As I did research on the casualties of this tragic long standing aggression and thought of the 2,977 people who died in 9/11 I felt a deep personal connection to them, their families, their friends, and this empathy for life became extended outward as I considered how many people have died as a result of the War on Terror which ensued. I was unable to find exact totals, but from the year 2003 until 2006 estimates I found were somewhere in the ballpark of 130,000-650,000+ people have died as a result of this transparently profit based war.
Let me say that again: 130,000-650,000 PLUS living people endowed with the grace of life which was stolen. Their love, spirit and sacred connection with all life were taken in some generalizing retribution who's fury unleashed far beyond any balance of justice. Whether or not you have researched the truth about 9/11 or believe there was some rightful need for this level of defensive action. I am going to ask you something important; do you feel safe right now? Does knowing death is perpetually accruing buy you any sense of security? For most the answer is no, or perhaps even an "I don't know". And that is important because people should never die when there is any dilution of purpose, or ambiguitiy of intent. If we don't quite know why we are fighting, that is a clear red flag we need to stop.
Justice is not an eye for an eye, justice is healing and restoring the balance through peace, through love, through efforts at building bridges not bombs. Families, mothers, daughters, sons, and and children's lives have been torn apart, in Iraq and in the US. This is not balance, and this war is not the answer.
120,000 of those killed are reported to be civilian (many different sources cite different estimates and I am certain this estimate is grossly under shot.)
1.8 million Iraqis have been displaced from their home.
250,000 troops were sent from the US, many have never understood why.
“The number of people killed by the sanctions in Iraq is greater than the total number of people killed by all weapons of mass destruction in all of history.”
― Noam Chomsky.
What are we doing America? I am beside myself about this. How can we honestly go about business as usual as this continues?
I was interested in discovering just exactly how big the organization considered to be Al-Qaeda is, what is it we are still after?? I was a bit shocked to realize, there is no number, there is not any outlined structure, this organization is as elusive as the perpetual war itself.
The US government trained, armed, funded and supported Osama bin Laden and his
followers in Afghanistan during the cold war. With a huge investment of
$3,000,000,000 (three billion US dollars), the CIA effectively created and
nurtured bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network using American tax-payers money.
Afghanistan is one of the world's poorest countries, where such an enormous sum
sum of money would have had extraordinary value.
Top CIA officials admit that Al-Qaeda was created to instill fear.
“Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.”
― Noam Chomsky.
― Howard Zinn
This war is ignorance and self entitlement at its worst, it manipulated the
American "we'll show em!" attitude into a wielded weapon. Tools became weapons against peace as war only creates one thing; war. This is hands down the single largest embarrassment in the history of this stolen continents legacy, and we will either be remembered as those who stood by and did nothing (this has happened before in history elsewhere and has never been lived down) or those who woke up, stood up, and refused to allow such a human atrocity to continue.
How will we do that?
By removing out participation, not only our military participation, but our
civilian participation through our daily lives which perpetuate this military
industrial monstrosity through use of our money, our media altered perceptions
sculpted by corrupt politicians working to secure their place in the elites hall
of shame. We have to give a damn! I read an interesting point which I found to be most appropriate it stated "most people think the opposite of love is fear, or judgment,
but it is not. The opposite of love is apathy. It's not giving a damn."
"We have to ask ourselves: how have we, in any way, made Iraq better? Well
besides securing oil fields for ‘Big Oil’ and several billion for Dick
Cheney’s Halliburton and friends who made at least $128 billion from
the Iraq War, the situation in Iraq –as evidenced by the current
upheaval– has gotten nothing but worse since the US began it’s nation
building and meddling 30 years ago. Maybe it’s time to learn our lesson
and sit this one out."
If you would like to be active about this issue, and contribute to the cure not the disease there are organizations such as the Iraq Vetrans Against the War.
Thomas Jefferson once said: "Never was so much
false arithmetic employed on any subject as that which has been employed to
persuade nations that it is in their interests to go to war."
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