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American Values: Upside Down or Just Twisted?

By Elaine Brower  Posted by Elaine Brower (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 3 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   9 comments

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Driving into work this morning, I saw some American flags at half-staff and couldn't stop thinking about the mess this government has created by invading countries, lying to people, and generally not giving a damn about humanity. The shocking, bloody, ambush of soldiers and civilians, allegedly by Army Major Nidal Malik Hassan is yet another horrific chapter in our nation's history of mass murders. But it is how that chapter is currently being written by the media that has immense implications for who and we are as a nation.

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A tragedy occurred yesterday at Ft. Hood, the largest Army Base in the world. A US Army Major, who is a psychiatrist treating soldiers returning from the war zones, allegedly went on a "shooting spree" at the Soldiers Readiness Center located on the base. He walked into the center, where the soldiers were preparing for upcoming deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and allegedly opened fire with 2 hand guns killing 13 and wounding 30.

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Last night I was riveted to the live broadcast from Ft.Hood watching this story unfold. I was angry, sad, outraged and completely lost as I tried to understand what had just happened. I thought immediately of the almost 9 years of war and multiple deployments that these soldiers have experienced in the abyss of hell, returning to find themselves never to be the same, bankrupt, homeless or helpless faced with relatively no support from the public or the government.

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Anti-war activist, mother of three combat tour US marine; member of the national steering committee for the "World Can't Wait" and member of Military Families Speak Out (my opinions do not reflect the national position of MFSO).

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