After getting impoverished, brainwashed and/or bullied into the murderous cult that is the military, most people get stuck for the rest of their lives and take their families with them. It takes an incredible amount of courage and self searching to do what this fellow did.
On Memorial Day, I do not salute the paid hitmen in green costumes who are killing other humans overseas right now, just because somebody told them to.
I salute those who have been able to see through all the propagandistic and conformist fog blown their way, those who understand the injustice in what they did and who come forth to speak the truth like this veteran. He is a true hero.
The greatest crimes are not performed by petty criminals, thieves or even killers. We need not worry about the people whom everyone knows to be bad. We don’t need to fear them at all. Society is perfectly capable of dealing with such exceptions.
What we do need to fear is the moral concepts in people’s minds that make them not only justify but even cheer on and encourage invading other people’s regions to perform mass murder, if only it is performed by laughing and mindless killers in green costumes, from a safe distance, and against men and children who have done them no harm.
The civilian death toll in Iraq is estimated to be around 1 million. That is about 200,000 times the number of civilian people murdered in the clip above. Imagine witnessing more incidents such as the one in the video. Imagine watching about 60 per day, every single day, 8 years straight, and you would still not have seen all of the cruelties perpetrated in this mindless and cruel invasion perpetrated by the US government.
In a Thursday panel at Cato on conservatism and war, U.S. Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) and John Duncan (R-Tenn.) revealed that the vast majority of GOP members of Congress now think it was wrong for the U.S. to invade Iraq in 2003.
The discussion was moderated by Grover Norquist, who asked the congressmen how many of their colleagues now think the war was a mistake.
“I will say that the decision to go in, in retrospect, almost all of us think that was a horrible mistake. …Now that we know that it cost a trillion dollars, and all of these years, and all of these lives, and all of this blood… all I can say is everyone I know thinks it was a mistake to go in now.”
“I think everyone [in Congress] would agree that Iraq was a mistake.”
Watch the clip:
… and see, because they were so abysmally wrong and foolish, it is very important for you to listen to everything they have to say now about Afghanistan. THAT war was stupid, THIS war is good. :)
Haha, Republocrats are such an adorable and funny little bunch …
Why are we at war?
War is profitable, that’s way.
It matters not how many die, as long as the warmongers make a profit on it.
Sorry but I beg to differ: We are NOT at war because it’s profitable. In fact, war is NOT profitable at all. It is the exact opposite. It is a terribly unprofitable venture. It is only profitable for the contractors who are at the cost side of the venture. But you don’t look to the vendors and contractors to determine whether a particular venture is profitable! They are not the “investors” funding the war. The investors are you and me and our children whose tax dollars have been squandered and pledged for the rests of our lives …
We are at war because people still believe in this mad fantasy called government, a false concept through and through. So long as people don’t get this crucial point, they can talk, complain, wag their finger as much as they want … they might as well go along with it. Because their blind contradictory faith in the prime cause of all their misery will only perpetuate that misery.
The obvious references to the US invasion of foreign countries with the objective to take control of their natural resources does not need to be stressed, but I found Stef’s interpretation of the movie’s references to infancy, childhood, education, and parenting quite striking.