12.10.2005

Somebody sent me this, as one of those ubiquitous forwards you get every day:

Subject: I Don't Care!

The lady that wrote this letter is Pam Foster of Pamela Foster and Associates in Atlanta. She's been in business since 1980 doing interior design and home planning. She recently wrote a letter to a family member serving in Iraq.......

"Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it, or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001?

Were people from all over the world, mostly Americans, not brutally murdered that day in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from our nation's capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania?

Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn't they?

And I'm supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was "desecrated" when an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet?

Well, I don't. I don't care at all. I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns
himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11.

I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere possession of which is a crime in Saudi Arabia.

I'll care when Abu Musab al-Zarqawi tells the world he is sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling, slashed throat.

I'll care when the cowardly so-called "insurgents" in Iraq come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques.

I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs.

I'll care when the American media stops pretending that their First Amendment liberties are somehow derived from international law instead of the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights.

In the meantime, when I hear a story about a brave Marine roughing up an Iraqi terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don't care.

When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank that I don't care.

When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and fed "special" food that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being "mishandled," you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts that I don't care.

And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled "Koran" and other times "Quran". Well, Jimmy Crack Corn and you guessed it, I could give a rat's ass!

If you agree with this view point, pass this on to all your e-mail friends. Sooner or later, it'll get to the people responsible for this ridiculous behavior! If you don't agree, then by all means.... hit the delete button."

This really pissed me off. So, here was my reply. Perhaps a bit harsh, but again, it pushed some buttons...

Uh oh, here comes my rant. Sorry, but this letter (From the lady in Atlanta, not you, of course!) really pissed me off.

9/11 was caused by US foreign policy, not because some people looked up from the Koran one day and decided that it told them to kill innocent people. I don't agree with their actions, but this whole "We were sucker punched" thing that the US has been trying to sell is a steaming pile of horse droppings. It's like someone jabbing someone else, repeatedly, smacking them and poking them and pushing them, and when their victim finally reels back and uppercuts them, they look shocked and say "Why are you picking a fight?".

Bush and his junta are playing the game of Empire Building. I think the US gov't knew 9/11 was going to happen, and let it, because it set up so much of what was to come(attacking Afghanistan and Iraq and 'insert future country here', and getting a presence there). Students of Geo-politics know that the key to controlling the world is the Middle East...If you don't have a stranglehold on it, you are NOT a world player. Part of the reason the Berlin wall fell is Glasnost, yes, but a big part of it is because the Russians could never get a foothold in the Middle East, and started to fade on the world stage. They invaded Afghanistan when they couldn't diplomatically get anywhere. Why did the US secretly help Afghanistan beat the Russians? You think it was in the name of freedom, or in the name of stopping the Russians from getting a foothold in such a valuable area?.

The USA are basically doing the same thing Hitler tried to do, but in a more duplicitous, round about, back door way; take over the world. And the world appears to be letting them, unless they stand up to them. Remember, the general German populace thought that they were on the right side of the War (and that Jews were "insurgents" if you want to take that to it's logical conclusion). The American populace do too. History is written by the winners, not the losers. Propaghanda and Nationalism/Patriotism are powerful things. People, for the most part, are sheep, and want to be told what to do.

The US gov't knows this, and has been waging a war against its own people; one of distraction and fear. They fill up their lives with meaningless stuff, with the latest gadgets and trends and fasions, and they make them believe that these things are important. Then they keep them afraid, of Anthrax, and bombs, and phantom attackers; of foreigners, even of each other. People are so afraid, and so dependant on this stuff, that they don't want to pay attention anymore, they don't want to think for themselves and question authority anymore. The world they live in has become SO scary and complicated, it's just more reassuring and easier to trust in their government to "do the right thing" and take care of them, so they can go back to their video games and movies and magazines. It's a lack of caring that has got the US in the fix their in.

Luckily, Bush can't be re-elected for another term(unless he goes completely off the wall and repeals that constitutional amendment), and the USA looks like it's going to wake up a little and elect a Democrat, but I think most of the damage has been done. The USA is now so way out there politically, in a place where it's easier to keep going forward than it is to go back.

As for this lady's assertion that she doesn't care if the Koran is desecrated by American troops: First of all, if it was the other way around, if Afghani's or Iraqi's (or Australians for that matter) were desecrating the Bible, you can bet your ass she'd be outraged. So, why should she behave any differently when someone elses holy book is desecrated? This is ignorance and bigotry and narcissism of the highest order. People like this are why the rest of the world hates the West. It is EXACTLY this kind of attitude that caused 9/11. The irony of this is, I'm sure, lost on the writer of this letter.

What Bin-Laden did was horrible, no argument. Cutting off someones head, for whatever reason, is also horrible, of course. But what I'm interested in, is what exactly is going on over there, to make people this fanatic. They're not all crazy people. There's something behind it. Could it be they are finally tired of being pushed, and are striking back any way they can?

As far as calling insurgents 'cowardly', well, it's actually called "Guerilla Warfare". It worked pretty good for the Viet Cong. Thats probably why most Americans don't like it. Funny, I think killing people with "Smart Bombs" and weapons that can be fired form miles away without actually having to risk life or limb, or even see your enemy, is pretty cowardly. I think talking tough and declaring yourself righteous, while your army is overseas doing the dirty work for you, is pretty cowardly. The US Army allows female volunteers now, perhaps the author should put her money where her mouth is?

"And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled "Koran" and other times "Quran". Well, Jimmy Crack Corn and you guessed it, I could give a rat's ass!"

Ok, lets ignore the fact that this has no point, and is just further proof that their brainwashed rage(masquerading as patriotism) is really xenophobic and ignorant. I would say to this person "Yes, dear American letter writer, I know that your letter is SO well articulated as to be held up as a paragon of literature, but it may surprise you to know that in other parts of the world people speak different languages. These languages are NOT English, and most of them have no connection to English whatsoever(By the way, English is mostly an amalgamation of other languages, but I wouldn't expect you to know that). In the middle east, they don't even use the English Alphabet. So, sometimes, you see different spellings when something thats not English is forced to be translated into English. If you cared about more than Family Fued and Hee Haw re-runs, and actually, oh I don't know, read about something that wasn't spoon fed to you, you'd probably realize this, because unlike the majority of people in Atlanta, you can read and write." But that would probably be pretty mean of me. Accurate, but mean.

"I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs."

Wow. So, imagine how much she doesn't care about the Americans using phosphorous bombs in Fallujah. Remember how the Americans went over to Iraq to "Get the Weapons of Mass Destruction"(TM)? They brought them themselves. Phosphorous Bombs are defined as "chemical weapons". They burn anything organic, but leave everything else intact. The buildings, cars, furniture, even clothing is left intact. People and plants and animals though, are burned to dust, right down to the bone. Reports from that city tell of burned but fully clothed skeletons lying on the ground.

When the American gov't shows this level of hypocrisy, and is actually (and incredibly!!) fighting TO RETAIN THE RIGHT TO TORTURE, when they see fit, for whatever reason they see fit, I'm sorry, i have no sympathy for them or their people. The people ultimately elect their leaders, and the people are in control over whether they allow themselves to be duped by those leaders. I'm a firm believer in the fact that people are not stupid, unless they choose to be stupid. The Americans have chosen to be stupid for too long, and now that they're suffering the consequences, they're predictably surprised and outraged. The rest of us roll our eyes...

"If you agree with this view point, pass this on to all your e-mail friends. Sooner or later, it'll get to the people responsible for this ridiculous behavior! If you don't agree, then by all means.... hit the delete button."

'Ridiculous Behaviour' is when your child throws a tantrum. Crashing planes into buildings and killing thousands of innocents is reprehensible behaviour. But so is lying to the world about why you want to go to war, and then killing tens of thousands of innocents. As bad as what the terrorists did is, at least they were up front about their motives. The final sentence sums up the general zeitgeist in America right now: If you don't agree with us, shut up, we don't want to hear it, we're not interested in discussion. Sickening.

I guess you could say "I don't care", except I do. Just not about what she doesn't care about, if that makes sense?

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