“All I can say about what the US is doing – it‘s immoral,” Gravel says, explaining that “as a result of 9/11, we have altered our moral compass. And people began to get used to brutalizing each other.”
“We Americans used to think ‘oh, what happened in Germany could never happen with us!’ Well, it is happening with us. And it is happening to the detriment of our global position.”
“In Afghanistan, in Iraq and in Vietnam at the era, all American soldiers died in vain,” Gravel claims, recalling the millions of war victims in Vietnam, which is now developing along its own path, regardless.
I happen to agree with him, we have gone down an awful road. We seem to embrace brutality. That's really all we do now. We're really unable to do much of anything except that, for some reason.
For some reason?
We're stuck in a loop on this because we want to be. We're unwilling to make demands of our parties -- whether you're Republican or Democrat or whatever. We won't make the demands needed. We won't say, "End wars or we walk." When we are willing to do that and do it in large numbers, we might be listened to.
Instead, the political parties know they really don't have to do anything. That's includes the national Green Party which has refused to lead. Barack Obama is the worst Democrat to be in the White House in my lifetime. The Greens should be leading with the criticism from the left. Instead they resort to silence.
Collectively, it's all of our fault.
Maybe one day we'll be disgusted enough to act in large numbers. Maybe one day.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):