Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Need to vent

Folks, I'm gonna be honest. I'm pretty upset with the state of affairs right now. We have people calling for the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld. We have people yelling and screaming about some naked pictures of Iraqi prisoners. We have people screaming for the U.S. to pull it's troops out of Iraq. We have people screaming about atrocities committed by American Forces. People are outraged. Well, I'm outraged too. You want to talk about torture? Stacking a bunch of prisoners on top of eachother naked is far from torture. Standing a prisoner on top of a crate and hooking wires up to him (and nothing else, he was in no real danger) and telling him he would be electrocuted if he fell is not torture. Popping out the eyes of a six month old baby because his mother wouldn't rat out a family member is torture. Beating and raping your Olympic team for not bringing home the gold is torture. Dropping poisonous gas into villages and killing thousands of civilians is torture. Throwing thousands of people into mass graves (some still alive) and throwing dirt on top of them is torture. Holding a man hostage in front of a TV camera and cutting his throat and hacking away at his neck until his head comes off is torture. Honor killing your daughter because she was raped by her brother is torture.

People are outraged because a few soldiers acted like complete fucking tools and bullied around a few prisoners. Here's a newsflash for you folks, they weren't there because of parking tickets. They are outraged because Bush didn't do what he's doing now before 9/11; and not that he's doing it, they're outraged that he is.

What I want to know is, where's the outrage about this, and this, and this, and this, and this; or how about this, or even this, or this for that matter. Where's the outrage over this?? While we sit around pissing and moaning, we have forgotten what happened to us just under 3 years ago. It hasn't even been 3 years people!! And yet it seems we have forgotten. We've forgotten how for a short time we were all Americans again; there was no right wing, left wing; no democrats or republicans or libertarians or objectivists or anarchists or socialists. We were all Americans; nothing more, nothing less. And for a while it stayed that way. Then somehow, partisanship took over again. And some want to think of what happened on September 11, 2001 as nothing more than a great tragedy. Well that's just not so. The space shuttle Columbia was a tragedy. Hurricane Andrew ripping through southern Florida was a tragedy. A massive earthquake ripping through the west coast during the World Series was a tragedy. The Buccaneers not making the playoffs last year was a tragedy. What happened on September 11, 2001 was nothing short of an act of war. And it wasn't the first. Remember the first WTC bombing in '93? Who do you think was behind that? Do you remember the Oklahoma City Bombing? Sure, ol'e Timmy was executed, but was he alone? It doesn't appear so with the new intel coming out. How about the Khobar Towers in '96? How about the multiple attacks on U.S. embassies in '98? Remember the U.S.S. Cole? All these were direct attacks against the United States. Where was the outrage then? What has happened to this country that we are more concerned with what people think about us than we are about protecting our citizens, their freedom and sovereignty? We had become a country that will bend over and take it up the bumm. What justice did we see for these attacks? We were promised swift justice, but we got nothing but lip service. It took the mass murder of 3000 people to really get people's attention, and even then it slipped away after a short while. Over the last 15 years we have lost literally thousands of our people to terrorist attacks, yet what have we learned from this. Not a damned thing. Then something happened. We elected some hic cowboy into office, and yet again; we were attacked. But something was different this time. He gave us the same lip service that we were used to. Yet something was different. Soon we were hearing about resolutions from congress authorizing the POTUS to go to was, and he did. And for a while it was good. We thought FINALLY, we had a president who was going to stand up to the world and not take it up the ass. Someone who we thought would do what was right and defend his country, regardless of what others thought. And then the partisanship began to seep in again. And again the POTUS was appealing to the U.N.. And again it seemed as if we were pulling punches. Sure, we were and are doing much more than we have in recent history. But still you look around and there are people in the world who think that the U.S. is a country that will cut and run just as we always have. And you know what? We are that kind of country. We have people in this country who think that the U.S. is to blame for everything that has happened to us. Hell, they think the U.S. is to blame for everything wrong with the world. Simply put, we have a country full of people who hate America, and will do whatever it takes to see her fail. And the sad part is that it's her own people that want to see her fail. They don't want us to be a sovereign country, they want us to be "just like the rest of the world". I've got news for you, I don't want to be like the rest of the world. I don't care that the rest of the world hates us. In fact, I kind of like it. It means that they envy us. The are pissed off because we are not like them and yet we are still better. Even on our worst day, we are better than any other country out there. But how long will that last? Every day people in this country seek to weaken that which makes us great. To break us down. Tell us "We need to be like them". If we are like them, they won't hate us. Whoopdy freakin' doo. We need to wake up people. We need to realize that the defense of this country and it's people is priority 1. Everything else is secondary. If other countries jump on board great, if not; fuck'em. I could care less. This country is more than capable of taking the best this world has to throw at it, so long as we are WILLING to do it. There is a saying; the strongest man in the world is the one most willing to stand alone. We need to be willing to stand alone. Now more than ever. We need to be leaders in this time of the world. Not a country who compromises for the sake of dimplomacy. Peace is not the absence of threat, it is the presence of justice. There are those who are happy simply not being in the presence of an apparent threat These people are not free, they are prisoners of their own fear. Peace does not equal freedom any more than freedom equals equality. If we are not willing to stand alone, to do what it takes to be free, then we may have peace. But what is the cost of this type of peace? What are we willing to trade for this peace? If peace means giving up everything it is that makes me free, makes me who I am, than I don't want it. Sometimes my friends, peace is just another word for surrender.