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    Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War Hell is this Thing Called War Manuel Valenzuela 11/19/04 ICH -- To be in war is
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 7, 2004
      Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War

      Hell is this Thing Called War
      Manuel Valenzuela

      11/19/04 "ICH" -- To be in war is to be in hell on Earth, captured by
      lunacy and bewilderment, panic, fear and unmatched levels of stress
      invading your body. Bullets whizzing by, helicopters flying low,
      machine gunning anything that moves, fighter jets roaring overhead,
      explosions everywhere, 500 pound bombs flattening entire city blocks,
      cluster bombs maiming and killing, the tremors of the ground rattling
      your conscious, concrete flying everywhere, screams of pain and agony
      surrounding you, hidden snipers killing indiscriminately, platoons of
      men caught in hours-long fire-fights, bullets, artillery and rockets
      flying everywhere, the smell of blood in the air, the odor of sweat
      and urine festering about, your heart palpitating thunderously, body
      parts strewn everywhere, pools of fly-infested blood lining the
      streets, the nauseatingly putrid stench of rotting death omnipresent,
      hundreds of mutilated bodies thrown about, the ravaged remains of a
      once vibrant city laying at your feet, your house destroyed, your
      family huddled in the corner of your most secure room, your children
      shaking, lying in a fetal position, hunger overcoming you, your belly
      hurting for food, your tongue and mouth desperate for water, your
      spirit eager for escape, your instincts telling you to survive, to
      hug your children and never let go.

      Welcome to Hell on Earth, where the devil's excrement bleeds black
      and the neocon delusion dwindles into twilight. Welcome to state-
      sponsored terrorism breeding unending crimes against humanity, where
      torture has replaced torture, where human evil has replaced human
      evil and where tyranny has replaced tyranny. Welcome to the American
      Crusade and Iraq Invasion, where 100,000 innocent civilians have
      died, in a year and a half, at the hands of the military-industrial-
      complex and the killing machines it trains to push, aim, fire,
      direct, guide and launch its weapons of death, carnage, destruction
      and human misery. Welcome to Fallujah, where bombs and missiles rain
      down from the heavens above and cold-blooded monsters on a wanton
      murdering spree roam hellish streets below.

      Iraq is where over 1,200 American soldiers have been killed. Iraq is
      where 15,000 American soldiers have been maimed, burned, shredded,
      disfigured, physically scarred and mentally devastated, never to find
      normalcy again and never again to know inner peace, becoming an army
      of psychologically mutilated energies, joining their physically
      healthy comrades in arms in a future battle against inner demons
      never to be fully exorcised from within.

      To be in Iraq is to be witness to a Pandora's Box opened by Bush and
      the neocons where the destruction of Fallujah and other cities is
      seen as liberation, where the introduction of martial law is seen as
      democracy and where the importation of chaos, mass killing, utter
      destruction, terror and guerilla war is seen as a human rights
      campaign to free the Iraqi people of tyranny. To be in Iraq is to see
      firsthand how an army lays waste to a large city in a grisly act of
      collective punishment, how citizen soldiers turn into savage
      barbarians, torturing and dehumanizing innocents, murdering wounded
      Iraqis, bombing civilian homes, targeting innocent hospitals and
      assassinating dozens of medical personnel.

      It is to see trigger-happy, zit-faced, video-game conditioned,
      television desensitized, military-brainwashed twenty year olds
      indiscriminately shooting innocent civilians, women and children all,
      trying to escape a city of death. It is to see an army, priding
      itself on virtue and morality, purposefully making targets of all
      living humans in a city of 300,000, granting the green light for
      their foot soldiers to kill anyone, prosecuting the guilty only when
      caught red handed, to salvage public relations or to play the game of
      politics. It is only when the criminal policies of those at the top
      are somehow forever recorded on tape by the actions of soldiers that
      scapegoating of grunts in order to save the hides of the brass is
      allowed. In the military, it is not a crime if nobody sees it.

      To see the carnage taking place or imagining the terror now
      enveloping Iraq is to be inside a horrific nightmare that refuses to
      liberate us from its vice-like grip. To be in Iraq is to be inside
      Human Hell, as monstrous as one can imagine a place of such evil to
      be. It is to see Human Evil grow stronger every day, seeing the
      Cradle of Civilization become a smoldering cauldron of exponentially-
      growing guerilla war. The violence only escalates, the death figures
      only increase and an entire country of 25 million people is slowly
      but surely descending into the depths of despair and the apex of
      unmitigated hatred and vengeance.

      Hell is this thing called war, procreator of human evil and
      ambassador to sheer death and suffering. America has exported war
      where none existed, chaos where order once stood and its legions of
      military-industrial complex mercenaries birthing terror and pillaging
      resources. It has created a vast factory of resistance fighters whose
      assembly lines continue to produce mujahideen with every bomb dropped
      or bullet fired, making Iraq a hornet's nest of freedom fighters
      intent on evicting American invaders and occupiers from their lands.

      Their numbers grow, their cause gains worldwide support, the moral
      high ground is indisputably theirs and it is they fighting for
      freedom and liberty, not for corporate profit and oil and to hide the
      ineptitude of the Bush administration. The illegality of the Iraq
      invasion and subsequent occupation cannot be denied; it was
      orchestrated based on lies and deceits, for no reason other than for
      corporate profit. A sovereign nation, a threat to no other, crippled
      by a decade of sanctions and US imposed economic genocide, was
      invaded by the forces of greed and the Almighty Dollar. This illegal
      war, against all principles of universal precepts of human
      interaction, mandated by warmongers, greed-mongers, profiteers and
      exploiters of human misery, is akin to Hitler´s invasion of Poland,
      while the entire world watched aimlessly and indifferent before he
      invaded again and again and again. With Iran clearly next in the
      scope for Bush, Israel and the lunatic neocons, humanity is one step
      closer to repeating the mistakes of the past, this time with most
      ominous consequences.

      The Iraq resistance, however, is already victorious, and once the
      United States escapes its bubble of infallibility and enters the
      realm of reality, it will see this, wishing it had never entered the
      quagmire and debacle known as Iraq, where the world's only superpower
      was brought to its knees by yet another "barbarian-filled, savage-
      infested, primitive-living, third-world of a country." It seems that
      along with the ghosts of Vietnam can be added those of Iraq, forever
      to haunt America for its continued ignorance of history, culture,
      civilization and the awesome will of the human spirit to live free.

      Yet in the Iraq resistance does the world now depend, for its freedom
      fighters have caused unexpected delays and returns for the zealots in
      office. In them does humanity seek salvation from a warmongering
      dictator and a small cabal of deluded Machiavellis whose ideology and
      insanity threaten the entire security of the globe. For it is their
      tenacity and unrelenting guerilla campaign of aggression that has
      prevented further war, destabilization and catastrophe.

      It is also in the American public that the people of the planet need
      for survival. It is this population that must wake up and commence
      the greatest peace movement to ever exist, demanding that its loved
      ones return home from a war without purpose and a cause without hope.
      We must bring the troops home, for they and the resistance are one
      and the same, bred from the same lower castes, denied opportunity by
      the same state and system that purposefully oppresses them, now
      demanding allegiance in death and sacrifice both in mind and body.
      For the Establishment needs the lower castes to do its dirty work,
      dying and suffering for the profit, power and control of the elite,
      becoming its army of death and conquest.

      Thus Americans must rise like the people of Iraq, marching in the
      millions, together and strong, peacefully and non-violently bringing
      down the system, fighting tyranny and despotism, demanding an end to
      this most heinous of fights that serves no purpose other than to
      bring humanity even closer to self-destruction. The American people
      and the resistance in Iraq are one, fighting the same enemy, seeking
      the same cause, struggling to free humanity from the grip of
      everlasting conflict.

      The Animal Uncaged

      Beyond the special effects, blazing pyrotechnics, elaborate sets of
      carnage, unremitting weapons imagery, fake blood, dramatized death
      and other Hollywood accessories used to condition and desensitize us
      to violence and warfare, only a very small fraction of Americans have
      ever experienced real war and the devastation and suffering that
      always, without question, seems to follows.

      Few of us ever come face to face with a most malevolent demon, that
      entity resurrected by man over and over again, that for as long as
      humans have walked the lands of Earth has, like an intrusive virus,
      penetrated our cellular structure, attaching itself inside us and
      prospering with each new act of man's wretchedness upon itself. Since
      the beginning it has remained within us, gripping our nature with its
      raptor-like claws, waiting patiently for weakness to once more
      consume our thoughts and passions, giving light to darkness and life
      to death. We are predictable creatures, after all, for killing,
      raping, destroying, cleansing, starving, torturing and fighting
      ourselves is as widespread in our history as a common cold is in

      It is warfare, that scourge of humanity, whose seeds of lunacy, rage,
      violence and hatred unearth among men the worst evils of the human
      condition, turning us into crazed beasts made immune to the senses of
      human morality and the constructs of universal law created by the
      wise, righteous, virtuous and principled among us over the course of
      untold generations and throughout all corners of the globe. In
      battle, where man fights man in struggle for survival, all rational
      assembly of goodness bred through social evolution is replaced by an
      innermost primitiveness of primeval ooze long ago mutated.

      The animal inside is thus uncaged, released out of its human cocoon,
      transformed into an unthinking predator devoid of human virtue whose
      respect for life and learned morality cease to exist. Tamed humans
      become wild primates, captured by the behaviors of all creatures we
      once were on our long road to what we presently are, falling down the
      hole of evolution, regressing backwards to the law of the jungle and
      the survival of the fittest.

      Through the yells and grunts of men in battle can the reality of
      primitiveness past be heard and felt. Hearing the wails of the
      injured, the cries of the dying and the groans of enemies fighting in
      hand to hand combat, with only the winner continuing life, must be an
      unwelcome voyage back to days long gone but bountiful throughout
      time, reminding its observers of the long and violent human past that
      never goes silent. In war's malevolent sounds can the demon of
      humanity clearly be experienced, shrieks and screams unwelcome to the
      human ear, sending shivers of dread down our spines.

      It is in war that the true nature of what we are is released, visible
      for all those willing to see.

      Madness Released, Wickedness Allowed

      For war – that human weakness created by warmongering leaders that
      send to battle the mostly young, ignorant, easily manipulated,
      testosterone-filled members of the lower castes of any one tribe –
      unleashes in human beings a most vicious animal from the deepest
      reaches of our psyches. The primordial necessity to kill, the hunger
      to maim and rape, the desire to inflict pain and suffering is
      therefore reborn, free to act indiscriminately, away from the
      menacing glow of the rule of law and the watchful eye of humanity.

      In war, in its battles and fights, killing becomes legal and
      permitted, a duty onto every soldier, a policy espoused by the
      highest leaders of every side. Horrific crimes such as rape and
      murder of innocents, normally punished severely in society, become a
      weapon of fear and terror, overlooked and forgotten, designed to
      weaken the enemy and its supporters, seen as an unpunished necessity
      for the psychologically traumatized soldier seeking to exorcise
      demons and release stresses tearing him apart. Throughout history, in
      all regions of Earth, untold millions of women have been sexually
      victimized by individual soldiers turned animals or by gangs of
      warriors turned pack of wolves. It is part of the disease, a symptom
      of the demon released.

      It is because of war that laws and morality disappear, making crimes
      the normalcy of every day life and the morals of ordinary men the
      vanished remains of humanity. In war, being wrong is considered
      right, evil is seen as good, and the daily introspections of soldiers
      questioning war's purpose is admonished, judged as a sign of
      weakness, heresy and free-thought. In truth, morals are an enemy of
      warmongers, this is why free-thinking minds are eliminated during
      military training, when god-fearing Christian boys and girls are
      transformed into cold-blooded automaton-like killing machines,
      conditioned to kill without hesitation or mercy, brainwashed to obey
      and follow, never to think beyond what they are trained or told to

      In war the killing of innocents becomes a means by which to
      traumatize, terrorize and instill fear into the enemy and its
      helpers, made legal by those in power, glossed over and made to
      disappear. In modern times, this practice is called collateral damage
      by American Nazis in office, as if beating hearts, terrified minds
      and baby eyes were inanimate concrete buildings and inconsequential
      infrastructure, nothing but rocks, concrete and rubble to be bombed
      and demolished. This is nothing more than collective punishment of an
      entire population, perfected by the Israelis and taught to the
      Americans, which seeks to destroy the collective will of the people
      and the resistance. It is purposeful, it is strategy, it is policy
      and it is malevolent, a war crime and a crime against humanity.

      In war the enemy and its supporters must be made to seem inferior,
      taking on the appearance of sub-humans or even animals. This
      legitimizes their killing and the deaths of their loved ones, who, in
      the eyes of American GI's, are seen as a savage sub-species. Thus the
      learned constructs of morality and the traumatic questioning of
      murder by the human mind are washed away, and the respect once
      afforded human life becomes nonexistent.

      The German Nazis, similarly, called their enemies "untermensch," or
      sub-human, easily killed, raped, tortured and exterminated. Once
      people are no longer considered humans, it seems, their murder is
      easier to swallow, and thus the killer's mind can continue fighting,
      and killing. The Americans are today repeating many of the same
      atrocities as their Nazi counterparts, becoming the same monster,
      using the same beliefs, mutating into an abyss of human wickedness
      from where few minds ever return.

      Down the Same Road We Follow

      In the battlefields where today's armies fight, the ghosts of history
      are once more made to appear, pitching battles of old with claws and
      teeth, our ape-like ancestors fighting tree to tree and branch to
      branch for resources and territory, power and sexual conquest. Later
      after our mighty Diaspora out of East Africa to all reaches of the
      planet our methods of warfare evolved, stones and spears appeared, in
      confrontations over competition did clan versus clan and tribe versus
      tribe find themselves, leaving destruction, extinction and ruin in
      their wake.

      In these modern fighting zones of today can we see the armies of
      ancient city-states doing battle with rivals through iron and armor,
      fighting each other for group loyalty, power, resources, belief and
      land, shielded by advancing technologies, maimed by evolved weaponry,
      seeking higher ground for their cities, surrounding and protecting
      their cities with defensive walls. Soon empires rise and barbarians
      fall, greater economies, populations and wealth always prevail, the
      Caesars' addiction for expansion of land and conquest of man grew,
      their ego and legacy was thus assured; the Popes' subjugation of
      heathens and pagans spread with the hypnotizing opiate of their
      theology and the devastating violence of their cross capturing the
      minds and bodies of millions, their cultures erased, their ways of
      life altered forever.

      In the lands of Iraq do the winds of kingdoms and monarchies rise,
      entire legions of armies clashing in savage war, thousands of feudal
      peasants fighting for nobles' lands and kings' thrones, new
      sophisticated weapons of devastation and fiery hell are born, injury
      and death in greater numbers are thus assured. Visible ghosts and
      unseen winds give rise to the nation-state, pitting country against
      country, manipulated patriotism versus brainwashed nationalism.
      Entire cities are condemned to rubble, now millions of innocents and
      millions of combatants die, firestorms and bombs dropped from the
      sky, bullets and ordinance kill from below. In the fields of death
      only blood blossoms, its crimson red color alive as roses as the
      devastation of modern warfare makes dead men walking of those
      standing ready to fight and those hiding in fear.

      Two World Wars have enveloped the globe, following man everywhere he
      goes. Human violence and wickedness have simply evolved, from our
      start in the tree to the land of the free. Genocide, ethnic
      cleansing, mass murder and extermination continue to reign, we never
      learn, again and again. Today in the 21st century do we live, in a
      guilded age of smart bombs and missiles that completely miss their
      targets, instead killing thousands of innocent men, women and
      children. In times of depleted uranium munitions and bombs do we
      stand proud to thrive in, filling the bodies of both friend and foe
      with the slow-killing disease called radiation. Thousands of nuclear
      bombs are ready to evaporate our planet; millions of tons of chemical
      and biological weapons of mass destruction have been produced, ready
      to poison and plague us; the assembly lines of instruments of death,
      violence and destruction continue to run, their conveyor belts
      refusing to stop the proliferation of weapons designed to kill and
      maim; space, the next frontier of war, is set to be weaponized and

      From the first stone and wooden weapons used by man to the latest
      gadgets invented by the military-industrial complex, human war simply
      evolves in time and space, our weaponry growing more sophisticated
      and deadly with each new year, their capacity to kill more people
      growing exponentially. The resources invested in the manufacturing of
      weapons only grows more each year, now reaching $450 billion a year
      in the US alone.

      Knowing humanity, our addiction for violence and penchant for war, it
      is not hard to fathom the next great war being our last, as nation-
      states begin to compete for the last vestiges of Earth's natural
      resources, which continue to dwindle more each passing year. The need
      for oil, water, arable land and food, our pursuit of competition and
      elimination of rivals, our failures to understand our condition or
      learn from our mistakes and the continued lingering of the virus
      called violence embedded in a species six billion strong virtually
      assures that we will continue as we have always been, the next time
      incinerating ourselves, becoming ash and dust, finally making extinct
      millennia of perpetual war and suffering. The road of history does
      not lie, its sides filled with untold destruction and human death. If
      we continue ahead as we always have, we will be lucky to survive
      fifty more years. Under Bush, it will be a miracle if we survive four

      With humanity, it seems, only where our hands cannot reach does peace
      exist. Only where we fail to conquer does war not thrive. In lands
      free of human minds and bodies balance remains and nature flourishes,
      emancipated from the destruction that follows man everywhere he goes
      like a trail of footprints through muddy paths. Everywhere we roam
      extinction begins, so it is only logical that with us it should end.

      For only the dead have seen the end of war, finally liberated from
      the virus, the plague and the demon that infects us to our core. Only
      the dead have seen the end of war, so rejoice and relax, for if we
      fail to act, we will all be there in four years more.

      Mr. Valenzuela´s new novel is now on sale through Authorhouse.com at
      Echoes in the Wind Sales Page. A philosophical, eduational and
      spiritual story on humanity and our civilization, as relevant as
      today´s headlines, this book is almost 600 pages in trade paperback
      form on sale internationally through secure web page transaction.
      Additionally, the novel is now available on Amazon.com and
      barnesandnoble.com, as well as other online book sellers. If
      preferred, the novel can also be ordered at any local brick and
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      Manuel Valenzuela is social critic and commentator, international
      affairs analyst, Internet columnist and author of Echoes in the Wind,
      a novel now published by Authorhouse.com. A collection of essays,
      Beyond the Smoking Mirror: Reflections on America and Humanity, will
      be published in early 2005. His articles appear regularly in
      alternative news websites including informationclearinghouse.info.
      His unique style and powerful writing is read internationally and
      seeks to expose truths and realities confronting humanity today. Mr.
      Valenzuela welcomes comments and can be reached at
      manuel@.... A collection of his work can be found
      visiting his archives and by searching the Internet



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