We keep hearing about psychological warfare being used against the Iraqi regime. I think we might want to take a look at the psychological warfare our own administration is using against its own people.
I am patriotic. I love the ideals that America stands for. No matter how much I question whether these ideals are a reality, I still believe in them, and am forever grateful for the opportunities I have been given.
I am also a pacifist. I hate the idea of violence bringing about peace. It is hypocritical. You question that? Take a look at an amazing man named Gandhi. Do our children even learn about him anymore in history class, or is it unpatriotic to teach pacific uprising?
Wondering what this has to do with the psychological warfare being waged against us? I came across a quote from the Nazi Reichmarshall and Luftwaffe Chief, Herman Goering. A German-speaking intelligence officer and psychologist, Gustave Gilbert, was granted free access to all the prisoners held in the Neuremberg jail. While speaking to Goering about war, Goering gave him this quote.
"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger. It works the same in any country."
Bush and Hitler
Webster's Unabridged Dictionary defines terrorism as: "use of terror and violence to intimidate, subjugate, etc., especially as a political weapon or policy".
George Bush is by definition a terrorist.
His offensive plan of conquest is called "Shock and Awe." This is a method using a sudden, intensive, and massive use of weapons of mass destruction against Iraq so as to terrorize the people and the nation's defenders into going "tharn", or freezing from total fear.
Shock and Awe is just the Amerikan equivalent of blitzkrieg, isn't it?
Nazi Germany referred to its Fatherland -- we have Homeland. Germany had it's Big Bertha cannon; we have MOAB, the giant bomb.
We have a cowardly British Prime Minister appeasing us as we invade the Czech Sudetenland --oops -- make that Arabia. (We already have troops in at least three Arab nations.)
A good historian can find too many parallels for comfort. I believe the U.S. currently has military presence in more countries than many nations have ambassadors.
The similarities between what George Bush is doing to our nation and what Hitler did to Germany are frightening.
Globally, Bush lost a popularity contest to Hussein! By a wide margin.
On the positive side, at least we can predict where we're headed. Next step: to invade Poland. By Christmas time we should have liberated Moscow.
I can hardly wait to see what George Bush will look like when he starts to grow a little pushbroom mustache. Cute, I bet.
We don't yet have a national salute to show our loyalty, but I'm positive administration planners have something in the works, because all of this has been planned for a long time.
I guess for now "seig heil" will have to do. Don't forget to click your heels together.
We're not in Kansas
Heads up, Brainerd lakes area, we aren't in Kansas any more.
The Brainerd lakes area is experiencing growing pains. Unfortunately, increasing crime is one of them. We have lived in our own safe little world. Many of us don't lock our doors; we leave valuables in our cars and unattended purses in our grocery carts. Ladies, you know whom I'm talking about.
My complacency was recently rewarded when a woman snatched my purse from my cart as I packed groceries into my car. Fortunately, there were others who helped me give chase. Thank you to the gentleman who stopped the thief and retrieved my purse. Thank you also to the gentleman and woman who each stopped to see if they could help. I wonder if so many people would have helped had this happened in the metro area.
Our safe neighborhoods are changing. We need to be more alert. Crime is moving into our neighborhoods and it finds us easy targets. The Brainerd lakes area is a wonderful place to live. If we are observant, form community watches and come to the aid of others, it will remain that way. Just remember to lock your doors.
The ultimate failure
War is the ultimate symbol of failure. Now that we are at war, it seems pointless to dwell on the chain of bad decisions and diplomatic blunders that have led to this revolting state of affairs. But clearly, alternative perspectives to those offered by the Bush-Cheney cartel deserve a hearing as we search for long-term solutions to a problem they have transformed into a dangerous global conflict. The challenge for peace activists and proponents of regime change will be to come together to restore international cooperation and UN legitimacy. Winning the war and ousting Saddam will be a relative cakewalk compared to the challenge of undoing the damage we have done.
The Iraqi people have been the real casualties of the power game between Saddam and the Bushes. If America is to rehabilitate our image in the eyes of the world, we must work through the international community to rebuild the Iraqi economy, infrastructure, and civil society. We are already viewed as a global Goliath. We must not control Iraqi oil. We must wean ourselves off oil and the enormous military that dependence requires. We must end our support for repressive regimes everywhere, and begin to practice the democracy, freedom, human rights, and self-determination that we preach. "We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war." - Einstein.
The dangerous, incredibly expensive, and ultimately futile quest for global military hegemony will destroy us. Like the former USSR, we will collapse our own economy under the economic, environmental, and social burden of our own defenses, having sacrificed our most sacred ideals in the name of defending them. Gandhi said "Pure goals can never justify impure or violent action. I would say means are, after all, everything."
Proud of our troops
Regardless of whether or not you thought the war in Iraq was the right decision, the war is upon us.
Now is the time to set aside our personal views for the sake of America's young men and women in the military who have been called to serve their country. I would hope that we in the Brainerd lakes area will come together to support our troops and pray for their safe return.
I applaud the city of Brainerd for the installation of U.S. flags and the addition of yellow ribbons on the light standards on both Sixth and Washington Streets.
Many of our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters have been deployed to the Gulf or to help protect the homeland. Please let us show them our support in the days and weeks and months ahead. Let us not allow division to diminish the sacrifices made by our friends and neighbors.
Honor them by wearing or displaying yellow ribbons, posting "Support Our Troops" signs at our homes or businesses, and respecting the needs of their proud but anxious families left behind.
Kind hearted young people
Several days ago, as my husband and I were walking to our car, which was parked on the street in front of a friend's house, I slipped going down a snow-covered incline and fell with my feet and legs stretched out on the dry street. I wasn't hurt, thank the Lord, but I was unable to get up, even with my husband's help. A car with four young people in it drove by, and the occupants saw me sitting in the street. They drove around the block and came back. A young man got out of the car and asked if we needed help. He lifted me by one arm, and with my husband on the other arm, they got me up to a standing position. I would like to say "thanks" to some kind-hearted young people who helped a senior citizen in need that day.
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