This is a pretty dang good speech.  I seriously recommend you all to read it.

I tried hard to be proud of my service;  but all I could feel was shame.  And racism could no longer mask the reality of the occupation.  These were people;  these were human beings. 

I’ve since been plagued by guilt anytime I see an elderly man, like the one who couldn’t walk, who he rolled onto his stretcher and told the Iraqi police to take him away.  I feel guilt anytime I see a mother with her children, like the one who cried hysterically and screamed that we are worse than Sadam as we forced her from her home.  I feel guilt anytime I see a young girl, like the one I grabbed by the arm and dragged into the street.

We were told we were fighting terrorists;  the real terrorist was me—and the real terrorism is this occupation.

Racism within the military has long been an important tool to justify the destruction and occupation of another country.  It’s long been used to justify the killing, subjugation and torture of another people.  Racism is a vital weapon employed by this government.  It is [a] more important weapon than a rifle, a tank, a bomber or a battle ship.  It’s more destructive than an artillery shell, or a bunker buster or a tomahawk missile.  All those weapons are created and owned by this government.  They are harmless without people willing to use them.

Those who send us to war do not have to pull a trigger or allow the mortar round.  They do not have to fight the war;  they merely have to sell the war.  They need a public who’s willing to send their soldiers into harm’s way.  They need soldiers who are willing to kill and be killed without question.  They can spend millions on a single bomb;  but that bomb only becomes a weapon when the ranks in the military are willing to follow orders to use it.  They can send every last soldier anywhere on earth;  but there would only be war if the soldiers are willing to fight.

And the ruling class, the billionaires who profit from human suffering, care only about expanding their wealth, controlling the world economy.  Understand that their power lies only in their ability to convince us that war, oppression and exploitation is in our interest.  They understand that their wealth is dependent on their ability to convince the working class to die to control the market of another country.  And convincing us to kill and die is based on their ability to make us think that we are somehow superior.

Soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen have nothing to gain from this occupation.  The vast majority of the people living in the U.S. have nothing to gain from this occupation.  In fact, not only do we have nothing to gain, but we suffer more because of it.  We lose limbs, endure trauma, and give our lives.  Our families have to watch flag-draped coffins lowered into the earth.

Millions in this country without healthcare, jobs, or access to education, must watch this government squander over 450 million dollars a day on this occupation.  Poor and working people in this country are sent to kill poor and working people in another countries, to make the rich richer.  And without racism, soldiers would realize that they have more in common with the Iraqi people than they do with the billionaires who send us to war.

I threw families onto the street in Iraq only to come home and find families thrown onto the street in this country.  And it’s tragic and unnecessary for a closure crisis.  I mean: to wake up and realize that our real enemies are not in some distant land.  … They’re not people whose names we don’t know and cultures we don’t understand.  The enemy is people we know very well and people we can identify.  The enemy is a system that wages war when it’s profitable.  The enemy is the CEOs who weigh us off from our jobs when it’s profitable.  It’s the insurance companies who deny us healthcare when it’s profitable.  It’s the banks who take away our homes when it’s profitable.

Our enemy is not 5,000 miles away;  they are right here at home.  And if we organize and fight with our sisters and brothers, we can stop this war, we can stop this government, and we can create a better world.

—Mike Prysner

I don’t agree with it in its entirety;  wait … yes, I pretty much do.  If you have any questions concerning the reasons why, feel free to ask.

We were told we were fighting terrorists
but the real terrorist was me
and the real terrorism is this occupation

Our real enemies are not those living in a distant land
whose names or policies we don’t understand;
The real enemy is a system that wages war when it’s profitable,
the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it’s profitable,
the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it’s profitable,
the Banks who take away our homes when it’s profitable.
Our enemies are not several hundred thousands away.
They are right here in front of us

— Mike Prysner —

(US Army Veteran who served in Iraq)

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