November 8, 2010

Thank you Phil, for standing up and actually serving us and the people of the world.

The soldiers who fought in US Wars of aggression don't need wikileaks to tell us what happens there. But evidently much of the rest of the country does. I would like to believe it was a case of 'needing to see it to believe it' rather than being extreme 'not caring'. But that's a stretch for me.

As ignorant as it might be, possibly the American people just couldn't bring themselves to accept the stories of thousand upon thousands of soldiers - back from Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq - and needed more proof. The stories were too horrible and they couldn't believe they had been condoning and supporting it by remaining silent.

But I know if I believe that, I am the ignorant one. I have spent much of the last 40+ years talking to all kinds of people about the wars and occupations and my conclusion is they know.
However, for those who would argue they didn't realize what was going on, the wikileaks will confirm the stories.

If they aren't affected by the the stories the soldiers brought back from the occupations or the fact that more active duty soldiers are dying from suicide than combat and the fact that over 7,000 veterans committed suicide last year, then they might not be affected by wikileaks either.

Wake up!

It is what the US military does.
It is what the American people pay for.
It is what we try to ignore and/or justify again and again.

Here is a clip of an American war resister, Phil McDowell, a good man living in Canada. He shares his view of what wikileaks shows us about the Iraq War (occupation).

Thank you, Phil, for standing up and actually serving us and the people of the world.

Why is the US military persecuting resisters who refuse to return to the occupations? I guess that's obvious.

The real question is, "why do Americans allow them to be persecuted?"

1 comment:

peacesojourner said...

Thank you for this post and thanks also to Phil for the interview on TV. I wish that it could be shown more widely.