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Our Parents Sent Us to War

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    Our Parents Sent Us to War by Karin Friedemann This is written in response to Stan Goff’s article The Case of Hasan Akbar [
    Message 1 of 2 , May 5, 2005
      Our Parents Sent Us to War
      by Karin Friedemann

      This is written in response to Stan Goff�s article "The Case of Hasan Akbar"
      [ www.counterpunch.org/goff05022005.html ] in which he repeatedly asserted
      that he did not condone Hasan Akbar�s killing of two US soldiers. I was put
      off by his obscene moralizing and wrote to him that were I in Akbar�s shoes
      I would have done the same thing, and when I am president I will put Hasan
      Akbar on a postage stamp. His response was, �My son is in Iraq, and I will
      not encourage him to draw a death penalty� Mass action will defeat the
      empire.� Look at this. He is moralizing about Hasan Akbar and yet he is
      unwilling to accept any responsibility for his son�s morals. I suggested a
      mass action against parents who allow their children to murder Muslims. He
      responded by calling me stupid and I quote, �Go back to your fucking

      A lot of aging leftists like to blame the war on George W. Bush and invite
      us to march in the streets. To quote Stan Goff, �Mass action will defeat the
      empire.� Will protesting stop the war? Everyone with a brain already knows
      that marching on Washington will not even disturb George W. Bush�s
      breakfast. In fact, by causing havoc on the streets we actually distract the
      public�s attention from the real crimes taking place. AIPAC lobbying
      Congress to bomb this or that country. Halliburton stealing our tax money
      and putting it in their pockets. The fact is, I can�t control George Bush.
      But my son knows who the bad guys are. He won�t volunteer to die for George
      Bush but I would encourage him to die for freedom.

      In Stan Goff�s case, he is an ex-military man who turned anti-war. How is it
      that his insights failed to reach his son? I have talked to (and been
      insulted by) other parents who claimed to be anti-war, anti-Zionist, what
      have you, and yet allow their children to display flags on their property.
      How is it that the wisdom of these parents fails to reach their children?
      Why are they in Iraq?

      My grandfather was drafted at gunpoint and sent to Stalingrad by Hitler,
      where he was probably tortured to death in a Soviet concentration camp. In
      any case no one ever heard from him again. He cannot be blamed since he had
      no choice. But Americans are not yet forced to join the army. In the case of
      extreme poverty, one can perhaps understand and forgive. But this kid has a
      father who cares about him, an anti-war father, no less, and yet he chose to
      kill Muslims rather than listen to his father. Why did he feel that his
      financial independence was worth more than his father�s opinion?

      My mother taught me that it is better to be killed than to kill. My personal
      philosophy was modified when a bunch of skinheads pounded a hippy friend�s
      head on the sidewalk while his friends stood around chanting �Peace, peace.�
      There is a time to chant �peace� and there is a time to kick someone�s ass.
      Right now the Iraqis have every right to kick American soldiers out of Iraq.
      I am willing to accept violence within the guidelines outlined in the Quran,
      where it says you have the right to fight in certain circumstances, for
      example if your life and property is threatened.

      The Prophet Mohammed said that the army of the anti-Christ would be composed
      of bastard children led by the Jews. Does this really mean the servants of
      Evil have no fathers? Or does it mean that they somehow got disconnected
      from their fathers? The sad thing is, most Americans encourage their
      children to leave the house at age eighteen. I was made to feel very ashamed
      for sponging off my parents. By contrast, Muslim parents beg their children
      not to leave them. Could there be any connection between American kids�
      willingness to kill for money and the way they were raised? Could there be
      any connection between Muslim kids� willingness to die for justice and the
      way they were raised? Could there be any connection between the feeling that
      kids get that their parents do not want them and the fact that they are
      willing to join the military rather than live with their parents?

      Mr. Goff dismissed my insights as �simplistic moralizing standards� � and
      yet the truth is very simple. Folks, stop blaming the war on George the
      Imbecile. He is just a pawn. We are at war because we allowed our country to
      be taken over by Zionists and other opportunists. We refused to take
      responsibility for our country. We refused responsibility for our children�s
      actions. At core, we are at war because we failed our children. Our children
      with all their faults need us to provide them with a warm family atmosphere
      or else they will be sucked away from our embrace by military recruiters.

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