Elaine Meinel Supkis
Time Magazine investigates a massacre in Iraq while Rumsfeld talks insanely about how Iraq is Nazi Germany and we won't leave for another umpteen years and Democrats call for his resignation while I call for his arrest for war crimes.
The next day a Marine communique from Camp Blue Diamond in Ramadi reported that Terrazas and 15 Iraqi civilians were killed by the blast and that "gunmen attacked the convoy with small-arms fire," prompting the Marines to return fire, killing eight insurgents and wounding one other. The Marines from Kilo Company held a memorial service for Terrazas at their camp in Haditha. They wrote messages like "T.J., you were a great friend. I'm going to miss seeing you around" on smooth stones and piled them in a funeral mound. And the war moved on.
But the details of what happened that morning in Haditha are more disturbing, disputed and horrific than the military initially reported. According to eyewitnesses and local officials interviewed over the past 10 weeks, the civilians who died in Haditha on Nov. 19 were killed not by a roadside bomb but by the Marines themselves, who went on a rampage in the village after the attack, killing 15 unarmed Iraqis in their homes, including seven women and three children. Human-rights activists say that if the accusations are true, the incident ranks as the worst case of deliberate killing of Iraqi civilians by U.S. service members since the war began.
Another My Lai Massacre. The military has used psychological research to create a system that causes soldiers to fall in love with each other. This is a replication of the ancient Spartan system minus the sex (sort of!). Many soldiers coming home fall apart during "decompression" because they cannot love or cleave to their wives easily and much of the PSTD symptoms are really them falling apart because they are no longer in this fake love situation.
This is why many "re-up" and the Pentagon is proud of this. They are a classic gang that has to love one and another and this means putting down girlfriends or old ladies and sticking with the gang members above all else.
So when a soldier dies, the response is much greater rage than normal. This means out of control soldiers running amock, attacking helpless civilians, killing babies, mothers, anyone. The military allows only right wing propaganda to be accessed or broadcast. For example, my own news service isn't allowed within the military system, it is blocked just like all and any similar antiwar sites are blocked.
The "blind rage" type of warfare the new military is dedicated to is disasterous and is at the root of what is falling apart for us in Iraq. A recent poll showed that the vast majority of soldiers honestly believed that Saddam did the 9/11 attacks. This shows us the high level of propagandization of lies being force fed to the soldiers and it is literally driving them insane since it isn't healthy to believe rank lies.
"Turning our backs on postwar Iraq today would be the modern equivalent of handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis," Rumsfeld wrote in an essay published in The Washington Post on the third anniversary of the start of the Iraq war.
He said "the terrorists" in Iraq were attempting to stoke sectarian tension and spark civil war, but that they must be "watching with fear" the progress in the country over the past three years.
This man is certifiably insane. First of all, we DID turn over Germany to the Nazis! Namely, the industrialists and others, the Nazi enablers and supporters were taken out of prison and re-instated during the Cold War! Worse, we took obvious war criminals and Nazis who were in the rocket and science programs and set them up in America! And praised them! Worse, we took obvious Nazis to South America and used them to run coups against democratically elected officials! Gads!
The rebellion is scared? This is the latest propaganda point. They are running away, you see, they hide, you see? So Rumsfeld who weasled out of fighting in Nam just like the other neo-cons and their leaders, Bush and Cheney, can't see the awful simularity with Nam. Evidently, Rummy is increasing the number of troops over in Iraq.
"The terrorists seem to recognize that they are losing in Iraq. I believe that history will show that to be the case," Rumsfeld said.Murtha is calling for Rummy's head, too. Rumsfeld ought to be arrested and put on trial. Milosevic's cell is unoccupied so there is now room for the Axis of Incompetent Evil: Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld.
But in an opinion piece published on Sunday in the New York Times, Eaton said Rumsfeld had proven himself "not competent to lead our armed forces" and therefore "must step down."
"First, his failure to build coalitions with our allies from what he dismissively called 'old Europe' has imposed far greater demands and risks on our soldiers in Iraq than necessary. Second, he alienated his allies in our own military, ignoring the advice of seasoned officers and denying subordinates any chance for input," Eaton said.
"In sum, he has shown himself incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically, and is far more than anyone else responsible for what has happened to our important mission in Iraq," Eaton said.
Of course, Feingold's recent demand that Bush be merely censored fell flat due to fear and trembling. Even though 50% of America wants this, it isn't enough. I suppose when 75% want this, it is a can-do? One would hope so. The way things are going, we will reach that number pretty soon!