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Who will fight for you? From the web.

We got a letter from Josh today, if you could call it that,
written 3/9. They are hearing about the anti-war protests and he
was upset. That' s all the letter talked about. He enclosed a
poem he and his buddies wrote.

We got a letter from Josh today, if you could call it that,
written 3/9. They are hearing about the anti-war protests and he
was upset. That' s all the letter talked about. He enclosed a
poem he and his buddies wrote. He wants us to get it out, let
people see how they feel. Any ideas?

"Wish You Were Here"

For all the free people that still protest.
You're welcome. We protect you
and you are protected by the best.
Your voice is strong and loud,
but who will fight for you?
No one standing in your crowd.
We are your fathers, brothers, and sons,
wearing the boots and carrying guns.
We are the ones that leave all we own,
to make sure your future is carved in stone.
We are the ones who fight and die,
We might not be able to save the world,
Well, at least we try.
We walked the paths to where we are at
and we want no choice other than that.
so when you rally your group to complain,
take a look in the back of your brain.
In order for that flag you love to fly
wars must be fought and young men must die.
We came here to fight for the ones we hold dear.
If that's not respected, we would rather stay here.
So please stop yelling, put down your signs,
and pray for those behind enemy lines.
When the conflict is over and all is well,
be thankful that we chose to go through hell.

Corporal Joshua Miles and all the boys from
3rd Batallion 2nd Marines, Kuwait
laugh 08.Apr.2003 15:22

not in my name

this is laughable..! shut your mouths and keep on killing for the drilling! and of course that little thing we call domination---fucking puppets....

reality check 08.Apr.2003 15:43


When you say 'Behind enemy lines'

Don't you really mean 'In somebody else's fucking country'?

Wow, what a Poet 08.Apr.2003 15:56

Pvt. Benjamin

Gosh, looks like Pvt. Josh is a poet as well as a war criminal!


You are fighting for oil in particular and Empire in general.

In fact, you could say it is the American Regime that is the greatest threat to freedom in this godforsaken hellhole of AmeriKa, what with the Patriot Act, Fatherland Security Department, and Totalitarian Information Awareness program

It is about time you Troops wake the fuck up and stop watching Fox News.

You want the truth? You can't handle the truth.

Go to the link below to find out what you are really fighting for. And by the way, in case you hadn't figured out yet, you might in Iraq alot longer than you anticipated.

Also, here is an interesting quote from one of your fellow stormtroopers commenting about Iraq:

"I say we just -- nuke this place and make it into a parking lot," seethed Lance Cpl. Ryan Eman, 22, of Michigan.

BS 08.Apr.2003 15:58


my mother sent this phony letter, claiming her friend's son wrote it to his mother. i can't believe how far people will go to make protesters feel "bad". when we are really only wanting the troops to come home and be safe.

educate the troops 08.Apr.2003 16:00


I would still like someone to tell me how the troops in Iraq are protecting ME!!! They are NOT protecting me. Iraq was never a threat the USA. They are NOT protecting me and I am so angry that they, and supporters, keep claiming this!!!

pathetic 08.Apr.2003 16:11

republic of cascadia citizen

it is sad to see such misguided text from our armed forces. we see this over and over again: "we lay our lives on the line to defend your freedom...blah, blah, blah." straight up bullshit!

the armed forces are at best dutiful pawns in a rich man's global chess game, and at worst cold blooded killers who joined for the thrill of state-sanctioned murder. they joined up intentionally, no one forced them to. and yes, many of them are poor and people of color, who joined with hopes of funding their college dreams. too bad they are cannon fodder for the same evil forces that have now invaded a sovereign nation in order to secure future energy supplies and geo-political goals.

to the armed forces i say this: i did my best to keep you out of the iraq "hell" you are in before you went, and i continue to try to get you out of there as soon as possible. and i will one of the people fighting for your veteran's benefits after you return with psychological problems and "gulf war syndrome", because the same rich men who sent you into hell couldn't give a fuck about you when you return. sorry you have been so misled about the true nature of imperialist hyper-capitalism.

Who will fight for me?! 08.Apr.2003 16:15


Who will fight for me? The people of Portland. The people of Oakland, CA. The people in the third world...all the people all over the world who are rising up against this beast are fighting for me.

The soldiers in Iraq are fighting because someone told them to. They're fighting, like it or not, for power and wealth and yes, YES, oil. They are NOT fighting for me. They are NOT fighting for freedom, nor democracy, nor truth, justice, or the american way. They are killing people, and it isn't for me.

My freedom as an American citizen is being eroded right now at a frightening pace. I've never been so UNfree in my life. Suddenly, it's a crime to speak out in the streets against an illegitimate government. Suddenly, the US govt is spying on me and other people who do not support it's insane and dangerous policies. Suddenly, people are being taken from the streets, sprayed with chemical weapons, beaten, roughed up and detained for "crimes" like jaywalking. Why? Because of their political beliefs. Because the state doesn't want them "causing trouble."

And you tell me the soldiers in Iraq are fighting for my freedom? Then where in the fuck are they? Why are they not here, beating back the riot cops and the JTTF and the FBI? Why are they not here, de-installing an illegal "president" who is stripping us all of democracy? Why are they not here, facing down the only real threat in the world?

Why protest the protestors 08.Apr.2003 16:19


Im sick of hearing people say that "Why don't you support the troops and stop whining."
What's the deal with the pro-troop/pro-war protestors telling anti-war protestors that they aren't supporting our troops. SCREW THAT. In my eye's the only people that aren't supporting the troops are the people that protest the anti-war protestors that are trying to stop the war and to bring the troops back home and to prevent them from dying for some "hidden" agenda.
so ask yourself who is really "supporting" our troops. If the pro-war protesters really supported their troops they would accept the methods that the Anti-War protestors take to bring them home.
that is all I have to say.

Right. 08.Apr.2003 16:19

Not convinced.

Um thanks, but I know who's got my back, and it's not some soldier a world away.

I am being threatened right now, every day, in Portland USA. And the only people doing anything about it are the people being kicked around by portland's "finest."

The soldiers, like the cops, are supporting this system that is oppressing us all. They're not protecting me or my rights, they're one of the cogs in the machine that's running us all down.

Who will fight for me? The same people who always do. The people who wear masks because they know how the system works, the people who speak truth to power, the people who are not afraid to stand up.

Some brainwashed yahoo still believing the CNN lies is NOT on my side. How can anyone still claim soldiers are doing anything to help the American people? What does killing Iraqis have to do with freedom or democracy? Please. Give me a break.

The worst poem ever 08.Apr.2003 16:52

Not A Critic

Guess these guys decided to join the army instead of getting an education. Aside from the moronic content, this is by far the worst poem i ever read. They can't decide between free style and measured, there rhymes are idiot and far too simplistic, and the beat is off on the whole thing. They repeat the same words over and over, and have no intellectual commentary on what they are saying. I don't know who is giving them their info- who in the anti-war camp is flying flags? certainly not me. Burning, yes...
I hope the government gives these boys an education when they come back. If they don't die. And hopefully they won't pursue careers as poets. They already made me ashamed to be an amerikan. They better not make me ashamed to be a poet. Boys, what are you doing writing anyway? don't you have some 10 year old iraqi's to kill?

P.S. If you want to protect my rights... overthrow the U.S. Government

B.S. 08.Apr.2003 18:53


That letter has got to be B.S. No one in a combat situation has time to read newspapers or be concerned about what the fuck is going on the the U.S. They normally would not even have the time to care. So, either this is a guy who is really not at all in a combat situation or else it is a phony letter. If I'm wrong, then we really do have a highly brainwashed military.

to "victor vet" 08.Apr.2003 22:11

republic of cascadia citizen

"Well I'm jumping out of the cesspool now. I hope all you vermin drown in your own sewage."

your choice, because we are not going anywhere, and we are all going to live a long life together, one big huge salad bowl of diversity, getting more "brown" and more diverse as time goes on. the days of white male patriarchy are numbered my friend, and it is going to be increasinly difficult for those of you who cling to the good 'ole days when "men were men" and they were glorified for their oppression, rape and murder of people at home and abroad. farewell, you will not be missed.

Why donít we try to inform the troops? 08.Apr.2003 23:00


Look I have seen all sorts of pictures of American military personal using the Internet. If we could get a list of their E-mail address then maybe we could send them the truth about what they are doing. I bet it is really hard to form an honest opinion out there, but I have a lot of friends who are ex army and they pretty much agree that the war is wrong.
At least this way we could know for certain if the US troops in Iraq are naÔve or just stupid killing machines. Remember a lot of these soon to be vets are just kids right out of high school. All they know is what those pro war institutions and the media have taught them on global politics. We need to show them that most of the people they are fighting really are not much different then their friends and and family back home.

P.S. we really need to go troll hunting one of these days, maybe some time next week. Assuming we can get the yellow little shits out in to the daylight. Oh well if we cant there are always other means.

Victor 08.Apr.2003 23:46

Cesspool lifeguard

"Well I'm jumping out of the cesspool now."

But, please, don't deprive us of your informed, cogent analysis of world affairs! Awww

Calm down! 09.Apr.2003 09:35


The original poster made a slight error. Calm down, nothing to get worked up over, just a little typo. On line 12, the poster accidentally typed 'save' instead of 'rule' Sorry for any hype or rage this may cause.

Here is another letter from a soldier 09.Apr.2003 15:17


This is from an old friend who knows a military person in Iraq now. I almost thought it was a joke when I first read it. No wonder why they don't want to fund education.

"On Christmas Day my daughter wrapped her arms around me and held me with all of her might sobbing as I had to say good bye. I left my family, my friends, my life to give others a right no person should be denied-the right to be free. I have joined forces with many men and women, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. Some of us left our jobs while others came for their job. Regardless of the circumstance we have one common goal-to make our world a safer place for our family, for our friends, for humanity.
We listened as the jets roared and the missiles launched their fury. We all knew what was happening and we all knew what the outcome would be if we did not act swiftly and precisely. How many people would not be here tomorrow? How many will not know the sacrifice we have made so that their families and friends can have the right to wake in the morning and not be scared? How many will stand in the streets and protest against something they know little about because they have the right to do so? Will those people know we are fighting over here so they can have the right to choose whether or not they agree or disagree?
I did not choose to leave my family and my friends, but I did so with a hard heart and a solemn vow-to defend the rights of others. Am I angry? Yes. Am I scared? Petrified. Am I sorry I am here? Never, I know I am here so I can allow others to think on their own, to feel on their own, to hold their head up and not feel sorry because they disagree. I want my son to be able to make his own decisions, to be the strong man I know he will be. I want my daughter to see how beautiful she is and not feel ashamed to allow others to see it too.
And so as you stand there holding your sign and shouting your feelings, remember me, half a world away as I stand holding my weapon. I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a soldier and I am sacrificing my life so you can have the freedom that so many do not-the freedom to choose, the freedom to think, and yes, even the freedom to protest."