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Lo que no sabías acerca de la guerra

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When the TV cameraman came up to me and asked me some questions, I told them right off the bat, I said: "I'm really glad to be home and I'm proud of my service, but I'm against the war in Iraq. And I know that some family members and some friends weren't pleased that I said that. They thought it was maybe inappropriate at that time. But if every soldier comes home and they just say they are glad to be home, then no one is gonna know the truth about what’s going on in Iraq. The Paradigm Shift “Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy” Flags are bits of coloured cloth that governments use, first to shrink wrap peoples’ brains, and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead. The US Military, as an institution, is very corrupt. And is built upon spreading death. To me, the idea of having a force like the US army participating in nation-building is just asinine. I mean, we are nation-destroyers. That’s what we are trained to do. The Iraq command congratulated us after we had our first kills. My company commander personally congratulated me. This is the same individual who has stated that “whoever gets their first kill by stabbing them to death would get a four day pass when we returned from Iraq." I’ve heard numerous circumstances of civilians getting killed, and then soldiers and marines placing weapons on their bodies or placing wire around them. Army private first-class LaVena Johnson would have turned 23 this month, but 3 years ago, the African-American teenager from Missouri was found dead in Balad, Iraq. just a few weeks short of her 20th birthday. The body was found in a tent belonging to the PMC Kelogg, Brown & Root. She’d abrasions all over her body, a broken nose, a black eye, burned hands, loose teeth, acid burns on her genitals, a bullet hole on her head. The army labeled LaVena Johnson’s death a suicide. They told their parents she died of self-inflicted non-combat injuries. -Hey, say it again, say it again, what happened. -Say what? You know, like, what was going on, what was like being a guard there. --- What a place man, it’s fucking world famous now! As far as I’m concerned, they were all guilty. You know what; they should've kicked Saddam out themselves. Instead, we are there doing the fucking job. Fuck them, dude; anyone with a fucking rag on their head is fair game. --- The girl was like 15 years old. --- She hadn’t been touched yet; she was fucking prime. So, he started pimping around for 50 bucks a shot. I think, at the end of the day, we made like 500 bucks before she hung herself. -Oh, really? Four soldiers walked through the trees, and approached this house. Here, according to specialist James Barker’s statement, he and another soldier took it in turns to rape the 14 year old girl. In another room, the girls’ parents and five year old sister were shot dead. Barker’s statement said after Green had killed the two adults and the little girl, he came into the room where the teenager was being sexually assaulted. He had an AK-47 rifle in his hands; he said “They’re all dead. I killed them.” He put the weapon down, raped the 14 year old, and then shot her dead too. Before they left they poured kerosene over the girls’ body and set it alight. They returned to their checkpoint, and Barker said “he grilled some chicken-wings”. Four years ago, at the age of 19, Miss Jamie Leigh Jones signed a contract to become an employee of KBR, then a Halliburton subsidiary. Miss Jones arrived in Iraq in July of 2005, and was housed in barracks with 400 men and only a few women. Four days after her arrival Miss Jones was drugged and gang-raped. After Miss Jones reported the rape to her supervisors, she was locked in a shipping container with an armed guard, and prohibited any contact with the outside world. They locked her in a container. According to the Senate for Defense information, 51% of your federal income taxes go specifically to military spending. Not healthcare or education, but war. You're cute… little puppy. Oh, oh, oh! Come on, you’re almost there! Run! (Laughs) Why was her child one in the increasing number born with deformities since the war, like this? Massive growth which was rapidly spreading across the little girls’ face. Case after case of different deformities, without any real explanation, except their parents suspicions that the deformities where caused by chemicals, such as white phosphorous, used by the Americans during the war. A Geiger counter would give a reading of between 5 and 15 pulses per minute in a typical environment. This depleted Uranium round will trigger 10,000 pulses in about 40 seconds. This type of ammunition is radioactive, because it is made of nuclear waste referred to as Uranium 238 or depleted Uranium. This material is left-over from the processing of Uranium 234, used for atomic bombs, and Uranium 235, used in nuclear power plants. Uranium 238 remains radioactive for 4.5 billion years, and its toxicity reveals itself as soon as particles are inhaled or ingested. Cancer and birth defects are the most common side-effects. We have an obligation to every last victim of this illegal aggression, because all of this carnage has been done in our name. Since World War II, 90% of the casualties of war are unarmed civilians, a third of them children. Our victims have done nothing to us. From Palestine to Afghanistan to Iraq to Somalia to wherever our next target may be, their murders are not collateral damage: they are the nature of modern warfare. They don't hate us because of "our freedoms". They hate us because every day, we are funding and committing crimes against humanity. The so-called war on terror is a cover for our military aggression to gain control of the resources of Western Asia. This is sending the poor of this country to kill the poor of those Muslim countries. This is trading blood for oil. This is genocide, and to most of the world, we are the terrorists. In these times, remaining silent on our responsibility to the world and its future is criminal, and in light of our complicity in the supreme crimes against humanity in Iraq and Afghanistan, and ongoing violations of the UN Charter and International Law, how dare any American criticize the actions of legitimate resistance to illegal occupation? Our so-called enemies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine our other colonies around the world and our inner cities here at home, are struggling against the oppressive hand of empire, demanding respect for their humanity. They are labeled insurgents or terrorists for resisting rape and pillage by the white establishment, but they are our brothers and sisters in the struggle for justice. The civilians at the other end of our weapons don't have a choice. But American soldiers have choices, and while there may have been some doubt five years ago, today we know the truth. Our soldiers don't sacrifice for "duty, honor, country." They sacrifice for Kellogg, Brown and Root. They don't fight for America; they fight for their lives and their buddies beside them because we put them in a war zone. They're not defending our freedoms; they are laying the foundations for 14 permanent military bases to defend the freedoms of ExxonMobil and British Petroleum. They're not establishing democracy; they're establishing the basis for an economic occupation to continue after the military occupation has ended. Iraqi society today, thanks to American "help", is defined by house raids, death squads, checkpoints, detentions, curfews, blood in the streets and constant violence. We must dare to speak out in support of the Iraqi people, who resist and endure the horrific existence we brought upon them through our bloodthirsty imperial crusade. We must dare to speak out in support of those American war resisters; the real military heroes, who uphold their oath to "defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic"; including those terrorist cells in Washington D.C., more commonly known as the legislative, executive and judicial branches! Frederick Douglass said: "Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are people who want crops without plowing the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning, they want the ocean without the roar of its mighty waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has, and it never will." Every one of us must keep demanding, keep fighting, keep thundering, keep plowing, keep speaking, keep struggling, until justice is served. No justice, no peace.

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Duration: 10 minutes and 43 seconds
Country: Spain
Language: English
Producer: TheParadigmShift
Director: TheParadigmShift
Views: 282
Posted by: lukanieto on Jul 5, 2010

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