Who is the real enemy?
- Do you support your country
even if what it does is evil?
So what does that make you?
Who is the real enemy?
By John Kaminski
It is truly a devil of a choice.
Support American soldiers murdering innocent civilians throughout
Iraq and win the hollow, uneasy applause of your neighbors?
Or do you secretly root for Iraqi civilians turned revolutionaries
trying the defend their war-wracked country against the murderous
Western invaders ... and risk being arrested for treason?
You've heard the stories, if you've chosen to listen. Here's today's
roundup: Gunmen in American helicopters shooting a family of five
trying to swim across a river while escaping the carnage in Fallujah.
Or killing doctors and nurses who were trying to help those wounded
by indiscriminate American bombing. Or that story of the American
soldier "finishing off" an injured Iraqi man.
These are only the latest of thousands of heartless atrocities
wreaked on a ravaged country by an overwhelming military force that
can only be described as completely insane. Representing a country
that can only be described with the same phrase. The country in
question is yours. Can you deal with that?
What America is doing to Iraq is a thousand times worse than Saddam
Hussein every dreamed about doing to anyone! What America is doing to
Iraq is worse than any dictator, no matter how vilified, has ever
done to any other country!
You've heard the pornographic tales about Abu Ghraib prison. How does
it sit with you that Americans are regarded as sadistic sex perverts
by the rest of the world? Judging by the behavior of American
soldiers, that is what we are.
And what do you do about it? How do you react, sitting in your easy
chair on Sunday watching football? Turn to your favorite Internet
Try to ignore all those stories about the election, a trickle turning
into a tidal wave of evidence that shows Bush got more votes than
there were voters in a number of states? But if your thought process
is that evolved, you realize that overturning this recent smelly
election would not solve the problem, because the guy who lost is
just as much a warmonger as the guy who won.
So you go back to your football game, and maybe turn up the volume a
little, just in case you have a little bit of conscience left and can
hear in your mind the distant screams of women and children being cut
to ribbons by American ordnance in Fallujah. And all for no good
You know, the thing that really gets me about the American butchery
in Iraq is that it is a well-known fact doubted by no one that
the reasons uniformed American men and women are even in Iraq are
lies. Well-established lies, proven many times. No weapons of mass
destruction. And no connection to al-Qaeda (even though al-Qaeda was
invented by the CIA as an excuse to make wars everywhere).
Yet it apparently has occurred to no one with any degree of power in
this warped society of ours that this means all the lives we have
squandered in our War of Lies in Iraq are an absolutely evil
abomination, completely unnecessary, except to maintain the fiction
that the lies about weapons of mass destruction and al-Qaeda somehow
don't really matter, and that we can kill anybody we want at any time.
There are two ways you can look at this. If you know a little about
real American history, you know we have butchered people all over the
world and clothed the horrific deeds in noble rhetoric so as not to
offend our bloated sense of self-worth. If you know this, then you
are part of the choir I so often preach to.
But if you think America has any remaining shred of decency and
honesty in the way it barges around the world, killing innocent
people with impunity as it goes, then I have to tell you that in your
profound and deliberate ignorance, you are an accessory to mass
murder. By your silence and inaction, you are assisting in the daily
murders of innocent people.
Are you too stupid to make the connection? Waging war on the basis of
lies is mass murder, and you are supporting it. Could it be any
I strongly urge anyone who supports the murderous and evil American
presence in Iraq to instruct their children to immediately go and
start killing their own neighbors, especially if their skin is not
lily white, because this is exactly what the U.S. invasion of Iraq is
telling us to do. We don't need a reason to kill people, unless it's
because they have something that we want.
Since Iraq has something we want namely oil it's OK to kill them.
That's what we are teaching are children. This is no joke. That's
what our children are learning. Just listen to the soldiers in Iraq
describe what they are doing.
How they have unleashed their savage hatred against people who have
never done a thing to hurt them.
Oh, don't argue 9/11 to me. Iraqis had nothing to do with 9/11. That
atrocity wasn't carried out by Arabs, it was carried out by rich
white men who pretend to be pious Christians and Jews hiding behind
their billions of dollars.
For Americans, this is the profound lesson of the Iraq war. We don't
need a reason to rob and kill someone anymore. Our religious
president says it's the right thing to do, and has destroyed our
Constitution, as well as our reputation around the world, to prove it.
And this is the lesson of 9/11. You stage a terror attack to convince
the world we need to fight terror. This is what the Israelis have
done over the last century to the Palestinians.
But it appears that we as a people the American people will never
learn this lesson. Or, we will never learn it in time, anyway.
We have let our world be radically changed by a few evil, rich, white
and soulless businessmen who control the information we receive and
the appartus that governs us, and now we have let 200-plus years of
relative freedom go down the drain simply because these men wanted to
make even more money and sold us on a story that convinced us we were
in danger from a foreign threat, just like they always do, just like
they have always done.
They have changed the character of the world based on a big lie that
we swallowed because we failed to have the courage to challenge what
And look what happened. This killing will never stop, you know. The
dogs of war have been unleashed. Those American kids who are doing
all that killing in Iraq will bring all the stuff back home, and give
it to us here.
You've heard about the plans, of course, haven't you? The economic
collapse, the concentration camps for debtors and dissenters. Sure,
watch your football game. It can't possibly happen here. Don't let
your mind wander to the Fallujah scenario being transferred to
Oakland, or Ann Arbor, or Houston.
I know, for most of you, it's already too late to change your mind.
The die in cast (and the cast will soon be dead).
Paste that "Support Our Troops" ribbon on the back of your car. That
way the rest of us will know you are cheering for mass murder because
of reasons that are lies.
And when you look in the mirror, don't look directly into your own
eyes. That's what happened to some of our soldiers who came back from
Iraq, you know.
You know. Some of the ones who went down to the cellar and put a
bullet into their temple.
Should your soul suddenly click on after its long period of dormancy,
it could happen to you, you know.
This little snippet of an old song has been playing in my head these
last few days. It reveals how old I am. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
1970. "Wooden Ships."
Horror grips us as we watch you die.
All we can do is echo your anguished cries.
Stare as all human feelings die.
We are leaving you don't need us.
America has become a nation of moral cowards and intellectual liars.
Maybe the good people should get out, while they can. A curdled
country like this doesn't deserve to survive.
John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida, and
is acutely ashamed, in this rancid day and age, to be an American.
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