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Memorial Day Lie 2

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on May 25, 2008


I post things like:

The Memorial Day Lie

and people call me America-hater. I think they over-dramatize. I think they have irrational knee-jerk reactions born out of a misguided patriotism that unfortunately for the world in general means that we cannot count on the American public to correctly understand the impact US Politics have on the world.

They don’t realize that as the US IS the largest political force on the International Arena, who is in power in the US is of concern to the entire world – free or otherwise. The will of the American People expressed through Elections has consequences throughout the entire world.

When the United States of North America violates Human Rights and International Laws through their Troops deployed out-side US proper this impacts not only the countries the US attacks and their citizens, but also the citizens in countries where Human Rights and International Laws are already being violated.

China, Sudan, North Korea, Pakistan, Iran, Burma and others can leisurely go about violating Human Rights and International Laws, because “if the US can, so can we…”

When the US refuses to ratify and comply with International Accords like the Kyoto Accord, because it might mean they cannot use fossil fuels as much as their economy would like, or that they would actually have to go after big business for their violations of Environmentally sound legislation, it gives less economically stable countries carte blanche on how to deal or not deal with f.i their part of global warming.

If you want to be the Biggest and the Best – as Americans so want to keep telling the world that the US is, then you have to live with the responsibility of being just that – and that means the rest of us have a right to criticize to our hearts content.

The question is – do I hate Americans? No I don’t. I never did. But just as I can criticize my own country of origin (Denmark) and the country I live in (Sweden) for its vices and failures on the national and international level without this in anyway being a sign of hatred, I can likewise criticize the United States of America.

Unfortunately for many Americans they live in a country that has a record of war of aggression that supercede every other nation in the world, a nation whose soldiers are known and feared all over the world for their war crimes, arrogance and violence against civilians. A country that not only condones torture, capital punishment and general humiliation of other nationalities out-side its borders, but actively practice those based on suspicion rather than proof and due judicial process (as if torture and humiliation can ever be acceptable methods of punishment!?). I do hold the American General Public responsible for the current state of affairs.

“But I am not a Republican, I didn’t vote for Bush in the last election…” True, but you didn’t vote for the Democratic Candidate with the biggest chance of throwing Bu$hco of the White House either, now did you? No, you didn’t, you voted for some independent to satisfy your own political self-interest, instead of thinking about what’s best for the US, and as the US is as it is, what is best for the entire world. So every soldier deployed out-side the US after the 2004 election is an American responsibility – regardless of political affiliation. Truly. If you did not vote for John Kerry in 2004, you are responsible.

The day after the election there should have been a Revolutionary Committee formed, so that Bu$hco could have been ousted. There should have been protests and demonstrations throughout the US, lead by the parties that “lost”. Demonstrations, riots and rallies – but were there? No. Why? Because most Americans are complacent and politically lazy.

Instead of eulogizing, immortalizing and canonizing American Soldiers this Memorial Day – spend some time practicing remorse and study up on how to get the civil courage to get a peaceful revolution going – a revolution to have the Constitution repealed and re-written to include a prohibition against sending US troops out-side the US without direct request from the International Community.

From On Memorial Day:

“current Memorial Days are not celebrations. We are grieving for the lost, lives lost for no good reason. Savagery and butchery with no ennobling purpose. The sacrifice of blood and treasure for the benefit of politicians, oil company executives and foreign oligarchs.

So despite the parades, picnics and baseball games, despite the unveiling of statues and monuments, despite the plaques freshly dedicated with the new names of “those who made the ultimate sacrifice”, I still feel that the only legitimate celebration of Memorial Day in 2008 is to find some posturing blow hard politician and kick him right in the nuts.”

Go ahead, mourn your dead – but also remember that it is your responsibility to make sure there are no more dead of any nationality anywhere.

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Wear Orange

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 8, 2008


In solidarity with the Prisoners in Guantanamo Bay this Blog has changed it’s color to ORANGE.

No Torture

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Waterboarding a “needed” practice…

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 8, 2008


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush said Saturday he vetoed legislation that would ban the CIA from using harsh interrogation methods such as water-boarding to break suspected terrorists because it would end practices that have prevented attacks.
Waterboarding Step One
Have a look at this series of pictures – they are real. The American soldier dressed in the Orange Coverall is about to undergo a practice that George W. Bush calls a practice “that have a proven track record of keeping America safe”.
Waterboarding Step Two
It has been out-lawed by the military, but according to George W. Bush it’s to be practiced by the CIA, as “one of the most valuable tools in the war on terror…”
Waterboarding Step Three
Note that this practice may not be used on US Citizens. Not even if they are suspected of being terrorists. But then non-US citizens are not human, so why bother respecting their rights not to be “subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” UDHR Article 5.
Waterboarding Step Four
This guy, Joe Tougas, US Navy veteran, isn’t faking – it’s all real.
Waterboarding Step Five
It takes quite a while for him to recover.
Waterboarding Step Six
Then imagine that had he been “a suspected terrorist”…knowing that the moment he is sitting up it will all start over again. Death by drowning, is what it is meant to feel like. And it does.
Waterboarding Step Seven
This practice, George W. Bush claims is needed in his self-declared war on terror. The thing is, it is exclusively used on the prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay facility. How long have those prisoners been isolated from the out-side? SIX YEARS. Which means that any intelligence any of them might be able to divulge is hopelessly out-dated. Of absolutely no use…you draw the conclusion of that.
One thing’s for sure – Joe Tougas is one hell of a soldier and well worth a standing ovation.

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“To Tase and Terrorize”

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 18, 2007


By MURRAY EVANS, Associated Press Writer 11 minutes ago OKLAHOMA CITY – A woman confronted by police outside a homeless shelter is the latest example of someone who died after being shocked with a Taser, an electric stun gun designed to help officers subdue violent suspects without nightsticks or guns.
“It‘s a legitimate law-enforcement tool,” said Florida State University criminology professor George Kirkham, a former police officer. “But it‘s supposed to be used as a defensive weapon. The problem we‘re seeing around the country is it‘s being used abusively.”


Don’t try and seek out the police to help or get help if you are homeless – they will tase you – just to make a point. Really what the point is, is unclear, but it seems tasing has become the new spectator sport among Oklahoma Law Enforcement Officers.Why am I not surprised?”To Tase and Terrorize…”

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