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  • And I tried hard to be proud of my service.

  • but all I could feel was shame.

  • Racism could no longer mask the reality of the occupation.

  • These were people. These were human beings.

  • I've since been plagued by guilt anytime I see an elderly man

  • like the one who couldn't walk, who we rolled onto a stretcher

  • and told the Iraqi police to take him away.

  • I feel guilt anytime I see a mother with her children

  • like the one who cried hysterically and screamed

  • that we were worst than Saddam as we forced her from her home.

  • I feel guilt anytime I see a young girl

  • like the one I grabbed by the arm and dragged into the street.

  • We are told we are fighting terrorists.

  • The real terrorist was me and the real terrorism is this occupation.

  • Racism within the military has long been an important tool

  • to justify the destruction and occupation of another country.

  • It's long been used to justify the killing, subjugation

  • and torture of another people.

  • Racism is a vital weapon employed by this government.

  • It is a more important weapon than a rifle

  • a tank, a bomber or a battleship.

  • It's more destructive than an artillery shell

  • or a bunker buster or a Tomahawk missile.

  • While those weapons are created and owned by this government

  • they are harmless without people willing to use them.

  • Those who send us to war do not have to pull a trigger

  • or lob a mortar round. They do not have to fight the war.

  • They merely have to sell the war.

  • They need a public who is willing to send their soldiers into harm's way.

  • They need soldiers who are willing to kill and be killed without question.

  • They can spend millions on a single bomb but that bomb only becomes a weapon

  • when the ranks in the military are willing to follow orders to use it.

  • They can send every last soldier anywhere on Earth

  • but there'll only be a war if soldiers are willing to fight.

  • And the ruling class, the billionaires who profit from human suffering

  • care only about expanding their wealth, controlling the world economy.

  • Understand that their power lies only in their ability

  • to convince us that war, oppression and exploitation is in our interest.

  • They understand that their wealth is dependent on their ability

  • to convince the working class to die

  • to control the market of another country.

  • And convincing us to kill and die is based on their ability

  • to make us think that we are somehow superior.

  • Soldiers, sailors, marines

  • airmen have nothing to gain from this occupation.

  • The vast majority of people living in the US

  • have nothing to gain from this occupation.

  • In fact, not only do we have nothing to gain

  • but we suffer more because of it.

  • We lose limbs, endure trauma and give our lives.

  • Our families have to watch flag-draped coffins lowered into the earth.

  • Millions in this country without health care, jobs or access to education

  • must watch as this government squander over 450 million dollars a day

  • on this occupation.

  • Poor and working people in this country are sent to kill poor

  • and working people in another country to make the rich richer.

  • Without racism soldiers would realize

  • that they have more in common with the Iraqi people

  • than they do with the billionaires who send us to war.

  • I threw families onto the street in Iraq

  • only to come home and find families thrown onto the street in this country

  • in this tragic, tragic and unnecessary foreclosure crisis.

  • We need to wake up and realize that our real enemies

  • are not in some distant land and not people

  • whose names we don't know and cultures we don't understand.

  • The enemy is people we know very well and people we can identify.

  • The enemy is a system that wages war when it's profitable.

  • The enemy is the CEO's who lay us off our jobs when it's profitable.

  • It's the insurance companies who deny us health care when it's profitable.

  • It's the banks who take away our homes when it's profitable.

  • Our enemy is not 5,000 miles away. They are right here at home.

  • If we organize and fight with our sisters and brothers

  • we can stop this war. We can stop this government

  • and we can create a better world.

  • "If tyranny and oppression come to this land

  • it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy...

  • The loss of Liberty at home is to be charged

  • to the provisions against danger real or imagined from abroad..."

  • - James Madison -

  • Edited by Phaedrus

And I tried hard to be proud of my service.


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退役軍人のスピーチがすごい (Amazing speech, given by a war veteran)

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    鹿哥 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日