Sunday, August 26, 2007

Let's end this bullshit

As many of you may know, the boyfriend of one of my best friends is currently assigned to a stryker team in Baghdad. Ok, you may have known that he was there, but you probably didn't know what he did. For those of you not in the know, a stryker is one of those big ass armored vehicles they use over there.

Apparently, today he was able to call her, and he let it slip that his unit had been hit by an IED, and although he's ok, he's apparently very shaken up...especially given that one of his friends lost his leg in the attack. Granted, it could have been much worse, but again I have to ask...how many of our young people are going to be asked to give their lives and limbs in an illegal war?

If you don't think this is an illegal war, then you obviously don't know what an illegal war is. Simply put, it's any war that the UN doesn't approve, and no matter what the Fox "News" Network might try to tell you, the UN did not approve this war. If Russia were to invade Georgia, you can bet that the US would be pissed off about it, because it wouldn't be approved, and would therefore be illegal. Just being American doesn't give us the right to do whatever the hell we want, and it's time we get out of Iraq. We need to pursue a diplomatic solution with Iraq, and with Iran before things get out of hand. As long as we have soldiers on the ground in the Middle East, we'll continue to have problems...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

J.,

I don't care who approves it or not. War is a crime against humanity. But so is tyranny, whether that of a modern god-king or ancient scripture. I was against the war in Iraq from the start, but I do think that the US, the UN, everyone, has a responsiblity to the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea... and to ourselves, not to tolerate tyranny in any form. To wipe out tyranny by any means necessary. But the more violent the method, the more likely the old tyranny will be replaced by another.

Unfortunately, even a nonviolent protest can provoke a violent reaction, as we saw in the Muslim world following the publication of the Dutch cartoons. John Lenin joked about being "bigger" than Jesus, and Christians throughout the south threw Beatles albums into bonfires, and one of those Christians -- a former Beatles fan -- later assassinated Lenin.

I'm afraid the US and other member states of the UN, especially on the security council, depend on some form of tyranny or another, whether religious or economic or political, for their survival. They are unlikely to approve of any action that would achieve freedom and equality and justice around the world, if it would threaten the wealth and power of the worlds' leaders.

Robert Porter

J Erwine said...

It's about time we stop listening to the lizard brains deep down in our brains...but sadly, most of the people in the world don't want to use their higher brains...