Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I DO NOT support our troops - An Open Letter

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After comments on my tax day post were closed, I received the following comment from Amanda Negley, an army wife who took issue with me exposing how the US military, funded by our tax dollars, has brutally killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in the Middle East, including women and children. I am giving her name and link only because that is how she left the comment, so it was her decision and preference to make her name and profile public.

Her comment read:

Instead of attacking our troops, maybe you should be thanking them. They are the reason you are allowed to spew your nonsense. They are fighting for you. Even if you weren't born in America. And I will not sit quietly while you spew nonsense about my husband, who serves in the US Army, and puts his life on the line for idiots like YOU. As for the sinful people, people make mistakes, I made a mistake. I think I've paid for my mistake a million times over. I hope you NEVER have to feel the pain of giving your child to another person. I hope you NEVER feel the pain of having your husband go over seas to fight, with the possibilty he might not come home. Until you can feel compassion and until you've walked a mile in someone's shoes, you really should just stop. And I think closing the comments on the above post was cowardly. You spew your crap on a public blog, you should be willing to take the crap people give you. Especially when you are so wrong on so many levels.



Dear Amanda,

I hate to break it to you, but I will not be thanking your husband or any of "our" troops. He is not fighting for me, as I have never in my life been threatened by an Iraqi. Your husband is not putting his life on the line for me - I live in Arizona, not Iraq.

The September 11 attacks were fabricated by our own government, just as Nero burned down Rome and blamed it on the Christians and Hitler burned down the Reichstag and blamed in on the Jews. 9/11 was the springboard for their industry of mass murder and global tyranny. This "war", which was never declared by Congress, is a fabricated killing machine with a goal to bring about a one world government and eliminate all who will not comply. The urban warfare tactics learned and practiced in the Middle East are coming to the USA very soon to subdue those who might get sick of what they view as an increasingly out-of-control, evil dictatorship.

You see, every day in the news, there is a new story of how American troops are raping, abusing, and killing civilians, ones that are not part of any fighting or "war" at all. People, women, young children who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Apparently, living in the Middle East in 2010 is enough reason to be executed by US Troops.

Today, I came across the following video footage of classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff.

Please stop reading right now and watch this entire clip, as words cannot accurately describe the depths of depravity of these animals in uniform, whose paycheck we finance. I guess this is the animalistic behavior one should expect when a policy of "Don't ask, don't tell" allows "natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed" (II Peter 2:12, Jude 1:10) in the military.





This is sickening and disgusting beyond words. There was no "battle", only unarmed civilians standing in a public square. After they got gunned down for having done absolutely NOTHING wrong, one lone survivor crawls down the side walk, severely injured. Even IF he had a weapon as the guys in the helicopter lied he had to get permission to shoot him, he would have been in no condition whatsoever to shoot it at them or endanger them in any form. Next, a van comes to pick up this wounded man. The people in the van are likewise not armed, yet our soldiers beg for permission to open fire ("Come on, let us shoot!"), killing several more and injuring two children. They later have the gall to say that they shouldn't be bringing kids "to a battle". Shooting at civilians on the ground from an aircraft is NOT a battle. It is an act of violence and cowardice of the most despicable sort.

This is not warfare. This is a handful of young guys, losers, who could amount to nothing better after high school than to join the military for a paycheck, playing war games. They may think that they are just playing another computer game, and in their warped minds, they probably do, as evidenced by their sick laughs. Only, they are not. The people they are killing with the push of a button are real human beings, and the fact that they are a different ethnicity makes them no less human.

Former U.S. Army specialists Josh Stieber and Ethan McCord, two soldiers who were in the same company as the culprits featured in this video, have now publicly apologized for the massacre, expressing in an open letter to the Iraqi people their sorrow at the incident while pointing out that it represents just one example of the brutal suffering inflicted on the Iraqis since the March 2003 invasion:

"From our own experiences, and the experiences of other veterans we have talked to, we know that the acts depicted in this video are everyday occurrences of this war: this is the nature of how U.S.-led wars are carried out in this region.”


As for soldiers fighting for our civil liberties, our civil liberties were guaranteed to us in the Bill of Rights, and have existed long before this war. On the contrary, since the start of the Iraq "war" under President Bush, we have LOST civil liberties through warrantless wiretapping, the Patriot Act, and other violations of our laws under the guise of keeping us "safe".

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Edited to add:

Please also read this.

20 comments:

  1. I don't agree 100% with what you have written but I do agree with the sentiment. I do not believe that we should ever have followed America into Iraq (I am Australian) and I believe that what we are actually doing in there is breeding more terrorists. I haven't seen that video that you posted, it was online here via www.theage.com.au about a week ago and I just can't watch it; I don't have the stomach for it. At no point leading up to that invasion were our civil liberties and/or freedoms were in in jeopardy. As a result of that invasion it is has allowed the Government (especially in America) dismantle all sorts of civil liberties all under the guise of making us safer. Makes me angry just thinking about it

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  2. That video made me cry it was so disgusting!!! I don't understand what went wrong in these people's lives to have such little regard for human life. War truly turns people into monsters! I do not support this and it makes me want to throw up when I think that people like you and me must fund these massacres.

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  3. This liberal agrees with you 100%.

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  4. I am not a supporter of this war, but I am grateful for those who serve in our Armed Forces. The civil rights given to us in the Bill of Rights were obtained by a Revolutionary War. And there are those who would happily take them away again, and thus I am grateful for those who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe from losing them.

    I believe that without a military, those rights would be lost quickly.

    And while I support your right to free speech, and to disagree with our current conflict, I have to vehemently disagree with your assessment of those in the military as being losers. I know too many brilliant people who've served. My father included. My father, who, holds a Master's Degree and spent over 30 years educated youth in the inner city.

    Today's military requires a great deal from it's soldiers. I believe the characterization of them in this piece is wholly unfair.

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  5. Do you believe that everyone in the military is depraved? Sadly, I know that there are many pathetic, losers in the military. I have had the sad opportunity to work with some of their children in the public schools on base.
    On the other hand, I know for a fact how many very good people there are in the military. Sadly, I think that they are in the minority at this point, but some of them honestly want to help other people and see the military as their best way of doing that. There are a lot of young men in the military that really need the leadership and guidance that a good, Christian senior Non-Com. or Com. officer can provide.
    Yes, my husband is in the military, and he joined not because he couldn't get any other kind of job ( he had a perfectly respectable job), but because he felt called to it. I really wish you would recognize that while there sadly are many depraved people in the military (I've met plenty of them myself), there are also men who are not here for the "fight" but for the opportunities to try to help people. I won't question his relationship with God, but I will say that we do spend a lot of time working to make sure that God and his will are constantly honored in our family. The nature of my husband's specific work tends toward humanitarian missions, though we haven't even agreed with all of those. The way he tries to explain it to people is that he only entered the service because he felt called by God, and doing that was putting his trust in God that he would have the opportunity to make a postitive impact. If nothing else, I know the positive impact he has had on the lives of other soldiers- many of whom did join for the kind of sick reasons you cite, but who have repented and come to know God since then.
    I have posted questions to you before, and while I know you are busy, I was suprised that you never shared an answer. Now I feel like that might be because I mentioned our military affiliation and you see us as unworthy of your time.I really liked coming to your blog for homeschooling and home management ideas. It makes me sad, because even if I don't agree with everything you say, I really appreciate your ideas and devotion to God and family. In light of this though, I feel like I can't really continue reading your blog, when it would be unsupportive of my husband- not because I think everyone must "support the troops," but because as a wife, I need to support my husband.I don't think that you believe there are exceptions to what you say about the military, and I can't listen to my husband being called an animal. Many blessings to you and your precious family.

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  6. I would be very interested in any response that Amanda makes to this post and the comments that have been generated

    Thanks!

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  7. So do you think the church group protesting the soldiers' funerals is in the right?

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  8. I saw that you closed down comments on the tax section. You are opposed to Welfare. Granted, welfare recipients can be considered a great scapegoat, but it's obvious that war spending is much more costly on our government.
    That set aside, it is good to do a cost-benefit analysis of welfare. While you may be opposed to it, Welfare is vital. People have to eat, clothe themselves and house themselves. If you cut off welfare, you'll see a spike in crime, if not riots and revolts. Maybe it's worth it to provide welfare in conjunction with initiatives to improve the job market for example.

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  9. Well I'm kind of torn. I believe that most people in the military believe they are doing the right thing, and you do have to live by what you believe to be right. But I'm torn because I'm also non-resistant. I don't believe in war of any form. But I also don't hate military men and women because they are doing what they believe is right. I just don't think war lines up with Jesus' teachings.

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  10. I wrote a short post today explaining my position further and addressing some of the comments I have received, you can find it here:

    http://stevenandersonfamily.blogspot.com/2010/04/more-thought-on-warfare.html

    Muse Mama, I am not against having a military in general. I am against giving my unconditional support to a military that accepts indiscriminate murder as part of their everyday operations.

    Anonymous soldier's wife, I am sorry I did not answer your previous questions, but I can assure you it was not intentional. I receive a lot of questions, and if I don't get a chance to answer them right away, I usually forget or they get buried in my email inbox. I did just have a long question and answer post last week, maybe one of your questions was in there? If not, please feel free to leave them again in the comments section on that post, as I am working on another Q&A. I am not saying that your husband personally is an animal. I am saying that he works for a company whose trade includes the murder of the innocent.

    Alice, I have not received a reply from her. I wasn't expecting one as I don't think she is a regular reader of my blog.

    Anonymous, no, I do not at all agree with the protests at the funeral. There is no point in being obnoxious and to get enjoyment out of further hurting grieving people. My goal is to expose the evil actions of our military in general, not to personally insult families of fallen soldiers.

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  11. That video was very disturbing. To be honest I am not educated well in what is going on in the war. I knew it was bad but seeing this enlightened me. How very sad.

    Jessica

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  12. I did not respond yesterday because frankly, you upset me. I didn't post the comment for you to put my name on your blog, I just felt that what I had to say would have been seen as cowardly if I had posted it anonymously. I am sorry you feel so strongly about this, but I have to tell you that not all people in the military are kids right out of high school, that isn't to say there are those who are. My husband spent 5 years in college before he joined the Army and got a degree, and plans to go for a Masters, so I think generalizing was wrong.

    You also said that innocent people are being killed, it's true, however, when this first started we were very compassionate towards woman and children, and they have learned that, so now they are using that to their advantage and straping bombs to the woman and children. So they have been told to proced with caution. It is sasd that woman and children are being killed, no doubt, but if a child comes up to someone in the military and looks to have a bomb, they are going to do everything in their power to make sure nothing happens.

    That video you posted was sad, but like I said above, they have been trained to proceed wtih caution, and act if they think they have a weapon, I looked at the video, you can't tell what they are carrying around, and from where the video was being recorded it looked like weapons. They were just following orders. And the fact that they were laughing and what not is wrong, but that is how some people deal with hard things.

    I am not trying to cause a fight, that was NOT what I wanted in the first comments I left, but I just get very upset when my husband's character and job are being attacked.

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  13. I have been a long time reader & supporter of your blog but the current posts absolutely break my heart. They break my heart for many reasons.

    #1, I take issue with you calling military members losers. My husband in fact is in the military & he is far from a loser. While there are many servicemembers who are less than stellar, you will find that anywhere you go...not just in the military.

    #2, I am not a supporter of the war, neither is my husband. Praise God he has never been deployed to Iraq nor Afghanistan. It is very easy to support the troops but not support the war.

    #3, What do you mean in regards to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy? That particular policy restricts those who are gay from revealing themselves.

    #4, Anonymous who posted at 2:33, I agree with everything you have said. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Praying for my fellow military family! God Bless you!

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  14. Muse Mama, I am not against having a military in general. I am against giving my unconditional support to a military that accepts indiscriminate murder as part of their everyday operations.

    I don't believe they accept "indiscriminate murder as part of their everyday operations". And I wouldn't call our military "losers". I think that assessment is both unfair and unkind. Many good people, God fearing people, serve our military honorably.

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  15. MuseMama,

    if our troops have killed 835,058 Iraqi civilians (a very conservative estimate; personally, I believe the higher numbers that say it is above 1 million) in the process of also killing 30,000 Iraqi troops, then yes, I would say they are accepting indiscriminate murder as part of their mission. A ratio of almost 30 civilians killed for every soldier is ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE. Remember, we are supposedly fighting this war because they killed less than 4000 of our civilians.

    That is not to mention the over 1.5 million Iraqi civilians that have been SERIOUSLY injured, who very well could have died for all our troops cared.

    Furthermore, I did not say that every single member of the military past, present, and future is a loser or an animal. I used those terms specifically to refer to those soldiers involved in this particular inhumane assault. If you noticed, I used the term "a handful of losers".

    I think that there are many well-intentioned people in the military who may have signed up not knowing the truth behind our military and its modern warfare. But that does not change the fact, that in general, and across the board, I do not support our troops. It also does not change the fact that every single soldier in active duty is helping contribute to this tyranny, whether or not they are actually the ones pulling the trigger. They are helping and promoting this evil enterprise that specializes in eradicating those who will not comply with their wicked plans of global tyranny.

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  16. Rey Aguilar, SGT USMC 90-98June 13, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    Thank you for sharing this, even as despicable as it is. The world needs to see this. I am deeply troubled by the nonchalant attitude of the flight team. I am disgusted by their comments and disheartened by their after remarks. The souls of these men have been destroyed and it's time to get out of Iraq! G.W. Bush only went in because of what his father failed to do. If any place it should have been Afghanistan! Vote! Vote! Vote! Write your congressmen, time to get out!

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  17. As a US Army Active Duty Soldier, I have learned to accept that I am defending the rights of everyone. This includes those who don't appreciate it as much as those who do. There are people with ill intensions everywhere you look, and the Military is no exception. But I believe the majority of the US Military are patriots who genuinely want to help people, uphold justice, and defend the american way of life and stop those who intend to do harm to you and your family. Trust me, if we were not here, terrorist groups would be coming into america, harming citizens, and leaving like a revolving door. The world is more than what you can see from home. There are many evil men who hate you and everything you stand for. So even if you don't understand what happens in the process, or why, we take great honor in protecting anyone who calls themself an American. God bless all!

    "If you can't get behind our troops, feel free to get in front of them."

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