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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Telling soldiers the truth

Soldiers generally convince themselves that they are heroes. Our society, and many others, in general think soldiers are heroes.

Soldiers are young men, and some women, who are trained to become killers. That is their job. To know how to kill, but more importantly, to become killing machines; i.e. to kill on command without hesitation, morals, thought, or reflection.

Soldiers generally think they are 'serving' our country. Many others in our country believe soldiers are 'serving' we the people.

Soldiers are serving, but not 'we the people'. Soldiers are not even acting in the best interest of 'we the people'. And they never have.

Soldiers are serving the corporations of this country. Soldiers are and have always served the best interest of those with power and wealth. Period.

It is unfathomable to me how simple, everyday, even kind people who want to live and love like every other person around the country can become so brainwashed as to join a force that is basically working against their own interests on many, many, many levels.

Long term studies by race, age, class, education have shown on every single level that men who join the military have less, are less successful, less satisfied with their lives than their peers who stayed in civilian life. Not to mention soldiers are at least 3 times as likely to batter, rape, kill their wives - and themselves - then their non-soldier peers.

Being part of the force that puts not only your body, your mind at risk but more importantly, your human spirit or soul at risk, does not make you a hero but makes you a tool for cannon fodder.

Perhaps being willing to sacrifice your wonderful, special, sacred life or body parts might be heroic if you were saving a child's life or jumping in to rescue someone, but engaging in war, especially war for oil companies, for war profiteering companies (two just got 7.5 BILLION dollar contract in Afghanistan), for subjugation and control of a people from a country we're being brainwashed to hate & fear, makes you an instrument of genocide: for without the soldier, how could death and destruction be wrought upon these people?

And perhaps the deepest level that soldiers sink to when joining a force that works against their best interest, is the force that twists their brains to think that human life they kill by accident becomes "collateral damage". To allow themselves to think of the babies, the children, the women, the men, the elderly who just 'happened' to be in the way of their bombs, their fire power, their superior weapons are not human beings, not their mother, their baby sister, their auntie but "collateral damage".

I apologize if Mr. Brown's name is really Mr. Brown. I use anonymous names for my interactions and I really heard recruiters refer to him as Bryant.

Just to be clear, I did not call Mr. Brown a "killer"; although that is what he is. He has killed human beings. The truth is he is a killer. It is what we call people who kill.

I overheard folks saying he was a special forces sniper and involved in ambushes. I have no idea if that is true.

It is the Mr. Browns of our country that have helped make this world the place of terror it is for too many women like me. I do not sleep better at night, knowing he is out there 'mentoring' vulnerable youth in his attempts to justify the anti-human things he did - things that do not allow HIM to sleep at night - when he could be 'mentoring' youth to love, to have compassion, to NEVER be willing to take human life.

For we cannot go on, destroying human life. Or our planet. Mr. Brown needs to resign and spend the later years of his life rebuilding what he's destroyed, and paying restitution to those he has harmed so greatly. And tell our youth the TRUTH about who they are really serving and why.

p.s. if you want to post to my blog, you need to identify who you are. or start your own blog.


  • At 15/7/09 3:25 PM, Anonymous Mr. JD Brown, USMC said…

    I am the infamous Mr. Brown. I've had many friends, colleauges and acquantances contact me recently to inform me of the content of this blog.

    Your deviation from the truth is, well astounding, for lack of a better word.

    You did call me a killer, how can you deny it. You approached me on Shattuck Square and asked me "how does it feel to know that I killed innocent people with weapons far more superior than what they had". You also shouted "SHAME", one of your colleagues shouted "MURDERER" and you even had to gall to state that the victims of the attack at Pearl Habor deserved what they got.

    I say to you Madame: SHAME - Have you none?

    I'll close this with a definition of a Soldier that counters the description that you have placed forward.

    No one prays for peace more than the soldier and no one understands the value of democratic ideals, esprit de corps and ethical stewardship more than the military veteran. Such citizens had a monumental impact on this nation’s founding and have been integral in preserving the American ideal throughout periods of marked global change.
    Soldiers exist in every sector of society, leading by example while others lead by self-promotion and excess. Having once answered the call to duty to protect and defend this great nation, they now help preserve our moral fiber and national identity, while having a tremendous effect on our corporate, governmental, social and political landscape. While scandal and disgrace embroil and ensnare those driven by expediency, comfort, self-gratification and singular focus on increasing their own station at the consequence of others, Soldiers are purveyors of discipline, wisdom, selfless service and sense of community.

    As I said, I am Mr. Brown and I feel no shame for any of my past service. I wish you happiness.

    I will close by thanking Mr. Thomas J. Ratcliff for teaching me, the meaning of what a soldier is.

  • At 15/7/09 5:34 PM, Anonymous James said…

    My name is James and I am in the Navy, and you, mam, have no idea what you are talking about.

  • At 17/7/09 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Zanne joi is a coward who won't post the opposing views to her blogs. She's afraid of freedom of speech, debates, and people who tell the truth.

  • At 18/7/09 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Zanne Joi - you coward.

  • At 26/7/09 11:20 PM, Blogger Xan said…

    CodePINK vs. Code Brown!
    We have been challenged to a DEBATE with jd brown, united states marine corps. And we have accepted.

    Any time, any place, with a moderator acceptable to all, let's do it.

    The previous two times we were to debate war supporters, they backed out both times.

    First Melanie Morgan agreed to debate Medea Benjamin and a few days before the date, she got ice cold feet and refused to show up! Actually, she sent her MM clone instead. It was hillarious!

    The second time, the young Republicans agreed to debate us on UC Berkeley campus - then they backed out at the last minute also, claiming they were too busy with finals, even though they are the ones that picked the date and time.

    So let's see if those boys that are brave enough to call us cowards, to call the police to protect them, let's see if they really will debate us this time!

    How about a labor day debate? That should be informative and fun!


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