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Tuesday, July 20, 2004 | Q: Is this what we've become? A: No, it's what you've always been
I saw this question recently, asked by an aspiring young punditpup. The "we" of course, refers to the United States, and the "this" refers to implementation of US policies that involve torture, sexual predation, maiming, kidnapping and murder of children and adults. Not the first time I've seen this asked in the past few years, but I haven't seen a whole lot of folks rushing to answer, so I will.
It is not what the US "has become" that is distressing to some of the internet and newsjunkie crowd. It is what the US has always been.
It is what the US was when the Native Americans were being slaughtered, maimed, tortured, their lands stolen, their culture destroyed, their children beaten for speaking their language.
It is what the US continued to be when slavery was the law of the land, when children were taken from their mothers arms and sold for purposes laboral or otherwise, that was not the business of the vendor. There is a rare African-American in the US today that does not have at least one ancestor who was born of child-rape.
Those interested in just how the US kept up its skills in the 20th century have only to google Philippines, Viet Nam, Latin America, just to get you started, not intended to be a comprehensive list there. (An experiment to try at home. Next time you see an old US gunmen, whisper the words "Subic Bay," and depending on his memory, medication and remaining sense of propriety, he just might tell you a story that make Abu Ghraib look like a symposium on ballroom dancing. Even if he tells it only with his eyes.
Floating around on the internet somewhere is a list of all the countries against which the US has launched acts of aggression, and it's too long to print here.
If you are fortunate to know people from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, cherish their friendship, learn from their courtly manners, delectable cuisines and ancient traditions, but do not ask them about US operations there and do not mention John Negroponte, whose special talents and unique qualifications have now been unleashed on the people of Ancient Sumeria and Babylon. Google.
Understand that what its gunmen and torturers and sexual predators cannot fit into their already overflowing schedules, the US outsources. Google Palestine. Google Haiti, Colombia, just to get you started. That's your money at work, Mr. and Mrs. American Taxpayer.
Abu Ghraib is not a few bad apples. It is nothing new. It is just another 'facility' where longstanding US policies and practices are carried out, both in the US and outside of it.
Thanks in large part to the internet, more Americans are becoming aware of just what they are buying with their income taxes.
It is to their credit that some are distressed by it, and even more credit goes to those who are doubtful that putting some other "face" on it will make it any less distressing. I can state without reservation or qualification that you can put any kind of "face" you want to on it and it won't make a damn bit of difference to the victims. Or their families.
Actions like Sep 11 do not happen in a vaccuum.
Long before those hijackers ever stepped foot on the planes the damage
had been done. They were brainwashed with the same type of garbage
propaganda that is spewed from Fatwa's weblog.
Middle Eastern countries are so much more barbaric today and preAmercia than America can ever hope to be...America has only been around 230 years...who did you blame for everything before that Ductape? I am calling a Fatwa on your bullshit!
IMO - terrorist plain and simple. He is an Al queda operative who
should be put in a cage on gitmo Skinner
My favorite..."In Defense of Holocaust Deniers"
I always thought that "The Enemy Within" was just a metaphore for liberalism, that is, until I encountered Ductape Fatwa. He should be in an orange jumpsuit for sure.
peopleforchange.netductape is either a commie, al queda, or a deep cover mole
Tells you something about this asshole doesn't it. He's really serious.
I believe that DF is nothing but a Republican plant...
Ductape is a commie, a terrorist, and he drinks blood too. He drinks
Capitalist blood. He eats unborn babies too
Give me your address and I'll send you $20 and a thank-you note for taking your hatred elsewhere.
A terrorist with a sense of humor!
He ain't nuthin' but shit
inadequate, halfway house bullshit
You are a dumbass. Fuck you and your condescension about us "benighted sheeple." hamletta
Untruthful, damaging bullshit
no better than the neocons and no different than Timothy McVeigh
dailykos.coma turd in the punchbowl...if DF were Joe Hill he probably would have killed himself rather than get put to death.
A compost pile of fecundity
dailykos.comdespicable and literally mentally ill