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When is Enough Enough?

You may not have been around back in the 1960's when our government created mayhem and massacres in a rural country called Vietnam. History seems to have a way of repeating itself. There were many articles in print publications critical of our governmental leaders; they were criticized by the churches; there were peaceful demonstrations. Peaceful students were shot and killed at Kent State in Ohio. The government merely escalated its horrors in Vietnam. The troops followed orders, as expected.

Nearly sixty thousand young Americans died in the process of slaughtering roughly TWO MILLION people in Vietnam as U.S. planes dropped tons of napalm on the huts of Vietnamese peasants in the liberated areas. The older USA professional military personel, the Pentagon employees, the politicians and the corporations making war materials thrived.

Finally, We the People decided in our guts that truly "enough is enough". It was not until widespread public protests by students, returned veterans, accompanied by alienated and dysfunctional malcontents (as defined by the warmongers) were We the People noticed.

Not until protests turned very nasty were We the People able to influence the "consciences" of lobbied members of Congress, run a chief executive out of office and back to Texas, prevent further bloodshed and restore to our countrymen "the Peace that passeth all understanding". Pundits called it "democracy", but it was more like simple "righteous indignation" of We the People.

Below are examples of your recent tax dollars at work:

Excerpted from AP Wire Dec. 1, 2003
Many residents said Saddam loyalists attacked the Americans, but that U.S. forces began firing at random and many civilians got their guns and joined the fight. Many said residents were bitter about recent U.S. raids in the night.

“Why do they arrest people when they’re in their homes?” asked Athir Abdul Salam, a 19-year-old student. “They come at night to arrest people. So what do they expect those people to do?”

“Civilians shot back at the Americans,” said 30-year-old Ali Hassan, who was wounded by shrapnel in the battle. “They claim we are terrorists. So OK, we are terrorists. What do they expect when they drive among us?”

Many residents said the Americans opened fire at random when they came under attack, targeting civilian installations. Six destroyed vehicles sat in front of the hospital, where witnesses said U.S. tanks shelled people dropping off the injured. A kindergarten was damaged, apparently by tank shells. No children were hurt.

“Luckily, we evacuated the children five minutes before we came under attack,” said Ibrahim Jassim, a guard at the kindergarten. “Why did they attack randomly? Why did they shoot a kindergarten with tank shells?”

Excerpted from ABC News-World-Wire Dec. 07, 2003
HUTALA, Afghanistan Dec. 7 — Children's hats and shoes littered a bloody field cratered by gunfire Sunday after a U.S. airstrike, aimed at a wanted Taliban commander, mistakenly killed nine children in an Afghan mountain village.

The American warplane was targeting Mullah Wazir, once a local commander for the hard-line Islamic militia. U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and a U.S. military official said Wazir was killed in the attack, but residents and local officials said Wazir escaped or was not in the village at all.

Exerpted from Reuters Dec. 07, 2003
In November, six civilians were killed in an air strike in the southern province of Paktika, and nearly three weeks before that eight members of the same family, including children, died in a similar attack in the province of Nuristan.

In July last year the Afghan government said 48 people had been killed and 117 hurt in Uruzgan province when a U.S. AC-130 gunship attacked a wedding party. The U.S. military said 34 died and 50 were hurt -- mostly women and children -- but said the aircraft had come under fire.

Also Saturday, a bomb blast in the city of Kandahar wounded at least 18 people.

According to Ramsey Clark's book, The Children Are Dying: The Impact of Sanctions on Iraq, the embargo of Iraq instituted by the Clinton administration managed to kill one million Iraqi children — nearly as many as the number of Jewish children that were killed in the Holocaust!

Since 9/11, U.S. bombing raids have already killed more than 20,000 men, women and children in Afghanistan alone.

QUESTION of the day: Do you really understand what Depleted Uranium is?

When is enough really going to be enough?

Related article:
This is a Massacre, Not a War in Iraq

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