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Freedom Is Not Free (english)
30 Mar 2003
Modified: 06:34:41 PM
I saw the flag pass by one day, it fluttered in the breeze.
A young marine saluted it, and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform, so young, so tall, so proud.
With eyes alert and hair cut square, he'd stand out in any crowd.
wondered how many men like him had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil, how many mothers' tears.
How many pilots' planes shot down, how many died at sea.
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves. No, freedom is not free.

I heard the sound of taps one night while everything was still.
I listented to the bugler play and felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times taps had meant "amen."
When a flag had draped a coffin of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children, of the mothers and the wives,
of fathers, friends, and husbands with interrupted lives.
And I thought about a graveyard at the bottom of the sea,
of unmarked graves in Arlington. NO, FREEDOM IS NOT FREE...

||Kelly Strong, 1981||
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the agony (english)
30 Mar 2003
Let's stop this romanticizing of war and the people who fight it. They're human like us, sometimes with different beliefs, some level of patriotic programming, or more often people who needed money to go to college or to live and could only do it through fighting for money (mercenary work).

Freedom is not free, when freedom is defined as world domination by a bully superpower. No, in that case, it results in humans becoming cannon fodder. Don't give me that kind of freedom. I have my own kind, which doesn't require people dying for money or because of their pseudo-patriotic football mentality upbringing.
the price is eternal vigilance (english)
30 Mar 2003
No, freedom is not free. But the price to be paid is that of eternal vigilance, not unnecessary lives lost in battle. Any schmuck in the White House can "say" our troops are fighting for freedom. It is unrelenting questioning and an eternally vigilant citizenry which exposes the veracity of such a claim.

An apathetic public has been lulled by the media into thinking the major networks are worthy of performing this vigilance for them. Nothing could be further from the truth. Corporate controlled media serve the corporate agenda.

The same can be said for America's militarization around the globe. At the expense of millions of world citizens, the military-industrial complex Eisenhower warned us of so judiciously, is emerging as a full-blown outright empire.

9/11 showed the United States the extremes ones will undertake to fight for freedom from this "business" of American empire. Grossly distorted by the Bush administration as simply an envious based act of terrorism, the media unquestioningly played along. To this day, they still refuse to seriously address bin Laden's well documented grievances.

An unjust American foreign policy, created and fostered by special interests in Washington and far removed from the public eye are responsible for provoking the "shock and awe" of September 11th. Are we now to believe these same DC shysters, covering their asses from deserved retribution by unleashing further foreign atrocities under the banner of freedom?

There does comes a time when liberty may indeed call for violence. Osama bin Laden has been pushed to this point by the American empire, and now, with Ashcroft at the helm and martial law around the corner, many Americans may soon be faced with making a similar choice.

The good people of Boston, many years ago, realized the threat to our freedom lay not so much from foreign shores, as from those within our own borders, as wolves in sheep's clothing, slowly advancing tyranny in the guise of security. Through their valiant efforts, we're free from bowing to a king. Let's hope the good people of Boston today, aided by tools of vigilance like indymedia, pass the "Spirit of '76" on to all posterity.
please understand something (english)
30 Mar 2003
It is true that we Americans are hated by many in the Middle East. Here is why. Most governments in the Region are despotic authoritarian regimes that screw their own populations. This causes alot of resentment among their subjects. The despots use the US as a scapegoat to deflect this resentment off themselve by allowing the zealot religious leaders to stir up muslim outrage. Further, when the marine barracks in Lebanon were suicide bombed in the early 80's, our response was to pull out. We did not seek to bring those responsible to justice. That gave the radicals the idea, very rightly, that we could be intimidated by such tactics and the movement grew with the help of several radical governments in the region. We are not the bad guys except for the fact that we shyed away from our responsiblities before the problem got out of hand. September 11 proved it's time to drain the swamp so to speak. Nothing in the region, including the Middle East crisis, can be cleaned up until Saddam Hussein has been delt with. People will die in this process of making a large part of the world free. The truth is everybody dies, but nobody should be left to suffer when we can do something about it. Yes there is oil in the region. And when this tragedy of violence is over we will pay for the oil that we use just as we have always done.
something to consider (english)
30 Mar 2003
Despotic regimes in the Middle East are due to support from American foreign policy. What the hell was a Marine barracks doing in Lebanon in the first place?

"No one argues today about three facts that are known to everyone; we will list them, in order to remind everyone:

First, for over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples.

If some people have formerly debated the fact of the occupation, all the people of the Peninsula have now acknowledged it.

The best proof of this is the Americans' continuing aggression against the Iraqi people using the Peninsula as a staging post, even though all its rulers are against their territories being used to that end, still they are helpless. Second, despite the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the crusader-Zionist alliance, and despite the huge number of those killed, in excess of 1 million... despite all this, the Americans are once against trying to repeat the horrific massacres, as though they are not content with the protracted blockade imposed after the ferocious war or the fragmentation and devastation.

So now they come to annihilate what is left of this people and to humiliate their Muslim neighbors.

Third, if the Americans' aims behind these wars are religious and economic, the aim is also to serve the Jews' petty state and divert attention from its occupation of Jerusalem and murder of Muslims there."

--- Osama bin Laden 1998
Stupid Stupid War (english)
30 Mar 2003
here's a poem for you:

You think you look good in your new uniform
Starched and press to fit the perfect norm
Until Uncle Sam puts that gun in your hand
Points in the wrong direction and says KILL THAT MAN!!