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While truth regrows its torn-off limbs
Richard: Yesterday afternoon on the Troops come home... thread, Angela Ryan belted out the words below as a stream-of-consciousness opinion. Its brilliant powerful prose (edited by the remarkable Fiona Reynolds) explains how she believes our perceptions are being clouded. I thought her words an incredible piece that deserves to spread across the net as such, so here it is :
While Truth Regrows Its Torn-Off Limbs- by Angela Ryan
Hi Fiona, I can see you understand the issue that greatly concerns so many in the academic world – and if people knew how such then affects and effects policies and world events and excuses for them in swerving popular opinion such as for wars. The current faculties with their reduced funding and staffing are ripe targets, as is a universal history curriculum by education ministers. I note UK now sponsors two children from every school to go to "study " the Auschwitz site, yet for Brits the Boer war camps would be far more relevant and the Irish starvation policies, go to a museum there etc and for us probably the Cambodian genocide is the most relevant after our own here that some call genocide. For British children to learn about the Russians killing off of the Orthodox church and middle class and then the deliberate famine genocide caused in Ukraine – why limit it to just one minority group's suffering? Why limit it to just one event in history when genocides and ethnic cleansings are the one thing history is rich in! Imagine Phoney non-Catholic (hahah) Tony organising tours of Spanish Inquisition sites or even Guernica. History must be studied as a whole by those who see only a glimpse of it in a short moment of education, otherwise it is just propaganda.
When troops come home it is indeed usually the time the "First Casualty of War"starts to heal and regrow limbs. Sometimes these are powerful when things like truth commissions and war crime trials start. Note we never have anyone walking for civilians, nurses, resistance fighters etc killed in wars in our ANZAC day march, yet we even have scouts who never served marching. This makes it a militaristic celebration along MIC lines rather than a realistic consideration of the sacrifices of war and a salute to those who made them, our defenders both in and out of uniform.
But, while truth regrows its torn off limbs, it is such a shame that the soldiers and civilians cannot. And consider little Ali, the boy who has no limbs and no family due to the Iraq war if you want an image of the civilian suffering.
There is no high tech burns unit in Iraq – but our soldiers (when the US actually agree to pick them out) and US soldiers, are rushed to stabilisation and then Germany and then home for the repeated skin grafting. An Iraqi doctor came over and gave a speaking tour describing what resources the locals have for treating burns – practically zero, and zero staff now. This is also what makes the civilian wounds in Gaza so heartrending when one considers the water, electricity and medicines and food needed for them and how they have all been shot down by the Israelis to punish everyone. These are the war crimes that the world ignores, the genocide that schools can watch happening now instead of going back 60 years to a totalitarian regime. Democracy does it too, with impunity from other democracies. How will history record it? Like the Warsaw ghetto, will the Gaza ghetto get there moment in film 60 years later by the same people who may have stopped it?
When the troops come home consider the injuries of the invaded peoples. Remember the million plus figure bandied around as a probable death figure by the Lancet. Consider that in most death events there are 5 to 10 times as many injured. Depending upon whether the weapons are projectile or thermal one either gets limb amputations or severe burns, always head and often all together. Add use of napalm (third generation version much perfected for those who want to be tricky about whether it was used or not) and flechette weapons (which may even be used now in some terrorist events considering the injuries) and these injuries are horrendous .
People here seem to think it is them and US regarding the Israeli / Jewish vs. Palestinian Christians and Jews issue.
It is not.
It is a simple matter of principles that were reinforced by events of the Second World War when those troops came home. And the message learnt from holocausts is that they can happen and will happen and if one concentrates on just one group one misses that point . Never Again has to apply to all groups, not just European Jews. The lessons from visiting Auschwitz is to be aware of that, and the message from visiting other sites is that it can happen even by our own governments and people if we are blinkered morally or politically. So if we really believe in Never Again for all, not just European Jews, then we must examine what is happening in Palestine/Israel right now. Otherwise it is all racism and spin and that is the greatest insult to throw back upon anyone who suffered under the Nazis’ cruel regime.
Flechette shells, the weapons of ruthless war. That is how a Reuter’s photographer was killed recently in his jeep (marked “Press”) by a tank. He even filmed the muzzle turning to them and firing. His body was sliced through to his seat by the flechette blades while he was filming a tank shelling homes in Gaza.
Ed O’Loughlin describes such and his sadness at all the tragedy in his farewell piece that that the SMH didn't publish – something to be aware of. Is our media failing to cover the news there in an unbiased manner? Do we have persons watching for bias on one side and not the other? Guess what, the BBC has and it ain't for Palestine. How can people be aware if the very events are not covered evenly?
Never Again for anyone means proper news coverage, it means accountability immediately. It means we do not even wait for the troops to come home from occupation duty.
No wonder some people have trouble seeing the whole picture. Would you believe Benny Morris' accounts? As a Jewish Israeli historian of repute who once said something to the effect of "the problem was we didn’t clean them out when we could" in his description of what went on under the shadow of wars there one sees real genocide and ethnic cleansing . Read his accounts and then transpose Jews for non-Jews and consider if it is still ok.
If it were Jews in ghettos and Germans bombing them from above daily with state of the art deadly powerful ordinance, tanks flechette shelling civilians anywhere and deliberately cutting off their water and bombing their power stations, bulldozing their food crops, and shutting them in and cutting off medical supplies and food is that ok? Just like the Jewish and communist Polish resistance: they used violence in their pathetic homemade occasionally damaging resistance against the all powerful military occupation. Is that German response then OK? Why is there no movie made about the Gaza resistance now? Not many Palestinians in Hollywood, are there?
I think genocide can only o ccur when empathy is suppressed, usually by a racism that people are not even aware of and normally would fight against.
When the troops come home is when Sun Tzu lines can be dropped – unless one is planning more wars in the near future or wants to continue to feed into the military complex industry – probably THE most powerful and influential lobby group the world has ever known.
Holding the politicians and the think tanks and the media responsible and accountable for the lies they peddled in order to do the deceit that was needed to persuade a population for war will damage the profit margins for the war industry and threaten the ability to trick again for the next war. Let us see who dares support the Kucninch impeachment articles, not the senators from Boeing – as Jackson used to be called – nor the likes of Newt.
We have already seen the apparently Cheney (and interesting how much official level blame from insiders is levelled there at present) driven pre-war propaganda about Iran, such as:
I am sure others can think of more events.
One thing about Gates is I think people are naive to think he is for the Fallon view as it is he who pushed him out, he who has appointed new command to the air force; dual loyalty positions abound under his guard at the top levels. What did go on at the critical airbase meeting in Iraq on Bush's way to APEC on the weekend of the missing nukes being media leaked (just look at the incredible eminence of power present at that moment in a western Iraq air base) and the time of the Israeli fully fuelled bombers flying for Iran direction (or from the Iraqi air base?)? We do not know the original flight departure, just that homeward was over Turkey, but turning and hitting Syria randomly for some chutzpah retrieval instead. No more Turkey flights methinks next time. I think those who want a permanent Israel would be foolish to continue this belligerence towards Iran when it suits US-Saudi Empire purposes to remove both. And Gates is said to be loyally under (Operation Bramble Bush time) Bush 1, no friend of Israel methinks, from outside analysis only, of what happened during his time and since and to his son and their plans/planes.
And when the troops come home from Lebanon, Iraq, etc and me mates in the UN zones?
What of terrorism action there? What of terrorism action that politically benefits neocon / Anglo empire purposes? Do we examine those events? Rarely even reported in the media.
Note all the time any reference to Prince Bandar (plus Jordan persons) and Cheney's alleged terrorism cabal with Sunni radicals in Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq is not taken up and investigated (remember the US law about terrorist assets? – all of Cheney’s and Bandar's assets taken by the US state – what a glorious result that would be for the anti-terrorism laws and taxpayers) yet the information does have credibility and political and covert integrating logic. The journalist (Hersch) breaking the story was respected for previous accusations that were found to be true, but received little coverage and no international investigation.
And silence in both the world media that we get to see and the US criminal investigative machinery about the alleged funding / training / supplying of terrorist groups within Iran, using minority groups to destabilise the government, but causing horrible civilian traumas. This is standard black ops techniques and even discussed in Perkins’ Confessions... book . (THAT should be on all history reading lists, methinks.
Wars make a lot of money and threats of war make more as stable economies can continue in a pyramid scheme to beef up these carrion feeders using taxes. In the USA, the actual government is tightly interwoven with this industry due to the national security impetus and the drive for privatisation as a model. Trouble is the same industry then sells to US future threats and hence the whole thing is nationally stupid but financially gold making to the MIC.
Some say the Israeli lobby is not something to be worried about. It is, just as it would be if it was a Saudi lobby or a Turkey lobby or a Palestinian lobby or a Chinese lobby or a Communist lobby or a Catholic lobby that had power and access and paid up members from the government who take presents(bribes) like funded tours etc and huge campaign funding .and presenting loyalty and service medals from other nations to members of our government (Howard). Also if such were interwoven with media assets in democracies and such influenced reporting about their issue. when spy cases involve such, when other nations’ interests are pushed ahead of that government's people, when funds for other nations are pushed or when war for other nation's interests etc.
This becomes treason when the activity is clearly in the negative interests of the people of that country. And war and national security makes one consider high treason issues.
As our troops come home we might consider whether Howard sent us to war on the basis of lies in support of an international conspiracy involving media, certain western governments’ groups and military lobby groups and think tanks. Did Howard and the PM office and NSA know, as the Downing Street and other docs show the Brits knew, that the evidence would be cooked up for an attack upon Iraq and there was no real threat to ..America / Australia? Have we been deliberately lied to and deceived by a government and cooperating media in order to wage a war of aggression for the aims of hegemony, oil control and Israeli security and military industry profits as seems to be the full picture?
Try the treason test on the lobby groups we know about and on the actions of our government and media.