Our Parents Sent Us to War
- 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.