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Saturday, March 29, 2003

Marines Are Dying For Nothing - AGAIN!

From: "Astro"
To: "friends"
Date sent: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 18:39:00 -0500

My brother Marines are dying for nothing - AGAIN!

Robert S. Finnegan
Managing Editor
Southeast Asia News

March 27th 2003
Irish philosopher Edmund Burke once said: "The only thing necessary
for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

No words could better describe the situation taking place in America

As the illegal war in Iraq bogs down and the body bags start coming
home to the accompaniment of images of American POW's on CNN, the
mood worldwide is one of shocked disbelief that events have been
allowed to go this far.

If indeed Americans who have supported this war in the beginning are
becoming disillusioned, wait until the next curtain comes up.
Warfare in built-up areas: the nightmare of all military commanders.
Americans seem to love war these days, especially when they can kick
back in their well-worn easy chairs and sip their cheap suds while
taking in the deadly events occurring in the Middle East.
Zombie-like, they exercise a level of egotism that sets them apart
from the human race. I wonder if the "independent media" will ever
show this rotting underbelly of the United States on prime time, the
supporters of this illegal war.

In Jakarta, my Indonesian friends now avoid me. This is a bad sign.
The radicals are having a field day and growing stronger by the
minute. America, the Great Satan. I used to laugh at that phrase.
Not anymore. From where I'm sitting it carries a lot of weight.

What happed to the lessons supposedly learned in Vietnam? Are we as
a nation doomed to repeat past mistakes over and over again until
finally the American people have had enough and attempt to call a
halt to this slaughter? What will happen to those who do exercise
their "rights" - as if we have any left - in an attempt to steer our
country and our people back on course with the rest of humanity?

What will the mindless, beer-swilling sheep that comprise the
majority of our electorate do when they finally realize the gig is
up? Will they admit they were wrong, or simply bend over and take it
in the kiester because they are, after all, the real cowards in our

Will the government turn the military loose on the protesters? Will
they fire on their own countrymen? What will it take to dislodge the
evil in the White House?

I am afraid that I already know the answers to these questions.

The one question that looms in my mind now is: Can we still take
back our country?

Or is it too late?

On a very personal level, I have to say that I am sick of hearing
average Americans parroting the lies of the administration. Just the
other day I was attacked for an article I wrote suggesting that a
very hard look be taken at what we the people are allowing to happen
in our name. One reader, who appeared to possess the IQ of a smart
housedog (apologies to American dogs) actually challenged me to a
duel. I laughed at it. I'm not laughing now. Not after watching the
bodies of my brother Marines being treated as they were in Vietnam.

So, Mr. America, you hot dog eating, cheap beer swilling loser who
probably never saw a day of military service, I am now ready to take
you up on it. You and me stud.

I specify sawed-off 12 gauge shotguns at 20 paces. I'll pay your way
to Jakarta - duels are legal here - and may the best man win. I'll
even pay for your cremation and the Buddhist monks to preside over
the scattering of your ashes; it's still a bargain in this part of
the world.

My brother Marines are dying for nothing, AGAIN, and I am now one
very pissed off Marine.

Robert S. Finnegan is the International Communications Editor for
the Office of the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Republic of
Indonesia and a veteran investigative reporter. Recently working as
the lead investigator for The Jakarta Post on the Bali bombing, the
author has resided in Indonesia for three years and is a former
Marine Corps Non-Commissioned Officer. He can be reached at

Robert S. Finnegan
Managing Editor
Southeast Asia News
Jakarta, Indonesia

posted by Vetzine


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