Let's say it
straight out: Virtually every architect and supporter of today's
neo-con-game of endless war is a coward.
anyone who advocates a policy of military invasion, yet studiously
avoids joining the soldiers on the battlefield, is, by definition,
What kind of
a person believes that a cause is worth (someone else) dying for,
yet not only refuses to face the "enemy," but remains,
at all times, in the cool shadow of security? I'll tell you what
kind — a coward.
What kind of
a person can't wait to send America's youth to die in Iraq for a
series of absurd, constantly evolving fabrications, yet finds it
more prudent to receive lobbyists than to fire a rifle? I'll tell
you what kind — a raw coward.
We've all heard
the deranged platitudes: "Sorry I can't join ya over there…but
I'll be stayin' here, representin' ya, makin' sure the homeland
is secure, and that the economy stays on track. Believe me, I'm
gonna be doin' everything I can to keep you and your buddies well-supplied
— with everything you need for victory. So…God's speed. We'll
all be thinkin' about ya. And prayin' for ya. You're all just fabulous!"
"I've already served my country in the military. I've done
my duty. Now, someone else can do his. I'm entitled to voice my
support for this war. But, right now, I'm just too old to return
to battle! And too busy with my job!"
And my all-time
favorite? "Well…I haven't really had any military training.
I think it's best to leave the actual fighting to professionals."
How much training
does it take to blow a hole in an eight-year-old girl?
mom, construction worker, US Senator, software engineer, grade school
teacher, Vice-President of the United States, young, old…whatever
you are. You think defeating worldwide "terrorism" is
a life-or-death issue for America? Then put your courage where your
Just look around.
And listen. Listen to all of America's neo-conned, warriors-in-theory.
Their numbers are legion. They're in Congress. They're in the White
House. They're wearing the black robes of justice. They're walking
the streets of America, safely preaching genocide. What do they
all have in common?
a doubt, and never a scratch. Cowards, each and every one.
I hereby issue
a challenge: I challenge any supporter of our current Middle East
blood fest to tell me exactly why he is still here — and not over
Do you hear
a sudden eerie silence? Of course you do. It's the silence of cowards.
Have you noticed
how the rationale for war these days is becoming less and less important?
At this very moment, we are committing mass-extermination in Iraq
— for no discernable reason whatsoever.
one — profit.
When our nation's
very existence rests in the balance (as the "War on Terror"
drum-beaters repeatedly claim), precisely why is any kind of profit-taking
permitted? Why isn't the military-industrial complex offering its
materials and services at cost?
This is a question
the cowards would rather not answer, because answering it would
reveal the truth: If you take the profit out of war…there is no
war. Today's cowardly patriotism resides only within the perimeter
of profit — and safety.
also a corollary, just for cowards: If you require those calling
loudest for war to fire the first shot, the guns remain silent.
on Terror" has absolutely nothing to do with "terrorists."
It has absolutely nothing to do with preventing another 9/11. (The
proof? The neo-cowards' refusal to secure our wide-open borders,
due to their love affair with slave labor.) It has nothing to do
with a "Clash of Civilizations."
It has everything
to do with making money. Lots and lots of money. (And let's never
forget: There's oil in them-thar hills!)
And it has
to do with a new type of "failure." Just as cowardice
is now the new bravery, today, failure has also been rebranded.
It's now called "success."
The more American
soldiers who die, the longer that innocent blood is spilled, the
longer the cycle of destruction and rebuilding, in other words,
the longer the horror — the bigger the profit. A normal person believes
that he is witnessing chaos in Iraq. Not at all. Success is everywhere
it's a coward's success. And a coward's profit.
gut-shot Iraqi child, limp in a grieving parent's arms, we see a
bullet that is sold. And a profit that is made. With every suffering,
limbless soldier, the military-industrial complex sees a reason
to persist. And finds more profits to be made. With every tank that's
ripped-apart, with every screaming, dying civilian, the White House
imagines a "surge" that is working. And sees a profit
for a friend.
that endorses mass murder for profit, and calls it war, deserves
no latitude. It deserves a cage.
And so do we,
if we stand by in passive assent. Every American deserves what he
tolerates. The time for tolerance is over.
one candidate for President of the United States in 2008 who has
the depth of understanding, and the character, necessary to place
meaningful restraints upon our profit-centered system of cowardly
warmongering — Ron Paul.
Dr. Paul's that would help achieve this objective include:
rid of the Federal Reserve, which functions as the financial enabler
of war, as well as its head-coach.
politicians in favor of war to make a formal declaration of war,
as specified in the Constitution.
To which I
requires that the profit-motive be put-aside in time of war. Therefore,
financially profiting from a soldier's courage, and, possibly,
from the sacrifice of a soldier's life, should be forbidden by
- By law,
every elected representative espousing war must either personally
ship-off to battle, or, send a close family member in his stead.
Ron Paul Revolution is, among other things, a revolution to reclaim
our original American spirit, a spirit mangled, at least since the
time of Lincoln, by the passive acceptance, and tacit encouragement,
of state-sponsored mass-murder for profit.
help, it is a revolution that will come to pass.
N. Herndon [send him mail]
is a media psychologist with Media Psychology Affiliates. He specializes
in naturalistic research and media design for the worlds of politics