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In an ideal, perfect world {where's that?}, the Nobel Committee would be nothing but a bunch of starry-eyed idealists, awarding the prize to other starry-eyed idealists. ALWAYS. Well, SOMETIMES it works that way. {I could list a few of these "deserving" recipients if I had the time.}

At other times, the Nobel Prize Committee, just like everyone else on the Planet it seems, is Playing Politics -- and it has been so from the very beginning. Look at the HISTORY of the Nobel Peace Prize! It was awarded to such "warriors" as: Teddy Roosevelt! {Spanish-American War}; Woodrow Wilson! {took the US into WWI}; Yasser Arafat! {sortof a "terrorist", wouldn't you say?}; and - even! HENRY KISSINGER! {one of the WORST of the warmongers.....!}. Yes, it was a matter of "encouraging" certain people and actions by these people and "trends". Not awarded necessarily because these people were "saints and angels". It could even be called, "interfering in the affairs of another country"; and that's NOT NECESSARILY a Bad Thing, when that country has power on a WORLD stage like the US does!

I think this action by the Nobel Peace Prize Committe was a stroke of GENIUS. It seems to me, irrelevant whether the prize was "deserved" in a strict sense, or not! {President Obama was very gracious about saying he felt he "didn't deserve it". Now, he has EVEN MORE TO LIVE UP TO! That's a GOOD thing!!!}

This prize award has CHANGED THE COMPLEXION OF POLITICS IN THE USA. For one thing, THE REPUBLICANS AND THE FAR-RIGHT ARE MAKING TOTAL PUBLIC IRREDEEMABLE FOOLS OF THEMSELVES! That ALONE is worth it! You see, the Repukelicans and the Far Right NEVER DID ACTUALLY HAVE THE PUBLIC SUPPORT THAT THEY CLAIM TO HAVE. The only way they can APPEAR to have any support, is because THE MEDIA GIVES THEM ALL THAT PUBLICITY. While these clowns PRETEND to be leading a "grassroots movement", teabaggers, anti-health-care dupes, etc.; the movement is in actuality, nothing but {I LOVE that phrase!}, an "ASTROTURF" movement!!! {For those to whom English is a second language, "Astroturf" is a kind of ARTIFICIAL grass, used in sports stadiums, etc.}
This is PROVED by the fact that POLLS SHOW that all the efforts of the Right-wingers HAVE NOT CHANGED PUBLIC OPINION {on Health Care, for example}, by any significant number of percentage points!!!!!
However, the Media by giving undue PUBLICITY to the ranting bigots, and virtually NONE to even huge protests by OUR side; give a completely DISTORTED view.

Well, there is such a thing, apparently hard-wired into most human beings, such a thing as PATRIOTISM. Even birds and animals, LOVE and defend their "home base", their territory, their Homeland! The Repukes have PUT THEMSELVES ON THE WRONG SIDE; by being snide about their favorite hate-object, Obama, getting the award!!! But, all the LATENT PATRIOTISM of MOST folks, as well as the CONTINUING SUPPORT FOR OBAMA that in some instances has been INTIMIDATED and muted into silence, has NOW come to the fore!!!!!

Whether on purpose or not {and I think these Norwegian guys are quite a savvy bunch!}, this comes at a time when the SEEMING power and influence of the Far Right APPEARED to be out-of-control. This giving of the award sure CUTS THEM DOWN TO SIZE!!! Not only do WE, up-to-now ignored by the Media, WE get our VOICES back; but I feel, with all the irresponsible Right-wing rant encouraging actual VIOLENCE, I feel that GIVING THIS AWARD AT THIS TIME MAY HAVE EVEN SAVED OUR PRESIDENT FROM ASSASSINATION. Because THAT's where all this "talk" was headed, make no mistake!

Of course I am very pleased for President Obama, his supporters in the government, his family both in the US and in Kenya, our country and those who had the good sense to vote for Obama {without waiting for the "perfect person" to come along}. This award will INDEED "ENCOURAGE" certain types of good, peace-tending policies; which WAS the original intent of the founder of the Prize, Alfred Nobel. Its net result will ALSO be, perhaps even more importantly, to ENCOURAGE the supporters of President Obama, including even some of the previously dis-illusioned ones, to PUSH EVEN HARDER for the policies for Peace that WE want to see instituted: leaving Iraq and Afghanistan, no drone bombers, dis-mantle American bases, even MORE nuclear disarmament, etc. etc. etc. This has been SOOOOOOO good for our country; and for what we want!

And the Far Right, our deadly enemies, self-destruct EVEN FASTER...... leaving the path for Reform that much clearer.......

Si Se Puedes! Yes We Can! HOPE is back to the foreground......!

Jul 6, 2007

THIS IS IN REFERENCE TO A STATEMENT I MADE ON THE FOURTH OF JULY.
I SAID THEN IN A MESSAGE, THAT AMERICAN TROOPS IN IRAQ HAD NO MORAL RIGHT TO FIRE A SINGLE SHOT AT AN IRAQI; NOT EVEN IN SELF-DEFENSE.
A FRIEND OF MINE HAS CHALLENGED THAT STATEMENT;
AND I WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVE LOGICALLY THAT THIS STATEMENT IS ENTIRELY CONSISTENT WITH ALL OF OUR SHARED MORAL VALUES.
THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.

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With the "surge", there are MORE PATROLS ON THE STREETS. This I have READ in the daily news.
With MORE PATROLS GOING OUT, the NUMBER of soldiers killed by IEDs, has GONE WAY, WAY, WAY UP. And the number maimed and wounded.
Actually, and again I could cite this from an article I have seen, that is reproduced somewhere on Care2, VERY FEW GUNSHOT WOUNDS ARE BEING TREATED IN ARMY HOSPITALS. Unlike PREVIOUS wars, there are RELATIVELY FEW IRAQI SNIPERS. A few, but not many.

MOST OF THE CASUALTIES, DEAD AND WOUNDED, ARE FROM IEDs.
Of COURSE, the soldiers have a right to defend themselves from IEDs, when they FIND AND DE-ACTIVATE THEM. That is THEIR ONLY PROTECTION. The guy who planted the thing in the middle of the road, is FAR AWAY BY THEN.

Also, THERE IS MORTAR FIRE COMING INTO WHEREVER THEY ARE; EVEN INTO THE GREEN ZONE.
[I never thot I would learn so much about weapons!] But, again, from what I read, the incoming mortar fire is mounted on vehicles, and the shooters HIT-AND-RUN. From what I read, they are SELDOM OR NEVER caught.

There is also the SMALL ARMS ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE. From rooftops. That brings down helicopters. You don't hear too much about that. {The Army likes to say that a helicopter crash was "an accident".} But, again, I have read some detailed reports....... [As I said, this is not my usual reading or interest in peacetime!!!]

There are VERY FEW ACTUAL "CLASSIC" FIREFIGHTS. That WAS in my mind! It is probably beyond Human Nature, to expect an armed person, when actually fired upon, not to fire back!

The Iraqis, who LIVE there, actually constantly PREPARE AMBUSHES of various kinds for the American troops. Even American AIRCRAFT. THERE IS NO STRATEGY POSSIBLE TO PROTECT AGAINST AMBUSHES. EXCEPT JUST NOT TO GO INTO THEM.

There is no ARMORED defence possible, either -- because, the heavier the armor gets, of both men & vehicles, the LARGER the IEDs get! I understand that now, the Iraqis tie several IEDs together. And, there is a LIMIT to how much armor men & vehicles can put on! Men collapse from heat; and vehicles tip over or sink in the sand! But there is NO UPPER LIMIT FOR HOW BIG AN IED CAN GET. It is an arms race that U.S. troops MUST LOSE.

I wanted to make the strongest possible statement, with regard to firing a single shot against any Iraqi. I do believe in it {as a moral statement}; and that the proposition is probably unrealistic under conditions of actual firing, does not make it any less of a moral statement.

However, I did EMPHASIZE, "going on patrol". The 343rd Quartermasters, and the 10th Mountain Division {after it lost a sizable number of its troops}, did what the military calls a "Combat Refusal"; that is, they REFUSED to go out there where the combat was. In other words, REFUSED to go OUT INTO THE AMBUSHES PREPARED FOR THEM. This is more REALISTIC a proposal, as I realize.

Now, it must be emphasized, that these IEDs can be BIG HEAVY THINGS. If YOU were an Iraqi citizen, one of the 60% who ADMIT they think it's great that American troops are killed by the Iraqi Resistance, and you saw your NEIGHBOR or COUSIN, digging a great big hole in the middle of the street, or by the side of the street; would you think he was doing some ROAD REPAIR?
[By the way, according to the Americans, EVEN HAVING A SHOVEL IN YOUR POSSESSION, IS TAKEN AS "PROOF" YOU ARE A "TERRORIST". Tough on farmers.]
Then a group of guys take some canisters, heavy things, out of their backpacks, carefully tie them all together, stick them in the deep hole they have dug, and cover up the hole, leaving no suspicious piles of dirt next to it. I guess they haul away the dirt in their now-empty backpacks.
This is taking place in the middle of a well-travelled street, in broad daylight, with foot and donkey and car traffic going by unconcernedly. {What if you saw this happening in the middle of your town???} If this were happening in the middle of the night, and in a remote, deserted area, the U.S. has DRONE PLANES that would SPOT THE MOVEMENT, with sophisticated sensory equipment, and then call in to bomb the bejeezus out of those people! Who must be taking the better part of an hour, at least, to do their digging-and-filling!

I have read, that sometimes there are signs in Arabic, telling the locals where NOT to go! Only a few of our troops, have interpreters! Anyway, the local people MUST KNOW about the IEDs! They can just look out their windows!

So, AFTER the prepared AMBUSH, and the CASUALTIES, the troops are understandably ENRAGED -- and want REVENGE. There is, I repeat, NO WAY TO TELL WHAT ANONYMOUS IRAQIS ACTUALLY PREPARED THE AMBUSH. NO way. So, the troops start "searching" the nearby houses, expecting that there will be at least passive collaborators and sympathizers there. [AND THEY ARE RIGHT, OF COURSE! NOBODY WENT OUT AND WARNED THE TROOPS ABOUT THE IEDs! That must mean, the residents of the nearby houses WERE NOT CONCERNED IF THE TROOPS RAN INTO THE IEDs.]

DO THE TROOPS HAVE THE MORAL RIGHT TO TAKE "REVENGE" ON ANY RANDOM PEOPLE, IF THEY CAN'T FIND THE ACTUAL PERPETRATOR?

NO THEY DO NOT. NOT BY ANY MORAL CODE KNOWN TODAY.

ARE THE TROOPS DEFENDING THEMSELVES AGAINST FUTURE ATTACKS, BY WHAT THEY ARE DOING, ARRESTING MEN AND BOYS IN RANDOM HOUSE SEARCHES?

Again, NO. THEY ARE NOT IN ANY WAY DEFENDING THEMSELVES AGAINST FUTURE ATTACKS. It could be justifiably said, this makes future attacks on them, EVEN MORE LIKELY.
The troops are NOT PREVENTING FUTURE ATTACKS; and they are NOT FINDING THE ACTUAL SOURCES OF THE ATTACKS. Attacks which not only do NOT stop, but ESCALATE WEEK BY WEEK.

Therefore, THE SOLE MOTIVATION OF THE TROOPS WHO SEARCH THE HOUSES AFTER THE ATTACKS, THE SOLE MOTIVATION BOTH PRACTICALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY, IS REVENGE AND RETALIATION.

And, THIS MINDSET LEADS DIRECTLY TO THE ATROCITIES WE HEAR ABOUT. It may be some "bad apples" who randomly MURDER, LOOT, STEAL AND DESTROY in Iraqi homes; such as the ones we have HEARD ABOUT, in HADITHA. However, NOBODY STOPS THEM. Nobody even REPORTS many of the atrocities, atrocities like Haditha that HAVE TAKEN PLACE ELSEWHERE. The Army REFUSES to believe these accounts, if they come from MERE IRAQIS!

If the Army "bad apples" carry the "revenge" to an EXTREME, it is the WHOLE SYNDROME of Ambush, Casualties, REVENGE, another Ambush, more Casualties, MORE REVENGE, that FUELS the "bad apples" in their thuggish army-disgracing behavior; and leads the "not-so-morally-bad apples" to either passively CONDONE such behavior; or to END UP ENGAGING IN IT; or to have extreme PTSD.

IT IS COMPROMISING THE MORAL VALUES OF EVERY ONE OF THE TROOPS THAT ENGAGE IN THESE "PATROLS"; ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. THERE IS NO AVOIDING IT.

This is the RIGOROUS LOGIC I am applying.

It could look, as if the officers and those in charge of the Army, were deliberately SETTING UP THE TROOPS TO BE KILLED, WOUNDED, and/or MORALLY COMPROMISED.
As I think IS the case.
It would be easy to prove.

THEREFORE, LOGICALLY, FOR THE TROOPS TO DO WHAT THE 343RD QUARTERMASTERS, AND THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION, HAVE DONE, IS THE ONLY WAY NOT JUST TO STOP THE WAR; BUT TO SAVE THE TROOPS' LIVES, LIMBS AND SANITY.

If somebody told ME there was a deadly ambush waiting for me down the street, in a country that was not my own, and where I was not wanted, I JUST WOULD NOT GO DOWN THAT STREET. PERIOD.

The ambushes WILL NOT STOP AS LONG AS A SINGLE IRAQI IS LEFT ALIVE IN HIS OWN COUNTRY.

It is the MORAL thing to NOT DRIVE INTO THE AMBUSH, AND THEN NOT GET ANGRY AND TAKE REVENGE AFTERWARDS.

If there are any "firefights", THEY ARE ALSO IN CONNECTION WITH THE AMBUSHES.

If the U.S. troops STAYED ON THEIR BASE, there would BE NO AMBUSHES AND NO FIREFIGHTS.
And if it was KNOWN to the Iraqis, that the U.S. troops were going to STAY ON THEIR BASE AND PLAN TO LEAVE AND NOT GO ON PATROL, the Iraqi Resistance would stop lobbing mortar shells into the Green Zone! THEY HAVE SAID SO.
The Iraqis will lob mortar shells into the Green Zone, as LONG AS IT EXISTS; or UNTIL A DEFINITE AND SOON DEPARTURE DATE IS SET.

Well this is my study of strategy and tactics. Based on regular news, Care2 news, Veterans' publications, and Iraqi sources, sources mostly in antiwar Veterans' publications. [Can't believe I'm reading that sort of thing!]
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