(U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Joshua Bernard, deceased)
When did the U.S. invade Afghanistan? Early 2002, as I recall, almost 8 years ago. A country which consists of tribes, rocks, dire poverty, and land which the oil companies want to use for oil pipelines so they can steal oil from neighboring countries, pipe it through Afghanistan, then sell it on the open market for billions of dollars in profits. And pay presumably enormous kick-backs to the U.S. politicians who have funded this war knowing exactly why we were invading that country.
But you wouldn't really know we were conducting a war against those poor people because the media is owned by war-mongers, controlled by the government, and "our" Democrats love war more than the Republicans do.
Once in awhile something happens that brings the war to our attention. Like this week when Senator Feingold said perhaps it's time to get the hell out, or at least set a timetable, since nobody has any explanation as to why we're still there. (Except for that whole pipeline issue).
(With weapons, on patrol)
But something else happened this week in the U.S. War on Afghanistan. An American died. A Marine. And somebody, a journalist, took a picture of him while he was dying, and it showed up in the press. And the whole U.S. government went nuts. WHAT? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND? SHOWING PICTURES OF DEAD AMERICANS TO THE PUBLIC?
We cheer and celebrate the mass slaughter of "them" -- the Iraqis, Iranians, the poor people of Afghanistan. But God forbid an American who's over there doing the killing should himself get killed. Got to cover that up fast.
Ask yourself this: what would you do if another country invaded your country, stayed for 8 years, put an oil executive in and called him "president," killed your people, occupied your land, roamed throughout with tanks, guns, dropped bombs from airplanes, what would you do if you got the chance to fight back?
When the picture of U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Joshua Bernard was shown in the press as he was dying, the Department of Defense and Secretary Robert Gates contacted AP (which took and published and photo) and "asked" them to remove the photo. It was removed. No dead Americans can be shown. Everybody else dead is okay, but no dead Americans. That's called censorship and pretending and lying and deceiving and keeping the public from recognizing the true cost of war. People die. And it costs a lot of money too. But mostly, people die.
What do you call journalists who only print what the government tells them to? Stenographers.
End all the Wars. Bring the Troops Home.