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Rally to Support our Troops!

The time has come to start sorting out all the phony 'progressives' and all the hypocrites in pulpits and the wannabe but not activists, using this very important test case of a sailor refusing to serve in Iraq!
Rally to Support our Troops!
(See
a href=" http://www.wsws.org/articles/2004/dec2004/navy-d10.shtml
US sailor refuses deployment to Iraq in protest against war)

This sailor rightly points out that the Iraq War is just a war of sacking and looting and plunder for O-I-L, something which is pretty damn obvious, and does it really need any further comment.

Now those familiar with the Nazi war crimes, such as the
a href=" http://www.awitness.org/journal/time_is_up.html
Crushing of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
(or the crushing of the Fallujah ghetto uprising which just took place) will remember that after the Nazis went out sacking and plundering, it was established under International Law that such wars are the most heinous of war crimes. Furthermore, when the Nazis tried to argue that 'they were just following orders' this defense was rejected, and in its place it was established under International Law that it is both the right and the duty of a soldier to refuse to participate in criminal wars or commit the war crimes required to loot and plunder in wars of aggression. We also know that according to the Constitution of the United States of America, International Law and treaties are American Law of the Land, which of course makes Bush a war criminal, and this sailor an innocent patriot. That Bush is a war criminal under international law is proven beyond any shadow of a doubt by the fact that when Iraq had an election, with only King George voting, Iraq decided to 'privatize' several hundred state owned assets, putting this hot merchandise into the hands of the Elite Have Mores, the political base of George Bush and also a collection of war criminals with a long history of barbarism going back over a century. We also know that if say, someone were to blow up even two buildings in America, well the outrage would be incredible with people still prattling on to this very day about the monstrous nature of the deed, while Americans flatten entire cities and that is supposed to be okay. We know that if someone entered an American city and the resistance fought back furiously, that would be called patriotism, and the Iraq resistance are patriots for that very reason, while America is the newest war criminal nation run by a pack of unindicted war criminal Nazis.

So then it remains to be seen who is for real in America, and who is just a hypocrite. It remains to be seen if some corrupt judge can condemn this young man who refuses to participate in War crimes, and whether or not it is possible to begin rallying the nation to his defense, of whether the Bush administration will once again be able to put on some Stalinist show trial, and get away with it just like they constantly get away with murder and the most heinous crimes in the human law statutes. It remains to be seen if this young man will be hauled before the war criminal courts of the Pentagon system, stripped of his constitutional rights, in defiance of international law and common decency, and it remains to be seen if activists will be busy in the meantime working on the fuzzy bunny problem, while church ministers are busy smoothing out the details for the next fund raising bingo.

Yes it is time to find out who is who, and just what is and what is not real. It is time to find out if their is a lawyer in the country, if there is a resistance movement in America, it is time to find out what is genuine and what is hypocritical and nothing but a false front.

And so I issue this call for unity, for a united front, for a national movement to rise up on this one crucial issue, which anyone with even half a brain in their head would recognize as a golden opportunity to turn things around, and if this happens, then I will know that there was something genuine in that country, and if this does not happen I will have discovered the sorry truth about America and what passes for 'dissent' in that place, since when the opportunity comes to strike a blow, the so called dissenter refrains, for fear of doing to much damage to the Iraq war effort, and for fear of hurting the war criminals. It will be pretty damn obvious what is going on in America, in just a little while longer...

 http://www.awitness.org/
Nothing really changes -- see below 10.Dec.2004 16:50

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WAR IS A RACKET by
Smedley Darlington Butler

Major General - United States Marine Corps [Retired]
Born West Chester, Pa., July 30, 1881
Educated Haverford School
Married Ethel C. Peters, of Philadelphia, June 30, 1905
Awarded two congressional medals of honor, for capture of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 1914,and for capture of Ft. Riviere, Haiti, 1917
Distinguished service medal, 1919
Retired Oct. 1, 1931

On leave of absence to act as director of Department of Safety, Philadelphia, 1932
Lecturer - 1930's
Republican Candidate for Senate, 1932
Died at Naval Hospital, Philadelphia, June 21, 1940

Chapter One

WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few - the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.

And what is this bill?

This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.

For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out.

Again they are choosing sides. France and Russia met and agreed to stand side by side. Italy and Austria hurried to make a similar agreement. Poland and Germany cast sheep's eyes at each other, forgetting for the nonce [one unique occasion], their dispute over the Polish Corridor.

The assassination of King Alexander of Jugoslavia [Yugoslavia] complicated matters. Jugoslavia and Hungary, long bitter enemies, were almost at each other's throats. Italy was ready to jump in. But France was waiting. So was Czechoslovakia. All of them are looking ahead to war. Not the people - not those who fight and pay and die - only those who foment wars and remain safely at home to profit.

There are 40,000,000 men under arms in the world today, and our statesmen and diplomats have the temerity to say that war is not in the making.

Hell's bells! Are these 40,000,000 men being trained to be dancers?

Not in Italy, to be sure. Premier Mussolini knows what they are being trained for. He, at least, is frank enough to speak out. Only the other day, Il Duce in "International Conciliation," the publication of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said:

"And above all, Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace... War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the people who have the courage to meet it."

Undoubtedly Mussolini means exactly what he says. His well-trained army, his great fleet of planes, and even his navy are ready for war - anxious for it, apparently. His recent stand at the side of Hungary in the latter's dispute with Jugoslavia showed that. And the hurried mobilization of his troops on the Austrian border after the assassination of Dollfuss showed it too. There are others in Europe too whose sabre rattling presages war, sooner or later.

Herr Hitler, with his rearming Germany and his constant demands for more and more arms, is an equal if not greater menace to peace. France only recently increased the term of military service for its youth from a year to eighteen months.

Yes, all over, nations are camping in their arms. The mad dogs of Europe are on the loose. In the Orient the maneuvering is more adroit. Back in 1904, when Russia and Japan fought, we kicked out our old friends the Russians and backed Japan. Then our very generous international bankers were financing Japan. Now the trend is to poison us against the Japanese. What does the "open door" policy to China mean to us? Our trade with China is about $90,000,000 a year. Or the Philippine Islands? We have spent about $600,000,000 in the Philippines in thirty-five years and we (our bankers and industrialists and speculators) have private investments there of less than $200,000,000.

Then, to save that China trade of about $90,000,000, or to protect these private investments of less than $200,000,000 in the Philippines, we would be all stirred up to hate Japan and go to war - a war that might well cost us tens of billions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of lives of Americans, and many more hundreds of thousands of physically maimed and mentally unbalanced men.

Of course, for this loss, there would be a compensating profit - fortunes would be made. Millions and billions of dollars would be piled up. By a few. Munitions makers. Bankers. Ship builders. Manufacturers. Meat packers. Speculators. They would fare well.

Yes, they are getting ready for another war. Why shouldn't they? It pays high dividends.

But what does it profit the men who are killed? What does it profit their mothers and sisters, their wives and their sweethearts? What does it profit their children?

What does it profit anyone except the very few to whom war means huge profits?

Yes, and what does it profit the nation?

Take our own case. Until 1898 we didn't own a bit of territory outside the mainland of North America. At that time our national debt was a little more than $1,000,000,000. Then we became "internationally minded." We forgot, or shunted aside, the advice of the Father of our country. We forgot George Washington's warning about "entangling alliances." We went to war. We acquired outside territory. At the end of the World War period, as a direct result of our fiddling in international affairs, our national debt had jumped to over $25,000,000,000. Our total favorable trade balance during the twenty-five-year period was about $24,000,000,000. Therefore, on a purely bookkeeping basis, we ran a little behind year for year, and that foreign trade might well have been ours without the wars.

It would have been far cheaper (not to say safer) for the average American who pays the bills to stay out of foreign entanglements. For a very few this racket, like bootlegging and other underworld rackets, brings fancy profits, but the cost of operations is always transferred to the people - who do not profit.

Bring The Boys Back Home! 10.Dec.2004 23:11

Roger Waters

Bring the boys back home!
Bring the boys back home!
Are we all children of the Lord?
Bring the boys back home!

U.S. Army Plagued by Desertion and Plunging Morale 11.Dec.2004 10:26

By Elaine Monaghan

The Times U.K.

Friday 10 December 2004

While insurgents draw on deep wells of fury to expand their ranks in Iraq, the US military is fighting desertion, recruitment shortfalls and legal challenges from its own troops.

The irritation among the rank and file became all too clear this week when a soldier stood up in a televised session with Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, to ask why the world's richest army was having to hunt for scrap metal to protect its vehicles.

The same night, interviews with three soldiers who are seeking refugee status in Canada, where they have become minor celebrities, dominated prime time television. They are among more the than 5,000 troops that CBS's 60 Minutes reported on Wednesday had deserted since the war began.

Many experts say that America's 1.4 million active-duty troops and 865,000 part-timers are stretched to the point where President Bush may see other foreign policy goals blunted.

The bleed from the US military is heaviest among parttimers, who have been dragged en masse out of civilian life to serve their country with unprecedented sacrifice. For the first time in a decade, the Army National Guard missed its recruitment target this year. Instead of signing up 56,000 people, it found 51,000.

"This is something that the President and the country should be worried about," said Lawrence Korb, an assistant secretary of defence under Ronald Reagan and now a military analyst who opposes the war.

A further sign of strain can be seen in the Army's decision this year to mobilise 5,600 members of a pool of former soldiers that can be mobilised only in a national emergency.

More than 183,000 National Guard and reserve troops are on active duty, compared with 79,000 before the invasion of Iraq. Forty per cent of the 138,000 troops in Iraq are part-timers who never expected to be sent to the front line.

Instead, as a woman soldier pointedly reminded Mr Rumsfeld on Wednesday, they face "stop loss" orders that delay their return to civilian life.

Another soldier lost his court battle this week to stop the Army extending his one-year contract by at least two years. At least eight soldiers have turned to the courts, accusing the military of tricking them into enlisting for a fixed term without warning them that they could be forced to stay longer. Once they get out, soldiers are increasingly resisting hefty bonuses to re-enlist, an incentive that had helped to meet recruitment targets in the past.

The crisis may be even deeper than the statistics suggest. Active-duty Army recruiters exceeded their target of 77,000 by 587 this year only by dipping into a pool of recruits who had not planned to report until next year, and by dropping educational standards, Mr Korb said.

At 10 per cent, the death rate among war casualties is the lowest in history. But maimed men and women are flocking home with horror stories about the war, which is claiming more and more casualties. Between June, when the Iraqi interim Government took over, and September, the average monthly casualty rate among US forces was 747 a month, compared with 482 during the invasion and 415 before the coalition government was disbanded. With elections looming next month, the toll is expected to mount.

Most soldiers keep their anger under wraps, partly out of patriotism but also out of loyalty to their units. "There's a thin green line that you don't cross," said a veteran with the 4th Infantry, who deployed to Iraq last year to help to plan counterinsurgency operations and train Iraqi forces.

But at his home base in Fort Carson, Colorado, he has resisted a $10,000 re-enlistment incentive and plans to get out as soon as he can.

He illustrates the long-term problem the Army faces. He served for five years, first in Korea, then in Iraq, where he was a combat soldier for almost a year. The Americans received little training for the counterinsurgency they face. "Every day you wake up alive, is a gift from above," the soldier said.

Few experts are surprised to hear that a recent army survey discovered that half the soldiers were not planning to re-enlist.

Experts are divided over how stretched America's military really is. But they agree that another conflict would put the military in overdrive. Another war would require a shift to a "no-kidding wartime posture in which everybody who could shoot was given a rifle and sent to the front," according to John Pike, of GlobalSecurity.org.