Reporter Comes In From The Cold War

Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has discovered that the Vietnam War was not really about stopping communism. That was an emotional delusion. The Vietnam War, he writes, was about anti-colonial nationalism, what the Vietnamese called liberation from a French/American military yoke. When the Vietnamese beat the French, its patron, the United States of America, took up that militarist yoke. Then it took the Vietnamese 21 more years of terrible slaughter before the Americans gave it up.

That’s the narrative Friedman has recognized. The pathetic irony is that the Vietnamese admired America and loved the Americans they fought with during World War Two against the Japanese. The 1945 decision to turn against our WWII ally has to be one of the saddest betrayals in world history.

I’m a Vietnam veteran. I was a young radio direction finder in the military operations in the mountains west of Pleiku along the Cambodian border. My job was to locate radio operators so our forces could use all available means of mechanized death to destroy entire Vietnamese units and anyone else who got in the way. I didn’t discover what Friedman has discovered until the late seventies, after maturing and reading a host of highly respected books of history. Before that, I had been a good American and had dutifully accepted the national narrative lie that the evil North Vietnamese had without provocation invaded the innocent nation of South Vietnam.

As a good, pliant soldier I learned to hate the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong guerrillas. We called them gooks, dinks, zips and slopes. We treated all Vietnamese like dogs. We killed them up close and in great numbers. We killed between two and three million of them. They managed to kill 58,000 of us. More on both sides were maimed; families were destroyed; and in Vietnam many thousands simply went missing, doomed to wander as improperly buried ghosts. We destroyed without a thought; we ecologically poisoned much of the land. The legacy is horrible….

http://thiscantbehappening.net/node/2526

Of course the reporter was very slow on the uptake.  Others recognized the reality much earlier:

…”And this country befell upon us one big atrocity.  It lied.  They had us naive, young, dumb-ass niggers believin’ this war was for democracy and independence.  It was fought for money.  All those big corporations made billions on the war, and then America left.”…

-Specialist 4 Arthur E “Gene” Woodley, Jr.  Quoted In Bloods, An Oral History Of The Vietnam War By Black Veterans, by Wallace Terry.

Read the book to view many more insights into the real nature of Vietnam that long predate Mr. Friedman’s epiphany and Obama’s recent attempt to sanitize the horror.

Genetics And Ebola

Scientists have found a better way to study Ebola in the lab. When they infected a fleet of specially bred mice with the virus, they saw a range of reactions, from zero symtoms to death by hemorrhagic fever. By studying how different genes in mice change the course of infection, they could determine what genes make humans more vulnerable to death by Ebola….

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2014/10/30/can-your-genes-affect-your-response-to-ebola-thats-the-case-in-these-mice/

THINK about this information for a minute.  Thanks to HL for the above link.

Americanism

…One must talk about another belief system, which is dogmatic, rigid and ideological, a mutant of Christianity, which for here I will call “Americanism.”

“Amercanists” have a huge influence on America’s foreign policy, even if they are a minority. They believe their country never does any wrong. And if it does, it is always “right.” They want to shovel democracy down throat of others. If a democracy is too Islamic for their taste, they then feel happy with making it a dictatorship.

Americanists lack any understanding of rationality. They mostly don’t know much history. From them, history started in 9/11, so there is no possibility of a blow-back in their minds. If they don’t know something, it is you who is the fool.

They have mostly never been abroad, almost certainly not to a Muslim country. But for some strange reason they are extremely confident about their views (a very special characteristic of this Christian mutant). They might call themselves secular.

They will kill and maim civilians. They say that Muslim leadership sympathises with “terrorists”, for they don’t protest. Americanists cannot see that they not only do not protest what their government does—which is many times multiple of what 9/11 was—they also rationalise massacres done on an industrial scale by their own government.

How often have I found Americanists telling me their disgust about attacks by Muslims. But Americanists completely fail to see any causality, however remote, with the forever-wars and constant interference in the Middle East.

The US destroyed the stability of Iraq for no good reason. None. Even an insane person could see that Iraq, given its culture, would be worse off without Saddam Hussein. Americanists using their own logic and understanding of Islam should have seen the consequences that now exist as ISIS. Incapable for self-reflection, they will never try to understand the real source of the problem. They now want to attack the ISIS.

They truly believe that they are doing good to the world. They know exactly how other people should live, without knowing an iota about their lives. They will deliver their message through Hellfire missiles and drones. For them the way to process the world is through the big media. Twitter and Facebook memes are deep philosophy for them. They firmly believe that Muslims want to kill everyone based on some quotes in Quran. If you tell them that there is nothing special about such quotes, for the Bible has similar ones, they will rationalize it away.

They will produce stories about Muslim gangs killing non-Muslims. For them this is enough evidence—in our crazy world—to prove that Muslims are universally bad. Produce a similar event in which Christians systematically killed non-Muslims and they see it as an anomaly.

If you remind them that Christians mindlessly killed tens of millions of their own kind in the two world wars—by far the worst event than anything else in human history—they cannot see how it reflects badly on Christians.

Living vicariously through achievements of wealth-generating Americans, Americanists when cornered will “argue” that those not happy should leave the US, and cynically offering to help pack up. Their lack of understanding about the world makes it difficult for them to conceptualize that not every person who can put two words together lives in the US.

Alas, Americanism is destroying what made America great….

https://www.dollarvigilante.com/blog/2014/10/29/the-most-dangerous-religion-americanism.html

 

U.N. Report Says Look Backward On Torture

Months after President Obama frankly admitted that the United States had “tortured some folks” as part of the War on Terror, a new report submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture has been released that excoriates his administration for shielding the officials responsible from prosecution.

The report describes the post-9/11 torture program as “breathtaking in scope”, and indicts both the Bush and Obama administrations for complicity in it – the former through design and implementation, and the latter through its ongoing attempts to obstruct justice. Noting that the program caused grievous harm to countless individuals and in many cases went as far as murder, the report calls for the United States to “promptly and impartially prosecute senior military and civilian officials responsible for authorizing, acquiescing, or consenting in any way to acts of torture.”…

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/10/30/un-report-slams-obama-protecting-u-s-officials-torture-charges/

 

World Says “Cuba Si”

Revolutionary Cuba has always been a miracle and gift to all humankind. This week, the nations of the world – with two savage exceptions – instructed their emissaries at the UN General Assembly to tell the world’s self-designated “indispensable” country to end its 54-year-long trade embargo against Cuba. The virtually unanimous global rebuke to the American superpower, in combination with the extraordinary breadth and depth of acclamation accorded Havana, tells us that it is Cuba, not the U.S., that is the truly “exceptional” nation on the planet.

It was the 23rd time that the United Nations has rejected the embargo. The outcome was identical to last year’s tally, with only the United States and Israel voting against the non-binding resolution. Although the list of American allies on the Cuban embargo issue could not possibly get any smaller – Israel, after all, can only exist if joined at the U.S. hip – this year’s political environment was even less deferential to the reigning military colossus. In recognition of its singular commitment to the fight against Ebola in Africa, Cuba soared, once again – the hero nation….

http://blackagendareport.com/node/14493