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Imagine if an all-powerful foreign army invaded the United States of America and began killing Americans at random, gunning down average families at arbitrary checkpoints, spreading the sale of drugs and pornography throughout the land, targeting college professors for assassination, stealing our historic artifacts, making totally innocent people disappear forever without telling their relatives what happened to them, torturing teenagers in ways civilized societies have banned for decades, and spreading an ineradicable radioactive poison across the landscape that guaranteed death sentences to all inhabitants from fatal cancers many centuries into the future. |
Imagine if the invaders said the reason they came to obliterate our country was because we had an unstable leader who had used weapons of mass destruction against innocent people, and he had to be removed as a menace to the whole world. (Well, at least that would be an honest assessment of the present situation in the U.S.)
Imagine if this foreign power disregarded everything we held holy and demanded we accept their religion, and declared all the ideas we grew up with to be a terrorist threat. Imagine if they promised us genuine democracy and then refused to let us hold elections and nominate candidates that were not chosen by them. Imagine how you would feel if your entire family was shot to death just for walking down the street to the grocery store.
What would you do? You'd start shooting back, that's what you'd do. You would hate the invaders forever, and spend the rest of your life trying to kill every single one of them. Count on this being a very real part of the darkness of the American future.
This is the situation George W. Bush has produced for the United States, and the situation that John F. Kerry would contentedly continue were he to win the upcoming election. This, my friends, is an even darker part of the American future.
Your vote doesn't count anymore, because of the electronic finagling by fascist corporations.
But worse, both candidates, and every elected representative in Washington, are leading us toward the darkness of the American future, simply by not telling us the truth. And pretending American soldiers are fighting and dying for freedom when they're really throwing their lives away for fatter Halliburton contracts.
America wants war. America has always wanted war. And now we have it. Welcome to the darkness. Imagine your daughter's eyes, gazing sightlessly into the blazing, now-silent dust of that mosque in Fallujah. Hallelujah.
Anybody with a brain and not paid off has to realize that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was not about removing Saddam Hussein. It was about beginning the American invasion of the world, and takeover of all areas deemed to be strategically important in terms of American profits.
U.S. troops have been slaughtering Iraqi civilians for a year, all the while muttering insincere platitudes about democracy and free elections. The aim was to send a message to all in the Arab world that this fate will befall them if they impede U.S. plans to steal everyone's oil in that region.
Put yourself in their place, which all religions urge us to do. Walk a mile in the other fellow's shoes.
What would you do? There is no choice but to conclude America, backed by its behind-the-scenes ideological manipulator Israel, is the real danger to all of humanity. Iraqis know it without a hint of a question; Americans are beginning to learn. But too few. And probably too late.
Fallujah has been a prime target of American abuse, not only since the invasion began a little more than a year ago, but also in the first Gulf War.
Lisa Walsh Thomas recently repeated her report of last year (Plato, Fallujah, and the Virtues of Clear Thinking), when the first rounds of killing began, that the people of Fallujah remembered one particularly terrible incident. "Two hundred civilians died in the bombing, with another five hundred injured. A large civilian area of residences was obliterated. Worse, if possible, the coalition (there really was a coalition in the first Gulf War) then polished off the killing by returning to bomb the rescuers who ran to help the injured who had survived the bombings of the market."
Randolph Holhut on the Smirking Chimp (Mercenaries in Iraq: Outsourcing a corporate war) estimated that America employs 15,000 highly paid mercenaries in Iraq, many of whom make $1,000 per day.
Only two days before the high-profile murders of four American hitmen (yes, paid mercernaries who weren't there to escort an oil convoy, but to kill Iraqis), these same "contractors" and other ####s just like them had machine-gunned women and children in Fallujah, according to Patrick Cockburn's recent report in Counterpunch (Ambush, Murder and Kidnap: Another Day in "Post-War" Iraq).
Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar, an Iraqi who was witness to the recent events in Fallujah, told NPR's Democracy Now! the attack on the contractors on Iraq was not unprovoked, but revenge for the massacre of women and children in the city by U.S. mercenary "contractors".
Al-Jazeera reported that two positions being used by its correspondants were bombed by US forces. Al- Jazeera correspondants were targeted and murdered by US troops for accurately portraying the initial war of occupation.
The best line I heard in all the horrible reports about what's happening in Fallujah today was this one from Libertarian Socialist News:
The U.S. General in charge of propaganda, General Kimmit "the Toad", accused al-Jazeera today of "spreading lies" in claiming the U.S. was being defeated, but then, when asked if he meant al-Jazeera was faking the footage, stated that the footage was correct but their "interpretation" of it — the interpretation that U.S. forces running away and Iraqi resistance fighters dancing on U.S. positions was a U.S. "defeat" — was "wrong". He implied that often U.S. Marines run away from their positions and throw themselves on enemy munitions as a sign of "victory."
The LSN report also said:
Yesterday, the United States initiated surrender talks with the rebels to save their surrounded and defeated Marine units, but instead of acting in good faith, the U.S. launched two massive bombing raids against the city and bombarded the Golan neighborhood with artillery and mortar fire. In response to the bombing, Iraqi resistance fighters continued to press the surrounded Marines, killing some and taking more prisoners.
And most important of all — something you will not hear on American TV — is that the U.S. appears to be losing control of Baghdad and all the other major Iraqi cities, and the air campaign of killing innocent civilians is a desperate attempt to reverse the trend.
Free people everywhere can only pray that the Iraqis will drive the criminal American forces from their land.