Friday, September 13, 2013
Peace in Syria - War is Terrorism - Soldiers are Not Heroes - End All Wars!
Thanks to Andrew for posting this excellent video of an ex-U.S. soldier calling for peace in Syria and for American's NOT to support the troops: "Our soldiers are being trained as predators and set loose on civilian populations that never even attacked us in the first place. You go to peace rallies and see people holding up signs that say support the troops. Can you really support the troops and not support the war? No. You cannot, and I say this to you as a former troop. You know why these soldiers are over there doing this? Beyond the fact that they've been dehumanized to the point where they are capable of doing this, it's because they think that you support them! Because all they hear from the American population is 'don't worry about it G.I., we support you.' This is a recipe for endless war. If the troops knew that they were NOT supported, they would stop deploying and committing war crimes! This is a message that takes a lot of courage to represent in our current society, but knowing the realities we have a responsibility, not just to the Iraqis, and Afghans, but to the young men and women who are going to carry this out. They don't want to be there. War is not a fun place. It's horrible. It's hell, but they're doing it because they think people support them. You've got to tell them you don't support what they're doing. Be honest, offend people if you have to because that's the only way to save them. I am less of a man for having not resisted while I was in the military on active duty. I'll say that again because I think a lot of people in this country feel like the U.S. Army is some place to go and make a man of yourself. I am less of a man today for having served in the U.S. military. These wars are racist. They're genocidal. The kinds of trainings that soldiers are going through to be capable of these horrors are real, are systematic, are well thought-out, have been researched for over 200 years. Because this is nothing new to the United States of America folks. We have been doing this since our foundation. Everything we have, we've stolen. You know it took me a really long time to grasp this, especially having been in the military and having been traumatized by it, and then to come home and be wrapped in an American flag and told that I'm a hero."