Here is an email I received in response to one of my essays.
May I remind you, that you don’t live in the U.S. So you don’t have to worry about the draft in America.
I am also 58 years old in poor health, in no danger of draft by any country. I protest for those stupid enough to get roped into the military either by enlisting or by the coming draft. I also protest on behalf of those killed and maimed by brain-washed soldiers like you.
And according to my brothers, our Canadian allies believe in what needs to be done in Iraq.
There are red necks in Canada too. They are just not nearly as numerous as in the USA.
I am a Marine Vet and would gladly go to Iraq to fight and possibly die, to give them the right and freedom to at least go to school no matter what their sex or religion.
Since the Second World War, the US has bombed China, Korea, Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, Guatemala (again), Peru, Laos, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Guatemala (third time lucky), Grenada, Lebanon, Libya, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Iran, Panama, Iraq, Kuwait, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia — in that order — and in not a single case did the bombing produce a democratic government as a direct result.
~ Terry Jones (born:1942-02-01 age:74)
Your sentiments sound noble, but they are completely divorced from the actual motives for war. You are just parroting some very silly propaganda. Bush planned the war even before he got into office to gain control of Iraq’s oil reserves (#2 on the planet). You know damn well the USA would have not invaded had Iraq produced only pickles and lettuce. You forget that the USA helped Saddam to power in the first place and propped him up for years while he committed his atrocties and was a good little puppet. Saddam is on trial for crimes he commmitted in 1982 when the USA was still giving him poison gas on credit. The USA installs dictators and replaces recalcitrant ones. It has not created a democracy since WWII (World War II). The USA is not in the business of creating democracies for altruistic reasons. It just doesn’t happen. Look how much they spent, $300 billion. The USA is the stingiest developed nation when it comes to foreign aid. It is totally out of character to spend stupendous sums like that and sacrfice lives all out of the goodness of its heart.
For reason that have a lot to do with US Government bureaucracy, we settled on the one issue everyone could agree on, which was weapons of mass destruction.
~ Paul Wolfowitz (born:1943-12-22 age:72) Vanity Fair, 2003-06
WMDs (Weapon of Mass Destructions) were just an excuse. When Bush’s phony evidence was discredited, he fell back on the democracy-for-Iraq B.S. because it would sell with idealistic boobs like you. Only 1% of the Iraqis believe him. Bush then proceeded to do everything in his power to delay the elections and install his corrupt dictator Allawi. Bush does not want an independent democratic Iraq. Iraq would then not be under the US thumb. The USA desperately needs Iraq’s oil. That is why they were willing to take a big risk and shove Russia, France and Germany aside from their traditional share of half Iraq’s oil.
It sounds to me, that you are a spoiled brat. And if you don’t get your way, I see you throwing some sort of legal tantrum. You are blinded by your ignorance. You also fail to recognize the freedom you have and the veterans who have fought and died for it.
Yes, WWII vets, but you are nowhere near their league. Today’s soldiers are slimy hired thugs for Exxon. You are fighting against freedom. You are enslaving Iraq and plundering her resources, not just oil. Saddam was captured way back in 2003. If Bush were truly interested in freedom, he would have held an internationally monitored election and left the Iraqis to run their own affairs. Instead, America is as meddling and paternalistic as any colonial power and keeps the war boiling.
You are a coward and an ingrate.
Grateful you tortured, raped, bombed and killed kids? You make me puke. Grateful you have turned the entire Arab world against the west with your Nazi and Shock & Awe tactics? You are a true idiot.
You owe your very existance to the men and women who have fought for the free world that you live in.
That was true in WWII, but today the biggest threat to Canadian sovereignty is the USA.
Maybe and I say maybe, if clowns like yourself got out of the classroom and went to see the the rest of the world (although I wouldn’t advise it right now), you might understand why freedom is something some of us will fight and die for.
There will not be another draft because there are too many people who believe in freedom. And you are not one of them. Try thinking for yourself one time, instead of thinking for others.
You are indulging in wishful thinking. Enlistment rates are down. Re-enlistment rates are down. You can see the desperation with the non-stop enlistment TV ads and all the signup inducements. Bush has lied himself into a corner. He might be forced to withdraw without taking the oil prize. If the war winds down, a draft can be avoided. But if it continues another nine years, as the generals predict, or if Bush pulls some stunt to sell the Iran war, there will be a draft.
P.S. Thank God they didn’t have digital cameras and the Internet for the civil war, WWI (World War I), WWII, etc. those pics would have been ten times worse and ten times more.
There was pretty well no way out of WWII. The Iraq war is 100% optional. All that butchering you so applaud cannot be justified. Would you put up with Russia occupying the USA and killing hundreds of thousands of people so that you could enjoy their form of democracy (and they could gain control of all US natural resources)? That is white-man’s-burden paternalistic crap and excuse for plunder, just as it was in the colonial days.
You have not read a single book, or even read a newspaper article about the Iraq war. Your sole source of information is Pentagon propaganda. You know absolutely nothing about the history of Iraq. No wonder you are so uninformed. That does not excuse you. You are wilfully ignorant. But what is even more contemptible is you imagine you know everything there is to know about the Iraq war.
You even misspelled my first name. Remember, first impressions… Oh, well you’re a retard anyway. And heres an outline to prove it.
Sorry about that. I sometimes drop a letter when I copy/paste.
Never ask a barber if you need a haircut, or the military about the need for war.
~ Gwynne Dyer (born:1943-04-17 age:73)
Just because you have killed and I have not, does not make you an expert on whether or when you should kill, just on how to kill. You do not have to be a serial rapist to know that raping children is wrong. You, as a criminal, have a criminal’s warped view. Discounting your crimes is a psychological crutch to deal with your guilt.
If you want to understand where my information came from, start by reading the recommended books, then click to view the videos, then listen to all the lectures, follow the links links and, of course, click the underlined links in my Iraq Iraq essay. You may be surprised to discover many of those links lead to whitehouse.gov or various .mil sites. To convince right wingers, I look for right wing sources wherever possible. And if you find something I say that is not backed up, try Google and if you can’t find it, ask about that particular point and I will research a reference.
Seeing trauma live is always more gut wrenching that viewing a tiny photo later. Surely the deliberate suffering of the Iraq war engineered for Shock & Awe will easily compete with the accidental suffering where engineers did all in their power to make vehicles safe. You are mistaking the impact of a few photos on my website with reality behind them. You are attempting to minimising the suffering of being covered in white phosphorus or flaming napalm as if were a skinned knee. Get real. You are so sick.
Thanks for proving my point that you warmongers are closely related to bullies and gang members. Your post is nothing but hot-air venting and invective, with few facts and no backup, just your red-neck opinions, so it does not merit much response.
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