Almost 44 years ago exactly, on March 16, Lt. William Calley of Charlie Company led a raid on a Village in Vietnam…
The Village was My Lai and a massacre ensued with between 350 to 500 villagers being executed by U.S. Troops. The civilians were unarmed, mostly women and children. All killed for no clear reason.
A few days ago a U.S. soldier – again for no clear reason – went into a village in Afghanistan and shot and killed at least 16 people, again mostly women and children. It’s being called the worst atrocity U.S. forces have committed during the 10 year war that began as a mission to find Osama Bin Laden.
Oh wait a minute – we already killed him – nevermind.
Make that a 10 year war to…oh yeah…help the people of Afghanistan learn to fight for themselves and stop Communism, I mean the Taliban. They must be stopped because our nation’s security is at risk.
So why are we still there again?
Simple, to set up permanent placement military operations for the future. To try and hold onto the dictators we installed for as long as we can. O.K. I get it.
In every war there are probably untold numbers of atrocities worse than both of these.
The reasons are always the same, hate, despair, battle insanity and, you bastards killed my friends.
It’s as simple as that. There is no military reason really. We are there to KILL, so why not kill? You don’t want to think about it this way, but yeah the words "kinda fun" come to mind. Like hunting birds or deer. It looks the same after a few days, after however many killings.
Is it wrong? You bet it is. For both sides, for those who die and for those who have to live with it forever.
Mostly the wars usually don’t mean much. We’re not fighting for our freedom or theirs. We don’t give a crap about rebuilding their cities, we never did. Look at how we rebuilt Korea and Vietnam. Oh yeah, we lost. Or did we?
Young American’s want to serve their country. I understand that – the glory, the battles, the victory, the total nightmare of it all in real life.
We’re the mightiest military power in the history of the world.
And we must continue to be just that to support our lifestyle and pay our bills. My home value has fallen, gas is five bucks. Next thing you know, we’ll be starving, our shacks will be cold and we’ll have no water. No cars.
America is RICH. We are, we just are.
Last night a guy in a $100 shirt, a pair of pants that had to cost 75 bucks, wearing Nike shoes and a brand new Royals cap, asked me if he could to borrow two bucks for gas.
I was near the Plaza and he said, "Sir, my wife and I are from out of town. We just ran out of gas, could you help please?"
I recognized the black gentleman from a couple years back in Westport doing the same thing.
Even our beggars have money, a car and a decent place to live.
Yes, we are the richest country in history. By far. So we need to be evil landlords when it comes to combat.
Here’s the awful truth…THEY MUST FEAR US.
"The killing of unarmed women and children will not be tolerated by America! Ever!"
That’s what we say. But, really?
Lt. William Calley was convicted of murder…MURDER but the men who tried to stop the murder at My Lai received hate mail and dead animals on their lawns….Calley did three years HOUSE ARREST….President Nixon pardoned him after just THREE YEARS.
To some he is still a hero.
It’s the same old story: President Bush and Dick Cheney are at bar. A guy is listening to them ramble. Bush says we are talking World War III here, Dick. We’ll kill 150 million Arabs and one blonde, blue-eyed, big-boobed chick. The guy listening asks, "Why the blonde, blue-eyed, big-boobed chick?"
See Dick nobody gives a damn about those Arabs.