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The above title, GOING AWOL, some "how to's", is ironic -- partly. This is ACTUALLY a reply to a John A., who objected to my removing his lengthy comment. I had good reasons to. I believe his comments were canned, for one thing. Some Bush apologist spewing hate-filled propaganda for the consumption of the fearful and unthinking masses. I have seen it before on the Internet; and maybe you readers of this blog have too. Let's do something about it! expose this hate-filled nonsense for what it really is.

My comments on this essay follow. I am making a separate blog on it, as well as putting it under comments. I want EVERYONE possible to see this -- and let your friends know!

TOGETHER, WE CAN END THIS WAR. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I removed two comments from my blog. One of them spoke of @#$%^& Liberals. I choose not to have people come here to read my blog and be insulted.

The other comment I removed, which I believe was yours, was perhaps not written by you and in any case has been circulating around the Internet for some time; I have seen it before. I believe this lengthy essay, whoever it was written by, contributes absolutely nothing to any discussion of Iraq. Its tone is hysterical, hate-filled and xenophobic; a typical piece of PROPAGANDA, nothing else. I am old enough to have seen similar anti-Japanese junk circulated during WWII. It states as I recall, that Muslims want to "kill all infidels all over the world"; and that "Muslim countries have contributed absolutely nothing to world culture". Both of these statements, among others, are of course patently untrue. I hope they are not YOUR statements; but, you should not be passing such hate-filled garbage on.

Such hate-garbage, I repeat, has NO place whatsoever in ANY discussion. In fact, I invite readers of my blog, if they have come across this particular piece {which you will recognize} of War Propaganda on the Internet, to let others know and to comment on it HERE.

As far as your saying that "going AWOL does not need to be addressed"; Going AWOL most CERTAINLY needs to be addressed!!!! Soldiers are Going AWOL RIGHT NOW!!!!! According to the Military itself, thousands have; but their figures are unreliable and no doubt under-represent the actual numbers; the figure some MONTHS ago stood at over 5,000, that's the latest and best we can get from the Military. Undoubtedly the figure NOW is larger.

There exist ORGANIZATIONS for spiriting soldiers to Canada. {See the Vancouver Sun, November of last year.} The HARPER'S MAGAZINE of last May, did a COVER ARTICLE on the "increasing problem" in the military. They all but gave instuctions! without crossing the line into illegality! I HAVE PERSONALLY TALKED TO SOLDIERS IN THE NATIONAL GUARD, WHO WERE CONSIDERING THAT AN OPTION. So, yes, this question URGENTLY needs to be addressed. AS DOES THE RELATED ONE: are we at home going to "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS", AND SUPPORT THOSE OF OUR TROOPS WHO GO AWOL, AND THOSE OF OUR TROOPS WHO RESIST ILLEGAL ORDERS????????

MOST soldiers who go AWOL, of course, do so in their home territory; either before being deployed; or when home on leave. {Altho others do so on bases in Germany, etc.} A FEW, a VERY FEW, have actually left their units in Iraq and, with the help of Iraqi citizens who are GLAD to get rid of the occupiers, attempted to make their way to Syria or another country. See, the Muslims DON'T "want to kill us all"! {Besides the fact that many Iraqis are in fact Christians -- bet you didn't know that! or members of other minority faiths within the culture.}

The Iraqi Insurgency has in fact issued a call for American troops to lay down their arms; and stated it would HELP them across the border if they wished to leave the military.

Since the Iraqi Insurgency consists of many different groups, some with poor communications with the others, it is impossible to determine how "safe" such a course of action would actually be. However, apparently SOME soldiers were convinced enough that it was, to actually go that route. They were caught by their own military before crossing the border. It is impossible to say, whether any actually MADE IT. The military would not want that information to be known! And, if any made it, they would keep quiet until the end of the Occupation; as they would not want reprisals taken by the U.S. against any friendly Iraqi civilians who had helped them.

You may see, that the first comment on my blog is supportive of the war, which I do not in ANY way support; but I see nothing objectionable about that comment, no cursing, no hate-filled hysterical nonsensical propaganda.

We committed anti-war supporters will not accept the "you don't condone free speech!" card played by war supporters and Bush supporters, of whatever political stripe they say they are. It is an attempt to bully, and to silence and "shame" our dissent. It just won't wash.


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