Sunday, June 25, 2006

Of course our troops are frustrated!-- Military.com

Posted Sun 25 June 2006 14:03
I fully share the concern for our troops. Afterall--
an American by choice, not chance-- I feel that I
cannot consider myself a real American unless I
consider every soldier in harm's way as my own
son/daughter. And, I would, therefore, not accept
anything being done with these "sons and daughters"
that I would not accept done with my biologic kids.

First of all, I must insist that a serious judge of
the war has to consider both sides and give all their
due. In that sense, one asks what kind of labels our
kids are asked to wear on their backs as they appear
in the eyes of Iraqis and Afghans?

Many of the soldiers in Iraq are National Guard and
Reserve troops. They are thus on average about five
years older than the kids who fought in Vietnam. To
them, I think it fair to say that the leaving behind a
widow and orphans must always be on their minds; as
well must be the fact that in truth their equipment is
inferior to that of the regulars.

And yet, with all their aircraft, artilery, armor,
gadgets and computers and hand weapons, our forces are
up against guys in sweat suits or a robe with an AK-47
in their hands, that's all. That raises the question:
how do the Iraqi civilians who are often collateral
damage victims of our weapons see our troops loaded
down with 70 lbs of gear? Can we count on the
collateral damage victims of our fire power to warn us
so that we don't become victims of IEDs?

Mideast and SE Asia experiences cause me to remind of
the great difference between Viets and Arabs. Viets
are stoic and appreicate change for the better. Arabs
are unforgivivng and live to avenge an insult or
injury. Together such injuries are unpardonable
"humiliation." Instead of all these Pentagon blah-blah
handbooks on locals, any family that has a member in
Iraq should send a copy of Blumethal's "Revenge."
She's a sweet innocent Western Jewish girl who tried
to understand why her father, a rabbi, was shot in the
head by a Palestinian in Jerusalem. Being a journalist
for the Washington Post, she investigated thoroughly
"revenge" killing and its psychology and culture all
over the Mediterranian Basin. From Spain to the
Mideast, she realized how much it means. But no
academic anthropologist has related as realistically
her clear human understanding-- humane understanding
that only a woman can achieve-- of how outsiders and
insiders get polarized in a life and death struggle
based on revenge. Perhaps she should work for Amb.
Khalilzad in Baghdad, because she singlehandedly,
based on her aquiered understanding, managed to
reconcile her Dad and the Palestinian who shot him!

But husbands and fathers in our army are very scared
people-- not for themselves but for the helpless
families they leave behind. Already they gave up
careers and undertook economic hardships to go to war.
They want to live very much because they don't just
want to live for themselves but for their families. On
the other hand, you have mujahadeens ready to become
shahids in order to avenge what Americans did to their
families, tribes, towns, etc. They don't understand
that our soldiers really are thinking of their own
kids and want to live for them, desperate to return as
soon as possible. Iraqis (Sunni, Shi'a AND Kurds too)
see them as weak because they don't fight almost
empty-handed but call in air strikes and big time
firepower. And when you accidentally kill a kid or a
woman, you manufacture many a shahids dedicated to
killing as many of you Americans in revenge as he can
before he dies.

Bush is a chichensh-t who evaded service. Yet, he sent
our troops into harm's way because he could't stand up
and say "no" to two other chickensh-ts, Rumsfeld and
Cheney; these two sought to feel a last surge of
testosterone in their old age by sending OTHERS to
fight and die. These two mediocrities sent in our kids
into Iraq INTEL BLIND, culture dumb and language deaf.
It was a reckless set up!

So how did these three horrible sub-men get away with
it?

Because Americans suffer from the "ain't my kid going
to Iraq" disconnect syndrome. Even in 2004 people
prefered to focus on the TV image of two old
bald-headed **** in pastel tuxedos kissing at their
"wedding" instead of upon images of soldiers dying in
Iraq-- the "wedding" was shown ten times a day for
months instead of dead mutilated American because
Rumsfeld fobid the press to video even the flag
drapped coffins; yet each of these dead dads left
behind a widow, orphans and greiving family and
friends. For FIVE TIMES DEFERED Cheney-- a Vietnam
hawk who claims he "had other priorities" so he
couldn't join those he sent to Vietnam-- this was all
a great opportunity to help HIS company Halliburton
cash in on war profiteering and swindle of our
soldiers in the field. For Iraqis, the sight of no
electricity, no water, no jobs and lots of Third World
people hired by the Americans abroad to run our
occupation of Iraq was a call to arms in order to
avenge the liberation turned occupation by Rumsfeld,
Cheneny and the neocons while Bush stood helpless, too
scared to say: now wait a minute, I'mm the President!

When we killed Zarqawi, we bragged about it, not
realizing how cowardly we looked to the Arab World by
doing it with two jet planes and two 500 lbs bombs.
But Bush ain't no real "man," so he bravado bragged as
if he had done it single handed. It was HIS BRAVADO
that the two soldeirs payed for the day after he ran
back home.

All these neocons who evaded service by being
cheerleaders for war safe at home, should explain to
our soldiers one thing: how does a man who is
desperatly wants to live in order to return to his
wife and kids, defeat a native he neither can identify
or understand, when the latter wants to die killing
Americans to avange his family's honor?

Those who fear most are those trying to stampede us as
a nation into fear in order to get us to kill those
who fear least half way around the world. What kind of
"training" can prepare our soldiers for that? What
kind of "mission" is that for the world's best troops?

Posts: 8 | Registered: Tue 16 May 2006

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