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October 12, 2012 | 19 Comments » | Topics: Smile
What a heartwarming picture of the GI meeting his baby daughter dor the 1st time, although I wonder how many dead babies he left behind from his tour.
how about an image refelcting the true nature of US marines: government trained & authorised rapists and murderers.
HAHAHAHAHAHA!! Huh? Never got my chance to rape or murder when I was in the Corps…I feel cheated! This guy must know something I dont…
@Chris, you may not but plenty of your buddies have, including across SE Asia, Grenada, Iraq & Afganistan. Not something to laugh about. Semper fi … my ass
And that reflects on the organization as a whole? You make it seem like this is a condoned and sanctioned action on behalf of the US government; that rape and unprovoked murder is just something that we strive for, and put our lives on the line to accomplish. You are very jaded and misinformed if you think the Marine Corps is just a gang of murdering-raping thugs whose purpose is to cause discontent and malice among the other countries of the world. Given, yes, some bad and deplorable acts have been committed by my brothers in arms. But if you look in any demographic, you will see a a comparable percentage of outliers that behave in the same manner…And if you think my laughter was directed at the purported actions, then you have failed to understand the satire of my previous comment.
I wonder how you would react if others posted satirical “laughs” about 9/11: an atrocity which I deplore, but which was a direct consequence of the US’s foreign policies ….. and which the USMC is a crude tool
No reply from Chris …… but there again it is Sunday so perhaps he like many Americans is at church, hypocritically worshipping their god by ignoring the 10 commandments as they support multiple wars, voting for the death penalty etc
I am not a Christian, and I do not celebrate a Sabbath. I am a Californian “liberal”. I celebrate Science and the advancement of technology. I am also a combat Veteran who served in Afghanistan. I’ve seen how sad and poor third world countries suffer under a repressive and militant regime. The good and honest day-to-day people who live in Afghanistan do not want to live in a constant state of the denial of basic human rights….A place where women were second-class citizens; could be traded and forcefully married for their value in goats and children worked when they were able, instead of going to school. A place where farmers grow fields of poppies harvested for the sole purpose of making Heroin; simply because growing fruits and vegetables to feed their own country is not as profitable to their government as the drug trade. I have been to developing countries and talked to the people there. Not in just a formal military manner you’ve seen on the news; but I’ve made honest friendships with some of the Afghan people. Some of the people I’ve talked to I will never forget. I would invite any one of them into my house. I’m not here to tell you that war is good and war is always the answer. That innocents do not suffer…But I know from honest experience that it is necessary to help not just ourselves but the world we live in. Some people in this world only want power and workers, “only want to watch the world burn”, have radical and zealous religious beliefs. And when this happens, it is to the greater benefit to the whole of society that we root out and destroy this cancer. Democracy might not be the best answer forever, but it is a step in the right place from the totalitarian state third-world countries sometimes succumb to. You can complain about your life and how hard the economy is, how high gas has gone, and how we are living in the decline of a civilization. Maybe, but there are worse things out there. The Marines do their part to promote long-term stability.through short-term violence. Not everyone with power in this world listens to reason.
True,very true. and dont forget the murdering scum committed plenty of crimes across japan and the philippines
You seem to ignore the centuries of genocide, rape, and “plenty of crimes” committed by China, Vietnam, Korea, Laos, Cambodia, Mongolia and Burma to name a few that outnumber and precede any actions the Marines may have committed. And as stated before, does not reflect the organization as a whole. Any perceived “murder” was done during a time of mutual conflict. Anything outside of that, I can honestly say that the numbers of crimes committed by US personnel do not promote a statistical anomaly within any given demographic. That is like saying Australia is scum because they were founded by thieves and murderers from Great Britain, or that Germany is scum because they once housed the Nazi party. Students of the University of Colorado must be scum because John Holmes studied there before he murdered 12 people. Your logic is unfounded.
So care to explain why the US is thr most hated country in the world?
Just like OWS protesters hate the 1% of America, the countries with less opportunity hate the US for being the face for the 1% of the world. Unfortunate, yes, but does not speak for the country as a whole.
No Chris, the US is the most hated country in the world because of its foreign policies over the last >50 years. These are been selfish, hypocritical & bullying, and have caused the deaths of millions of innocent people ….. and these continue.
As the self-proclaimed “leader of the free world” & “greatest democracy in the world” (and vocal proponent of democracy elsewhere, but only when it suits its own interests) all US citizens share culpability.
The US cant have it both ways by claiming to be such a strong democracy but when inconvenient shirk responsibilities onto ill-defined bogeymen of “1%”.
BTW, it is wrong, and extraordinarily patronising, to refer to countries that are not allies of the US as “countries with less opportunity”. Such an attitude smacks of arrorgance & insularity ……. which are yet further reasons why the US is widely despised.
Firstly, I believe the point you are trying to make is that the world hates the US because of it’s foreign policy. However you fail to acknowledge A) The US was a largely isolationist country prior to World War 2 and it was this ideology that prevented America from joining the war in Europe after Germany blitzkrieg-ed the hell out of most of the western world. Lesson learned…Be proactive in the dismemberment of totalitarian regimes BEFORE it becomes an issue for the world as a whole. This and the fact that countries like Japan, Germany, the former Soviet Union, and South Korea have actually benefited in terms of basic human rights and economic industry due to US military action against oppressive forms of government. And B) You assume the UN and NATO forces have been in strong opposition to the current “War on Terror” to warrant the collective wag-of-the-finger towards America’s nose based on our foreign policy. This is simply not the case. There are quite simply too many variables;, economic, cultural, and political to say the world has all teamed up and agreed to not like the US. Like some sort of girl-club who just wont talk to Stacy till she gets a new haircut…It is inherent human nature to root for the underdog and to view the person with the most power as a bully. This ideology is seen in entertainment and the economy and supports that view time and time again.
As for your second paragraph, I would like to see one instance, just one, when an american politician threatened economic or military pressure against a developed foreign government when basic human rights were not on the table. It just does not happen like you claim. And if you are honestly going to make a fuss that the fact the US looks towards its own interests in some of its foreign policy then please let me know of a single governmental body that does not have its own best interests in mind while being active in the global-political playing field. And if the United States’ best interests involve disposing of unruly dictators and warlords so that society as a whole may flourish then sure, America is guilty.
To address the third paragraph….Honestly, I’m not sure what you think a “Free-Market” is but it has little to do with Democracy as a form of government. If you have trouble defining what the “1%” is, then let me tell you. The 1% take in a quarter of yearly income and hold possession of 40% of the wealth, plain and simple. It is this disparity between income of the 1% with the other 99 that cause animosity between demographics. This is only one of but perhaps the biggest reason why developing countries dislike the rapid advancement of the western culture.
BTW, I am not sure how you would define a country without wide-spread access to education, healthcare, technology, free-speech, food and water…etc. But I believe that would define one as having “less opportunity”, no? Seeing as how you yourself are able to access a computer I would define you as not being among the 4.67 billion people without internet access. And I’m willing to bet that you are also not among the billion or so people who are chronically hungry (Those who wake up hungry, go hungry throughout the day, and go to sleep without eating a single meal). You very much live in a country of opportunity. So when you take personal offense to me describing a country as having “less opportunity”; it speaks more to your ignorance of what “less opportunity” truly means, and more to your own subjective anti-government beliefs than actual fact. I’m willing to bet you’ve never stepped foot in a third-world country or talked to the people there.
Chris, as an apologist for the US millitary I’d be interested to hear your justification for the bombing of Laos.
Not sure why I would be asked to justify a military campaign that occurred before i was even born, but if you ask my opinion then I shall give it… Operation Menu was the code-name for the bombings I believe you are referring to. During the Vietnam War. The US Strategic Air Command conducted bombings on Cambodia and Laos targeted sanctuaries that were believed to act as strongholds for Viet Cong forces. I would liken this sort of action to the recent operation to kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. However, you must remember there were no such thing as precision bombs, or computer-backed intel outside of wiretapping phones back in the 60-70′s. Unfortunately PAVN forces were not regimented in the same manner as our forces and as such they had their families and children occupy strongholds within their military structures and surrounding areas whose daily job was to provide ammunition, bombs and services for the compounds targeted. I cannot justify the reasons why the political administration chose their actions, but I can say the military’s function is to follow the commands of the elected President at the time. Maybe blame Nixon and his staff for issuing the order?
K.R.McReedy – the illegal, sustained carpet bombing of Laos was a gross tragedy, and a war crime. But let’s not forget the bombing & invasion of: Korea & China 1950-53; Guatemala 1954; Indonesia 1958; Cuba 1959-1961; Guatemala 1960; Congo 1964; Vietnam 1961-73; Cambodia 1969-70; Guatemala 1967-69; Grenada 1983; Lebanon 1983-1984; Libya 1986; El Salvador throughout 1980s; Nicaragua throughout 1980s; Iran 1987; Panama 1989; Iraq 1991; Kuwait 1991; Somalia 1993; Bosnia 1994-1995; Sudan 1998; Afghanistan 1998; Yugoslavia 1999; Yemen 2002; Iraq 1991-2003; Iraq 2003-05; Afghanistan 2001-05
Instead of addressing each and every example listed above I would like to point to you a youtube video if the comments will allow. As you no doubt know, Soviet-era communism which the western world as a whole decried, gained massive political and military power within the countries listed above between the end of World War 2 to the late 80′s. To perhaps better clarify this view please watch the video from about 10:00 mark, but really, the whole video speaks volumes:
I hate all of you. Just enjoy the dang pictures and, for the love of little baby Jesus, take your political views elsewhere.
And before you go make this a religious argument, it’s just an expression so calm down.