Nothing Says Western Hypocrisy Like a Dead Baby Meme

I realize I will make many people angry for “politicizing” the Syrian debacle BUT in the face of the current Syrian tragedy we need to be mindful of our own complicity in their pain. Equally horrible is the fact that you are being emotionally manipulated into ignoring the root causes of this humanitarian disaster by the blatant over use of the photos of the dead baby. They want you to believe that the crisis just happened. That it just started. Of course that is not the case. It has been fermenting for years. In the political shadows the United States has been the quiet Puppet Master.

When you see that drowned Syrian boy, you should be seeing, instead, the immoral failure of see the United States’ foreign policy since 9/11. We as a nation have contributed greatly to the agony of the Syrian people.

This has everything to do with how and why we elect leaders in the USA. We elected people who were hell bent on keeping the region unstable. We need to learn from Syria and Iraq and stop putting people in office who’s only interest is in regime change.

Stop putting people in office who created the mess in the first place.

For a clearer understanding of how we all got here, click the photo.
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The Truth About Our Spending Problem

It is really quite simple.
ImageTHIS man is the reason we are being lectured to by Republicans about runaway spending. The 2008 Bush Bank Bailouts started out at 700 BILLION…it has now grown to 1.8 TRILLION, The Iraq War 2 TRILLION plus, and Afghanistan War’s most conservative estimate is just under 300 BILLION. TOTAL? 2 unpaid for wars and not a dime was returned by the banksters Totals 4.1 TRILLION dollars. GW Bush. The gift that keeps on taking. They keep trying to somehow blame the Black Guy for this but the numbers speak for themselves. Numbers do not lie. Numbers are facts free of passion. THIS man is the reason why old people will have to eat cat food and why kids will be kicked off of food stamps and Headstart. So the next time one of these Republicants spouts off more lies please do not forget who started this. Oh by the way the ACA has already been fully funded.

Tomas Young Explains Decision To End His Life

Further evidence of the ongoing destructive power of GW Bush and Dick Cheney’s legacy of misery and death.  The American people and perhaps the world are profoundly worse off for allowing these miscreants to come into power in the first place.

One may well ask why do I continue to be obsessed with what I perceive to be the evils of GW and his sick regime. After all he has been gone from the public eye for years. I will  write more this later but simplistically put for the moment, I am reminded of the extermination of my ancestors at the hands of a regime who fooled and later bullied its own people into blind unquestioning allegiance, loyalty and the abdication of their natural given rights. To bear witness to horrible crimes is to prevent such crimes from occurring again.

The story of Tomas Young is doubly sadder because it never had to happen in the first place. He will have died for a lie and hubris.

The following is an update of our previous post was also found on The Huffington Post.

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Just over nine years ago, a sniper’s bullet turned Tomas Young’s life upside down.

It was 2004, and Young, who had enlisted in the Army after Sept. 11 out of a sense of duty, was serving on a tour in Iraq. He wasn’t sure why his service had brought him there and not to Afghanistan, where the Sept. 11 plotters had been harbored. But his skepticism made little difference when his convoy came under attack, ultimately leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.

His recovery, chronicled in the documentary “Body of War” and by Chris Hedges in a recent Truth Dig article, has since been marked by a series of ups and downs. But lately, Young, now 33, says it’s been mostly downs. The pain and decline of his health and bodily function have led Young to decide that he’ll stop receiving treatment later this year, a move that will eventually allow him to, as he put it in February according to the Ridgefield Press, “one day go away.”

In an interview with KCUR’s Frank Morris broadcast on NPR over the weekend, Young and his family spoke more about his deliberations.

“I decided that I was no longer going to watch myself deteriorate,” Young told Morris.

While Young made some progress toward recovery in the years after the incident — some of which was documented in 2009’s “Body of War” — in 2008 he suffered a pulmonary embolism and an anoxic brain injury that impaired his speech and left him with limited use of his arms. He’s since undergone numerous painful surgeries and treatments to deal with emerging medical problems.

Young’s mother, Cathy Smith, told NPR that the setbacks have been both emotionally and physically crushing to her son.

 

“To be a paraplegic, deal with that, and then wake up and you’re a quadriplegic and you can’t use your voice, which is what you were learning to use,” she says. “So many people wanted him to speak, and he couldn’t speak anymore.”

Young had emerged as one of the more outspoken anti-war activists throughout his recovery, and his story and words have served as a powerful reminder of the human costs of the war in Iraq.

For the 10th anniversary of the war, Young penned a scathing open letter to former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney, accusing them of “egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans — my fellow veterans — whose future you stole.” The letter quickly went viral, and he eventually read the letter live on Democracy Now! alongside his wife, Claudia Cuellar, where they gave insight into their activism and struggle.

Young has said publicly that he’ll stop talking to the press on April 20, the anniversary of his marriage, and shortly thereafter, will remove his feeding tube and stop receiving the daily regimen of medical treatment that keeps him alive. His announcement has sparked a debate about whether Young should be allowed to intentionally end his life. NPR followed up with Sandra Silva, vice president of education at the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, who said Young’s decision was acceptable under both legal and medical laws.