- written several weeks ago, will submit this to my paper this week:
To the Editor:
No movie ever made can sanitize or legitimize the crime against humanity, committed in our name, of the invasion, occupation, and destruction of Iraq. Our movies and TV shows telling stories of bands of brothers and sisters fighting for each other against a fierce, relentless, murderous enemy conveniently leave out the context that the United States launched a war of aggression, against all international law, based on a handful of lies and outrageously inaccurate accusations.
It is easy to characterize the malfeasance of our foreign and military policies as misguided, but that judgment is only true in the false light of the "official" purpose of our intentions. That official line is that we are fighting terrorism in the name of peace, progress, and justice. But it isn't true. Actually we create, promote, and sustain the existence of terrorism to provide cover for the true intention of extending the control of our empire to those nations that were once Soviet client states. "Islamic" terrorism now serves the same antagonist role in our propaganda as did Soviet communism in sustaining both the myth of exceptional American righteousness, and the stranglehold of the military industrial complex on our nation. History will record though, that through open military aggression, the US is prosecuting the final act of the cold war; consolidating the spoils due the victors. Iraq, Libya, Egypt, and lastly Syria and Iran were within the Soviet economic sphere, by varying degrees, and are now a great prize to the wealthy friends of the military and political arms of the American empire.
In this true light then of conquest, control, and exploitation the hundreds of thousands of dead and wounded, and the millions of displaced homeless and landless refugees are the victims of an expansionist American empire. Do you still wonder why they hate us? Why, with each US military campaign armed resistance only grows stronger and wider, instead of being beaten back forever, honest Injun, please believe us this time (again)?
This is not a holy war of the good guys against the bad guys. This is an unholy application of horrific military brutality in the service of wealth, power, and control. We are right to be afraid because our leaders are insane with war hysteria and are fomenting conflict worldwide, and the ranks of our enemies grow larger and more determined every day along with the list of grievances against us. Meanwhile our homeland crumbles to third world standards; bombs instead of bridges, a security octopus instead of schools, and a broadcast media that hears, sees, and speaks no evil, except of those with the audacity to still resist our military onslaughts. Welcome to the new Reich citizens, or should we say "subjects." Just skip all that and say "suckers."
I continue to hope and believe that many are likewise opposed to the violent menace to world peace that our government has become. It may do no good but, if so, message your Congress critters and tell them no AUMF. Period.
- I will also send this to Sherrod Brown and Bill Johnson, but they don't want to hear it. Identifying Brown as "progressive" just shows how screwed we are.