Genuine thanks and admiration to those who have fought and are fighting for just and worthy causes in just and worthy ways.
That being said, some food for thought:
Written by Daniel Black, a friend of mine and former Marine who served in Iraq:
“Global War on Terror, 2001-present: This one hits a little close to home for me. My own awakening to something-must-seriously-be-wrong-with-my-sense-of-the-world came a little over eight years ago when, in Falluja, a flurry of mortar shells and rocket propelled grenades exploded all around us and it occurred to me, who in their right mind would shoot at a Marine Expeditionary Unit? It’s suicide; we will destroy you, we have the most sophisticated military hardware on the planet at our fingertips and need hardly half an excuse to use it, how crazy can you be? So I set off to figure this out. Surely there had to be an answer.
There was: the only way to get rid of an American occupation is to kill as many of the occupiers as you can. There’s no guarantee it will work, but it’s surely the only thing that has any hope.
I don’t know very much about the war in Afghanistan, except that there are superb books and documentaries about that war, including a lengthy explanation in Chalmers Johnson’s Blowback trilogy demonstrating the need to run a pipeline through Afghanistan to get energy out of the landlocked Caspian region and into international markets, thus necessitating a stabilized Afghan state.
Regarding Iraq, the literature on this subject is vast. There were no WMDs, and we always knew that. Even Colin Powell admits this now. In fact, if there were WMDs, we certainly never would have invaded. There was no connection between Saddam and the 9/11 attackers, also always known. The intelligence was fudged, the “we’re gonna bring democracy to Iraq” a long, feeble afterthought. After the invasion swept through the small country, the only thing U.S. forces guarded were the oil fields. Paul Wolfowitz admitted in Switzerland (though he’s since retracted) that the Iraq war was largely about oil (it was true once…) as does former federal reserve chairman Allen Greenspan.”
“I did not want to be a Talib,” he told me. “When I saw the foreigners’ behavior toward our people, I felt I had to stand up against them. It wasn’t only me. Many, many people from my area joined the Taliban.”
Rahim’s hatred for the foreigners began about five years ago, when coalition soldiers (probably Canadians) built a road through Pashmul, Kandahar, the cluster of tiny villages where he was born and raised. “They brought big tanks and trucks and destroyed any wall and house that was in their way,” he said. “They never asked permission from anyone and never paid anyone for the damage they caused. The only time they stopped was when the Taliban attacked them.” According to Rahim, the soldiers often answered such attacks with air strikes and mortars that killed civilians. Seven members of his family, he told me, were injured by mortar fire.
Finally, after a night raid in Pashmul during which an old man and three women were killed by special-operations forces, Rahim felt he had no choice. “I knew them personally,” he explained. “They lived in my village.”
It was while bringing clothes and food to Taliban fighters there that he and two friends were picked up by the police and handed over to agents from NDS.
In a recent report, the United Nations found that about half the prisoners who spend time in NDS custody are brutally tortured. Forms of torture reported by prisoners include electric shock, “wrenching” of genitals, removal of toenails, suspension from the wrists by metal chains, and beatings with rubber hoses, braided cables, electric wires, and wooden sticks. The most rampant abuses take place in Kandahar.
As he stood to go, I asked him whether there was any message he wanted to convey directly to Americans. “These foreigners should take their hands off my country,” Rahim said in a surprisingly subdued tone that seemed to carry more weariness than anger. “Afghanistan will be a stable place if these other countries stop interfering here. Our country will be better off without them.”
Just a note- the actions and choices of Commander in Chief Barack Obama regarding our country’s military are currently and clearly on display. Despite the platform that his campaign ran on, things are not looking up.
Governor Romney has made his intentions to increase the size of our military and foreign presence of our troops considerably quite clear.
Examine what a vote for Rombama means, namely the government increase, debt increase, war increase and freedom decrease aspect of it.
Dr. Ron Paul is still in the presidential race and his ideas and values will live on regardless of the outcome of this year’s election. He has the most support from active duty military out of all of the candidates and is the only veteran running. He supports a sensible foreign policy and has held to that stance consistently throughout his tenure in Congress, oftentimes being the lone member willing to speak out for what is right, rather than pander to the subverted interests of lobbyists. If you haven’t looked at his ideas or record, I would strongly encourage you to do so and draw your own conclusions about the man and his ideas, rather than relying on the MSM and their chosen soundbites.
Again, just to be clear: Genuine thanks and admiration to those who have fought and are fighting for just and worthy causes in just and worthy ways.
Rapha. From London. Good stuff…
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