Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Evil in Our Name: Up the Ladder of Collective Responsibility

The body of Gul Mudin, the son of a farmer, killed on 1/15/10. A member of the "kill team" is posing behind him. Der SPIEGEL published 4 photos from the hundreds, possibly even thousands of images and videos it has seen. 
Try, for a moment, to forget everything the corporately owned mainstream propaganda machine spits out, and take a look at the big picture of America, right now.

Our nation's infrastructure is crumbling. Trillions of dollars has disappeared from our treasury. The poverty rate continues to escalate. Americans are losing their homes at an alarming rate due to systemic fraud, so massive, that it's virtually incomprehensible. The middle-class is gradually disappearing. Domestic unemployment remains near 10% (or triple that, if you add in all of the unemployed adults capable of work, yet not fully employed). Over 50 million Americans lack sufficient health care. Billionaire banksters and corporate elites continue to reap reward for plundering our nation's economy, growing wealthier by the minute. Meanwhile, our government, bypassing Congress, in violation of our Constitution, under the guise of saving others, continues to invade one resource-rich country after another, killing and horrifically injuring millions of innocent civilians...and sometimes, for the pure joy of it.

Consider for one moment, how we, the people would react if any other country dared to do to us what we continue to do to them. Imagine the terror of living everyday, surrounded by death squads, house raids, checkpoints, detentions, curfews, unmanned predator drones constantly flying overhead, ready to fire at anything that these soulless machines deem suspicious, and the constant flow of blood in our streets. Imagine the terror of knowing that thousands of fully armed foreign soldiers and mercenaries - trained killers - roam our soil, free to do whatever they want, with impunity. Now, who are the terrorists, again?

So, it should not come as any surprise that some of our troops are participating in monstrously evil acts for fun.  Hundreds, perhaps thousands of horrific photos of our soldiers killing unarmed civilians, otherwise known as "free kills" in soldier speak, were finally released on Der Spiegel, yesterday.   But, the Daily Censored reported on this back in September of 2010.  One has to wonder why it took so long to come to our attention. 

As one person commented, this is not a single occurrence...these atrocious acts are ongoing, as fatigued soldiers, wrapped up in layer upon layer of protective covering, no longer differentiate between civilians and combatants - who, in their indoctrinated eyes, are considered less than human, in this "kill or be killed" environment.
"It's not just a couple of soldiers, my nephew is in the army and is on his 4th time over there, he's seen too many of US soldiers making free kills just for the fun of it. There's no such just 2 individual soldiers doing this. It's happening more often than you might think. That's the reality and it's not funny anymore."
No, this type of "group evil"...this blood lust flows out, like the demons inside Pandora's box,  from maintaining a constant atmosphere drenched in the pathology of war. Moreover, these illegal wars are not fought for the "greater good", they are created to line the pockets, and to increase the power of the predators and parasites who reside at the top of the global food chain.   When profit, power and status trump  human life, exhibited in the excess of materialism that pervades American culture, barbaric acts, like the ones that these soldiers (who just happened to be caught) committed, will continue to escalate, as it is an integral part of warfare that is perpetuated only to feed the greedy beast of empire.

The bottom line is that our hands are smeared in the blood of tens of thousands of human casualties. After all, not only are we aware of all of the wars in our name, we also know that the military very often serves as a dumping ground for the most incorrigible of our nation's children. It is we, the people, in effect, who choose, employ, and pay America's soldiers to do our dirty work...our killing for us.
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation…want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening, they want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters…. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." -- Frederick Douglass, 1857

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