November 15th, 2006

Iraq

Just for the record, I don't think we should cut out of Iraq immediately. I think that since we already got ourselves in this mess, we have committed ourselves to, at the very least, trying to clean it up. Thing is, we didn't get ourselves in this mess alone, if you catch my drift. Where are our "friends" Saudi Arabia and Pakistan now? We're not as bad-assed as we think we are, especially when we go into a war with an alterior motive and then tie the troops' hands behind their backs so they can't win. You know why the same military that squashed the Axis in WWII can't and won't win? The neocons that drafted up this travesty and the politicians that sent the troops there know that they were wrong, not to mention full of shit, in the first place. I really think that, as cold as those motherfuckers are, they really can't bring themselves to push the button that ends it all.

Guilt has a way of eating away at your insides like that, doesn't it? Make no mistake, folks, guilt can do shit to you that impeachment, a tribunal, or a court-martial can't. It's an emotion. It's in your head. It can fucking kill you. I should know.
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The Man Comes Around

These timeless words apply as much today as they did the day they were spoken nearly forty years ago.

"This I believe to be the privilege and the burden of all of us who deem ourselves bound by allegiances and loyalties which are broader and deeper than nationalism and which go beyond our nation's self-defined goals and positions. We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation and for those it calls "enemy," for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers."

"These are the times for real choices and not false ones. We are at the moment when our lives must be placed on the line if our nation is to survive its own folly. Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest."

"In 1957, a sensitive American official overseas said that it seemed to him that our nation was on the wrong side of a world revolution. During the past ten years, we have seen emerge a pattern of suppression which has now justified the presence of U.S. military advisors in Venezuela. This need to maintain social stability for our investments accounts for the counterrevolutionary action of American forces in Guatemala. It tells why American helicopters are being used against guerrillas in Cambodia and why American napalm and Green Beret forces have already been active against rebels in Peru.

It is with such activity in mind that the words of the late John F. Kennedy come back to haunt us. Five years ago he said, "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." Increasingly, by choice or by accident, this is the role our nation has taken, the role of those who make peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that come from the immense profits of overseas investments. I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin...we must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life's roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, 'This is not just.' It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, 'This is not just.' The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just."

"We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent coannihilation."


-- Snippets from Dr. Martin Luther King, "Beyond Vietnam," 1967.

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