Friday, August 26, 2005

WAR MEANS CHILDREN DIE

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

War is always about killing children. From the oldest of times onwards, destroying the next generation is part of the brutal business of warfare. In the last 100 years, it has been perfected to the point that children are now one of the chief targets of war.

The mothers of dead soldiers still think of their children as children for I assure you, your child never really ceases to be a child deep in a mother's heart. Emotionally, we always harbor the ur-mutter. Here is the latest message from Cindy, our mother of mothers this month: From Buzzflash.com:
I got to Camp Casey and I arrived with a mom whose son, John, was killed on January 26, 2005, and his wife and baby, who never met his dad. We arrived in Waco at about 4:30 to the local press. The White House Press Corps was still with the president.

When I arrived at Camp Casey II this afternoon I was amazed at what has changed since I was gone. Now, we have a huge tent to get out of the sun; caterers; an orientation tent; a medic tent (with medics); a chapel, etc.

The most emotional thing for me though was walking through the main tent and seeing the huge painting on canvas of Casey. Many things hit me all at once: That this huge movement began because of Casey's sacrifice; thousands, if not millions of people know about Casey and how he lived his life and the wrongful way in which he was killed; but the thing that hit me the hardest was how much I miss him. I miss him more everyday. It seems the void in my life grows as time goes on and I realize I am never going to see him again or hear his voice. In addition to all this, the portrait is so beautiful and moving and it captures Casey's spirit so well. I sobbed and sobbed. I was surrounded by photographers, I looked around until I finally found a friendly face, then the news people crushed in on me and I couldn't breathe. I didn't mean to have such a dramatic re-entrance to Camp Casey, but the huge portrait of Casey really surprised me.
It was quite a tribute. Very heartfelt. I will also note that there are no gravestone markers or pictures of all the children who have died since our assaults on Iraq have begun. I suppose this is the old "tribal" effect: we care only about our own.

But death's scythe sweeps onwards. From Capital Times
Every time the wound begins to heal at Ray and Diane Maida's house, something comes along to rub salt into it.

First came news that their son, Mark Maida, a 22-year-old Army sergeant, was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb on May 26. Then, a week after his death, the Army gave only hours' notice that the body would be arriving at Gen. Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, forcing the grieving family into a frantic scramble to retrieve it for a funeral two days later.

Letters and packages to Mark from home arrived for a time almost daily, marked "Return to sender." Then a slow trickle of possessions arrived from Iraq and his unit's base at Fort Irwin, Calif. To top it off, despite repeated efforts, Army officials failed to provide details of Mark's death. More than two months later, the Maidas finally got the details of his death, not from the Army, but from the Washington Post.

"It's just been one wound after another," Diane said. "And just about the time you think you're on the upswing, then you get shut down again with another incident."
Another Gold Star Mother wants to bean Bush. Of course, when we were killing Iraqi children and killing their moms, we rejoiced in our great victory. Bush was immensely popular when we reallized how easy it is to kill children and no one, no matter how many people across the globe demonstrated against our war, we got away with it, hardly a causality!

Well, Death's scythe continues to sweep. He won't stop until someone gives up this war.

One of the things we laughed about the most was how helpless the Iraqi army was as it vainly fought against us while being nearly totally stripped of armaments by the UN. The usual bully boy laughter as we used our own WMD against the people of Iraq rang out. Hahaha, look at how cowardly they are, fleeing us as we blow away their tanks, cutting them like butter, killing everyone! Boom!

So we littered Iraq with atomic waste and guess what?

The children are paying. From In These Times
fGerard Matthew thought he was lucky. He returned from his Iraq tour a year and a half ago alive and in one piece. But after the New York State National Guardsman got home, he learned that a bunkmate, Sgt. Ray Ramos, and a group of N.Y. Guard members from another unit had accepted an offer by the New York Daily News and reporter Juan Gonzalez to be tested for depleted uranium (DU) contamination, and had tested positive.

Matthew, 31, decided that since he’d spent much of his time in Iraq lugging around DU-damaged equipment, he’d better get tested too. It turned out he was the most contaminated of them all.

Matthew immediately urged his wife to get an ultrasound check of their unborn baby. They discovered the fetus had a condition common to those with radioactive exposure: atypical syndactyly. The right hand had only two digits.

So far Victoria Claudette, now 13 months old, shows no other genetic disorders and is healthy, but Matthew feels guilty for causing her deformity and angry at a government that never warned him about DU’s dangers.
The children of our soldiers are being born sans body parts or insane or not born at all as mom miscarries. The soldiers have a Darwinian legacy that the rulers don't pay as they cozzen themselves and their own tribal members, carefully protecting them.

I remember during the nuke bomb tests in the fifties and sixties how the government lied and lied about virtually everything concerning nuclear fall out and it was killing children and now kills all of us, note the cancer epidemic!

There would be a lot more premature dead if we didn't have modern medicine. Nearly everyone I know over the age of 40 has had or will soon have cancer! This is NOT NORMAL.

From Chronicle Net:
There are few things worse than seeing images of a child born with birth defects. This month's (November 1995) cover of LIFE magazine captures that horror.

The November LIFE report is certainly not the first of its kind linking service in the Gulf War to possible genetic mutations passed down from veterans to their children. But the LIFE magazine article is certainly the most in-depth report on record by a major news agency.

The latest findings in LIFE paint a harsh picture that the country and the world has abandoned the tiny victims of the Gulf War. The report states that since the war, a growing number of Gulf veterans have fathered offspring with serious birth defects. The curious and still "unproven" link here is that the children's troubles may have the same roots and symptoms as what has come to be known as Gulf War Syndrome. The mysterious symptoms range from unexplained rashes, fatigue and chronic pain to memory-loss and severe gastrointestinal problems. These ailments affect an estimated 45,000 veterans and their families.

"Kennedi" was born without a thyroid. Her disfigured face is grotesquely swollen -- a condition of recurring tumors made of tangled blood vessels. "Lea" has sninal bifida. She cannot move or walk. A tube drains fluid from her skull. "Cedrick" also has a shunt in his head -- if it accidentally falls out, he could suffer brain damage. "Casey" has Goldenhar's syndrome. His left ear is missing and he cannot speak. "Jayce", now three years old, is the unofficial poster boy of these Gulf War babies. He has no legs or arms. His hands and feet are attached to twisted stumps. He also had a hole in his heart.

The list goes on. The images are enough to make anyone turn away and gasp. LIFE makes sure that those images are loud and clear so that no one will forget.

The mother of one child who died from a defective heart, tells her story of what she calls "the run-around" with military doctors and administrators.

One of her complaints -- the response given to her by the Pentagon regarding the deformed children born to veterans -- birth defects normally occur in three percent of American babies. Birth defects are of course a reality, but in a recent report not included in the LIFE magazine article, there are studies on British veterans from the Gulf that show, they too, are giving birth to deformed children at a much higher rate than the non-veteran population. These British soldiers were in similar, if not identical territory and are now experiencing the same ailments as those of American troops.
the Life magaine pictures are horrific. Back when it came out, I thought there would be calls for hearings and Congress would move to do something....hahaha, the chickenhawk GOP won't do a thing. Soldiers are those people who are the losers in the Darwinian race to survive. They are foolish enough to fall for rank propaganda and expend themselves and their entire future on a bunch of mockingbirds who have laid eggs in the nest of honest song birds!

And the Iraqi babies? Guess what. We are destroying them, they can't escape this plutonic mess we left. Pluto is the god of death and it is no accident that plutonium is named after him! Simple Americans are kept this way deliberately by the rulers and the rulers do this by manipulating information via the mass media.

They are losing their iron grip thanks to the web and us bloggers/writers. We link, we talk, we note things down, and we refuse to forget the distant or recent past. We note that this murderous rampage isn't freeing anyone unless you consider death to be freedom.

The Skull and Bonesmen who run America worship death. Like the ugly bullies they are, they want to kill while safe. We think Darwin's laws won't bite us. But it will, it always does in the end. If soldiers want to have deformed or dead babies, they can continue to support the use of DU.

Or they can fight the system! It is simple. STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING NOW! Throughout history, the military rank and file, if they stop, they do stop. Ask Russia. The Czar told them to fight, they turned around and attacked and killed the Czar, instead. This isn't the only example. Often times, the despot leaves the country like Idi Amin or Baby Doc of Haiti or others (often American puppets like the Shah of Iran). In this country, we do it differently. We prepared to impeach Nixon. He was tempted to call out the troops to stop his disgrace only he was informed, the troops didn't support him. So it is with Bush. He can only call upon the troops if they believe in him and I will note, this support is eroding very rapidly. Even when he tries to bolster his already too inflated ego by visiting hand picked families and troops in very red states, he is dogged by questions and demonstrators who are connected with dead soldiers or soldiers stuck in Iraq, playing death lotto with the angry populace.

Our soldiers are not helpless. They can and have a duty to resist ILLEGAL AND IMMORAL ORDERS. The Nuremburg Trials said that quite clearly. It isn't treason to stop an illegal or immoral war. It is a duty to humanity as well as democracy for the majority of Americans are now, at last, against this war. Using nuclear weapons is definitely a crime. It lasts many years and kills babies more than any other group of people.

Our rulers are getting fat and rich off of this feast of children's bodies but we aren't. So it is time for our troops to demand they be brought home and for the homeland bases to not be closed but to close overseas bases. For our rulers are systematically stripping us of our jobs, our military, our future, they are taking it all and shipping it off to other places even as they tell us to die for America.

Well, time for our troops to come home!

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