Anyone remember "HEY! HEY LBJ!
HOWmeny KIDSdidjah KILL toDAY?"
First time I heard it and saw the college students chanting it with bloody placards and signs held up for the TV cameras, it was striking!
Am suggesting that in upcoming anti-war demonstrations and marches the same second stanza be used with the first stanza referring to Obama.
Not sure if "HOWmeny KIDSdidjah KILL toDay?"would have nearly the public consciousness raising punch today that had during the Vietnam War.
First off, a lot of those leading the shouting were college kids of draft age. The "KIDS" referred to in the chant were probably more the young American draftees who were dying in Vietnam though to be sure the Vietnamese kids dying twenty fold were also meant. Today, there is no draft, and the Afghanis being slaughtered are only in the thousands, not millions as it was for the Vietnamese.
And thirdly, Obama is Black. An awful lot of Americans do not want to be seen railing against a Black man in this United States where race is still a problem. (A built in protection Wall Street was most assuredly aware of when it picked and backed a non-White president for the non-White majority population of the world to see a sanitized American empire and be patiently hopeful for merciful change.)
But, on the other hand given the gruesome stories of U.S. war crimes increasingly penetrating the U.S. news and information iron curtain, and the ever clearer picture of a black president lying just as obviously as the white war-president before him, perhaps some of us "bleeding heart' radicals will have occasion and courage and choose to chant:
"HOWmeny KIDSdidjah KILL toDAY?" (repeating in march rhythm).
Is it laughable that some Pakistani Senators tried to bring President Obama, (the emperor himself) to court for U.S. homicide in their nation? Is it hilarious the president of the U.S. Army-protected half of Afghanistan, who owes his job to the U.S. invasion of his country has pleaded for years to stop killing his people from the air? - that the Legislative Assembly of the Jerga already years ago asked for an end to air strikes, withdrawal of all foreign forces, and negotiation with the Taliban (a government once praised by President Reagan?) Who do these Pakistanis and Afghanis think they are to dare to challenge President Obama's orders? Damn!
The Pentagon-fed U.S. media tells us, with a constant stream kind of distortions, dishistory, disinformation, distractions, displays of patriotism and outright lies, that designated enemies, Taliban, and "insurgents' are all terrorists and just fine to kill, while the fundamentalists working with the Americans throw acid in women's faces.
An old favorite army dissident marching chant was "ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! WHOthe HELLarewe FIGHTing FOR?" The answer was and is always: 'Wall Street, giant U.S. globalized corporations and last but most importantly, investment banks and mega billionaire investors who profit from the wars they create.'
There follows just a few headlines of horrific death, of maimed innocents, of indigenous patriots fighting the same kind bombings, invasions and massively destructive military occupation under Obama as under Bush. (Nothing especially out of the ordinary for this elderly writer, having read about such U.S. undeclared wars in poor nations since Truman, upon the death of Roosevelt, created 'The National Security State of America.')
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Afghans riot over air-strike atrocity, The Independent, UK, 5/8/10
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'Scores die' in Afghan village raid, Aljazeera, 7/26/10
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan officials said Monday that 52 people were killed in southern Afghanistan on Friday when a rocket fired by coalition forces slammed into a house where women and children had taken shelter
One resident, Mohammed Usman, 57, said he helped pull the bodies of 17 children and 7 women from the rubble. "They have ruined us, and they have killed small children and innocent women," he said. "God will never forgive them."
President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack as "both morally and humanly unacceptable."