The war in Iraq was the real terrorism

The war in Iraq was the real terrorism

Video and transcript of a Iraq War Veteran’s speech, on how the occupation of Iraq is the real terrorism, orquested by the ruling class of powerful and rich people.

Anything to share this, it seems to be blocked by the mainstream guys.

De tekst in het nederlands kan je vinden op: http://wearechange.be/video/uitzonderlijke-speech-van-een-oorlogsveteraan

Subtitulado en español: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TCKoJuqb5s

 

Transcript (copied from http://wearechange.be/video/uitzonderlijke-speech-van-een-oorlogsveteraan, although original transcript seems to be at http://dotsub.com/view/749fb533-dad3-4105-a56e-565e3f6d0972/viewTranscript/eng?timed=true)

I tried hard to be proud of my service

But all i can feel is shame

00:06 → 00:10

The racism you can not master the reality of the occupation

00:10 → 00:12

it’s the people it’s the human beings

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I seem i claim by guilt everytime i see

00:16 → 00:19

an eldery man like the one that could’t walk

00:19 → 00:21

and we brought by the stretcher and we called the Iraq’s Police to take him away

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I feel guilt everytime i see a mother with her children like the one who cried hystericly

00:25 → 00:29

and screaming that we are worst than Saddam, as we forced her from her home.

00:29 → 00:35

I feel guilt anytime I see a young girl, like the one I grabbed by the arm, and dragged into the street.

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We are told we are fighting terrorists;

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the real terrorist was me and the real terrorism is in this occupation.

00:43 → 00:47

Racism within the military has long been an important tool

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to justify the destruction and occupation of another country.

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It’s long been used to justify the killing, subjugation and torture of another people.

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Racism is a vital weapon employed by this government.

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It’s a more important weapon than a rifle, a tank, a bomber or a battleship.

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It’s more destructive than an artillery shell or a bunker buster, or a Tom Hawk Missile.

01:08 → 01:11

While all those weapons are created and owned by this government,

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they are harmless without people willing to use them.

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Those who send us to war do not have to pull a trigger, or lab a mortal round.

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They don’t have to fight the war, they merely have to sell the war.

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They need a public who is willing to send their soldiers in the harms way.

01:25 → 01:28

They need soldiers who are willing to kill and be killed without question.

01:28 → 01:33

They can spend millions on a single bomb, but that bomb only becomes a weapon,

01:33 → 01:36

when the ranks of the military are willing to follow orders to use it.

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They can send every last soldier anywhere on earth,

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but there’ll only be a war, as soldiers are willing to fight.

01:42 → 01:46

And the ruling class, the billionaires who profit from human suffering

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care only about expending their wealth controlling the world economy.

01:50 → 01:53

Understand that their power lies only in their ability

01:53 → 01:57

to convince us that war, oppression and exploitation is in our interest.

01:57 → 02:00

They understand that their wealth is dependent on their ability

02:00 → 02:05

to convince the working class to die to control the market of another country.

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And, convincing us to kill and die is based on their ability

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to make us think that we are somehow superior.

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Soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen,

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have nothing to gain from this occupation.

02:19 → 02:23

The vast majority of people living in the U.S. have nothing to gain from this occupation.

02:23 → 02:26

In fact, not only do we have nothing to gain,

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but we suffer more because of it.

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We lose wings, and bear trauma and give our lives

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Our families have to watch flag draped coffins rolling into the earth.

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Millions in this country without health care, jobs or access to education,

02:40 → 02:46

just watch over this government squander of a $ 450 million a day in this occupation.

02:55 → 02:59

Poor and working people in this country are sent to kill poor and working people in other country

03:00 → 03:02

and make the rich richer

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without racism we realize that we have more common with the Iraq people than we have with billioners that send us to war

03:38 → 03:40

We need to wake up and realize

03:41 → 03:43

that our real enemy is not the ones living in a distant land

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the people whose names we don’t know

03:46 → 03:47

and cultures we don’t understand

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The enemy is people we know very well and people we can identify

03:50 → 03:53

The real enemy is a system that wages war when it’s profitable

03:53 → 03:56

the enemy is the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it’s profitable,

03:56 → 03:59

the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it’s profitable,

03:59 → 04:02

the Banks who take away our homes when it’s profitable.

04:02 → 04:05

Our enemies are not five thousands miles away

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the are right here home

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but if we organize and fight with our sisters and brothers

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we can stop this war we can stop this government and we can create a better world

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If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign ennemy…

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The loss of Liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger

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real or imagined from abroad…”

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– James Madison –

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Edité par Phaedrus

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Comments
  1. Thomas says:

    I haven’t watched the video yet, but from the transcript it sounds like he would agree with a lot of what Arundhati Roy has to say in her really amazing book of essays and speeches from 2003/4, called “An Ordinary Person’s Guide To Empire” (Consortium, 2004. ISBN 0-89608-727-1).

    Looking for a good link about her, http://www.weroy.org/ might be a start.

    Her point of view from India on US/UK/Western “foreign policy” (as well as on India’s own situations) is eye-opening.

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