Last and final Will.
Good Luck to All of you,
Joe Hill

“Don’t mourn for me, organize” said Joe Hill to Big Bill.

We’ll be damned if we don’t.

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By tp, November 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm Link to this comment
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to the comments so far :?I EXACTLY!

The one thing that could change the war mentality would be tweaking the source of our money which finances the whole war mentality process.
If the Banks to big to fail were owned by the citizens of this country we would be in control instead of those heartless Wall Street thugs.

Read “The Web of Debt” by Ellen Brown to find out about how a national Bank, owned by the people, would work to turn the economical disaster around and bring honest employment back to this country instead of feeding mercenary wars.

Benjamin Franklin set up The Franklin Bank, a national people owned bank, over 230 years ago. The profits paid for our infrastructure. But, there has always been enemies, from the beginning, who kept attacking the idea until finally in 1913 they somehow convinced voters through endless propaganda that the banksters should be in charge of creating our money and not the government. Woodrow Wilson ultimately signed the Federal Reserve Act into law in that year. He later said that he gave our country away. 

Now in our present bankrupt economy, the money is created by a private owned Banking cartel, the Federal Reserve. These banksters are behind every war or life taking conflict in the history of our country with the help of propaganda patriotism. Greed is the magic word.

We should have nationalized those banks supposedly too big to fail. We still could.

So, if you guys are truly tired of the war stories get busy with the real solution. A movement to nationalize the big banks would be the only way to solve the problem.

read Ellen Browns articles and her book.
http://webofdebt.wordpress.com/

peace be with you guys!
tp

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By gerard, November 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm Link to this comment

Speaking of “bloody fogs of empty words” ... 
  I say this.  You say that. Then I say something else, and he or she comes in with yet another reaction. 
  Harmless.  Fun.  Mentally challenging. Sometimes amusing.  Often discouraging.
  Isolated individuals trying to reach out, to understand, trying to be helpful, trying to be heard—preferably without suffering any pain.
  Just another form of “facebook” and “tweeting.”
Confrontation without confronting. Speaking without listening.  Knocking without opening.
  Can we do more?  Should we do more?

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By DavidByron, November 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm Link to this comment

Maybe if American Progressives quit praising cowardly murderers like this soldier, Meari, they would get results?

“I was not crying for Meari, though God knows, he and his family deserve our tears. I was crying for my country, for the cowardice of our leaders who continue to send the same brave young men out again and again to die”

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By de profundis clamavi, November 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment

Idealism, humanism, justice, compassion, these things matter not one iota to the issue of how long the USA will continue to wage endless war.

The wars will end when the money runs out and the federal government, having bled productive sectors and classes of American society to the point that they can pay no more, is forced to turn to its own sponsors, the corporate ruling class, for the money to keep the poker game going. The ruling class are not going to allow themselves to be taxed to pay for the continuation of war! Heaven forbid!

The American ruling class, whose epicenter is Wall Street and whose titles are conferred by Ivy League universities, have only ever kept this endless war game going fot the sake of their own selfish enrichment. If endless war stops making them richer, what is the point of continuing?

So when the American government goes bankrupt and the American economy collapses as a result of the economic bleeding of the country through endless war and global capitalism, the Wall Street parasites will simply take their profits and go elsewhere in search of new economies to rape and pillage. They’ve been busy making friends in China and India for some time now. China has a ruling elite comprised of the children of the formerly “communist” party clique; perhaps they would welcome the Wall Street bloodsuckers. India has the tradition of the caste system which Wall Streeters would no doubt admire and wish to emulate.

With the aid of Chinese and Indian troops, heavily militarized enclaves centered around New York City, Boston and Princeton, New Jersey may perhaps be maintained as colonial outposts of the the global capitalist empire, so they can continue indoctrinating their larvae in the ideology of class domination and exploitation in these ivory towers of propaganda.

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By Anarcissie, November 16, 2010 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment

‘Don’t mourn, organize!’ —Joe Hill

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By America, November 16, 2010 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment
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“I am the living death, the Memorial Day on wheels. I am your Yankee Doodle Dandy, your John Wayne come home, your Fourth of July fire cracker exploding in the grave.” Ron Kovic- Vietnam War vet, peace activist, and author of Born on the Fourth of July.

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By The Old Hippy, November 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

The last “war” the US fought was WWII.  Except for using the name “war” to describe how the government feels about drugs, poverty or terrorists, we haven’t declared war and all the battles are just “police actions”.

Why?  If we declared formal war we would have to stick to the rules of warfare and everyone knows that rules never apply to the American Empire.

We “go to war” to feed the corporate interests.  All the “war industries” require a constant infusion of our citizen’s wealth to feed the military industrial complex.

Until war ceases to be a profit center for corporations, war will be a continuous state for the US.

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By Ed, November 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm Link to this comment
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The cowardice of the U.S. military leadership was readily apparent in the Fall of 2001. Having full justification to inundate Afghanistan with U.S. troops after 9/11/2001, the U.S. leadership opted instead to outsource the job to local warlords. Since the U.S. is unwilling to fully commit its volunteer army to high intensity conflict, the military should lose 90% of its funding.

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By godistwaddle, November 16, 2010 at 6:57 am Link to this comment

Ian Murphy: The benevolence of America’s “troops” is sacrosanct. Questioning their rectitude simply isn’t done. It’s the forbidden zone. We may rail against this tragic war, but our soldiers are lauded by all as saints. Why? They volunteered to partake in this savage idiocy, and for this they deserve our utmost respect? I think not.
The nearly two-thirds of us who know this war is bullshit need to stop sucking off the troops. They get enough action raping female soldiers and sodomizing Iraqi detainees. The political left is intent on “supporting” the troops by bringing them home, which is a good thing. But after rightly denouncing the administration’s lies and condemning this awful war, relatively sensible pundits—like Keith Olbermann—turn around and lovingly praise the soldiers’ brave service to the country. Why?
What service are they providing? I don’t remember ordering 300,000 dead Iraqis—although I was doing a lot of heavy narcotics back in ‘03. Our soldiers are not providing a service to the country, they’re providing a service to a criminal administration and their oil company cronies. When a mafia don orders a hit, is the assassin absolved of personal responsibility when it’s carried out? Of course not. What if the hit man was fooled into service? We’d all say, “Tough shit, you dumb Guido,” then lock him up and throw away As a society, we need to discard our blind deference to military service. There’s nothing admirable about volunteering to murder people. There’s nothing admirable about being rooked by obvious propaganda. There’s nothing admirable about doing what you’re told if what you’re told to do is terrible.

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By godistwaddle, November 16, 2010 at 6:54 am Link to this comment

“We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the world-a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully.  We are not just Whores for power and oil, but killer Whores with hate and fear in our hearts.  We are human scum and that is how history will remember us.”  (Hunter S. Thompson)

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By fearnotruth, November 16, 2010 at 5:26 am Link to this comment

Talking to ‘moveon.org’ et al is the only way to end the war? Unfortunately most of
that lot buy into the 911 myth, excusing it by accepting the ‘incompetence /
blowback’ senerio, which undermines the anti-war position.

Ending this bloody war requires exploding the 911 Myth - overwhelming evidence
deconstructs the Official Conspiracy Theory - the ultimate excuse for the
Global War Of Terror

Expose the 911 coup d’état and the foundation for the war is gone. To understand
the 911 coup d’état read ‘911 Synthetic Terror - Made in USA

http://www.amazon.com/11-Synthetic-Terror-Made-Fourth/dp/0930852370

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By jack kane, November 16, 2010 at 1:22 am Link to this comment
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Oooooh, come on! Dry your crocodile tears and stop talking about the ‘brave’. The US wars in the Middle East are war crimes. The US army is a volunteer army. So every US soldier is either a brainwashed moron or a murderous psychopath. In the first case we pity them, in the second we abhor them. There is no honor for these people, unless they come back and take a stand against the war.

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By SteveL, November 16, 2010 at 1:14 am Link to this comment

The wars will end when the wealthy get to send their kids to the war and get the
bill in the form of taxes.

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By gerard, November 15, 2010 at 11:12 pm Link to this comment

I truly hope all this anti-war venom is going beyond Truthdig comments!  It is speaking truth to power—powerfully. 

May I encourage all previous posts to send their comments also to their Senators and Representatives, to the editors of their local papers, to other blogs, to the White House and State Department, and to agencies like Iraq Veterans Against War, Union of Concerned Scientists, Move-on. org, American Friends Service Committee.  Talk to your local community radio and TV stations about getting this meesage put out there, in interviews with you, in dialogs, in stories connected to local returning veterans—any way you can.  Be creative.  Take initiative. There are others in your neighborhood who feel exactly the same way.  They might help you.  Go for it. That’s the only way to end the horror.

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By G.Anderson, November 15, 2010 at 10:21 pm Link to this comment

I understand the tears, but in time those tears will turn into anger, to protect you from being hurt too much…then people will wonder why your angry all the time..and why that anger evetually turns into PTSD…

Americans, all of us are proud of our children, as we watch them grow, with unsure steps as children, needing us, and hoping we will never let them down…promising in our hearts that we will always protect them, or die trying…

Never in a millon years would we dream, that some twisted son of bitch, with his brain, unable to think in any semblance of sanity, would take them from us and leave us missing them forever…

Who are they? They are not, just some dirty ragged, warlord far from this country we love, but our own leaders, who waste our treasure, then walk away, as if they bear no responsibility, for hurting us in a way that can never heal…

and worst of all, we have to say to ourselves, that it is we who have let our children down, because we failed to protect them, when they needed it the most….when they followed what we had taught them, to fight for people who did not deserve their heroism, or their sacrifice..

God dam them all..

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By john from ojai, November 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm Link to this comment
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Cry for our country too as we become a 2nd or 3rd world nation. Cry for the average citizen who doesn’t know or care that we have a sham democracy that is actually a plutocracy. Cry for the average citizen who doesn’t know or care that Obama and most of congress is in the pockets of the military/industrial complex and special interest groups like AIPAC that helps siphon billions of taxpayer money every year to support the war crime committing, militant Israeli government. The number one job of a politician is to get reelected and only the rich can make that happen. Time for publicly funded elections and a rethinking of our priorities. Check notmypriorities.org and Democracy Now.

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By lasmog, November 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm Link to this comment

I’ve noticed that newsreaders on TV now like to remind their audience that our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are “fighting for our freedoms.”  Conflating the individual bravery of a soldier with the wisdom of a military invasion is a tragic mistake.

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By fearnotruth, November 15, 2010 at 8:37 pm Link to this comment

when citizens stop feeding themselves to the meat grinder of war - mercenaries take their place - in
prior centuries the Aristocracy raised armies from private treasuries - now it’s from taxes and
contraband (drugs and guns)

it’s a new world order - the oligarchs need these wars as always but no longer pay for them - essentially
they need the global war of terror - a war that can strike any place, any time - the entire glob is the
battle ground - people everywhere are destined to be on their knees begging for protection - oldest
game in the book

the oligarchs, their enablers, their servants, their running dogs need stopping - their false flag black-
ops/psy-ops need exposing at every turn - their ultimate weapon of terror must be wrested from them

the must be investigated, indicted, prosecuted and executed

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By exploitedtimes, November 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm Link to this comment

Sad and true. The lives are just an operating expense for capitalist imperialists. Hammond Eggs is probably right.

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By berniem, November 15, 2010 at 8:03 pm Link to this comment

Look! As long as we have people willing to allow themselves to be manipulated and warped(if not already so)by a cabal of entitled, greedy, elitists who know all and demand obedience without question, the horrors and injustices perpetrated in our name will never end. Not until all of our “Heros” refuse to proudly don the uniform of whatever branch of death-dealers they choose will the “suits” lose their tyrannical grip on this nation and the world. I, for one, don’t believe this will happen. A country wallowing in ignorance, bigotry, and intolerance which sees itself as the “chosen, blessed, and exceptional one” doesn’t have the courage or sense to open it’s eyes and see what a mess it has created!

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By mrfreeze, November 15, 2010 at 8:02 pm Link to this comment

Two things:

1) Our greatest failing as a so-called military power is the belief that the rest of humanity sees the world through our reality; that they all believe in or care about “freedom and democracy,” “the free market and private enterprise.” This all sounds good through our own echo chamber, but the rest of the world doesn’t care what we want, or care about what we believe. In fact, the Afghans have always been known as a warrior people more inclined to respect power and conflict than our simple-minded sense of fair play. WE WILL NEVER BE VICTORIOUS in Afghanistan or in any of the middle-east countries we seem so infatuated with. THEY DON’T BELIEVE WHAT WE BELIEVE.

2) Here’s the REAL BIG MYTH - that we are even successful as a “military power.” I’ve said this over and over again on many posts and I’ve yet to have anyone give me push back:

Other than WWII’s Allied Victory, the U.S. hasn’t WON a war in the last 100 years. By win I mean treaties signed, wealth plundered, slaves brought home, you know…....all the good stuff that’s supposed to happen in a war. Instead, we shoot our collective wad, line the pockets of contractors and grow our military industrial complex WITH NO TANGIBLE RESULTS. It’s ironic isn’t it? That we squander vast human capital and real wealth with virtually nothing to show for it.

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By frecklefever, November 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm Link to this comment

THESE WARS WILL END WHEN PARENTS REFUSE TO ALLOW THEIR
CHILDREN TO WAR..AND WHEN THE CHILDREN REFUSE TO WAR…THE
VIETNAM WAR ENDED WHEN THE SOLDIERS STOPPED FEEDING THE
MACHINE…

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By Hammond Eggs, November 15, 2010 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment

George W. Bush, punk and failure his whole inconsequential life, left office as a punk and a failure and will die as both.  Obama, hero of his own dime novel extravaganza as a Great Man, will ultimately meet Bush in the same place.

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