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Utterly Unreptentent and Unsupportive
You know I kind of looked forward to writing this page. All you patriots and
jingoists out there knew what you were getting when you wandered in here
and if you didn't, you're going to find out now.
I did not support the current war or present occupation
in Iraq, and I don't support the troops fighting there either.
Why the War Was and Still Is Wrong
- Iraq did not do anything to us in the last ten years. We were busy bombing them and
starving them with sanctions. W had to make up one reason after another for the
war until the troops went in. When a country goes in to a war for reasons other
than self defense, it may call it a &qot;preemptive strike" but it is really
- It was and still is against international law. That's right, for the last
three hundred years it's been illegal to be the aggressor in a war. In fact one
of the counts against the Nazi war criminals at Nuremburg was starting an aggressive war.
No wonder the Security Council would not give us permission for our &qout;preemptive
- W lied. At least as of this writing, no caches of weapons of mass destruction
or documents linking Saddam Hussein to Osama Bin Laden have been found. By the way
none of the 9/11 hijackers was Iraqi. Most of them were Saudi Arabian and the Saudis
are still fairly staunch allies of ours.
- Two thousand plus Iraqi civilian casualties. That is a lot of casualties and that is a
conservative figure, but that's the one at
Iraqbody count. And for the ones left alive, the streets are not safe to walk,
the sewer and water systems are still in disrepair and in some places the power is not
turned on again. Schools are not open. Is this liberation?
- Winning doesn't make it right. Just as when any other bully beats up a much
weaker opponent, the United States behaved as a rogue empire. Yes, and I'm stuck
living here. I was born here. I didn't choose it and I'm not proud of my
citizenship. There are plenty of democracies in the developed world, and no
I would not mind living in Europe, especially France. I have a good reading knowledge of
French and probably would acquire a speaking knowledge within months. Five years of a foreign language
in high school does that.
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The Means of Resistance
So you probably want to know how I don't support the troops.
First, resisting the rush to rogue empire is not easy. It takes access to the media
or time spent on a busy street corner. I did get to attend one fantastic rally in Chicago
back in late March. There was a line of picketers backed up outside the city limits
on Lakeshore Drive.
But you can't go to a rally every day of the week and with the empire still there,
resistance goes on or at least I believe it should. So what can one do?
Empires need money, so withhold yours. Yes, there is such thing as war tax resistance.
Don't pay all or part of your income tax. Unfortunately, this is more easily said
than done. If you are a student, you may be engaged in casual labor such as babysitting
or tutoring. You are paid off the books already. If you work on the books, the government
takes your taxes out of your pay check via a W-2. You never get a chance to withhold them.
Of course there's always the phone tax. On your phone bill there is a three percent
phone tax and you can refuse to pay this. It is a symbolic gesture of course and a few people have had
their phone cut off for it. In my case, the phone is not in my name.
Speak your mind. Fear and silence equal complicity and I'm not complicit in
this rogue empire. Putting up this web page is an act of resistance.
Refuse to participate in the patriotic circus. Don't put bunting all over your
web page and claim to be a "keeper of the light." This recent war
was fought not by sweet loving mothers, little boys, and teddy bears but by
young people a bit older than I am who dropped cluster bombs. It was fought by
troops who protected the Oil and Interior ministries while the museums and hospitals
And just say no to jingoism in public. Stop pledging the flag. This is perfectly
legal though the first time you do it, it takes a bit of guts. It's really quite simple.
If asked to rise, keep your rear in the chair. If asked to stay standing, put your
rear there. The pledge is voluntary and your actions don't
disrupt any one else's.
Remember that no one has the right NOT TO BE OFFENDED. Just because you
have a relative in the military doesn't mean you can't bear to watch me expressing
my opinion in public or on paper. If the soldiers' psyches were so fragile that they
could not stand my show of opinion, they would never take being in battle and they
surely would need and have all their news censored. It's time to tell all the
military relatives that no one died and left them royalty. They're no more special
than any of the rest of us.
- And as for that claptrap about soldiers maintaining my freedom. I didn't ask them to do and I
don't want them doing it. Maintaining domestic order and tranquility belongs to
the police. Civil rights and first amendment cases are decided in the courts
by lawyers in white shirts. Those who fight for those rights and who win sometimes
are ordinary citizens like me. If you want to see how soldiers defend the
right to free speech, read this.
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So you won't catch me saying "united we stand" and when it comes
to "God Bless America" I listen to my niece, Caltha. She's six
years old but she has a conscience that hasn't been sullied by a lot of
garbage. She says "God bless America... That's not right. What about
the rest of the world. You're leaving them out too." No, I'm not a patriot.
I'm a citizen of the world just like Caltha. I hope she keeps her conscience.
I'm going to keep mine. I'm not standing with those united chauvinists or
jingoists. I'm not proud to be a citizen of a rogue empire. I'm still
resisting, utterly unreptentent and unsupportive.
Haldis Kulus Guerrin
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