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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
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一個退伍軍人的激勵演說 (Amazing speech, given by a war veteran)

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鹿哥 發佈於 2014 年 3 月 26 日
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