Investigating the impact of the war on Iraqi civilians, Chris Hedges and Laila Al-Arian reveal disturbing patterns of behavior by US troops in Iraq—brutal acts that often go unreported and almost always go unpunished.
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The war the vets described is a dark and even depraved enterprise, one that bears a powerful resemblance to other misguided and brutal colonial wars and occupations, from the French occupation of Algeria to the American war in Vietnam and the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.
"I felt like there was this enormous reduction in my compassion for people," said Sergeant Flanders. "The only thing that wound up mattering is myself and the guys that I was with. And everybody else be damned."
Comment: What people don't seem to understand is that the method of the military is not supposed to be successful in what the military claims it is trying to achieve. The frontline youths don't understand this either at all. The true objective is exactly the outcome. They are completely successful in terrorizing the population. That's the goal. Only after complete submission will the top brass be told by the policy people working for the oligarchs to add in more sugar with the vinegar.
The whole idea is to win, and winning is ending up with control over a mess that will only be allowed to be cleaned up if the people will completely submit and be compliant with capitalist aims of total domination and bloodsucking. They are vultures, the dirty birds of the Bible. This is what the people get and become toward each other, because their hearts are defilable.
The only answer is to make one's heart undefilable. That's overcoming.
The Nation: Top Stories on July 9, 2007, 7:42pmfrom