[mgj-discuss] No More War!
hegel at cayuse.net
Tue Oct 19 20:03:46 EDT 2004
No More War!
No More War! - At the slightest suggestion of an enemy presence, civilians
were regularly shot, women were routinely raped, and the soldiers stole
what they wanted from the villagers...Women were gang raped, sodomized,
and then murdered. According to Bilton and Sim, one woman was killed when
a gun was thrust into her vagina and then fired. Vietnamese were beaten
with fists and rifle butts, tortured, and bayoneted. Some were scalped.
Still others had "C Company" or the figure of the ace-of-spades cut onto
their chests. Lieutenant Calley did nothing to stop the depredations.
Lieutenant Stephen Brooks, commanding the 2nd Platoon, did nothing to stop
the massacre--indeed, like Calley, he often joined his men...A clutch of
old women and children were herded together and shot. Another 80 villagers
were brought to an open area where Lieutenant Calley told the soldiers,
"You know what I want you to do with them," and walked away. Returning
several minutes later, he found the villagers still standing about. He
shouted to the men guarding them, "I want them dead. . . . Waste them."
Calley, Private Paul Meadlo, and radioman Charles Sledge opened fire..
(October 17, 2004) - * Gooks, Slants, Slope heads and Dinks were easy
Quagmire in Iraq: - What seems to have been forgotten with George Bush,
his rhetorical contortions to the contrary, it was under Republicans in
the over a decade, before the prosperity of the William Clinton
presidency, when the Bush policy of supply-side economics and huge
deficits brought about disastrous results for Americans. It was a period
of failure and the largest deficits in the history of this country, until
now when even those deficits have been exceeded by the Bush
administration. George Bush who does not accept blame is nevertheless
culpable for the severe loss of jobs, reduction in family income, increase
in bankruptcy - both business and personal, and the worst U.S. government
indebtedness in history and a debt larger than all the deficits combined
up to this time. George Bush is a failure. Who could be so foolish to want
four more years of insane economic policy and right-wing politics of fear
and illegal, immoral wars? (September 10, 2004) - * Putting Lipstick on
Class Struggle - You have to love the Bill of Rights because it sounds so
good. But do you really think it matters what Bush or Kerry (or any
candidate) says about Free Speech or the Constitution or detainees or
enemy combatants or violations of the Patriot Act? Often we're free to say
what we want, but those with wealth and power are free to do what they
want regardless of what we say. They teach in schools that the U.S.
Constitution is about Democracy and human rights. It is well documented by
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International the abuses of human rights in
the United States. Where is the Constitution when people are having their
human rights ignored and violated? George Bush gave us the Patriot Act,
which further waters down the Constitution, if it doesn't flagrantly
violate those rights. The Constitution does what it was designed to do, it
protects power. (October 11, 2004) - * George Bush is the Nostradamus
Warlords Are Back - The truth is nothing like George Bush says it is.
There is no democracy in Afghanistan. There is only a proxy government in
Kabul which is headed by a former adviser to Unical and imposed there by
George Bush. There is hype about an election and 10 million voters but 10
million reportedly registered to vote is greater than UN estimates of the
number of eligible voters in the entire country. It is another lie from
the Bush administration, whose only real interest is corporate interest
and the natural gas pipeline. (October 8, 2004) - * George Bush's Fake
Democracy in Afghanistan.
Newly released documents from George W. Bush's military personnel files
lead new weight to the theory that the White House engineered the recent
scandal regarding CBS's use of the "Killian memos". Acting under a court
order, on Friday, September 24, the Department of Defense released 10 new
pages of documents, including an official Texas Air National Guard memo
which conclusively refutes the technological questions that were raised
about the "Killian memos."
And it can now be shown that these "new documents" were deliberately
withheld by the White House when it released "absolutely everything" on
February 13, 2004.
The document in question is a memo written to "First Lieutenant George W.
Bush" notifying him of his promotion to First Lieutenant. The memo is
dated Febrary 19, 1971, more than a year before the date on the first of
the Killian memos. And, like the Killian memos, this document uses a
"proportionately spaced font", and has all the characteristics of a
document produced on a modern day computer using "Microsoft Word".
George Bush^Òs hard-nosed stand against expanding veterans^Ò benefits is
difficult to understand. One might have thought Bush would do no more than
hold the line on spending. After all, this is a president who had just
launched the biggest military campaign since the Vietnam War and who
styles himself as a ^Ówar president.^Ô Barbara Ehrenreich, in an article in
the April Progressive, wonders why George Bush, for purely practical
reasons, isn^Òt rushing to ^Óenrich the frontline troops rather than
nickel-and-diming them every inch of the way.^Ô Ehrenreich says that since
at least the seventeenth century, governments have realized the need to
provide for those who do the fighting in war. As she puts it, ^ÓIf you want
the working class to die for you, then you have to give them something in
return.^Ô But this all seems lost on George Bush. As a Los Angeles Times
editorial noted recently, Bush^Òs motivations seem at times not only
bizarre but random, absent of any coherence.
George Bush really enjoys what he is doing. He says he really likes his
job. I can see how he would relish what he is doing when he is manic -
because manic-depressives have moments of high euphoria. Manic-Depressives
are classic flip-floppers.
"It's a fantastic moment in my life, obviously. There's a lot of ups and
downs. There's a lot of high drama and not much calm so far. But I've
enjoyed doing it, to the point where I'd like to do it again."
George Bush is certainly upbeat publicly. He says the economy is surging
and the recession, which he says he inherited, is over. He doesn't dwell
on the jobs lost; he emphasizes 1.5 million lower paying jobs created; not
NET jobs lost, not the almost two million people who lost jobs (includes
private sector jobs) in the the Bush recession, nor does he ever mention
he also inherited a surplus and no deficits.
Thus, the devastation of the Persian Gulf shows the need to avoid wars,
which in an era of high-tech warfare constitute a form of environmental
terrorism. I have noted that early in the war Bush removed all
environmental restraints on the Pentagon and blocked government agencies
from revealing information concerning the environmental effects of the
Gulf war. Thus, we see in retrospect, and too late, that "untying the
hands" of the Pentagon meant in practice giving them unrestricted power to
wreak maximum destruction on the environment and human beings. The Gulf
war showed once again the disregard for the environment within the
military and political establishments in the United States and elsewhere,
as well as the need to abolish war in the contemporary era as a mode of
The imperial grand strategy asserts the right of the US to undertake
"preventive war" at will. Preventive, please note, not pre-emptive.
Pre-emptive war might fall within the framework of international law. Thus
if the US had detected Russian bombers approaching from Grenada in 1983,
with the clear intent to bomb, then, under a reasonable interpretation of
the UN Charter, a pre-emptive attack destroying the planes and perhaps
their Grenadian base would have been justifiable. (Cuba, Nicaragua and
many others could have exercised the same right for many years while under
attack from the US, though the weak would need to be insane to implement
their rights.) But the justifications for pre-emptive war do not hold for
preventive war, particularly as that idea is interpreted by its current
enthusiasts: the use of military force to eliminate an imagined or
invented threat, so that even the term preventive is too charitable.
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