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From A_c at Tanker Brothers comes a letter from a soldier that I find deeply disturbing. Read on:
I’m Tired ~ Letter From Iraq ..reposted
Body: I’m Tired ~ Letter From Iraq
Body: “I’m Tired”
Two weeks ago, as I was starting my sixth month of duty in Iraq, I was forced to return to the USA for surgery for an injury I sustained prior to my deployment. With luck, I’ll return to Iraq to finish my tour.
I left Baghdad and a war that has every indication that we are winning to return to a demoralized country much like the one I returned to in 1971 after my tour in Vietnam. Maybe it’s because I’ll turn 60 years old in just four months, but I’m tired:
I’m tired of spineless politicians, both Democrat and Republican who lack the courage, fortitude, and character to see these difficult tasks through.
I’m tired of the hypocrisy of politicians who want to rewrite history when the going gets tough.
I’m tired of the disingenuous clamor from those that claim they ‘Support the Troops’ by wanting them to ‘Cut and Run’ before victory is achieved.
I’m tired of a mainstream media that can only focus on car bombs and casualty reports because they are too afraid to leave the safety of their hotels to report on the courage and success our brave men and women are having on the battlefield.
I’m tired that so many Americans think you can rebuild a dictatorship into a democracy over night.
I’m tired that so many ignore the bravery of the Iraqi people to go to the voting booth and freely elect a Constitution and soon a permanent Parliament.
I’m tired of the so called ‘Elite Left’ that prolongs this war by giving aid and comfort to our enemy, just as they did during the Vietnam War.
I’m tired of antiwar protesters showing up at the funerals of our fallen soldiers. A family who’s loved ones gave their life in a just and noble cause, only to be cruelly tormented on the funeral day by cowardly protesters is beyond shameful.
I’m tired that my generation, the Baby Boom — Vietnam generation, who have such a weak backbone that they can’t stomach seeing the difficult tasks through to victory.
I’m tired that some are more concerned about the treatment of captives than they are the slaughter and beheading of our citizens and allies
I’m tired that when we find mass graves it is seldom reported by the press, but mistreat a prisoner and it is front page news.
Mostly, I’m tired that the people of this great nation
didn’t learn from history that there is no substitute for Victory.
Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Army
101st Airborne Division
Please send to all your e-mail friends
This needs to get all over the U S A
This was verified: http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/repya.asp
When apathy on the part of a nation can allow such a letter to necessary, that nation is on its way to decline. Our nation “is” in serious trouble. When did we become so complacent that we will accept half the story from the media? When did we blindly accept that politicians were without fault? We fought for our freedom from an oppressive government and King. Yet, we can not stand up to our own “elected” Congress and say I hold you accountable!
When did we become so apathetic that we allow an known Socialist organization affiliated with another major socialist organization that wants to destroy our government and Constitution and set up a “replacement” nation for a failed Russian Communist state speak for us? hold political office in our Congress? lead our House pf Representatives? be third in line to the Presidency by way of Nancy Pelosi who is a member of its affiliate, the Progressive? allow said speaker to go to an enemy against the advice of our own State Department and act as a spokesperson for our government? allow Congress to attempt to circumvent the Constitutional “separation of powers” provision and dictate to our President and military every aspect of our war efforts to defend America? allow judges appointed by the “progressives” to legislate from the bench the laws Congress ought to be legislating? allow the socialist machine that we fought since World War II in the “Cold War” to take over our government? allow a Socialist organization like A.N.S.W.E.R., a minority voice in America, trick us with the same ploy used to implement a communist take over of one of Europe’s many subjugated nations of having small groups spread all over the country spread dissidence while others in their group got themselves elected to political office, then openly seize control of that government?
You think that isn’t what they’re doing? Who does A.N.S.W.E.R. front for? Do you think A.N.S.W.E.R isn’t behind the “antiwar peace movement?”
U.S. Out of Iraq Now!
Wed. May 23rd, 9 am
Coast Guard Academy Main Gate
Tampa St. & Mohegan Ave. New London, CT
George W. Bush will be speaking at the commencement ceremony of the Coast Guard Academy at Tampa St. & Mohegan Ave. in New London on Wednesday May 23rd. Join students, soldiers and veterans, military families, impeachment and antiwar activists outside the main gate of the US Coast Guard Academy to protest Bush’s visit.
Initiated by the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition. Co-sponsors include: Cape Cod and Island Peace Communities; Colombia Action – CT; Connecticut Coalition for Peace/New Haven; Danbury Peace Coalition; Efficacy; Kennebunk PEACE Department; National Lawyers Guild – CT; Veterans for Peace – Ridgefield; People of Faith CT; Queers Without Borders; Unidad Latina en Acción.
Read about the “Turn Up the Heat” Campaign
From Iraq to New Orleans, fund people’s needs not the war machine! End colonial occupation: Iraq, Palestine, Haiti & everywhere. Shut down Guantanamo!
I attended the GOE effort for this rally mentioned below. We out numbered the A.N.S.W.E.R crowd 3-to-1. Here is their report to members though in disagreement with Park Officials and Michelle Malkin’s video of events:
…March 17: Tens of Thousands March on the Pentagon
50,000 in Los Angeles, 40,000 in San Francisco
Well over 100,000 people marched against the war on Iraq in the United States on March 17. Congratulations to all who came out to voice opposition to war and militarism. Tens of thousands marched in Washington, D.C., 50,000 marched in LA and 40,000 in San Francisco in protests initiated by the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). The actions were massive outpourings of anti-war sentiment at this crucial time.
A.N.S.W.E.R. spent a year preparing for this protests demonstration. GOE only had 6 weeks preparation. Here is how A.N.S.W.E.R. attempted to intimidate the media for an inflated media coverage of the events:
Antiwar movement sets the record straight
Read ANSWER’s Op-Ed in the SF Chronicle below
*Please forward widely to your email lists, friends and family*
After a week of pressure exerted by angry people in Northern California, the San Francisco Chronicle agreed to publish an Op-Ed by the ANSWER Coalition that tells the truth about the March 18th demonstration in San Francisco. The demonstration, like others around the country, was a sign of a growing antiwar movement. You would never have known it from reading the San Francisco Chronicle report.
On the fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, people took to the streets in more than 1,000 U.S. cities and towns. The largest demonstrations took place in Washington, DC at the March on the Pentagon, in San Francisco, and in Los Angeles, all initiated by the ANSWER Coalition and co-sponsored by a wide array of progressive organizations. These demonstrations reached people in the U.S. who had never participated in a protest before and also included many Iraq war veterans, active-duty service members, family members, and veterans of other wars.
This resurgence of the anti-war movement, and the breadth of its makeup, signifies a sharp turn by the public against the war. But just as tens of thousands were marching in these major city demonstrations, the corporate mass media were fine-tuning their atrocious coverage and providing huge under counts. As we all know, mass demonstrations have a major ripple effect. Many who are not there learn about the actions and seeing a vibrant anti-war movement feel that they too can be a part of it. A number of major media outlets across the country made tens of thousands of people disappear from the demonstrations and provided often hostile, misleading and false coverage.
This isn’t the first time the media has attempted to rewrite the reality of a major political protest. As many will remember, when the ANSWER Coalition organized the first major national demonstration against a looming war in Iraq on October 26, 2002 that brought 200,000 people into Washington, D.C., NPR announced the number to be in the hundreds. Deluged with phone calls and letters, NPR was forced to issue a correction. The New York Times said the demonstration was in the “thousands.” Only after it received thousands of angry faxes, phone calls and emails, did the New York Times write a second article a few days later stating that the anti-war movement had been “invigorated” by a massive turnout.
On the weekend of March 17-18, among the most egregious coverage was the “crowd count” put out by the San Francisco Chronicle for the March 18 rally. The Chronicle article on the march, which was picked up the Associated Press and distributed worldwide, reported that just 3,000 people participated — less than 10% of the number who actually marched. The reporters claimed to have “counted” the march, and to back up their ludicrous number, falsely asserted that the march organizers had “announced” the same number from the stage. The Chronicle report provoked hundreds of angry emails, calls and letters to the editor in the next 48 hours.
Under growing pressure, the Chronicle agreed to publish an Op-Ed written by the ANSWER Coalition in yesterday’s newspaper (Monday, March 26).
This is an important victory, one that was only achieved because of many people taking action to express their outrage. It must also be said that publishing the Op-Ed is a step, but it does not mitigate the damage done by the wide distribution of the Chronicle false report.
Our movement must create and strengthen our own media, while continuing to pressure the corporate media to tell the truth about the growing antiwar struggle in the United States.
Please read ANSWER’s Op-Ed, which is available by clicking this link. Please send this Op-Ed to every one in your email address book, and forward it to other email lists.
Please take a moment to donate to support the important work of the ANSWER Coalition. You can make a much-needed donation right now by clicking on this link.
A.N.S.W.E.R. further advances their movement across America with the following efforts”
A Proposal for Nation-Wide Protests
“Turn Up the Heat in 2007”
A Year of Protest and Resistance
On March 17, tens of thousands of people marched on the Pentagon. Between March 17-20, more than 1,000 protests took place in cities and towns throughout the country.
The people of the country want the criminal war to end immediately. Instead the death toll grows higher every day. Politicians fiddle and jockey for electoral advantage while tens of thousands of troops get sent once again, and for extended 15 month tours, to kill and be killed. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are dead as a result of this war, supported and funded by Bush and Congress.
Iraq is Bush’s Vietnam War. A war based on lies enters its fifth year with no end in sight.
Bush and the Generals hang on to the fantasy of military victory. Congress voted to prolong the war for at least another year. If the war is not worth fighting after 2008, then why should one more soldier or marine be sent to kill or die in Iraq in 2007?
The U.S. invasion and occupation has plunged Iraqi society into a terrible nightmare. We, the people, must act now, to stop this criminal enterprise. The people, not the politicians, ended the Vietnam War. We must ignite a firestorm of grassroots antiwar activity.
Starting in 1968, shortly after the historic October 1967 March on the Pentagon, the people of this country became a major factor in the calculations of the warmakers. Protest and resistance grew in every community, in every school, and inside the military as tens of thousands of soldiers, marines and vets became leaders in the anti-war movement.
Starting then it was impossible for any government leader, Pentagon spokesperson or pro-war member of Congress to visit any community or school in the country without the knowledge that they would be confronted by angry anti-war demonstrators. No military recruiter could dare come on any campus without having the knowledge that their pro-war lies would be challenged openly.
We are proposing to tens of thousands of anti-war activists and organizers around the country that we all join together and guarantee that wherever and whenever Bush, Cheney, other government officials and pro-war members of Congress step out in public they will know with certainty that they will be met by anti-war protestors. Many committed anti-war activists have been making it their business to confront the warmakers when they come to their towns. This must become a deepened, dedicated and concerted action of the anti-war movement as a whole.
This is the essence of the new nation-wide campaign called “Turn up the Heat in 2007.” The campaign is very simple. ANSWER and other national anti-war coalitions, soldiers and veterans organizations, soldiers’ families, Arab-American and Muslim organizations, other faith-based organizations, and student and youth groups work together to promote, publicize and mobilize for every local and regional action that confronts the war makers and their spokespersons whenever they appear in public.
This campaign starts now.
On May 23, 2007 George W. Bush will be speaking at the Coast Guard Graduation Ceremony in New London, CT. Anti-war protestors and supporters of the Impeach Bush movement will be traveling from throughout New England and New York to stage a major protest right at the site on May 23. The national and international media will be there and so will we.
The ANSWER Coalition is organizing buses and car transportation to take people to the demonstration from throughout the region. Many other organizations throughout New England are co-sponsoring the protest, including Cape Cod and Island Peace Communities;Colombia Action -CT;CT Coalition for Peace/New Haven;Danbury Peace Coalition; Efficacy;Kennebunk PEACE Department;National Lawyers Guild -CT;Veterans for Peace -Ridgefield;People of Faith CT;Queers Without Borders;Unidad Latina en Acción.
Please make a donation now to help us pay for the cost of bus and van rentals, printing tens of thousands of leaflets, placards and banners. To make a tax-deductible donation or learn how to send a check, click this link.
Three days later, on May 26, there will be another demonstration at West Point, New York where Dick Cheney will be the keynote speaker at another graduation ceremony. Activists are assembling at Veteran’s Park in nearby Highland falls at 8:30 a.m. for a march to the Thayer Gate into West Point. The ANSWER Coalition will be mobilizing regionally for this demonstration as well.
Bush, Cheney and every other pro-war politician — which means anyone who is for prolonging the Iraq war — will feel the pressure of the Turn Up the Heat campaign in the weeks and months to come.
The Turn Up the Heat campaign will promote and publicize the work of all those engaged in street protests, rallies, vigils, counter-recruitment events, support for GI resisters, actions supporting veterans, impeachment rallies, petition campaigns, legal actions and political campaigns to defend civil liberties and civil rights, national efforts to oppose racial and religious profiling, and every other action that contributes to changing the political climate in this country. The power to end the war is in the people but we must step up the pressure from every direction.
If you or your organization would like to be listed as a sponsor of the Turn up the Heat campaign, click to fill out the endorsement form.
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Newspaper ads publicizing the May 23 demonstration against Bush in New London, CT will be another way that we going to spread the word. Newspaper ads are an effective way of reaching hundreds of thousands of people. If you would like to make a contribution to help pay for an upcoming newspaper ad please click this link.
Let’s unite and support all anti-war actions in 2007. Together we will Turn up the Heat. Together we will end this war.
Their is a two front war being fought by America folks! Don’t kid yourself otherwise. You can help counter their efforts by helping the “Gathering of Eagles” and about twenty or so other organizations in their counter efforts. We want to show our troops, recruiters, and the American Congress that A.N.S.W.E.R. doesn’t speak for the majority of Americans in this country! Here is how you can help:
On May 19, 2007, Armed Forces Day, “OPERATION RECRUITER APPRECIATION (ORA)” will be held. Details for this nationwide effort can be found at this link. Please offer your support in your region.
On Mar 26, 2007, GOE II and Rolling Thunder will jointly sponsor a huge “Support the Troops” rally in Washington, D.C. at the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial. More detailed information can be found at this link. Both these events are “National level events.”
Please join in these efforts to support our troops. Let’s help ensure no other soldier feels the need to write such a letter as appears above!