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."
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.
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
"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."
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.