U. S. Military Begins to Mutiny
The United States military in Iraq is overstretched, exhausted, poorly armed and supplied, and many soldiers and Marines who have been forced into second and third tours of duty have become stressed and paranoid. (Over 100,000 Iraq veterans are already receiving some kind of disability compensation back here at home.) Now they are beginning to stand up and openly question the leadership and the orders which keep sending them back to Iraq over and over again, for month after bloody month.
According to a Reuters article, "More than 200 active duty U.S. armed service members, fed up with the war in Iraq, have joined an unusual protest calling for withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country...The campaign, called the Appeal for Redress from the War in Iraq, is the first of its kind in the Iraq war and takes advantage of Defense Department rules allowing active duty troops to express personal opinions to members of Congress without fear of retaliation."
The website at www.appealforredress.org states: "As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq. Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home."
The Web site allows serving military members to add their signatures to the petition for withdrawal that will be presented to Congress. As of this writing over two hundred serving soldiers, sailors, and Marines have signed, and anyone who believes that there will be no retaliation is living in a dream world. Yet they continue to sign, knowing the risks.
More than anyone else, the men and women who have served in Iraq understand that the war is a fraud.
They know that not only have no weapons of mass destruction been found, but they were never there to begin with.
They know that the Iraqi people don't want us there, and don't want to be transformed into some vast Middle Eastern equivalent of a southern California strip mall with McDonalds and drive-through mosques.
They know that democracy has brought nothing to Iraq except mass death, ruin, and wreckage. They know that their comrades are dying for nothing, and finally America's serving soldiers are getting tired of it.
But what will they do when their protests are ignored and the Iraq war drags on for year after bloody year?
What will they do when the drunken midget in the White House orders them into Iran and Syria?
Will some high-ranking officers finally start getting together in some back room in the Pentagon and start planning to do the only thing that seems capable of removing Bush and his neocons from power?