Published on Countercurrents.org, by Timothy V. Gatto, 12 June, 2008.
These are the darkest days that I’ve ever seen in this country. There are so many Americans walking around completely clueless about what is really happening in this country. I’ve been wondering why the government has released so many formerly “Secret” files on how we overturned governments around the world and how we forced “regime changes” and how many people we were responsible for helping to massacre since the end of WWII. I think I’ve figured it out. It isn’t that out government “wants to come clean”, rather it wants to inure the American people to bloodshed for economic reasons.
This way Americans can say; “Well we’ve been doing it all along, what’s the difference now?” So what if we’ve dropped white phosphorus and napalm on the city of Falluja? So what if we have dumped 350 tons of depleted uranium on Iraq, so what if Lancet reports that we have killed over one million two hundred thousand innocent Iraqi’s? Isn’t this the cost they must pay to be part of the American Empire? The hydrocarbon laws that demand 80% of the oil fields in Iraq should be part of their payment for “freeing” them. They just don’t realize that we’re just trying to bring them “democracy”.
We all know that Americans are the “good guys”. Didn’t we prove that in Vietnam when we incinerated the villages with napalm and poisoned their country with Agent Orange? Didn’t we take care of our soldiers when they came back from Indochina with horrendous rashes, breathing problems and cancer? Just because it took us 25 years to do so, at least we did it, right? …
… What about what your children are learning? Will they be good little fascists and salute the flag every morning in school as they learn that we invaded another nation for their resources? Is this the legacy you want to leave them? Is this our “American Morality”? You have to decide where you stand. We can’t vote our way out of this. The candidates are both talking aggression. Only the people can make a difference. We must voice our concerns and raise holy hell! If you choose the easy way out, whatever happens, you are complicit. This situation is wrong and each one of you with any sense knows it. This is the time to make your stand. Organize, demonstrate and agitate. This is still our country, at least it was before the corporations and the military hijacked it. (full text).