This is really quite something. Dr. June Scorza Terpstra, who teaches at Loyola University in Chicago, has a few Iraq vets in her class and has a few interesting things to say about them:
I knew in that moment that this was what the future of teaching about justice would include: teaching war criminals who sit glaring at me with hatred for daring to speak the truth of their atrocities and who, if paid to, would disappear, torture and kill me. I wondered that night how long I really have in this so called –free” country to teach my students and to be with my children and grandchildren.
Ah, yes. The silencing of dissent. No doubt she’ll be at rallies and on talk radio, maybe even television, explaining how she’s being silenced.
The American military and mercenary soldiers who –sacrificed” their lives did not do so for the teacher’s freedom to teach the truth about the so-called war on terror, or any of US history for that matter. They sacrificed their lives, limbs and sanity for money, some education and the thrills of the violence for which they are socially bred. Sacrificing for the –bling and booty” in Iraq or Afghanistan, Philippines, Grenada, Central America, Mexico, Somalia, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, or any of the other numerous wars and invasions spanning US history as an entity and beginning with their foundational practice of killing the Indians and stealing their land.
It’s at least refreshing to know that we’re unlikely to get a non-apology apology about the use of the term “mercenary” from this one. She said “mercenary” and has no qualms about it.
The excuses that they give for joining or intending to join the US military terrorist training camps are first and foremost motivated by a desire for money.
One student proudly said that he is willing to kill for money, a better standard of living and an education. Another student, who had done two tours of duty to the Empire in Iraq, justified killing and torture, citing the importance of staying on top as the world’s number one super power so that his family could have the highest standard of living and unlimited access to the world’s oil supplies.
Empire. Love it.
What appears to trouble the soldier student is that the rhetoric of fighting for freedom and democracy is a lie that cannot blanket the horror and guilt of their terrorism. They do not want to hear that participation in invasion and occupation, murder and pillaging, is logically inconsistent with any legitimate concept of freedom or liberation. They know the greed and programmed lust for violence that motivates them. They expect that if they can make it out alive, they get some money, a comfortable lifestyle and an education.
Their plan is to secure the oil, the diamonds, the gold, the water, the guns, the drugs, and the bling for their masters, who they hope will cut them in on the swag. They say that someone has to be on top and they want to be on the side of the strong, not the weak. Robbing Hoods, not Robin Hoods.
Clever. Remember, this is a person who is teaching American students. Just pointing that out. It’s not an accident that some folks are so confused.
These military and mercenary terrorist-students are trained in terrorist training camps all under the USA, funded by American taxpayers. In fact, people under the USA are –sacrificing” their health care and their children’s educations while donating their tax dollars to these terrorist training camps. These terrorist camps train money hungry working class stiffs to murder, steal and plunder for the power hungry US corporate war lords.
It’s quite funny how folks like to pretend that the United States is an “empire”, how US soldiers are “mercenaries” and “terrorists”, how George Bush is a “fascist”, and even how US troops are “slaves”. Or it would be funny if we weren’t in the middle of a long and terrible war.
These folks obviously have no real understanding of what empires, mercenaries, terrorists, fascists, and slaves are really like. Or they’re lying.
Still, it’s nice to see someone who doesn’t support the troops come out and say it so clearly. Usually we’re treated to all sorts of “but I support the troops” crap from opinionators who so obviously do everything but.
Just don’t question their patriotism, though. (via Instapundit)