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Forum Post: Chris Hedges ~ The War In The Shadows [This One Is Brutally Honest ~ Can We Handle It?]

Posted 1 year ago on Aug. 21, 2012, 12:02 a.m. EST by CrepusculousRays (12)
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The War in the Shadows

By Chris Hedges

August 21, 2012 "TruthDig" --

The multitudes of crimes these killers, torturers, kidnappers, propagandists, special operations units and spies have carried out in our name are well known to those outside our gates. There are hundreds of millions of people who have a tragic intimacy with the twisted and brutal soul of American imperialism. Okinawans. Guatemalans. Cubans. Congolese. Brazilians. Argentines. Indonesians. Iranians. Palestinians. Panamanians. Vietnamese. Cambodians. Filipinos. South Koreans. Taiwanese. Nicaraguans. Salvadorans. Afghans. Iraqis. Yemenis. Somalis. They can all tell us who we are, if we can listen. But we do not. We are as ignorant, gullible and naive as children. We celebrate fictitious red-white-and-blue virtues while our clandestine armies, which at times achieve short-term objectives but always finally plunge us deeper into violence, have steadily weakened and discredited the nation as well as the purported values for which it stands. These clandestine armies travel the globe, awash in hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, sowing dragon’s teeth that rise up later, like the warriors in the myth of the Golden Fleece, to become mirror images of our own monstrosities.

Full article here...

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article32231.htm

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[-] 3 points by ExposeTheOligarchs (37) 1 year ago

I love Chris Hedges' perspective! Its time to get real honest. What he says is true, and this is the way much of the world sees the US. If the unthinkable happens, and Russia and China retaliate against the US for these unwarranted wars and atrocities...it is doubtful the rest of the world will feel any empathy for us.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17705) 1 year ago

"A World of Hillbilly Heroin: The Hollowing Out of America, Up Close and Personal",

by Chris Hedges :

Hedges is excellent & for more of his perspective looking at The USA from within, please see the above.

fiat lux ...

[-] 2 points by ExposeTheOligarchs (37) 1 year ago

Multiple layers of problems here. Its worth it for the government to hand out monthly checks, because the profits from Big Pharma and the outsourcing of jobs to distant shores STILL out-weigh the profits of a straight-up society...and don't even get me started on the profits the criminal oligarch and government make on the shadow drug trade!

Most of the big pharmaceutical companies are owned by the banksters.

0.01% = oligarchs = big pharma = illicit drug trade = bankers

A-a-a-a-a-a-a!!! String 'em up! Hang 'em upside down till every red cent drops out of their pockets and use the money to end poverty and create a planet of health and happiness for all of humanity.

Expose the Oligarchs!!!

Ahhhhh!!

[-] 3 points by Phanya2011 (908) from Tucson, AZ 1 year ago

When truth becomes treason, it's time to acknowledge that our government is in the wrong and do our best to change it. It's time to value substance over form, truth over lies, and love over hate. And that should start with each individual, as stated by Guy Finley: The failure to reconcile what disturbs you about the world around you, while averting your eyes from the world within you, is very much like continuing to overeat... and then blaming your stomach for getting upset.

[-] 2 points by Krypton (73) 1 year ago

The fight is clearly not just for regaining our civil rights. That's just the beginning. It's for the benefit of 99% of the entire world. I feel that a people's victory in reclaiming this country from plutocracy should be immediately followed by a worldwide olive branch campaign, ensuring the planet that a new regime is in charge, a new America is in town, and our eyes, ears, and minds are open.

[-] 1 points by Trek19 (3) 1 year ago

The desensitizing of guilt from killing innocent people starts at an early age

With millitary-like video games...that emulate the real ones.., and continues through childhood with patriotic songs, visits from military personnel, and equipment to schools.

By the time we reach adulthood, we have become convinced that we are committing these atrocities for..good reasons.

It is only when we become enlightened do we realize what this is all about, and the horrendous human misery it causes.

And it is only when we speak out against it, are we truly not hypocrites anymore

[-] 1 points by Trek19 (3) 1 year ago

The maintenance, and our aspirations of expanding our empire has already bankrupted us morally, and soon it will bankrupt us financially.

[-] 0 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

It's sad how many people deny the atrocities of these wars and make excuses because of their party ties.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (17705) 1 year ago

"Truth Is Treason In The Empire Of Lies" !!

ad iudicium ...

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (13694) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

Should that come as a surprise? The behavior defies the narratives we are handed as children.

We are full of denial over the behavior conducted in our name right here at home.

We have heard the names of past programs and places of atrocity - but they are whispers only, and in the silence cancer grows . . .

We cannot seem to confront the fact that good men may do bad things just as bad men may do good things and that either may act on our behalf -

or that the bad actions of a good man may do more harm than the good actions of a bad man

and while the bad of either may be said to do us harm, we cannot accept that so too, may the good of either

and this is so simply because we cannot quantify the goodness or the badness while viewing either from behind the lens of a mirror . . .

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 1 year ago

the downvotes come from the deniers of truth

millions of civilians killed since the 1990's due to US foreign policy

instead of downvoting the comment can the downvoters present an argument against the fact I just listed?