Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Of Wars, And Rumors Of Wars: It's Been Said That The War On Iraq Is Over... Then Why Is The Pentagon Coming For Your Children?
Frodo: "I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened."
Gandalf: "So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
The alleged U.S. "Withdrawal from Iraq" and the much parroted statement: "President Obama reaffirmed on Monday that the US would have all combat troops out of Iraq by the end of August," is a MYTH and a LIE!
...And of course, our ONGOING war consists of MORE than just soldiers. Blackwater, Armorgroup, and their Mercenary friends need work too!"Obama did not say that all the combat troops were leaving (Iraq) this month. He certainly didn’t say this yesterday, and to my knowledge he has never said it."The six units are thought to be:
• 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division
• 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
• 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment
• 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
• 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division
• 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Div
I’m going to be just a bit repetitive and say this as clearly as possible—just in case any journalist comes slumming through FDL and actually reads this. Here goes:
Each of these units will be in Iraq after 8/31/10, and each will be as fully combat-capable as any brigade combat team or armored cavalry regiment currently in Iraq.
They have all the guns, bombs, rockets, tanks and artillery required to pound the living crap out of anything or anybody they choose.
For any journalists who haven’t left to write about how some people think Amanpour is probably a taliban sympathizer, here is the DOD press release from October of last year announcing four of the above units for deployment.
They’re described by DOD very clearly as “combat brigade teams”—because that’s what they are—but also listing them as “advise and assist brigades”. [In Full]
There are also—the State Department also has plans to remake some US bases into what they call “enduring presence posts,” EPPs. And so, you’ll have these outposts around the country that are essentially—what is essentially unfolding here is a downsized and rebranded occupation, Obama-style, that is going to necessitate a surge in private forces. The State Department is asking for MRAP vehicles, armored vehicles, for Black Hawk helicopters and for these paramilitary forces.Also see: Obama Drops 2009 Pledge to Withdraw Combat Troops from Iraq
So, yes, you can say that officially combat has ended, but in reality you’re continuing it through the back door by bringing in these paramilitary forces and classifying them as diplomatic security, which was Bush’s game from the very beginning. (Source)
So, it IS NOT over... Worse still, they are coming for your children, for their next illegitimate war. Afghanistan, where MOST of the soldiers removed from the field of combat in Iraq will be going, or perhaps our dirty not-so-covert war on Somalia and the Horn of Africa, or the war soon to be fought next door in Latin America...
After all, it would be so much less expensive to be able to drive from America to our resource wars.
Fortunately your children can learn how to resist, vocally, and more, thanks to organizations like We Are NOT Your Soldiers:
War is terrorism. Soldiers are not heroes. Presidents are not saviors. A powerful call to action, to move from ritualized 'protests' to sustained rebellion. Filmed at UC Santa Barbara on May 7, 2010. Thanks to Emma Kaplan and Matthis Chiroux.
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And abandoned -
Everywhere is war -
Me say war.
That until there no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man's skin
Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes -
Me say war.
That until the basic human rights
Are equally guaranteed to all,
Without regard to race -
Dis a war.
That until that day
The dream of lasting peace,
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,
But never attained -
Now everywhere is war - war.
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