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I am proud to be an American and feel very lucky to have been born in America. I want those children born here today and tomorrow to feel that same way. 1968-69 in the Republic of South Vietnam I was taught things no one should ever need to learn, and while there I decided if ever there was an opportunity for me to speak out on the injustices of our world, I would. This web site is my opportunity. I believe in the right and duty of all Americans to defend our freedom from those who would attack and diminish it. But, I also believe the most immediate threat to our freedom lies not in sneaking saboteurs and terrorists from abroad, but in a government so overzealous in protecting our safety, they destroy the very freedom we all need to preserve it. I believe our founding fathers gave us real gifts in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Gifts that make this nation one to be proud of, and if our government compromises them, I fear the children born today will never understand the true, greatness of the United States.
The Pentagon, the White House, and every neocon in Congress have all been pointing their fingers at ISIS in Iraq. They claim this terrorist group that is attacking Iraq is cutting off heads and slaughtering innocent civilians by the hundreds, and I don't doubt that is true. But here is another truth—we do the same in our wars. Now stop and think about what I just said. We do the same in our wars. The difference is that we have control of the media and can therefore cover things up better than ISIS can.
I have to go back to my war, as Vietnam had real media coverage. We had a program called Operation Phoenix in which we killed tens of thousands of innocent civilians. Here is how one officer explained it.
Here is how Lieutenant Okamoto testified about his part in Operation Phoenix:
Ruth Blakely writes about Operation Phoenix and the tortures used in her book, State Terrorism and Neoliberalism Published by Taylor& Francis April 3, 2009.
This from John Pilger in his book, Vietnam the (last) War the U.S. Lost page 164:
As the years move forward, the Pentagon and our government learned they needed to clamp down on our media and not let things like this out. However, in our last war in Iraq, the Bush/Obama War, some very bad things happened.
Other atrocities went on in that Iraq war as they do in every war. Remember the number of wedding parties slaughtered repeatedly in Afghanistan or the torture and murders done there by American troops? Here is just one article on what we were and are doing in Afghanistan. http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2009/07/01/when-torture-kills-ten-murders-in-us-prisons-in-afghanistan/
Yes, what the people in ISIS are doing today in Iraq is just horrible, but the world knows we are the pot calling the kettle black when we start pointing our blood-stained fingers at them. To much of the rest of the world, the United States are the terrorists, and we are the ones who commit atrocities, from torture to murder. Do we behead people? I think if you ask enough Vietnam vets you will find your answer.
Americans still cheer our bombings and our attacks on other countries, but they do that cheering out of ignorance of what we do in all our wars, what every country does in every war ever fought. Every American should thank God every day of their life that real war has not come to our country in well over a hundred years, and that no living American, other than our troops, has had to experience the horrors of war.
It is a fact that on average, 22 American veterans commit suicide a day. You ever wonder why? Until our nation's hands are no longer covered in the blood of innocent victims, we should stop gasping in horror over what others do.
I don't like writing about the horrible things we do as a nation, I sure wish we didn't do those things, but we do. Americans have to understand that real war is not like a Hollywood movie, and we are not always the good guys charging in to rescue those in harm's way. War always turns into insanity with young men and now women seeing their comrades blown to bits, and at times having to try and stop the blood flowing from a friend's wound that is unstoppable. Combat is crazy and many times it makes those involved crazy, too.
Before anyone gets too high and mighty defending our nation's wars and the way we treat others, stop and think about the over 500,000 Iraqi children we admit to killing. Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4PgpbQfxgo
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