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American War Machine Offers Parallel to Jihad Extremists

In America we have come to feel safe in our liberties. We like to think of ourselves as a beacon of human rights, justice, democracy and freedom. However, I want to challenge you to think of America as radical and full of political extremists.

The media likes to create an image of the radical Muslim that desires only to kill Americans. They use words like extremist and terrorist to disassociate their actions from anything resembling sanity or clarity. But we never look at our own clerics and leaders (also known as generals and politicians) as extremist, radicals or terrorists. With the release of 400,000 secret war documents compiled by the U.S. Army detailing the horrific, and at times unjustified, murder of 65,000 to 100,000 civilians in Iraq, I am questioning our assumptions.

[media-credit name=”David Logan” align=”alignleft” width=”201″][/media-credit]American leaders justify this bloodshed in the name of peace or security, but I contend that these wars serve the interest of transnational corporations that are securing billions in profit from the war. America has killed over 100,000 people if we include Afghanistan and our expanding operations in Yemen, while only 3,000 Americans have been killed on U.S. soil.

Now, I do not want to just compare numbers, but  to provide perspective — we are comfortable in believing that America is generally good, because belief to the contrary would make us all complicit in this death and destruction. Would it be crazy to look at the Islamic jihad response to this mass Muslim killing as a defensive reaction against a murderous empire?

In America, it has become clearer and clearer that the motives behind the war in Iraq have been monetarily based. If America is fighting for money, and the supposed Islamic radicals are fighting for God, then who is right? America has brought a killing machine worth trillions of dollars to their soil and continued to kill Muslims for nearly a decade, yet if they ever dare try to defend themselves this is seen as a radical Islamic jihad that threatens the world.

While this jihad only threatens America and her western allies, we, as citizens and civilians of this country and the world, need to realize that this is not the world, and our fantasy is not reality. The American media and military cannot maintain this bubble for too much longer, and just as the housing bubble burst, soon our beliefs will be shattered internationally.

Obama has just put, for the first time, an American citizen on the CIA’s list of targets to kill without a trial. What happened to his constitutional right to a trial? I thought that as American citizens we had unalienable rights? It seems as if they are becoming more and more alienable. According to specialist Bryan O’Neal, U.S. Army soldier Pat Tillman repeatedly shouted, “Cease fire, friendlies, I am Pat fucking Tillman, damn it!” as his fellow soldiers shot him, and only him. He was the poster boy for the U.S. Army and according to his brother, who is also an Army ranger, his views after going to Afghanistan were becoming very pacifist. He was a powerful voice that could have swayed U.S. public support for the American military campaign.

These examples are intended to highlight the sheltering of information to the public, because ultimately, we hold the power, and the government and “Islamic extremists” know that. So do not be surprised when “innocent” American civilians are attacked, because by voting (or not) and paying taxes you are funding and supporting these deaths, even if your ignorance will not allow you to believe the truth.

I want to make it clear that I am not pro-war, but pro-perspective, because this is the key to understanding. We must be able to understand our “enemy” to be able to decipher right from wrong. While we believe they threaten our existence, they believe we threaten their existence — and we do. We cannot decide and say what they do is right or wrong, just as we would not want these “radical” leaders to determine for us what is right or wrong. We are deciding though, as we have attempted to install democracy and secularization. We think they are human rights, but who are we to make that decision? Similarly, we would not want Mullah Omar, the leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan, to kill and chase away the leaders of our government, then institute Taliban rule based on Islamic law.

You have been born into the American perspective, but you must realize that this is not how the world thinks. Every culture, group and person has their own perspective, and we must respect that or endure the response that has become global jihad.

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6 Responses to American War Machine Offers Parallel to Jihad Extremists

  1. Arafat

    November 6, 2010 at 7:50 am


    It would be well worth your while to read the following article. Think about the timeline. Ask yourself: How is it Islam conquered all of the Middle East, all of North Africa, huge areas of Asia, and many areas in southern Europe? Is Islam inherently aggressive as Mohammed most certainly was? Why is it Mohammed led over 60 battles in his life and he is the model for whom Muslims look to as a role model.

    Please read the following article with the above questions and thoughts in mind. It may challenge you to question your own positions on this stuff, but it is my belief, that it is always a positive to question oneself, and to change oneself. I hope you agree.

  2. Arafat

    November 5, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    One other example which dispells your extremely negative opinion of Christian based war efforts versus Islamic based is The Crusades. The Crusades were a necessary evil foisted upon us by Islam’s never ending aggression. This is clearly illustrated in the following article.


    Let me also mention that it is not uncommon to read that 80 million Hindus died as a result of continued Islamic aggression in southern Asia. And, you might do some research into what happened to the once thriving, gentle and peaceful Buddhist nation that is now the blood drenched country called Afghanistan.

  3. Arafat

    November 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    “Would it be crazy to look at the Islamic jihad response to this mass Muslim killing as a defensive reaction against a murderous empire”

    No, but it would be foolish.

    Here is why Islam wages eternal war:




    Whereas, last I’d heard we went to WWII because of the man who promoted:


    We were the lead player in the ’91 Kuwait war because of Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait.
    The Bush Iraqi war is questionable, I agree completely, but getting rid of Saddam is not something I’m losing sleep about.
    I suppose in your book even the Sudan genocide is probably our fault and not the fault of Islam’s core tenants.

  4. Guy Montag

    November 4, 2010 at 9:07 am

    “Pat Tillman repeatedly shouted, “Cease fire, friendlies, I am Pat fucking Tillman, damn it!” as his fellow soldiers shot him, and only him.”

    Not quite. The Afghani militiaman with Tillman was killed. The LT was hit in the face by shrapnel and the radio operator was shot in the leg. Get your facts right before you mouth off, please.

    Try Mary Tillman’s “Boots on the Ground by Dusk” (blurb.com) or Jon Krakauer’s paperback edition of “Where Men Win Glory.” Or try “The [Untold] Tillman Story” about the bi-partisan cover-up of his friendly-fire death at http://www.feralfirefighter.blogspot.com

    • Bryan

      November 4, 2010 at 9:29 am

      I’m sorry for not specifying what I meant, your right the Afghan soldier was killed too, I was referring to the only American killed, and I would contend that the Afghan soldier was unfortunately caught in the crossfire. Are you upset at the insinuation that he was murdered, or simply that the facts were not clearly stated? Because it seems that you have done your research.

      • Jonathan

        November 13, 2010 at 11:30 pm

        The Afghan soldier was unfortunately caught in the crossfire? Please, that was the primary reason Tilman was fired upon and is one of the reasons why there are so many civilian casualties in A-stan and Iraq: it’s difficult to separate friend from foe if they’re not wearing a coalition uniform.