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Monday, February 26, 2007

a general strike?

Some of America’s most senior military commanders are prepared to resign if the White House orders a military strike against Iran, according to highly placed defence and intelligence sources.

Full story >>> (Heads up by DS)

I'm reminded of Hitler and his senior generals in the lead-up to WWII. They apparently tried to tell him that his war plans were nuts and protested emphatically. He told them they were wrong and cajoled them into going ahead with the annexation of Czechoslovakia, insisting that the Allies would do nothing except blow a lot of hot air. The Allies proved Hitler right, the generals were proven wrong, and the rest, as they say, is history. How many millions were killed in WWII? 60 million? If only those German generals had resigned or staged a coup.

7 Comments:

Blogger GoAwayPlease said...

Thanks for bringing that bit of positive news to my attention.
Dissent is good - and now it's from Generals? wow.

February 26, 2007 7:02 PM  
Blogger JahTeh said...

There you are, the brownie's back.

About time the backroom boys got some guts, shame it had to be when they're neck deep in crud.

February 26, 2007 9:06 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Brownie, I think the sanity of a nation can be measured by the number of generals dissenting when the call goes out to "let loose the dogs of war".

JahTeh, Brownie may well be commenting here, but that does not mean she is still blogging on her own blog. Get a grip, woman!!!

February 26, 2007 11:28 PM  
Blogger GreenSmile said...

You know what really truly deeply pisses me off about this story? If a sargeant gets it in his head that he has been orderd to Iraq on false pretenses to fight an illegal war...he doesn't get a headline anywhere except Truthout.org and he gets court marshalled.

I mean they are both right, Watada and the generals but only one of them is behind bars.

Not that I am under any illusion that there is anything democratic about the operation of the military. By law, custom, tradition and psychology, the obligation to take orders without question is nearly absolute. That is a big part of the mystique of military and that seems to have spilled over into the thinking of our Bush men. Those of us who are on the outside of this bubble of belicosity see what a shabby state it lowers us to as a nation. When the bubble pops for most of these warriors, as it seems it is about to for these generals, that is the day they will look back on the Bush tenure with the same horror and disgust in which we now behold it.

It won't even be 10 years before all history books by people other than Rove or William Kristol or AEI "thinkers" will consider this administration the absolute nadir of America's political fortunes, the disaster we worked upon ourselves and can only pray we don't repeat. We were, in spirit, a healthier country on April 11th 1861.

February 27, 2007 7:24 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Ahhh, GS... Lt Watada had been ordered to deploy a war zone. To disobey such an order cuts to the heart of what military service is all about. I will side with the Army on this one. If the good Lieutenant wanted the luxury of avoiding war service he should have left the Army prior to being issued those orders. Conscienscous objection is not an option for serving officers warned for duty in a war zone. The Army is not a democracy.

Having said that, let me say this: Good for Watada! Hope he wins his legal fight.

But his timing was all wrong. If he felt the way he obviously did about the Iraq war, he should have resigned from the Army before he got his orders. It's a bit disingenuous to parade around wearing the uniform and getting saluted by all and sundry a hundred times a day, and then, when receiving the order to go, say "Nope!"

Bullshit!!!

February 27, 2007 11:58 PM  
Blogger Hattie said...

You know, the military! The guns, the marching, the toys! The travel, the vice--the manliness of it all!
Unless they get their asses blown off, in which case they can rot in Veterans' Hospitals.
It's a scam that is perpetrated on generation after generation of young people.
Watada woke up to it. He's a big threat.

February 28, 2007 6:04 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I don't know much about Watada, Hattie. But the whole military thing is wrapped in flags and patriotism. What it's really about is being part of a huge killing machine for "the system". It's "the Big Stick" to keep the masses in line and in the service of the rich. They're not fighting for "democracy" or "freedom" or "their country". That's just myth. They are fighting to uphold the supremacy of the rich for whom the poor are only useful whilst they are a resource to be exploited. When/where their usefulness is outlived, they are abandoned and scrapped. Overpopulation only adds even more brutality to this dynamic.

They'll soon try to link all political dissent against capitalism/globalisation with "terrorism" and paint it as being "anti-democracy", "a threat to security/stability", "treason", etc, etc.

And the sheep will believe it. People like me will be made to disappear.

Mark my words.

February 28, 2007 6:46 AM  

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