of the Real Reasons They Hate Us
President Bush might not know about this since he was never in the
service overseas, but I am sure Colin Powell has had to deal with
this problem over his whole military career. We have troops stationed
in countries all over the globe. Every foreign service town has
prostitution, bars, drugs, and crime.
people who own the bars and prostitutes love the US being there.
They are making big bucks off the troops. Prostitutes, many of who
have been forced into the trade, donít like Americans, and after
a few years learn to hate America. Their brothers and sisters, parents
and children, learn that hate also.
you are a guy, think about growing up in one of these foreign service
towns. A lot of the best-looking women are in the "trade," and the
ones that aren't might work at the base making way more money than
you do. In fact, in many places, the women that you grew up with
can go out with a American and have your year's salary spent on
one gift. Yes, the local guys hate Americans.
of this problem in another way. You're 18 or 19, an apprentice metalsmith
making about 20 dollars a month, you're in love, but the woman that
you are in love with looks at a American serviceman as a ticket
to American citizenship. Let me tell you, that brings out the hate.
take this one step farther. The woman you're in love with gets pregnant
by the serviceman and he splits back to the states alone. Your family
wonít let you marry her even if you wanted to, as she has brought
shame on herself. Her family disowns her for the same reason. Then
we have the child, who has a lifetime of being the half-American
child of a whore. Harsh, but that is how it is in many countries.
You hate Americans, she hate Americans, and the child grows up hating
Americans. Again, all of her family hates Americans for what they
did to her.
I am writing here happens all the time, all over the globe. I want
you to think of your hometown and what it would be like if a few
thousand foreign teenagers moved in. They are away from home for
the first time, have lots of money by your standards, and are arrogant
in the bargain. Yes, think about that.
am not proud of how I treated people in Okinawa. I thought these
people were lucky to have me protecting them from somebody, and
I was on my way to Vietnam, so screw them if they didnít like it.
This was the service-wide way of thinking. All the "lifers" would
tell you that they were just gooks anyway, so it didnít matter how
you treated them.
am commander of our local VFW and have asked old, young, and my
age vets if this is the same the world over, and they all say yes.
Afghanistan with all its opium and hash should make some Afghanies
rich if our troops get stationed there, and the cycle of hate will
start over again.
we do anything about this? Why, yes. We can bring the troops home
to protect our borders, just like President George W. Bush said
when he was running for President.
Glaser [send him mail]
is a Vietnam vet and a volunteer in veterans hospitals.