Jacob Hornberger has this terrific post on the Chris Kyle American Sniper movie. Hornberger tells the truth about the Iraq war, and which side of that conflict was the real aggressor.
In my view, there are many people who actually believe that the “aggressors” in that war were the Iraqis, even though it was the U.S. military who went over there and invaded their country! But people nevertheless still view Iraq as the aggressor, the invader, because that is just how much the U.S. government and its mainstream media stenographers can brainwash the public. Only in an Orwellian society, which is what Amerika is now, will people define the “aggressor” as the target of aggressions and occupations. Did Iraq invade the United States? Of course not. The U.S. government and military invaded Iraq!
And not only did the U.S. government and its military invade Iraq in 2003 but they did it a previous time in 1991. Even at that time as in 2003 Iraq was of no threat to America. But George H.W. Bush saw that the Gulf of Tonkin false flag incident helped to get Lyndon Johnson elected in 1964 and Richard Nixon’s delaying troop reductions in Vietnam helped to get Nixon reelected in 1972. So what the hell. Then after George H.W. Bush’s 1991 war in Iraq, in which his military intentionally bombed and destroyed civilian water and sewage treatment centers, that was followed by extremely cruel and sadistic sanctions and no-fly zones, in which deliveries of medical supplies and the means to repair damaged infrastructure were obstructed by the U.S government and the UN. The Iraqi civilian population were physically prevented from rebuilding water and sewage treatment facilities, and were made to have to use untreated water, which was followed by a huge increase in disease and infant mortality rates, and the deaths of over 500,000 innocent civilians in Iraq by the year 2000. As most Americans still don’t know (and probably don’t care), those actions of the U.S. government throughout the 1990s contributed to the motivations of the 9/11 terrorists, not one of whom was Iraqi.
But even though there was never any member of the Iraqi military or anyone under Saddam Hussein’s command who had come over here to U.S. territory, and even though no Iraqi committed any act of criminality or violence here in the U.S., and it was the U.S. military who invaded Iraq and not the other way around, and it was the U.S. military who murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis over there in Iraq, those Iraqis are still the “aggressors” in the minds of many Americans. Especially, as Hornberger notes, in the minds of U.S. military soldiers, even though if foreigners came over here and invaded America and broke into Americans’ homes, stole their firearms and shot their children, I’ll bet that Americans would attempt to fight back, and U.S. military soldiers especially would.
The reason, by the way, why it’s okay for Americans to fight back if foreigners invade their territories and ransack their homes and murder their family members, but it’s not okay for Iraqi families to fight back and resist Americans’ invading the Iraqis’ homes and murdering their family members, is because America is “superior” to Iraq, and Americans are a superior race to Iraqis in the minds of most Americans. That is known as American Exceptionalism. (I’m sure that most self-proclaimed “American Exceptionalists” would not admit to that characterization, as the truth of what supremacists are is something that many of them are probably too uncomfortable to admit.)
By the way, a lot of people such as chickenhawk talk radio personalities say, “Thank you for sour service” to military soldiers or veterans. But how many U.S. military soldiers or veterans say, “Thank you for your service” to all the hardworking producers of America whose taxes are involuntarily taken from their paychecks to fund those military soldiers’ own paychecks, their invasions, and their murders of innocents? But I digress.
Anyway, one important point that Jacob Hornberger makes is that, rather than PTSD the real effect of U.S. soldiers going over to other countries and murdering innocent people is their guilty conscience that is very hard for many of them to deal with. That is why there are so many military suicides on a daily basis, like an average of 22 per day, and why there are so many broken marriages, and why there is so much drug and alcohol abuse among soldiers returning to home after their killing sprees. Hornberger states,
I think the true cause is guilt — massive, deep-seeded, unresolved guilt over wrongfully killing people (and destroying their country) who were doing nothing more than exercising the right of self-defense under international law.
The assumption has always been that if you simply convince soldiers that they are fighting in a just cause, even if it’s not true, they won’t feel guilty about what they are doing. I don’t think the human conscience can be so easily fooled. I think that slowly it starts eating away at a person, sort of like acid.
And the problem is that soldiers who killed people in Iraq have a difficult time healing because they can’t confront the central problem — that they killed people wrongfully in an illegal, unconstitutional, immoral war of aggression. They can’t confess that grave sin. They relegate themselves to dealing with PTSD rather than with unresolved guilt over the wrongful killing of people. To do otherwise would require an admission that “our team” was in the wrong, something that the U.S. national-security state certainly would not countenance.
So, if you are a relatively new reader here and you feel that my writing style may be a little harsh, you may be right. But I believe that telling the truth is important, even if it makes people uncomfortable. And I can’t stand hypocrisy and double standards. No one group of people has any inherent “superiority” over any other, as a group. Collectivism is a very bad thing, in my view. For a better assessment of some of the ideas presented, please go read Jacob Hornberger’s post referenced above.
Incidentally, I just titled this post with the word “Snipper” rather than “Sniper,” because that’s just the kind of guy I am. However, perhaps if Chris Kyle became a hairdresser rather than a hired thug murderer we wouldn’t be talking about him now.