Why do Americans fear Liberty?
Why do Americans seek to be controlled?
Why do Americans understand Anarchy as inherently criminal?
Why do Americans so long to Obey?
Why do Americans fear Liberty?
Why do Americans seek to be controlled?
Why do Americans understand Anarchy as inherently criminal?
Why do Americans so long to Obey?
YOU ARE FREE to OBEY!!!
In America, one is said to be free.
As long as one pays one’s taxes and obtains the approved healthcare.
As long as one entertains oneself in the proper and approved manner.
As long as one partakes of the proper and government approved Narcotics.
As long as one travels to approved Nations.
As long as one is amenable to being groped and searched and invaded.
As long as one stands at the pre-approved moments and recites the pre-sanctioned pledges.
As long as one heeds the conventional wisdom of the Leftists of the GOP and DNC.
As long as one obeys.
One is free.
Obey. Vote for State Approved Candidates. Obey.
Pro-Choice Abortion Activists are hypocrites. They advocate the choice for women only. If they were truly pro-choice, that decision would be extended to the man as well.
If the Male is forced to fund the birth and life of a baby which a female chooses to bring into this world despite said male’s wish that she not do so, the female should be forced to obtain the male’s approval to kill the baby.
Fair is fair.
If it is a female’s choice to have the baby, the male should have the same choice. A male should be able to say; “No, I don’t want that baby. If you decide to bring this baby into the world, I want nothing to do with it. You raise it as your own and leave me out of it.”
There is no difference.
Why should a woman be beholden to the wishes of a man? Why should a man be beholden to the wishes of a woman? Each should be given the choice. If a woman becomes pregnant, the father should be able so refuse the baby. It would be a kind of legal if not biological/medical abortion.
If one is pro-choice but one is for forcing a man to pay for a child which he does not want, one is pro-convenience for women. A man should be forced into fatherhood no more or less than a woman should be forced into motherhood.
Pro-Choice is Pro-Choice. Anything less is simply hypocrisy. You are not Pro-Choice.
Look. It started out as a good idea. The Good Idea Fairy came along and popped some politico on the head and BAM! Civil Asset Forfeiture was born. It didn’t take long to become a perversion of justice and a legal State backed scam designed to steal from the citizen for the profit of local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.
The problem is that it was created in support of the War On Drugs. The War on Drugs is a lie. It is based on Nixonian lies and bigotry. Nixon wanted a way to target his enemies whom he characterized as “Niggers, Spics and Hippies.” Drugs was his path to doing that. He would use the Drug War to strike at his enemies. Of course, he targeted the drug of choice of the poor and middle class — marijuana.
Prior to Nixon lies that created the war on drugs, there was the Corporate War on Hemp. They lied about the effects of marijuana in order to get Hemp outlawed. Hemp had no THC but it was added to all of the bills because it was in the same family. Hemp is an amazing plant. It could replace paper as well as many products made with petro-chemicals. Dupont and other Corporations could not have that. They wanted those Big Oil Profits and the Lumber industry wasn’t going to lose money to hemp either. The first “war on drugs” was born out of that. Big Chem bribed and lied congress into passing anti-marijuana legislation.
100 years later, the lies that created the initial war on drugs combined with the Nixonian enemies list produced war on drugs is still destroying American lives as well as lives across the world.
The US has sent out its messianic missionaries in the INS and DEA to force, bribe and otherwise cajole most of the world into joining the farcical, windmill tilting War On Drugs. Billions and Billions have been spent to stop drug use with the result that more people are using “illicit” drugs than ever before.
The War On Drugs is a huge…no, a YUGE waste of time, effort and resources.
This is where Civil Asset Forfeiture comes into the picture.
The Feds decided that they could take the property of “Drug pushers.” They’d do so based on suspicion alone. No warrant necessary. No due process necessary. They could and do take the property of American Citizens and others within the United States whilst wiping their feet on the US Constitution which is supposed to protect against such unlawful and extra-constitutional seizures. The Fed doesn’t care.
They used Civil Asset Forfeiture to bribe local yokels and large cities into going along with it by “profit sharing” the property, cash and other possessions of the people from whom they extra-legally seized these items.
Local Cops went along because they got cool toys and trips to the Bahamas and end of year bonuses and pay raises. The beauty of Civil Asset Forfeiture for Law Enforcement is that the law states that your property only has to be SUSPECTED of being used or gained in association with Drug Crimes. No proof necessary. Any Police Officer can make a claim. They can take your property. The burden of proof is on you. You must travel to special courts set up for Civil Asset Forfeiture alone. You must spend thousands of dollars to prove that the seized items were lawfully gained and possessed. There is no presumption of innocence until proven guilty. In these cases, your property is guilty until you spend thousands to prove that it was innocent. This is criminal behavior of the State. This is the act of a Police State. This is what I would expect in China, Saudi Arabia or the Soviet Union. I would never expect this kind of criminal behavior out of the United States of America where we are told that we are a Nation of Laws.
You can google all of this. It is right there in black and white.
In the meantime, during the whole of the War On Drugs, the CIA has been using the very people who import drugs into the United States and the Drug Profits from those sales to fund covert operations in places like El Salvador, Iran, Honduras, Panama and Afghanistan. (All available on Google if you want to read about it.) A number of good, well researched books have been published about this. A number of good people have been destroyed for writing about this.
Civil Asset Forfeiture is unconstitutional. It is a crime against Liberty. It is nothing more than Highway Robbery with the Police wearing the Black Hats.
Working for a Civilian Organization and the United States Army are two entirely different things. In the military, one must surrender certain benefits of citizenship. As a civilian, one has no obligation to do so. It is difficult for many long term Military persons to grasp this.
A Citizen of a Free Nation is not obligated to bow to symbols or to public pressure. The NFL has no problem with their expression in form or substance and have made it clear that they feel obligated to allow these Free Citizens to exercise their Natural Rights.
I see not why I should be outraged by the act when I served to protect their right to express themselves and to enjoy Liberty. Again, this is me. This is how I feel. I am proud to live in a Nation where individuals can be free to be moved by conscience.
It matters not to me if they are Billionaires or Homeless Persons on the street without two nickels to rub together. They are Americans. They have the right to Petition the Government for Redress of Grievances, to Assemble, to Free Speech, to Bear Arms.
We are a Nation wherein the Citizen’s voice is paramount. Rather, we are a Nation wherein the Citizen’s voice should be paramount. Unfortunately, we have become a Nation of silent, worshipful citizens and powerful symbols which overrule the Individual and his/her Rights and, in which, the likes of Hillary Clinton are more Free than the Rest of Us.
I am for Liberty. The Exercise of Liberty is of greater import than mere symbols of Liberty. For others, the Symbols are greater than actual Liberty. When the Symbols of Liberty become more important than Liberty itself, they are no longer Symbols of Liberty but of Oppression.
Certainly, everyone should be able to obtain sustenance and a safe place to dwell.
How does one obtain these essentials?
Should others be forced to pay for these essentials?
Who should be forced to pay for the essentials of those who have not the wherewithal to obtain them for themselves?
Should you and I be taxed to pay for the essentials of one who can’t obtain them for themselves?
If a person can afford multiple TVs, an iPhone and other non-essentials, why can they not afford food and a dwelling?
If a person is so poverty stricken that they cannot obtain food and secure dwelling, should these people have children.
If one is going to become dependent upon others, one forfeits one’s ability to make one’s own life choices.
Should others be responsible for those who make poor life choices?
For instance, a person who has the talents to obtain work for a decent salary who decides that the ability to smoke marijuana is more important than accepting available employment. Should I have to supplement his/her income and provide the sustenance and housing for him/her and associated children?
It is much more complicated than a “right to eat” and/or a “right to housing.”
There are able bodied and minded persons out there who could work if they so chose. Yet, they make life decisions that hinder their ability to do so. This affects their ability to obtain sustenance and housing.
Then we have the immigrants. Why do they need to come to America to obtain housing and sustenance? Am I obligated to provide these essentials for them? If so, how? Through government programs or charities?
Am I to be taxed to provide for the children of people who should not have children? Is the production of offspring a right? Should the government be allowed to restrict reproduction?
Am I somehow obligated to pay taxes to feed an unlimited number of children whom I did not choose to produce?
Where do these obligations end?
Why should I not stop working so that the government can take care of me via the taxation of the labor of more productive members of humanity?
America is so fearful that we naively hand our Liberty to the Usurper. He gladly takes it and we are the more endangered for the bargain.
If you don’t like Freedom and Liberty; if you don’t like Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness; if you cannot handle Life, Liberty and Freedom; if you feel that you need the State to condone or restrict your behavior; You do not live as an American. You live as a slave.
Many of America’s Laws have been enacted at the behest of Corporations and at the expense of the Citizen.
Marijuana is one example. It is but one example. It is one of hundreds of thousands of example out of a galaxy of examples.
Marijuana was legislatively criminalized because the Dupont Chemical Corporation bought Congress and had them pass the legislation.
Marijuana laws targeted hemp. The laws are based upon lies and bigotry.
Chemical companies wanted hemp banned because hemp can be used to create paper as well as many, many, many products which are and have been created using petroleum.
Marijuana has medicinal properties and has been proven already to help American Citizens who are sick or in pain.
Yet, you want me to leave America because I do not like these laws.
I think all of those who wish to worship the State and be slaves of said State should move themselves to Saudi Arabia, China or some such other State wherein the people are pawns and slaves and have no choice but to obey the State and their masters within.
All who have this attitude should cease immediately calling themselves American. Those who worship the State and obey immediately every and any whim of their masters are not Americans. They are slaves. They are sheep. They are dependent persons. They are not free. They do not desire Liberty. They desire the sweet, long, silent death of the utterly dependent. They desire the contented, lulling song of thoughtlessness. These are not Americans.
I got news for all of you folks out there.
During the Woodrow Wilson administration, Dupont and other Corporations were feeling the competition from Hemp. They decided to bribe the American Congress to rid themselves of this profit crushing competition.
Dupont and Congress colluded to lie to the American people and conflate Hemp with Marijuana. They couched the issue in terms of public health and safety. Marijuana was demonized as a danger to the American people. Hemp was dragged through the backdoor in secret as part of the anti-Marijuana legislation.
Marijuana was outlawed and hemp as well.
100 years later, we find out that marijuana has numerous health advantages that the American people have missed out on because of the greed of Dupont and the American Congress.
Hemp, we likewise find out, has thousands of every day uses and is much better for us and the environment than Dupont/petroleum products. Hemp could replace trees in the manufacture of paper. It can replace cotton. It can replace thousands of petroleum products.
For 100 years, the American people have been lied to, oppressed, suppressed, persecuted, prosecuted and imprisoned because the United States Congress lied to the American people at the behest of a handful of Corporations.
American Police went along with this fabrication either knowingly or as ignorant stooges of the Politicians. They say ignorance is no defense when it comes to the law. If such is the case, why do Police feign ignorance so often in defense of their actions.
The War on Drugs has always been immoral. It is now immoral. Yet, we have Police who do not want to give it up. Why? Because it is profitable. Police get fancy toys and higher pay because of the War on Drugs. Police get to play at being soldiers. Police get away with murder, theft and violation of the Constitution and Human Rights because of the #WarOnDrugs.
Why would the Police want the War On Drugs to end. It gives them carte blanch. The War on Drugs has made the American Police nigh untouchable. If the War On Drugs ended, We, the people, might decide to look at the actions of Police. I doubt it as most Americans are sheep who still believe that American Police protect and serve despite the fact that the US Supreme Court has ruled that Police are not obliged to protect or serve anyone except the State.
The War On Drugs is immoral. It is a War On #Liberty. Nothing more. Any Police who enforces the laws of the War On Drugs is an immoral human being. All Cops enforce these laws. All Cops are immoral. Period. There is no middle ground.
If someone burns the Flag and people simply acknowledge it and register their disapproval in a normative manner, the protesters have nothing.
If someone burns the Flag and people become outraged and react emotionally and/or violently, the protesters have a victory.
All of this angst and outrage, faux or otherwise, is both counter-intuitive and self defeating.
By being outraged and pretending that you are “American Bad Ass,” you are giving them exactly what they want.
If people ignored them, they’d probably not do it.
The folks who become outraged over flag burnings, stompings and other forms of protest against the United States are similar to those Muslims who act out over Mohammad cartoons and drawings. The difference being that Muslims will actually physically act on their threats whereas the folks of American Badassery will only whine and talk loudly with their chests puffed out.
You have no RIGHT to the labor of another. You have no authority to demand that another human being do your bidding.
You do have the ability to contract[ing] for the labor of another.
A contract is a two way agreement wherein both parties agree to some exchange of services/goods/labor in return for services/goods/labor.
Both parties must agree to the contract.
You have no right to the other parties agreement.
Except via the coercion of the State. If the State deems that you have a right to the labor of others, then you have a legal right but not a natural right.
This is where you err on the side of despotism.
If the State can demand that a bigot provide a cake for a gay person or that a bigot cater a gay persons wedding, where does it end.
If you wish to grant the State those powers on your behalf, then you forfeit all right to complain about items such as institutional racism.
Those who argue in favor of State enforced rights such as the right to the labor of others, the right to forced association, the right to forced contract, you are arguing for tyranny.
Any right that must be enforced by the State is a threat of violence.
You, who are arguing for these legal rights, are arguing in favor of the Police who killed Eric Garner and every other victim of the State.
Your desires and actions are no better than that of the Christian bigot who irrationally (based upon his misinterpretations of the message of Christ) discriminates against Homosexuals or Black people. I would argue that these actions are worse. You are essentially demanding involuntary servitude based on your beliefs that people should not discriminate when, in fact, we all discriminate to one degree or another.
I’m not certain that many have thought this through to its logical Statist conclusion.
**********WARNING: SARCASM FOLLOWS! The author does not actually hold the following opinion*********
Google the term “Golf” and the first images the search engine offers are of Brown Men in tight, nerdy Golf attire playing at whiteness. How did this become acceptable?
The term “Golf” itself is a Scottish one. In Arabic, this kind of sports is still called Golf . As a matter of fact, the “sport” is called Golf in any language. The term has been appropriated into many languages just a the term “computer” has. Golf has its roots in the Scottish Highlands where it was invented by a group of what I can only assume were a bunch of bored, grouchy, slightly drunk Scottish fellows who were bored and not very athletic. Brown appropriation of this Western sport began much later probably in the early 20th Century in America but possibly earlier in India. Brown people who are continuing this tradition are continuing a century old tradition of cultural appropriation. One can see it every day in the NBA, the NFL and in Futbol (Soccer in the US). Brown people or “people of color” have essentially stolen cultural sports that were invented by White people and edged them out whether they are willing to view this practice this way or not.
Growing up in America, I saw men in my community play Basketball, Football and Golf at parks and in the school yard. Men often played with other men, in private spaces, so that this sport was for each other. When they played at school with women in attendance, the dynamic shifted. Men played for men alone, there was a different kind of athleticism and competitiveness, perhaps more powerful, definitely more earnest, or maybe that’s how it felt to me, as a child and teenager, wary of women’s intentions. At schools the sport was competitive and masculine and daring, something aspiring professionals would come use to better their lives, their family, their social standing. In the early days, these sports were all White. Black folks had their own sports in their own community. Baseball was invented by White Americans for White Americans. Likewise with Football and Basketball. Brown people were separate from our communities.
One of the most awkward occurrences for me when I watch sports such as Football or Golf is portion of the game where the Black or Brown athlete is feted as the Best Ever in a Sport invented by White men. Amazingly, it is even more awkward these days when a White athlete is hailed as a legend or a “greatest ever” in a position such as Quarterback in Football. There is always the backlash of “if he was Black, they would give credit to the coach or receiversThis usually happens on weekends, and I’ve learned to avoid watching Sports when there are too many Brown faces around, but sometimes I forget. The last time I forgot, a Brown man came out in a football uniform — because that’s what that is, when a person who’s not White wears a jersey and tight white knee high pants with a helmet or Golf attire looking like a slightly nerdy White guy that is meant to say “golf nerd” or football professional and wears a helmet or custom sneakers of some kind and begins to play the sport. They’re usually terribly large and they don’t remind me of the lithe, athletic players of earlier years who used finesse instead of brute strength.
There are videos of these men bashing their way through the line or powering their way to the goal in basketball. It reminds me of all that is lost in these sports since the Brown man stole these sports and changed them to their suit their talents. It signaled the end of the sport as an intelligent art of strategy and mental exercise. The Brown man appropriated these Sports and the White man was left to ponder what might have been.
OK….I’ll stop there. It’s ridiculous, is it not? And quite bigoted. Imagine though, if a White man had written such a thing as a serious opinion. That man would be vilified. He’d be ushered off into oblivion. If he owned an NBA team, he’d be forced to sell. If he played the sport, he’d be drummed out.
Yet, this woman, Randa Jarrar, actually wrote a similar bigoted article and Salon not only approved of it but called it an important feminist work. Apparently, any culture except Western or “White” can appropriate any aspect of a culture that they deem worthwhile and it is appropriate. It is only the Western World who is accused of appropriation by confused, bigoted liberals who more than likely grew up in comfortable upper middle class homes. After all, the upper middle class liberal is the only human who has the time to waste on idiot ideals such as “cultural appropriation” and to complain about growing up so affluent as to be able to afford an education in one of the better cities and universities in America.
How difficult it must be to grow up in America and be so embattled that one can afford the time to sit about and think up nonsense such as “cultural appropriation” and lament the wretchedness of White women learning a dance that Arabs themselves appropriated, in part, from Persia, the Eastern Mediterranean (Greeks, Roma Gypsies and Turks) and from Hindustan (India) when the Muslim Arabs conquered the subcontinent. Belly dance did not originate with the Arabs alone that much is historically proven. It most certainly did not originate in the make believe land of Palestine which was only created out of thin air when the Arabs failed in their genocidal efforts to “drive the Jews into the sea” in 1967.
Cultures have melted, melded, blended and merged since the first “clash of cultures.” The Arabs were influenced by every cutlure/nation which they conquered. The Arabs in turn influenced those cultures. Likewise, the Arabs have been under 100 years of Western colonialism and conquest. They influenced us their colonizers even as they were influenced in return. This has been the way of the world for millenia. Anyone who studies history knows that the Greeks complained of the undue Persian influence upon Alexander. Kubhalai Khan was criticized for becoming too Chinese. The Arab world was greatly influenced by the Turks, the Kurds and the tribes of Central Asia who drove south in bloody conquest.
The one thing that is certain about Ms. Jarrar is that she does not understand the world, history or Liberty.
Bellydance Unveiled: A Brief History
The origin of bellydance is an actively debated subject among dance enthusiasts. Some of the most popular theories include the following:
1. It descended from a religious dance that was performed during fertility rituals by temple priestesses. As early as 1000 B.C., temple engravings depicting dancers have been found in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece.
2. It arose out of the dance that was associated with childbirth. It prepared girls for labor and was part of the delivery ritual.
3. It descended from ancient Egyptian social dances.
4. It originated in India over 5000 years ago, and had spread through out the Middle East with the migrations of the Gypsy tribes also called Roma in Europe, Ghawazee in Egypt, andNawar in India. The Gypsies eventually reached Europe where one of the most famous Gypsy dance styles was born – Flamenco. Many moves in modern Flamenco are still very similar to bellydance.
Perhaps the richness of Middle Eastern dance tradition and its universal appeal can be attributed to the blending of many various sources, cultures, and dance styles.
Technically, Cleopatra VII was a White Woman as she was 100% Greek. I wonder if Ms. Jarrar would have been offended to see the good Pharoah get her funky belly dance on.
Everyone thinks that everything that they do is “special.” It’s not.
Get used to it. You should already be used to it. It’s been this way since at least 1913 when the income tax was passed and each American became nothing more than a Dollar Sign to the Mother Corporation.
You are Dredd Scott.
To the extent that government power grows, liberty diminishes. Remember this as you vote, America. Liberty is at a perilous crossroads thanks to lunatic voting of the Far Left and Right. Obama and Bush accomplished more in the name of government intrusion and centralized power than the last 42 Presidents combined.
Presidents are not Gods to be worshiped but men who are voted in to office to do the bidding of the people. Every power that they accrue to themselves comes at the expense of the citizenry. Every worshiper of the office of the President and of the men who are elected President chips away at the sovereignty of the American Citizen.
The trend continues towards centralization of Executive Power. The trend continues towards the diminishment of civil rights. The State grasps for power continuously. It is the responsibility of the American Citizen to ensure that our Liberties remain. If Liberty is lost, we have only ourselves to blame and Liberty, once lost, is never regained without revolutionary bloodletting.
“The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of Government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all.”
— George Washington (Farewell Address, September 17, 1796)
(see George W. Bush’s comment on this subject)
“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”
— Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Archibald Stuart – 1791)
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
— Wendell Phillips (speech in Boston, Massachusetts, January 28, 1852, citing Thomas Jefferson, though it has also been attributed to Patrick Henry)
“When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.”
— Thomas Jefferson (attributed to Jefferson, by his contemporaries)
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” — John Quincy Adams (attributed to Adams, by his contemporaries)
The Patriot Act is the most unconstitutional legislation since the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, which proscribed speech critical of the government; yet the FBI loves it. Its premise is that in dangerous times, if we surrender our freedoms to the government, the government will keep us safe until the danger passes. This is a flawed argument.
The DNC and GOP are evil.
Neither are good for the country.
Both are good for their respective Lobbyists and Special Interests.
Both target key demographics and lie to them to get elected.
Unions represent the interests of their respective organizations. Police Unions represent the interests of Police. They lobby for legislation that will benefit the Police. Laws such as COPS and 1033, qualified immunity, confiscation, etc.
The Wars on Poverty, Crime and Drugs were initiated by Democrats. All of these so-called wars benefit the Police, empower the police and destroy the rights of the Citizens.
The War on Terror was initiated by Republican Bush 2. However, Obama has taken that war and run with it. He’s made it his own. The NDAA, NSA spying, police militarization, assassination, rendition, invasions and occupations…all of these things were started by someone other than Obama, the Democrat. Yet, Obama has taken them and injected elephant steroids into these programs and gone about the business of destroying the Constitution.
Any Political Party that centers on the corruption that are American cities is bound to be corrupt.
Police have, historically, been Democratic run organizations. Not Republican.
Military members joining the police forces enmasse is a recent phenomenon. This is happening recently as a result of the terrible economy and programs put in place by respective Clinton, Bush 2 and Obama DOJs.
Our current volunteer military is only 30 years old. Prior to the “All Volunteer” military, our nations military services were made up of careerists who retired after they left service and draftees who were mostly poor. These draftees left the service and went into all career fields and some into none as most were from the poor or lower middle class.
This preposterous idea that the Police forces in the military are made up of mostly ex-military is patently false. I looked it up and it can’t be proven or disproven because no one (not even the DOJ) keeps statistics.
I have been researching American police forces for some time now because of Obama’s continuation of Bush’s War on Liberty. Police come from predominantly working class familes. They enter the police force between the ages of 21 and 24. That does not give the majority of them time to enter the Military, ETS and then join the police as a goodly majority of Police have at least 2 years of college. This is a prerequisite for some, if not most, Police forces.
Police Brutality, of late, is a direct result of the Bush/Obama war on Liberty and the Constitution.
Both the Military and the Police are tools of the State.
Police forces have been given qualified immunity. This means that they are not accountable to the citizenry and not held to the same law as the rest of the citizenry. They are, in fact, above the law. Bush and Obama have brought this about via legislation, “Wars on…,” and court appointments.
This must change or America will no longer be a free nation but, instead, little better than Maoist China.
The Democrats are no better than the Republicans. They are the same. This is an age old tactic. Divide and conquer.
By choosing D or R, you are defeating yourselves and destroying America.
When we depart Afghanistan, we will be leaving thousands of partners who aided the US/Coalition effort.
Leaving them to their fate.
These folks, who are ALL MUSLIM, have risked their lives for meager pay. We pay them anywhere from 150.00 to 3000.00 monthly average but most make closer to 800.00USD. In the meantime, thousands of them have been beaten, threatened kidnapped and at the extreme murdered in cold blood along with their families.
I have huge problems with Islam and what I call the “Muslim mentality.” That said, these folks, all of whom are Muslim have aided in our efforts against the insurgency, al Qaeda and the Taliban. They’ve put their lives on the line for their country, for the US & Coalition and for us.
I can’t not admire that and I can’t help but feel some sense of shame for we shall abandon them just as we abandoned the Vietnamese, Lao, Khmer and, more recently, the Iraqis.
We did not have to come here. They did not have to accept us. Nonetheless, we came. We stirred up the hornet’s nest. We shall depart hailing ourselves as the Great Bringers of Democracy and Liberty.
They will stay, suffer and die. We are culpable here in the Stan just as we are for the events transpiring in Fallujah and Mosul.
I knew this kid. He works in a nan shop in Kabul right near where I was. I bought bread from him two or three times a week. I used to give him a Snickers bar when I bought fread. Five of those “loaves” hanging behind Petraeus cost about 1USD (50 Afs). Best bread in the world.