"Black Hills gold" sitting in Ft. Knox
- Poor Iraqis
(Iraq Poetry - should Be Sung To Star Spangled Banner Melody)
The poor Iraqi citizenry of the far away desert. As an Indigenous Red
DaNakota person, I can understand what they are going through. The
world wants their oil, just as u.s. government officials wanted
Lakota gold 130 years ago in the area today called the "Black Hills."
I see the lives of the Iraqi families shattered, with very few
embracing' the "western way". It's too bad, the days of the "stay-
at-home-mom" are coming to an end for them, drifting steadily away
from their grip.
I remember growing up and being so fortunate to have my own mother at
home to cook, clean and care for us kids while my dad worked and
supported us all at his now-defunct "meat packing union" job. (She
didn't have to wear a mini skirt, high heels, have her breasts
enlarged, wear make-up or have "tattoos" either! Look out Iraq!)
Today in Iraq the u.s. government seems to be trying to import the
loss of family structure' to those who have maintained some semblance
of the family unit and purpose â" while exporting Iraqi oil back to
New York and L.A.
I recently visited with a returning soldier who is a friend of the
family and on break from his "duties" in Iraq. I asked him what the
other soldiers felt about the "Abu Ghraib" prison murders, torture,
sexual assaults and rape committed by u.s. soldiers against the Iraqi
prisoners. He said that his fellow soldiers thought that it was
really no big deal and shouldn't have even been an issue. I told him
jokingly "Yeah, if we Nakotas ever catch a u.s. soldier on the
reservation, we might just stick a refrigerator up their butts for
the fun of it (or at least an electric stove)." He didn't seem to
Later, I viewed a picture on national news which has been circulating
on the internet which was secretly downloaded form a military
aircraft. It showed a group of about fifty Iraqi citizens walking in
a bunch down the street unknowing that a military plan had them in
their sights, ready to drop a 500 pound bomb on their heads (without
even knowing if those below were "insurgents"). Assuming the group
were resistors, the bomber was ordered to fire and the video shows
the group being blown to smithereens as the pilot says "Awesome,
This type of sick bombing and verbal responses is probably why many
people around the world do not like the "cowboy, racist, redneck"
mentality of u.s. troops and government leaders. I suppose the fact
that the u.s. is always "freeing" some other country that also
happens to have a lot of resources makes them unpopular, too (the
price of "democracy").
Although Bush tries to dissuade Kerry from questioning or "sending
mixed messages" to other countries or to the soldiers about certain
aspects of the so-called "war" (a "war" - what a joke), even Kerry
himself fails to point out that in a true "democracy", there is
difference of opinion. In a dictatorship, you cannot question the
misdeeds of your king. Both candidates if elected plan on occupying
Iraq for at least four more years of black gold extraction.
Of course in america today, with this new kind of "war", civil
liberties and some rights may have to be relinquished or put on hold'
while americans protect themselves from the boogie-man
called "terrorist" (hey, they captured "Cat Stevens").
Some would wager that until all the oil reserves are
totally "liberated" from Iraqi oil wells, the children there will be
sent off each day to "school" or to the ever-unsanitary "day-care
systems" so that both parents are 'free to slave away' each day at
low-paying, low benefit jobs - still barely making ends meet.
And for what reason does Iraq have to "be like america?" Simply so
that the big oil corporations and military complex can increase their
profit margins and people can drive their SUV's here in the u.s. â"
yet pay ever-rising prices at the gas pumps. It's too bad americans
can't walk to work or school anymore in this safe, free, sober
society (the envy of the world). Oh yeah, remember it is not the
foreign policies of the u.s. government the world doesn't like â"
it's the u.s. being so darn free that makes them so crazy. But if the
american military is to be used as the oil company's private
mercenary force at u.s. taxpayer expense and going around "freeing"
oil from the tiny, weak, non-protected countries of the world, one
would think gas prices would come down at least little bit back at
home. That shows the dedication for middle class americans â" maybe
someday they'll be rich and be able to take advantage of corporate
tax loopholes and government favors, better not change the system.
And of course next I suppose 'alcohol' and other such mind-altering
drugs will be infused into the "new Iraq democracy" the freedom to
drink, as it is so ingrained with americans (and don't blame the
The nation of Iraq is now facing a great dilemma, which is why the
resistors are speaking loudly through action. Bombing their
neighborhoods into submission is normally employed by u.s. military
strategists at this time. It is unfortunate that Iraq must "join the
club." The exact same thing happened to the Nakota here. Destruction
of family-based life and the ongoing process to deny rights and
nationhood to families too weak to resist the powerful weapons of
mass destruction that hold them hostage for the resources beneath
them. Where are the religions and churches when you need them.
The Nakota Nation has billions of dollars in coal illegally scraped
from their 1851 Homelands each year without one drop of "payment"
plus $9 trillion in "Black Hills gold" sitting in Ft. Knox yet the
Nakota are one of the most impoverished peoples in the world. Is
this the future that awaits the Iraqi family - this tragedy
called "the american way."