Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Hurray for San Francisco!

Let's hear it for the San Francisco school board for banning the Junior ROTC from its entire system. It was put very succinctly by former city teacher Nancy Mancias who supported the decision by stating that "We need to teach a curriculum of peace." Amen sister!

For a place called Babylon-by-the-Bay this sounds incredibly much like the sentiments of true Christianity. It would be refreshing to see this same type of scrutiny applied to the military-industrial indoctrination of our children by other less pagan-like municipalities in the so-called Bible Belt, that I call home, and the mythical Heartland of popular fancy located between the seaboards in what the coastal elites refer to as the "fly 0ver." It is always instructive to ask the folks who inhabit these two morally superior regions "just who exactly would Jesus Christ bomb?"

"We don't want the military ruining our civilian institutions," said Sandra Schwartz of the American Friends Service Committee, an organization actively opposing JROTC nationwide. "In a healthy contain the military. You must always contain the military." Hallelujah sister! Can I get a witness???

In light of the ongoing reality of American military aggression it's high time that local governments around the nation begin to withdraw their support and tacit approval of death and destruction as a viable career option for the young and impressionable charges in their educational care. The current situation in the Middle East is not a fight for freedom but a sinister land grab by power mad crooks in DC who have slaughtered mainly poor and impoverished innocents by the hundreds of thousands, as well as maiming and killing tens of thousands of American soldiers while the whole world watches this blood soaked spectacle on flat screen TV.

In today's edition of Lew writer Shepherd Smith makes this point quite eloquently:

The foreign attack on the United States was not a mortal wound to the Empire. The real fatal blow was how the Empire struck back. Unable or unwilling to attack the perpetrators of the 9/11 crime, the wounded Empire struck viciously against the whole country of Afghanistan. Full of the blood of revenge, it then attacked Iraq on spurious grounds. Mainly innocent people perished in those attacks, as the world watched, aghast and in disbelief and disgust, as the U.S. and a few allies have slaughtered between 400,000 and a million people. Such a stain on the Empire will not be easily forgotten.

So for me the sooner new recruits are discouraged from joining the ranks of this evil killing machine the better. Again I say, let's hear it for San Francisco!


David Gillman said...

I'll be your witness, brother.

Anonymous said...

i don't disagree.
"mainly innocent people perished in those attacks"?
please provide footnotes

beamis said...

Mainly innocent people die when wars are waged in densely settled urban areas such as the ones located in the Euphrates River Valley of Mespotamia.

Audie said...

Here's a footnote for the bohunk:

Washington Post, Weds. Oct. 11, 2006, page A12: "A team of American and Iraqi epidemiologists estimates that 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred."

Devastatin' Dave said...

Don't be swayed by the numbers game. If the epidemiologist numbers had only come up with a number of 655, that is 655 too many.

Our military and political leaders like to regale us with stories about how are modern military is more efficient and humane because our armaments are laser guided and are accurate to within a meter of their intended target. Well, la-de-da.

They may strike within a meter of their intended target, but I guarantee you that the blast zone and devastation of that armament doesn't obey the one meter tolerance. If you were targeting Saddam Hussein himself and hit him on the top of his head with a tomahawk, if he is standing in an outdoor market in Bagdad at the time then civilians are gonna get killed.

You can't prosecute a bombing campaign on a city without killing innocent civilians.