Even people on Death Row get the occasional commutation. There is no guarantee our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan will be so lucky. There isn't. Sorry. I wish it were different. I wish our leaders weren't such slaves to money that they are willing to hurl our citizens into a hellish death to up their bottom lines. Up their bottoms indeed!
Slavery was a bad institution. People were literally worked to death. Some were even killed indiscriminately. But if it turns out that Halliburton (or whomever) are little more than megaplantations...I cannot imagine it will sit well with people back home. And I feel sure it doesn't sit well with the people picking the oily cotton over there either. Not with targets on their backs.
And are we really just paying our military to be free workers for the Oil and Energy plantations? I imagine the foot-soldiers really love that idea, huh!
Well, here's one now. Let's see what he says on the matter:
This looks like a modern-day crusade not to free an oppressed people or to rid the world of a demonic dictator relentless in his pursuit of conquest and domination but a crusade to control another nation's natural resource. At least to me, oil seems to be the reason for our presence here.
There is only one truth, and it is that Americans are dying. There are 10 to 14 attacks on our servicemen and -women daily in Iraq, and there appears to be no end in sight.
We soldiers have faced death in Iraq without reason or justification. How many more must die? How many more tears must be shed before Americans awake and demand the return of the men and women whose job it is to protect them rather than their leader's interest?
How much is this war like slavery? How much is it like what we did to Native-Americans? How much is it like Death Row? Is this really what America is about? Are we just displacing people and stealing their land and resources...then making them, and even our own soldiers...slaves for Oil plantations? Don't ask me? I do not know. But if it is drifting this way, I say it is wrong. Just as it was wrong before.
As Shakespeare hints: "All's well that ends well"...and indeed, it needn't end badly. So far the beginning was strong (but deceptive), and the midgame very weak and deadly.
We needn't end badly. No one's life needs end badly, unjustly, or for a mammoniacal cause benefitting only the masters. Johnson hesitated bringing home our soldiers and many died badly because of his misplaced mercy, or lack thereof. Let us hope for more mercy...and Godspeed.
Let our people go!
Bring them home.