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Reality and The Mythic Narrative Of War Collide

by Credo (writer), I practice living in the Spirit, July 28, 2007

A humanitarian kind of rationalization is earnestly required to reassert itself if life on this planet stands a chance to survive into the next century . In spite of the fact that plans to attack Iran (a non combatant) by nuking the country is on the table of the Bush administration, the media continues to support the Bush Administration in its immediate campaign against terrorism in the Middle East.

Irrespective of our perceptions as a government and as a country, as we proceed to globally confiscate weapons of mass destruction we have not taken notice that the government has only focused on the smaller countries in the middle east who are non European nations.

We have also not considered the fact that France, the British, Germany, Russia, India, Pakistan, and most of the European nations have weapons of mass destruction and there appears to be no debate and no fear of them using these weapons. Not to mention that America also has these weapons and would be equally capable of attacking others around the world as they have already proven preemptively.

Another interesting question that we all should be concerned about is weather or not these countries (which don't seem to have any problems having and owning weapons of mass destruction) have in some way united themselves and if so why? It is note worthy that all of these countries are members of the United Nations and that fact presents the opportunity for an international networking forum.

Who really knows what is discussed behind closed doors at these networking arenas? Although we are not privileged to hear secret meetings within the walls of the United Nations chambers, we can surmise the reality of our situation by the outcome of the decisions that flow out of these summits and congregating networks.

We can see the patterns developing and the future from the stance they have chosen as a result of these meetings. The reality remains ever consistent, that we struggle in a war that has nothing to do with terrorism, nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction and nothing to do with the occupation of saving the free world. Regrettably the war has more to do with the maintenance of imperial power through the acquisition of oil refineries, the continued subjugation of the masses, the shredding of the legal values of the constitution, and the establishment of the new world order scam as seen and envisioned by the neo-con's tyrannical view point.

"Lt. Col. Andrew J. Bacevich, a Vietnam veteran who is a professor of international relations at Boston University, estimated last year that U.S. troops had killed tens of thousands"of innocent Iraqis through accidents or reckless fire. However it is obstinately apparent that the American people remain ignorant to many of these international facts, and continue to believe the myth that America is saving and freeing the Iraqi's while fighting terrorism in the Middle East."

http://www.bu.edu/ir/faculty/bacevich.html

The world citizenry members must start to compartmentalize how our world intelligence and general media news is sanitized to prevent the destruction or the mass suffering created by the U.S. occupation of Iraq and the sterilization of hidden facts of most wars from entering our reality, from ever reaching the critical eyes and ears of the American people.

The realities of war's the fact that the occupation forces have become, along with the rampaging armed forces, a source of terror to most Iraqis, is not transmitted to the American public. The reality and the media's mythic narrative of war collide when embittered combat veterans return home. They find themselves estranged from the world around them, a world that still believes in the myth of war, patriotism and the virtues of the nation. Our soldiers continue to ask themselves the inescapable question "Why are we there fighting and dying in Iraq? They (Iraq) had nothing to do with the war on terrorism or of destroying the world trade center."

Methodically managed by the power structures of a centralized government the media continues to hypnotize its populous as a prerequisite for maintaining their employment and the indulgence of their sponsors, among the many sponsors are the American Government, the rich and powerful, Israel, five major corporations and the master of them all the Illuminati.

The essence of war, which is legalized murder and death, is carefully masked from view. The few lone journalists who attempt to speak the truth about war, to describe the experiences of constantly being on the receiving end of American firepower, soon become an outcast, no longer able to embed with the military, dine out with officials in the Green Zone or get press credentials. And so the vast majority of the press lies to us, although not overtly; it is the lie of omission and complacency, but it is a lie nonetheless.

"Iraqi physicians, overseen by epidemiologists at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, published a study last year in the British medical journal - The Lancet. The study estimated that 655,000 more people than normal have died in Iraq since coalition forces invaded the country in March 2003.

This is more than 20 times the estimate of 30,000 civilian deaths that President Bush gave in a speech last December. Of the total 655,000 estimated "excess deaths," 601,000 resulted from violence. The remaining deaths occurred from disease and other causes, according to the study. This is about 500 additional violent deaths per day throughout the country.
http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB116052896787288831-zIkhR7ZgGRS2Bz9LXSKJsg43vQ20071010.html?mod=rss_free

The veterans who return, even if they do not speak about the atrocities they have committed or witnessed in Iraq, will spend the rest of their lives coping with what they have seen and done. They will suffer delayed reactions to (extreme mental stress) stress. They will endure, as have those who returned from Vietnam, a crisis of faith. The God they knew, or thought they knew, failed them. The high priests of our civic religion, from politicians to preachers to television pundits, who promised them glory and honor through war betrayed them.

War is always about betrayal, betrayal of the young by the old, of idealists by cynics and of troops by politicians. This bitter knowledge of betrayal is seeping into the ranks of the American military. It is bringing us a new wave of enraged and disenfranchised veterans who will never again trust the country that sent them to war.

We make our heroes out of clay. We laud their gallant deeds. We give them uniforms with colored ribbons for the acts of violence they committed or endured. They are our false repositories of glory and honor, of power, of self-righteousness, of patriotism and self-worship, all that we want to believe about ourselves. They are our plaster saints, the icons we cheer to defend us and make us and our nation great. They are the props of our demented civic religion, our love of power and force, our belief in our right as a chosen nation to wield this force against the weak. This is our nation's idolatry of itself.

"It takes little in wartime to turn ordinary men and women into killers. Most give themselves willingly to the seduction of unlimited power to destroy. All feel the peer pressure to conform. Few, once in battle, find the strength to resist gratuitous slaughter. Physical courage is common on a battlefield. Moral courage is not."
By Chris Hedges
http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/2007/06/culture-of-atrocity.html

"Prophets are not those who speak of piety and duty from pulpits -- there are few people in pulpits worth listening to. The prophets are the battered wrecks of men and women who return from Iraq and find the courage to speak the halting words we do not want to hear, words that we must hear and digest in order to know ourselves. These veterans, the ones who dare to tell the truth, have seen and tasted how war plunges us into barbarity, perversion, pain and an unchecked orgy of (murder) death. And it is their testimonies, if we take the time to listen, which alone can (inform,and educate us)save us."
http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/2007/06/culture-of-atrocity.html

Although we must not discontinue our support of American military men and women, we also must first support humanity, truth, righteousness and the dignity of a civilized world in which we all claim to fight for and hope for.



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By Annonymous on July 28, 2007 at 06:55 pm
Fear over the possiblity of nuclear weapons being used resulted in the Nuclear non-poliferation Treaty of 1968. Iran is a signatory of this treaty promising it would not develop nuclear weapons. In exchange, Iran and other nations without these weapons received certain incentives and protections. It was understood at the time and still a simple matter: why would a country need a nuclear weapon, if it was not planning on using it? The idea of the treaty: keep the weapons from falling into the hands of nations that could result in nuclear war. Perhaps we should ask the Iranian president.... and I quote from the Iranan state news agency translation of a speech he made in 2005 to the Association of Islamic Students Societies: "Our dear Imam [Ayatollah Khomeni] ordered that the occupying regime in Al-Qods(Israel) be wiped off the face of the earth. This was a very wise statement". As is normally the case, we aren't allowed to take this lunatic at face value. Why not?
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By Annonymous on July 28, 2007 at 07:15 pm
Civialian Deaths UNDER Saddam Hussein before the U.S operation in Iraq: Along with other human rights organizations, The Documental Centre for Human Rights in Iraq has compiled documentation on over 600,000 civilian executions in Iraq. Human Rights Watch reports that in one operation alone, the Anfal, Saddam killed 100,000 Kurdish Iraqis. Another 500,000 are estimated to have died in Saddam's needless war with Iran. Coldly taken as a daily average for the 24 years of Saddam's reign, these numbers give us a horrifying picture of between 70 and 125 civilian deaths per day for every one of Saddam's 8,000-odd days in power" BTW thsi doesn't include the sodliers that died during the U.S. invasion of Iraq. By simple extrapolation, the U.S. intervention has SAVED lives as the actual number under Hussein would have been much higher. BTW: one of the most thoughtful and scientific approaches to the causes of death in Iraq is offered by BETH OSBORNE DAPONTE. She pointed out that the loss of infrastucture (Power plants, hospitals, water and sewage plants, etc) lead to additional casualities. While initially attributed to direct U.S. military action, the death count is mounting not from US military action but rather, from sabotage by the terrorists who keep knocking them out as fast at they are brought back on line.
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By Annonymous on July 28, 2007 at 07:26 pm
Your statement: Lt. Col. Andrew J. Bacevich, a Vietnam veteran who is a professor of international relations at Boston University, estimated last year that U.S. troops had killed “tens of thousands” of innocent Iraqis through accidents or reckless fire". He is simply wrong. Right now, there isn't anyway he could even guess at this number as no one can honestly state who got killed by whom. Google it: the best anyone can do is guess. Those on the scene have a hard time distingushing deaths of say Iraqi police officers at the hands of terrorists, those caught in the middle of Iraqi on Iraqi violene, and those wounded in various attacks that die later. The terrorist are known to grab their wounded and dead when retreating to keep anyone form making an accurate count. It's not pretty. It's a mess. The U.S. needs to be out of Iraq. But anyone who thinks the U.S. withdawal is going to stop the killing is living in a fairy tale. Most of the experts familiar with the region expect that a U.S withdrawal right now would result in a blood bath.
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By Annonymous on July 28, 2007 at 07:54 pm
Your quote, "The Reality remains ever consistent, that we struggle in a war that has nothing to do with terrorism, nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction and nothing to do with the occupation of saving the free world. Regrettably the war has more to do with the maintenance of imperial power through the acquisition of oil refineries, the continued subjugation of the masses, the shredding of the legal values of the constitution, and the establishment of the new world order scam as seen and envisioned by the neo-con's tyrannical view point". Simply bullshit. Saddam Hussein was a raving madman. He gassed the Kurds, started a war with Iran and when he lost that, he didn't want to repay all the loans from Kuwait.... so he attacked them. First thing he did when attacked in the first Guf War: launched missiles on Israel. Is ths world really safe with a homocidal maniac with a huge bankroll on the loose? Stopping Hussein was necessary. George Bush had no idea what he was doing, no exit strategy, no occupation plan. He had no strategy to restore Iraq after the war. If I had $100, I'd bet $90 Bush attacked Hussein just because his daddy lost an election when he didn't kill Hussein when he had the chance. Yep, Bush is that shallow. We had no idea what to expect from the people of Iraq. For Christs sake, the Iraqis are killing each other. The problem is simple: the people of this country have a government and the paranoid rantings of those who refuse to take responsibity for THEIR government are pathetic. We need an educated electorate to take back control of OUR government and stop trying to blame this group or that. I'd just like to point out that the Democrats have been in power in Washigton for 7 months AND NOTHING HAS CHANGED!!!! We are Americans and we need to come together. All the rest is rhetoric and worthless...
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By Annonymous on July 28, 2007 at 08:06 pm
YOur quote: "Methodically managed by the power structures of a centralized government the media continues to hypnotize it’s populous as a prerequisite for maintaining their employment and the indulgence of their sponsors, among the many sponsors are the American Government, the rich and powerful, Israel, five major corporations and the master of them all the Illuminati". Bullshit. These media guys/girls would sell their mothers on a Chicago street corner for a story. If this statement were remotely true, there is no way we would be seeing the daily criticism of Bush and the whole damned government. Truth is, 72% of Americans say Bush is doing a bad job and about the same number say Congress is doing just as bad. Come on, you think anyone that could manipulate the press would be taking the beating these losers are taking? The internet has completely removed any possible control the press might have had. Check the ratings: no one read newspapers. ABC, NBC and CBS News has a combined viewership that ranks below a bad South Park Episode and way behind the Simpsons. The media is fast becoming a non player and their death isn't coming a moment to soon.... Just look at the amount of airtime these assholes gave to Paris Hilton. quit blaming this on others. It's our fault for allowing out government to be taken over by a group of whores with the integrity of a New York Pimp.... not to take anything away form the pimps...
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By Annonymous on July 28, 2007 at 08:21 pm
The veterans who return, even if they do not speak about the atrocities they have committed or witnessed in Iraq, will spend the rest of their lives coping with what they have seen and done. They will suffer delayed reactions to (extreme mental stress) stress. They will endure, as have those who returned from Vietnam, a crisis of faith". Get your facts straight: in the studies on Vietnam Vets, they are better adjusted than society on the whole. They have jobs, less drug use and adjusted quite well. What they did not care for: the second guessing from willing non participants in the life and death struggle they deal with everyday. Atrocites: how about seeing the guts ripped out of your best friend when some coward throws a handgrenade off a roof? It's a fucking war. Not a picnic. The soldiers have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution and serve the country. Our country send them to Iraq. Don't want the soldiers in Iraq? Neither do I. Lets bring them home. But don't sit on your ass in a coffess house and talk about atrocities you know nothing about. We already know what kind of rules the terrorists are playing by. Pop quiz time: You see a kid on a bike ridnig towrads you and order him to stop. He has a package of some kind and does not stop. You order him to stop again and he still doesn't stop. So you shoot him. Then the whole bike blows up cause he was carrying a IED. Two days later, everything's the same only the young man isn't carrying a bomb. I say, get our troops out so they don't have to make thes ekinds of decisions.... Why is it that the US GI is always determined to be the killer? Here's a thought: If all the terrorists in Iraq laid down their guns and left, how many people would die in Iraq tomorrow? NOw, if all the U.S. GIs left tomorrow, how many people would die?
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By Creedon on December 01, 2007 at 05:42 pm
Well written article on a topic that needs more of the spotlight shun upon it.
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By Credo on December 06, 2007 at 01:44 am
Thanks guys for your comments, they were well received. Credo
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By Credo on October 22, 2013 at 09:01 am

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By Annonymous on July 28, 2007 at 07:26 pmYour statement: Lt. Col. Andrew J. Bacevich, a Vietnam veteran who is a professor of international relations at Boston University, estimated last year that U.S. troops had killed “tens of thousands” of innocent Iraqis through accidents or reckless fire". He is simply wrong. Right now, there isn't anyway he could even guess at this number as no one can honestly state who got killed by whom. Google it: the best anyone can do is guess. Those on the scene have a hard time distingushing deaths of say Iraqi police officers at the hands of terrorists, those caught in the middle of Iraqi on Iraqi violene, and those wounded in various attacks that die later. The terrorist are known to grab their wounded and dead when retreating to keep anyone form making an accurate count. It's not pretty. It's a mess. The U.S. needs to be out of Iraq. But anyone who thinks the U.S. withdawal is going to stop the killing is living in a fairy tale. Most of the experts familiar with the region expect that a U.S withdrawal right now would result in a blood bath.Read more at http://www.broowaha.com/articles/2087/reality-and-the-mythic-narrative-of-war-collide#QcoT0XByDSeHbdj5.99

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By Credo on October 22, 2013 at 09:03 am

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By Annonymous on July 28, 2007 at 06:55 pmFear over the possiblity of nuclear weapons being used resulted in the Nuclear non-poliferation Treaty of 1968. Iran is a signatory of this treaty promising it would not develop nuclear weapons. In exchange, Iran and other nations without these weapons received certain incentives and protections. It was understood at the time and still a simple matter: why would a country need a nuclear weapon, if it was not planning on using it? The idea of the treaty: keep the weapons from falling into the hands of nations that could result in nuclear war. Perhaps we should ask the Iranian president.... and I quote from the Iranan state news agency translation of a speech he made in 2005 to the Association of Islamic Students Societies: "Our dear Imam [Ayatollah Khomeni] ordered that the occupying regime in Al-Qods(Israel) be wiped off the face of the earth. This was a very wise statement". As is normally the case, we aren't allowed to take this lunatic at face value. Why not?

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By Credo on October 22, 2013 at 09:05 am

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By Annonymous on July 28, 2007 at 07:15 pmCivialian Deaths UNDER Saddam Hussein before the U.S operation in Iraq: Along with other human rights organizations, The Documental Centre for Human Rights in Iraq has compiled documentation on over 600,000 civilian executions in Iraq. Human Rights Watch reports that in one operation alone, the Anfal, Saddam killed 100,000 Kurdish Iraqis. Another 500,000 are estimated to have died in Saddam's needless war with Iran. Coldly taken as a daily average for the 24 years of Saddam's reign, these numbers give us a horrifying picture of between 70 and 125 civilian deaths per day for every one of Saddam's 8,000-odd days in power" BTW thsi doesn't include the sodliers that died during the U.S. invasion of Iraq. By simple extrapolation, the U.S. intervention has SAVED lives as the actual number under Hussein would have been much higher. BTW: one of the most thoughtful and scientific approaches to the causes of death in Iraq is offered by BETH OSBORNE DAPONTE. She pointed out that the loss of infrastucture (Power plants, hospitals, water and sewage plants, etc) lead to additional casualities. While initially attributed to direct U.S. military action, the death count is mounting not from US military action but rather, from sabotage by the terrorists who keep knocking them out as fast at they are brought back on line.

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By Credo on October 22, 2013 at 09:06 am

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By Annonymous on July 28, 2007 at 07:54 pmYour quote, "The Reality remains ever consistent, that we struggle in a war that has nothing to do with terrorism, nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction and nothing to do with the occupation of saving the free world. Regrettably the war has more to do with the maintenance of imperial power through the acquisition of oil refineries, the continued subjugation of the masses, the shredding of the legal values of the constitution, and the establishment of the new world order scam as seen and envisioned by the neo-con's tyrannical view point". Simply bullshit. Saddam Hussein was a raving madman. He gassed the Kurds, started a war with Iran and when he lost that, he didn't want to repay all the loans from Kuwait.... so he attacked them. First thing he did when attacked in the first Guf War: launched missiles on Israel. Is ths world really safe with a homocidal maniac with a huge bankroll on the loose? Stopping Hussein was necessary. George Bush had no idea what he was doing, no exit strategy, no occupation plan. He had no strategy to restore Iraq after the war. If I had $100, I'd bet $90 Bush attacked Hussein just because his daddy lost an election when he didn't kill Hussein when he had the chance. Yep, Bush is that shallow. We had no idea what to expect from the people of Iraq. For Christs sake, the Iraqis are killing each other. The problem is simple: the people of this country have a government and the paranoid rantings of those who refuse to take responsibity for THEIR government are pathetic. We need an educated electorate to take back control of OUR government and stop trying to blame this group or that. I'd just like to point out that the Democrats have been in power in Washigton for 7 months AND NOTHING HAS CHANGED!!!! We are Americans and we need to come together. All the rest is rhetoric and worthless...

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By Credo on October 22, 2013 at 09:08 am

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By Annonymous on July 28, 2007 at 08:06 pmYOur quote: "Methodically managed by the power structures of a centralized government the media continues to hypnotize it’s populous as a prerequisite for maintaining their employment and the indulgence of their sponsors, among the many sponsors are the American Government, the rich and powerful, Israel, five major corporations and the master of them all the Illuminati". Bullshit. These media guys/girls would sell their mothers on a Chicago street corner for a story. If this statement were remotely true, there is no way we would be seeing the daily criticism of Bush and the whole damned government. Truth is, 72% of Americans say Bush is doing a bad job and about the same number say Congress is doing just as bad. Come on, you think anyone that could manipulate the press would be taking the beating these losers are taking? The internet has completely removed any possible control the press might have had. Check the ratings: no one read newspapers. ABC, NBC and CBS News has a combined viewership that ranks below a bad South Park Episode and way behind the Simpsons. The media is fast becoming a non player and their death isn't coming a moment to soon.... Just look at the amount of airtime these assholes gave to Paris Hilton. quit blaming this on others. It's our fault for allowing out government to be taken over by a group of whores with the integrity of a New York Pimp.... not to take anything away form the pimps... Report abuse

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By Credo on October 22, 2013 at 09:10 am

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By Annonymous on July 28, 2007 at 08:21 pmThe veterans who return, even if they do not speak about the atrocities they have committed or witnessed in Iraq, will spend the rest of their lives coping with what they have seen and done. They will suffer delayed reactions to (extreme mental stress) stress. They will endure, as have those who returned from Vietnam, a crisis of faith". Get your facts straight: in the studies on Vietnam Vets, they are better adjusted than society on the whole. They have jobs, less drug use and adjusted quite well. What they did not care for: the second guessing from willing non participants in the life and death struggle they deal with everyday. Atrocites: how about seeing the guts ripped out of your best friend when some coward throws a handgrenade off a roof? It's a fucking war. Not a picnic. The soldiers have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution and serve the country. Our country send them to Iraq. Don't want the soldiers in Iraq? Neither do I. Lets bring them home. But don't sit on your ass in a coffess house and talk about atrocities you know nothing about. We already know what kind of rules the terrorists are playing by. Pop quiz time: You see a kid on a bike ridnig towrads you and order him to stop. He has a package of some kind and does not stop. You order him to stop again and he still doesn't stop. So you shoot him. Then the whole bike blows up cause he was carrying a IED. Two days later, everything's the same only the young man isn't carrying a bomb. I say, get our troops out so they don't have to make thes ekinds of decisions.... Why is it that the US GI is always determined to be the killer? Here's a thought: If all the terrorists in Iraq laid down their guns and left, how many people would die in Iraq tomorrow? NOw, if all the U.S. GIs left tomorrow, how many people would die?

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