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by Jill Thompson, Midtown,
on Mar 12, 2008
I'm with you. Americans have been to psychologically wounded to care anymore, but I am with you. We have all been injured.
This is what you get after 3 generations of allowing Hollywood smut-mongers to use our nation's airwaves to molest our children with hateful and perverse televised programming.
Some people think the Iraqi's deserve this. Others blame truth on Hollywood. Truth is the truth and we must face the truth that Americans are committing horrific acts in Iraq.
That's right, resident, it's much better if we blame the victim who made the terrible mistake of being raised in a community which had been lulled into perversity.
The punchline, for anyone that doesn't want to view the entire piece. "Bring our troops home before they ALL go insane."
My Two Cents -
I don't see this as an attempt to blame the victim. The message is that these troops are our people. Most of them are good people. They are living in extreme conditions. The ones in the clip were acting in ways that they're sure to feel shame and remorse about eventually. Their shocking behavior is a result of being sent to Iraq -- again and again for many (most?) of them -- and performing military operations in a highly stressful environment.
However shocking this clip is, I cannot bring myself to conclude that these are inherently bad people. I don't believe most of them would behave that way at home. I blame their abhorent behavior on the fact that they've been sent there in the first place, and that they're required to stay for so long. Bring them home. Let them recover and become themselves again.
This, to me, is what "supporting our troops" is all about.
We need fresh terrorists if we are going to have a war on terror. This ensures an endless supply of them.
Any honest person knows suffocating children with a lifetime of violent and dehumanizing references is bound to have a negative effect.
The question is: Have our children been deliberately programmed to be the dehumanized attack dogs who have invaded Iraq and Afghanistan?
Exploding sheep. That is some Oscar worthy video right there.
Is it possible your shocking response comes from all the time you spent fighting in a Iraq?
I suspect you could edit the life of Jesus and come up with a credible soft porn movie. Amazing the puppy tossing is the only scene widely discussed. The insensitivity toward the natives by the soldiers is not unlike that of the ins of any society toward the outs. Check some Greek Letter hazings. The kids running behind the troop carrier seems to have imoresed the producers - at that age I might have followed a troop truck. The comments of the troops to the men are common in young men interacting with those who do not have the language. As for the exploding sheep, perhaps the gunner was trigger happy after a roadside bomb killed a buddy.
I suppose we each read the gospels in our own way. But shouldn't our soldiers know a sheep from an enemy combatant? Maybe that's why we're losing both the wars over there.
How about a sheep with a bomb vest? Or a sheep next to a guy with a rocket launcher? Or an enemy combatant standing amid school girls? I saw no war crimes in the video, but you segue past a real war crime, sniping from behind civilian hostages. We do know this video was a hatchet job, just like those Hitler used against the Jews, and for likely the same reason.
Won't even bother watching it until it is verified as a factual, not propoganda and made up, video.
Even then, I will want to listen to the whole story.
My dad watched the US military come in and liberate him and his people from fascism in Europe. He was 11 years old. He tells stories to this day of the free-wheeling, easy going GIs and how kind they were.
I know that is true today for the vast majority of our people in the military. Given a choice of who to trust the most, I will trust a military man or woman to treat me with honor and respect much more readily than I will trust a member of the general population.
Even if this video, which I have not seen, shows something truly despicable by some of our troops, I will not stoop to the silliness of drawing conclusions about an entire group of people, our military, on the basis of a few people's actions.
The very people who despise our military the most and try to generalize their hateful conclusions from a few people would never even consider drawing such conclusions about, say ...Muslims, ..on the basis of the very small percentage of Muslims who torture and kill innocent people.
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