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My brother Marines are dying for nothing - AGAIN!

by C/O Diogenes Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 7:11 PM

Irish philosopher Edmund Burke once said: "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

My brother Marines are dying for nothing - AGAIN!

Robert S. Finnegan

Managing Editor

Southeast Asia News

March 27th 2003

Irish philosopher Edmund Burke once said: "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

No words could better describe the situation taking place in America today.

As the illegal war in Iraq bogs down and the body bags start coming home to the accompaniment of images of American POW's on CNN, the mood worldwide is one of shocked disbelief that events have been allowed to go this far.

If indeed Americans who have supported this war in the beginning are becoming disillusioned, wait until the next curtain comes up. Warfare in built-up areas: the nightmare of all military commanders. Americans seem to love war these days, especially when they can kick back in their well-worn easy chairs and sip their cheap suds while taking in the deadly events occurring in the Middle East. Zombie-like, they exercise a level of egotism that sets them apart from the human race. I wonder if the "independent media" will ever show this rotting underbelly of the United States on prime time, the supporters of this illegal war.

In Jakarta, my Indonesian friends now avoid me. This is a bad sign. The radicals are having a field day and growing stronger by the minute. America, the Great Satan. I used to laugh at that phrase. Not anymore. From where I'm sitting it carries a lot of weight.

What happed to the lessons supposedly learned in Vietnam? Are we as a nation doomed to repeat past mistakes over and over again until finally the American people have had enough and attempt to call a halt to this slaughter? What will happen to those who do exercise their "rights" - as if we have any left - in an attempt to steer our country and our people back on course with the rest of humanity?

What will the mindless, beer-swilling sheep that comprise the majority of our electorate do when they finally realize the gig is up? Will they admit they were wrong, or simply bend over and take it in the kiester because they are, after all, the real cowards in our society?

Will the government turn the military loose on the protesters? Will they fire on their own countrymen? What will it take to dislodge the evil in the White House?

I am afraid that I already know the answers to these questions.

The one question that looms in my mind now is: Can we still take back our country?

Or is it too late?

On a very personal level, I have to say that I am sick of hearing average Americans parroting the lies of the administration. Just the other day I was attacked for an article I wrote suggesting that a very hard look be taken at what we the people are allowing to happen in our name. One reader, who appeared to possess the IQ of a smart housedog (apologies to American dogs) actually challenged me to a duel. I laughed at it. I'm not laughing now. Not after watching the bodies of my brother Marines being treated as they were in Vietnam.

So, Mr. America, you hot dog eating, cheap beer swilling loser who probably never saw a day of military service, I am now ready to take you up on it. You and me stud.

I specify sawed-off 12 gauge shotguns at 20 paces. I'll pay your way to Jakarta - duels are legal here - and may the best man win. I'll even pay for your cremation and the Buddhist monks to preside over the scattering of your ashes; it's still a bargain in this part of the world.

My brother Marines are dying for nothing, AGAIN, and I am now one very pissed off Marine.

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Robert S. Finnegan is the International Communications Editor for the Office of the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Republic of Indonesia and a veteran investigative reporter. Recently working as the lead investigator for The Jakarta Post on the Bali bombing, the author has resided in Indonesia for three years and is a former Marine Corps Non-Commissioned Officer. He can be reached at finnegan@cbn.net.id.

 

 

Robert S. Finnegan

Managing Editor

Southeast Asia News

Jakarta, Indonesia

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Go get'em Leatherneck Diogenes Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 7:15 PM
. . Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 7:26 PM
Iraq had nothing... Diogenes Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 7:38 PM
THEYDONTHATEUS ARABLOVER Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 7:43 PM
. . Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 7:45 PM
Gosh I am astounded anew... Diogenes Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 7:46 PM
what about... aj Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 7:50 PM
TRUTH AND JUSTICE TRUESTUFF Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 7:57 PM
aj Sheepdog Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 7:58 PM
JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL TRUE Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 8:07 PM
Take a chill pill there Lee Harvey Eric Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 8:10 PM
The Truth is sometimes... Diogenes Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 8:13 PM
PATTOO PATTOO Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 8:25 PM
When it's over mymicz Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 8:27 PM
The quote... Diogenes Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 8:29 PM
brainlessatindymedia SOLDIER Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 8:31 PM
"try dueling quotes in American History with me." Eric Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 8:38 PM
Why yes they are... Diogenes Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 8:38 PM
DOIGERK PATTOO Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 8:40 PM
Simple Simple Simon Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 8:44 PM
stupidity SOLDIER Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 8:51 PM
to Pattoo american Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 8:54 PM
YEAMAN PATTOO Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 8:59 PM
maybe you didn't here me american Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 9:10 PM
I prefer self defense Sheepdog Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 9:22 PM
lefties ARE punching bags shooter Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 9:22 PM
cowards american Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 9:24 PM
Simple Simple Simon Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 11:41 PM
THUGS = LAPD and their Supporters Eat Shit and Die, Right Wingers Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 11:43 PM
Yup Delta Force Friday, Mar. 28, 2003 at 11:45 PM
Gee PATOOSKI ... Diogenes Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 1:59 AM
Diogenes zionist Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 2:06 AM
Pre-emptive Strike Bush is Mine Fuhrer Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003 at 6:59 AM

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