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When Will the Killing End?

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Military violence is not the answer.   Violence begets more violence.   If we continue on this trajectory (every action creates a reaction of equal or greater force) then we are destined to destroy ourselves and our planet.   Peace is the only answer.   Diplomacy is the answer.   Police work, Special Forces is the answer.   It was the Navy Seals, the most specialized force in our military that brought down Osama bin Laden not bombs.  


The term "war on terror" is an oxymoron.   Terrorism is a tactic not a country and it has spread out across the globe.   Drone strikes will not stop terrorism and with every bomb we drop and every civilian we murder we create more terrorists.   The best use of our time and resources is police work combined with Special Forces units like the highly trained and effective Navy Seals.  


"War is a Racket" written by Major Gen. Smedley Butler who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor twice wrote, "it (war) is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes."   This is certainly the case here.   This war has been privatized and huge corporations have taken over jobs our military use to do.   Halliburton, KBR (Kellogg, Brown & Root nicknamed Kill-Bag-Replace people) due to their irresponsible criminal behavior, Bowing, Lockheed Martin, Blackwater now renamed Xe due to its criminal activities and misdeeds, Parsons, Dyn Corp, Transatlantic Traders, Titan and CACI in charge of Abu Ghraib interrogations and disgracing our country.


This unbridled corruption must stop.   There has been no accountability of these corporate predators for any of their wrongdoings from instituting torture, to supplying moldy tents, contaminated water, charging $99 a bag to do laundry, ordering the wrong equipment, disposing of it in huge burn pits, then recharging the government, a truck that cost taxpayers $80,000-$1000,000 is destroyed because they didn't have a spare tire to fit it and our government allows this blatant abuse and corruption to continue unchecked.


  It is greed on steroids pure and simple.   Unbridled greed and these corporations with huge ties to the government are stealing our taxpayer dollars and do not care one iota about our country.   They are not patriots.   They are war profiteers who spend fortunes on lobbyists and campaign contributions in order to bill the Pentagon billions and even though the Pentagon knows it's graft they pay it anyway.   Angry yet?


Our government learned many lessons from Vietnam.   They learned not to institute a draft because this causes student unrest and protesting.   That's why we have an all-volunteer army and special contractors such as Blackwater (Xe) supplying hired guns who are not accountable to the military for their actions.   During Vietnam the war was broadcast in our living rooms every night.   Violent images were shown on the news along with the daily tally of the wounded and dead.   This is why our media is censored.   We are not allowed to see the disturbing images of our solders coming home in coffins covered with the American Flag and why there is little or no mention of the war in the news or in our media.   Out of sight.   Out of mind.


Mr. President it is time to show some real courage and leadership.   It is time to bring our men and women home form these endless, illegal wars.   It is time to stand up to the corporate elites who rake in billions, stand up to the power of the military industrial complex and instead stand with American citizens.   This is your moment.   Will you seize it or go down in disgrace like Lyndon Johnson who refused to get out of Vietnam even when he knew he should.   The choice is yours.


All empires eventually turn on themselves and collapse.   Are we so numbed out as a nation so dead inside we no longer care about what is right and just but continue to bow down to the corporate puppet masters who thrive, promote and profit from these illegal and unjust wars?    When will the killing end?  


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