[THS] !!!!! John S. Hatch: The Brute Factory
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Wed Sep 2 13:10:45 CEST 2009
The Brute Factory
By John S. Hatch
September 01, 2009 "Information Clearing House" -- Henry Kissinger once referred to
military service people as dumb, stupid animals to be used as tools of foreign policy.
One wonders if this man of no regrets nevertheless wishes he had not vocalized what
in fact has been the position of successive US governments including the present
one? Madeleine Albright, after famously stating that the undisputed deaths of
500,000 Iraqi children due to hunger and easily preventable diseases during the post
Gulf War I sanctions were worth it later admitted that the statement did not have a
nice ring to it. But Herr Doktor doesnt apologise. Not for millions of deaths in Viet
Nam, Cambodia, and Laos. Not for Agent Orange. Not for Operation Phoenix. Not for
demanding more death in Iraq.
But could his swinish assertion be true? After all, hundreds of thousands went
willingly to Viet Nam, or allowed themselves to be sent virtually as killer slaves to
magically protect freedom and democracy by murdering peasant men, women and
babies, by drowning them in buckets, throwing them out of helicopters, raping
women and then shooting them in the back of the head. Often they helicopter
bombed every shanty in every random village they came across. They drove
themselves insane in their frenzy of violence. Once there, there was no return from
the reptile side. Fifty-eight thousand died for nothing, as it turned out, because Sec
Def McNamara had miscalculated the Domino Effect. Oops. An unknown number
committed suicide, committed murder back home, or were shot by police. We dont
do body counts.
Dumb, stupid animals. But even animals dont behave like that. Not even stupid ones.
Well, homo americanus. He does. He does, over and over.
And how did psycho Uncle Sam say thank you? By pretending Agent Orange was
benign. By denying that PTSD is real. No Gulf War Syndrome. By abandoning its
veterans. Just as it did after the Gulf War, fought for reasons as bogus as Viet Nam.
Just as it continues to do regarding the equally bogus reasons for the savage
invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Depleted Uranium is good for you. Take a deep
breath. Got a brain injury? Well we happen to think that you were already nuts, so
We now know that people were tortured to make them assert that Saddam Hussein
was in cahoots with al Quieda, blamed with Lee Harvey Oswald accusatory speed for
9/11 (despite the fact that mounting evidence, including the presence of nano-
thermite in WTC dust tends to point in quite a different direction). Bush, Cheney,
Rice, Rumsfeld and others made the connection in countless speeches, along with
the baseless claim that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and that the good
ol USA was in imminent danger. Mushroom clouds turned up only in Condoleezzas
fetid mind. Oops.
The vile draft was gone, so Sam couldnt ship off mostly Black kids or poor white
trash whose names didnt end in C-h-e-n-e-y, so they used the above lies, calls to
patriotic duty, and good old cash inducements to get the job done. They let criminals
join, sociopaths, the mildly mentally ill, the elderly, even illegal immigrants. They did
heavy recruiting in high schools in poor neighborhoods, Indian reserves (even some
in Canada, until they were stopped). They were allowed to call kids at home, barrage
them with bullshit, threats, false promises, and false patriotism. Only you can save
the Homeland, kid!
And so the poor suckers went, but they mostly didnt know what they were getting in
to. They were getting into murder, pure and simple. They were getting into torture.
Snipers shot children, sometimes purposely only wounding them so that their
screams would cause maximum torment and terror. They shot people for fun. They
karate-kicked people to death. They crucified some. They used depleted uranium,
infecting even themselves. They employed white phosphorous and thermobaric
weapons against innocent civilians. They imprisoned thousands of children and
sodomized some of them. They threatened people with electric drills, a favorite
torture trick of the rightfully vilified Saddam, Rumsfelds friend (But if we do it, its
not a crime
Kill, kill, kill! the Marines madly shriek in training. But a human being, no matter how
stupid, how duped, can only engage in so much of the real thing before his soul is
irretrievably lost and he becomes mad, a monster. (I spoke to Damien Corsetti,
known as The Monster and Chief Torturer at Bagram and Abu Grahaib. He has a
tattoo which reads Il Mostro. He may have done monstrous things, but he didnt
start out that way, and suffers serious remorse and perhaps life threatening PTSD.
He said they tortured out of sheer boredom, not for freedom and democracy.) And
then the ex-soldier goes back to Chicago and shoots people on the street. Or himself.
And remember, no WMDs. No Osama. No nothing. Oil. Thermite in WTC dust
particles. Inside job. All that death for nothing. All that suffering so that Cheney could
sneer. I bet Kissinger liked it too, but wanted more. For those guys, theres never
enough death. Never.
Capitalizing on the outrage and disgust of the American people toward the worst, the
most corrupt and criminal Administration in American history, Barack Obama
promised change. Change you can believe in. Transparency. Honesty. Re-
And then he deliveredOmerta.
He joined the Cheney crime family, or perhaps he was already a member all along.
He elected to look forward, as if massive war crimes and crimes against humanity
can be dismissed, erased if you just pretend hard enough that they didnt happen, or
that they dont matter. Albrights children, all over again. Ragheads, after all. By that
logic, OJ should be head of the Department of Justice. Or maybe even President. In
this looking-glass world, anything can happen. Bad things.
As a sop, maybe a couple more Lyndie Englands will go to jail, even though at the
very least one hundred and eight people are known to have been tortured to death
on orders that came right from the top in the Bush Administration (Bush, Cheney,
Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, Rice, Bybee, Yoo
). How many homicide charges have been
laid? Americans who put to death Japanese and Germans for just following orders
(and in the case of some Japanese, the crime was waterboarding), now cite it as a
legitimate defense while excusing those who gave the orders in the first place. If
hypocrisy could kill, Washington would be a ghost town, and the world would be a
And meanwhile there are reports that Guantanamo guards are still crazy with sadistic
violence in anticipation of its closing (an event upon which I would not take bets).
There still exists an unknown number of black sites at undisclosed locations, where
conditions might be even worse. Red Cross not welcome. Bagram prison in
Afghanistan is being expanded, its hopeless inhabitants still denied all human rights
under Mr. Obama, who asserts that many prisoners will never be tried or released.
Thousands of children remain imprisoned. Meanwhile any suggestion that inmates be
moved to US soil is met with the most hysterical shrieks of protest by residents,
terrified out of their dim little wits of terrorists who are mostly innocent kidnap
victims, bought for ransom by a shameless US government, the successor to which
would rather see them die in captivity than admit its predecessors criminal mistakes.
Its very difficult to watch President Obama talk of Americas greatness with a straight
face in the midst of such moral degeneracy even as the banksters steal and he caves
in to AIPEC, Big Pharma and Big Insurance, and once again the American people get
sold out with barely a whimper. Even as America goes bankrupt, there are always
calls for more military, more bases, more guns. Less butter.
When it comes to America, perhaps its not just the military who are comprised of
dumb stupid animals. Kissinger must be laughing his ass off. Cheney too. Welcome
to the brute factory. Its a veritable slaughterhouse.
John S. Hatch is a Vancouver writer and film-maker.
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