American Heroes shaking hands with the crowd by from San Diego
Vietnamese, Koreans, Iraqis, Laotians, Afghanis, Dominicans, Panamanians, Pakistanis, Lebanese, Cubans, Somalis , Yemenis, Grenadians, Libyans, etc., Americans would kill those millions all over again without it disrupting their church services, baseball, football, basketball, tennis, golf and partying one single moment.
All the overt bombings, invasions and military occupation of "foreign' "trouble spots' are sold to us on TV "news' programs sandwiched in between the infinitely more numerous commercials advertising the consumer products that are relevant to our American way of life.
Even less relevant to 'The American Dream' was our great CIA's covert murderous violence within Indonesia, Congo, Guatemala, Iran, Haiti, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Philippines and Greece upon the orders of our Presidents that successfully arranged for a much greater number of millions to die for "American interests.'
How many of us are sick and tired of hearing our politicians praised as heroes for having "served' in Vietnam during those fifteen years of bloody crimes against humanity? How many of us are pissed at seeing those beautiful photos of smiling young Americans paraded on the screen with with words of sanctimonious admiration for their "having given their lives to defend us?" In the real world,they gave their short lives to kill Afghanis in Afghanistan and Iraqis in Iraq because Saudi Arabians flew our planes into the World Trade Center.
When we get up from our computers and turn back to those confidently self-righteous voices and earnest and honest appearing facial expressions of Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Chris Mathews, Jim Lehrer, and the intensely caring sisterly appearance of Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Christiane Amanpour, Rachel Maddow and other attractive lady anchors, who, for all their projected humanity have managed to have their viewers accept years of America and Americans killing in five Muslims countries that were already impoverished to start with, for their long history of colonial exploitation.
The older generation within the above mentioned minority of people who are savvy about this horrible American way of life that includes death for others remembers well, how Dan Rather, David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley, Ted Koppel, Harry Reasoner and company reporting on Vietnam created a deep hard-hat appreciation for the many years of U.S. military action there and an understanding for our earlier eight years of paying the French Colonial Army to do the bloodletting.
Now we realize that these sixty odd years of messy butchering designated suspected "bad guys' in poor countries has been made an integral and proud part of the American way of life. That's why one can be sure that if it was again in "U.S. interests,' we'd kill them Vietnamese, et al., all over again without blinking an eyelash.