This is the man who reports truth to the power elite. He has been a prisoner of the Iraqis and knows both sides of the story. Here are some sites to inform.
...few Americans realize how much sway the Defense Department has in Hollywood. The military edits films for negative content, denies access to filmmakers who refuse to be censored, and even writes scripts for television shows. Sadly, our fantasies have as little integrity as our news.
Small wonder, then, that most Americans believe whatever Donald Rumsfeld says, or that recruits keep hopping on the fodder train. But while millions watch Steven Spielberg's latest paean to war and the Pentagon sells its Army of One to bored, hopeless teens, a U.S. soldier somewhere knows better. He might be staring in disbelief at his hospital bill. From Stars and Stripes:
"At a daily rate of $8.10, hospitalized troops, including those wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, are being charged for their meals. ... That's some way to support our troops. I doubt the reservist's recruiter said anything about this. But what if he had? What if the kids standing in line at the recruitment office actually knew what they were getting themselves into? What if voters knew what war really does to human beings? Could a mere FAQ change our belligerent ways?
In his latest book, Chris Hedges aims to provide "a glimpse into war as it is, not as it is usually portrayed by the entertainment industry, the state, and the press." What Every Person Should Know About War (2003) answers 437 questions about the practice of war. It has no smoldering phrases, no calls to action, no arguments at all, just questions and answers. Each answer is footnoted, and almost every footnote leads to a scientific study or U.S. military publication. The book is blunt, dispassionate, and the last thing the government wants you to read.
Bill Moyers interviewed him in 03/07/2003 after "shock and awe" and it's purpose.http://www.pbs.org/now/transcript/trans ... edges.html
The General was admirably candid. Quote: "We need to condition people that this is war. People get the idea this is going to be antiseptic. Well, it's not going to be. People are going to die."
I read those words just after finishing this book, WAR IS A FORCE THAT GIVES US MEANING. Its author, Chris Hedges, knows about war, knows about people dying from close up experience. As a foreign correspondent for the NEW YORK TIMES, Chris Hedges covered the Balkans, the Middle East, including the first Gulf War where he was captured by the Iraqis, and Central America.
On tompayne.com (-mon sense)http://www.tompaine.com/feature.cfm/ID/6657
TP.c: When you say the rush to war is like a drug, how is it addictive? What void does it fill? What needs are fulfilled by this kind of rhetoric and this kind of myth-making, and this kind of political discourse, that are not otherwise accomplished in a peacetime political environment?
Hedges: Well, I think war is probably the supreme drug. War -- first of all, it is a narcotic. You can easily become addicted to it. And that?s why it?s often so hard for people who spend prolonged times in combat to return to peacetime society. There?s a huge alienation, a huge disconnection, often a longing to go back to the subculture of war.
War has a very dark beauty, a kind of fascination with the grotesque. The Bible called it "the lust of the eye" and warned believers against it. War has a rush. It has a hallucinogenic quality. It has that sort of stoned-out sense of -- that zombie-like quality that comes with not enough sleep, sort of being shelled too long. I think, in many ways, there is no drug, or there are no combination of drugs that are as potent as war, and one could argue as addictive. It certainly is as addictive as any narcotic.
A narcotic? HMMM- do they know how to play us. Vietnam opened up the poppy fields and the troops brought it home. It spread like wild fire, like peace and love as a cover for a force of addiction, moving out over America as the power and addiction of war spread out over the world, like a drug that overpowers the victim.
Afghanistan was the new poppy field, which the taliban stopped, but our move to democratise and equality for women led to its implementing a source of heroin once again.
Lets go back in time..... 1830's China as a market for Turkish opium. The sale and theft of the wealth of China to finance the growth of America and its financial and instructional, educational institutions paid for by the silver and gold of a foreign country, by the distribution of addictions and narcotics. Not strong enough to wage war against them, America built their country on the habits American merchants forced on the innocent Chinese, then brought them to America to build their country and its railroads etc., then imposed taxes on them to restrict them when they ran out of use. They never could lose their stigma of opium addicts and were presented as addicts for many decades after opium was declared illegal.
To this day in Victoria B.C.. they still talk and laugh about the opium dens at the turn of the 20th century in Fan Tan alley, strange little rooms wher e the world of the chinese immigrant was played out amidst clouds of rising smoke, dreams and illusions. I'm sure its the same in San Francisco.
War, like addictions comes in many forms, both internal and external, each is equally devastating. Love and peace- yeah right. Hate and unrest, more like it.