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Militarist Evangelists vs. Taliban: Look-alike Holy Rivals

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It is no secret that the war in Iraq was started to promote the geo-political interest of American-Israeli alliance, and it is baptized by big corporations. While American weapon industry is devouring bloody profits from destruction of Iraq, American construction giants are piling up skyrocketing profits from its construction, and oil companies are making lucrative profits from shortage speculations and future concessions received from the so-called Free Iraq's puppet regimes. War once again is re-distributing the wealth in America, shifting it further from the poor and middle class to the filthy rich. All this is accomplished by using tax money, to which 60 percent of American corporations contributed ZERO dollars.

In this war, the blood of poor people is shed on both sides. If by accident or design, a son-of-a-rich American enlists in military duty, and by another accident he ends up in battle field and gets hurt, the American Inc's media celebrates him news after news, program after program by telling us the story of that great American Hero. This makes poor Americans forget about their financial and health problems, their prisons, debts, joblessness, and cry for this great hero. Poor and Middle class citizens are thus will be led to believe that rich people share the honor of the snake-oil patriotism with them.

More than one million Iraqis were massacred as the direct or indirect consequences of this war. So far, about four thousand American soldiers lost their lives and we got only one-and-a-half heroes: Lynch and Tillman. Their stories attracted media's attention since one was a woman and the other was a "potential" millionaire. The story of a Jessica Lynch saved by brave American soldiers was later found to be a fiction. To lure the daughters and wives of lower class Americans, in addition to their men, to die for the green aspirations of the big corporations, media has always staged hidden propaganda campaigns. As for Tillman, he had an inspiring story. Yet, a series of lies from Pentagon about his death, raised suspicion about his death: Was he deliberately killed by the warmongers to be used for militaristic propaganda? His family was disappointed in the pentagon and lost their trust in USA government account in relation to wars. His death was used to promote the right-wing's mantra "American values."-

I am not talking about American values, such as, individual rights, freedom, innovation, optimism, and hard-work. As for politicians who are hired and manipulated by big corporations and organizations, they almost always shed some crocodile tears and get more votes from the exploited poor.

The enlisted military personnel mainly consists of Americans belonging to the bottom 20 percent of economic spectrum. Though they are financially FORCED to become hired guns, they are euphemistically called Volunteers. Besides the military service, the only two options for most of the enlisted "volunteers" are to join the homeless or the prison population. American soldiers have somehow "patriotically" picked the military, which seems to be a better option than being homeless or inmate. Ironically, when they become useless for military, usually they end up where they belong: streets, prisons or mental hospitals.

After this introduction, I would like to present you with some facts about the deeds and words of two fanatic groups: Taliban, al-Qaida, or Army of the Mahdi VERSUS Crusaders, Fascist Evangelical Christians, or the Left-Behind-Armageddonites. The following statements are all gathered from media, and can be verified. Their similarities are shocking!:

ZEALOT A: We destroyed and will continue destroying your SKYSCRAPERS.

ZEALOT Z: We destroyed and will continue destroying your HOMES and CAVES.


ZEALOT Z: We will first SHOCK and AWE you, then, we will F"-K you!


ZEALOT Z: This is unofficially a CRUSADE, officially your LIBERATION.

ZEALOT A: ALLAH is with us; He is on our FLAG.

ZEALOT Z: GOD is with us; He is on our MONEY.

ZEALOT A: MUHAMMAD is the best.

ZEALOT Z: JESUS is the best, forget the rest.

ZEALOT A: MUHAMMAD'S GRAND SON was killed because of our sins. In anniversaries, pretending to be sharing his agony, we SUFFER by BLEEDING ourselves.

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EDIP YUKSEL, J.D. is a progressive American-Turkish-Kurdish author/philosopher/lawyer/activist (too many hyphens and slashes, I know). His recent English books "Quran: a Reformist Translation", "Manifesto for Islamic Reform", and "NINETEEN: God's (more...)
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