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Bowe Bergdahl persecuted for his political beliefs in the ‘land of the free’

Taliban video shows Bergdahl release

U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl is shown in a still of a video of his handover from the Taliban to the U.S. military in eastern Afghanistan on May 31. Bergdahl, who now is 28 years old and was 23 years old at the time of his capture by the Taliban, has gone from being persecuted by the Taliban to being persecuted by the American Taliban, that is, the members of the American right wing who are strikingly similar to the members of the Taliban except that they call themselves “Christians.”

I find it astonishing (I shouldn’t, I suppose, but I still do) that in the reading that I’ve done thus far over the recovery of U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl, one obvious, overarching fact is not uttered: that his recovery from his five years of captivity by the Taliban in Afghanistan is “controversial” and largely nationally uncelebrated because Bergahl apparently has not been the “right” kind of American soldier — the wingnutty kind.

Since his capture by the Taliban in 2009 — which I wrote about at the time — to the present, bits and pieces of Bergdahl’s pre-captive life have slipped out into the public sphere, and overall the portrait of Bergdahl does not exactly look like that of Rambo: Bergdahl’s parents look like hippies. Bergdahl was home-schooled by his hippie-looking mother. Bergdahl never drove a car, but rode a bicycle everywhere. Bergdahl apparently spent time in a Buddhist monastery. Most damning of all, he apparently took ballet classes.

Perhaps even more damning than the ballet classes, Bergdahl reportedly stated in his final e-mail to his parents before he was captured by the Taliban:

… I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of U.S. soldier is just the lie of fools… I am sorry for everything here [in Afghanistan]. These people [the Afghans] need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid, that they have no idea how to live. We don’t even care when we hear each other talk about running their children down in the dirt streets with our armored trucks… We make fun of them in front of their faces, and laugh at them for not understanding we are insulting them… I am sorry for everything. The horror that is America is disgusting…

Well, yeah, it is disgusting. Fuck the hypocritical wingnuts, who condemn others’ evil while they freely and frequently commit equal or even worse evils of their own, under the lie that by definition, an American (and by the wingnuts’ definition, a real American is only a right-wing, “Christo”fascist American) can do no wrong, and who assert that the United States is morally perfect and is God’s Chosen Nation and therefore can do no wrong. The U.S. in fact can do wrong and does it every fucking day.

See, Bowe Bergdahl just wasn’t the right kind of American soldier. He displayed empathy for the plight of the Afghans when instead he should have been much more like his colleagues who premeditatedly brutally slaughtered Afghan civilians or the Marine who urinated on the bodies of Taliban fighters (just like Jesus Christ Himself would have done) — to give just two of many possible examples of how God’s Chosen Soldiers have behaved in Afghanistan. Even the U.S. Army soldier who raped and killed a 14-year-old Iraqi girl probably is held in higher esteem by the American right wing than is Bowe Bergdahl.

My guess, based upon what I know of Bergdahl — such as that the county where Bergdahl was raised “has gained a reputation as a Democratic Party enclave” in the deep-red state of Idaho — is that of course Bergdahl didn’t belong in the U.S. military, where sensitive, empathetic, thoughtful, intelligent individuals (you know, those who actually follow the teachings of Jesus Christ instead of just claiming to be God’s Chosen) of course are not welcome.

This is because the U.S. military — which is funded by all of us Americans who have to pay our taxes (myself included, of course), regardless of our own political and religious orientations — is a bastion of right-wing “Christo”fascists.

The “Christo”fascists have taken over our military, and we, the majority of the American people who in the past two presidential elections have soundly rejected the Repugnican Tea Party agenda (which includes jingoism, militarism and the total disregard for the humanity of the peoples of other nations), need to take back our military from the minority right wing.

So vicious — and yes, dangerous — is the American right wing (again, fucking fascists is what they are) that apparently Bergdahl’s hometown of Hailey (the seat and the largest city of the aforementioned Blaine County) canceled a scheduled homecoming for Bergdahl later this month for safety reasons, with the primary concern apparently being not potential trouble coming from locals, but from those (i.e., wingnuts) coming from elsewhere to cause trouble, and, of course, Bergdahl’s hippie-looking father has received death threats.

This is what we can expect from the American wingnuts who claim to be followers of the peace-loving and hatred-and-violence-eschewing Jesus Christ. They are fascists (I cannot emphasize that point enough), and it’s just as important to fight the fascists here at home as it has been to fight the fascists abroad.

I do not assert that Bowe Bergdahl is perfect. Whether or not he deserted his unit in Afghanistan neither you nor I know for sure, because neither you nor I was there, and if he is formally accused of desertion, then he is entitled to the due process to which you and I also are entitled. He deserves not to be branded as a deserter without first having had the chance to defend himself in a formal and fair process.

If Bergdahl did desert his unit in Afghanistan, does that change my view of him?

No.

Bergdahl’s biggest “crime,” you see, is that he apparently actually followed the teachings of Jesus Christ — you know, such as to love one another as you love yourself, to love your “enemies,” to practice peace and love instead of war, etc.

To the “Christians” who fill the U.S. military, Bergdahl is a criminal for having refused to be blindly obedient to the anti-Christian, immoral “mission” in Afghanistan of subduing yet another nation of people who have committed the crime of not being just like us Americans.

The only thing that I am aware of for which I perhaps can fault Bergdahl is that he apparently knowingly joined an organization with which he very apparently was incompatible in his temperament, values, worldview and the like.*

But then again, the continued existence of such an evil, anti-Christian, pro-killing-for-plutocracy organization as the U.S. military is our collective fault, not his.

*As I noted in 2009, it’s quite possible that Bergdahl joined the U.S. military (in 2008, apparently) because he didn’t know what else to do with himself and his life.

It’s not like the United States of America has much to offer its young adults, whom for the most part the powers that be (most of them baby boomers or dinosaurs like textbook warhawk John McCainosaurus) don’t care about, except when they can be useful to the powers that be, such as wage slaves in dead-end minimum-wage jobs, the victims of student-loan sharks, and cannon fodder in bogus wars for the plutocrats’ profits (which both the Vietraq War and the way overlong war in Afghanistan have been).

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Texas massacre is another ‘senseless’ tragedy we won’t bother to learn from

 The 2007 picture provided by the Uniformed Services University ...

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Palestinian-American Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who joined the U.S. military before Sept. 11, 2001 (and pictured above in 2007), apparently struggled to reconcile his Muslim faith and Arab background in an anti-Muslim and anti-Arab environment. Ultimately, Hasan, a military psychiatrist, rather ironically, shot up Fort Hood. Of course, we’ll blame everything on him, because that’s what we always fucking do, because we seem to love these tragedies on some level, given the fact that we perpetuate rather than prevent them.

Not again! my boyfriend has been lamenting in the wake of the news that a Muslim Arab American shot up his comrades at Fort Hood in Texas yesterday.

My fully Americanized boyfriend, you see, is half Arab — half Syrian and half Anglo but born in the United States and raised as a Catholic (the Catholicism didn’t take, because he’s somewhere around agnostic to atheist) — and he still recalls well the shit that he had to go through at airports in the aftermath of 9/11 because of his Arab surname.

I told my boyfriend not to worry. He won’t be threatened with any body cavity searches at airports, but I do feel sorry for those Muslim and Arab Americans who are in the armed forces right now.

There’s a lot that we don’t know about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the 39-year-old Army psychiatrist (!) who is accused of having shot and killed 13 people at Fort Hood and shot and injured 30 others. He was shot himself, but he survives.

My guess is that Hasan took an awful lot of shit for being an Arab and a Muslim in the U.S. armed forces. After all, it has been Arabs and Muslims that the U.S. armed forces have been slaughtering since 2001 — far, far more of them slaughtered than the number of Americans who were slaughtered on Sept. 11, 2001, not by a nation such as Iraq or Afghanistan, but by 19 individuals, 15 of whom were from Saudi Arabia and not one of whom was from Iraq or Afghanistan.

The war profiteers need an enemy, because if there’s no war they don’t profit, and since the Cold War ended, the Arabs and Muslims have been a great enemy for the military-industrial complex.

The wingnuts too, who are fueled on ignorance, fear and hatred, also need a perpetual enemy, a la the brainwashed masses in George Orwell’s 1984, lest they start to examine their own shortcomings and wrongdoings.

And of course the corporatocrats and the plutocrats want the common American to have a plethora of false enemies, such as gay men and lesbians who want equal rights, Mexican immigrants who want better lives for themselves, and Muslims — because otherwise the common American might wake up and realize that the real enemy, the real threat to the nation and the real reason that the common American’s life really sucks ass right now, is the corporatocrats and the plutocrats.

Since July, The Associated Press notes, Hasan has been based in Texas, and it’s the Texans and other red-staters who have loved to call our president “B. Hussein Obama” — or “Osama” (ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!). Anyone who claims that there hasn’t been anti-Muslim and anti-Arab sentiment in the United States for the past several years must have been living in a cave. Like Osama/Obama.

Of course, once a Muslim/Arab American finally snaps and shoots the place up, everyone will vehemently deny that he ever was the victim of bigoted remarks or acts. Because that would be to admit some responsibility. And we can’t have that, because being an American means never having to take any fucking responsibility for anything and never having to say that you’re sorry.

We are to just buy that Hasan is just a nutcase and that he just snapped, that nothing precipitated his actions, but I don’t buy that bullshit. Not for a second.

According to The Associated Press, Hasan joined the military before 9/11, which answers my question why any Arab or Muslim American in his or her right mind would have joined the U.S. military after 9/11.

The AP also notes:

Hasan recently was involved in a spat with another Fort Hood soldier residing in his apartment complex, apparently related to [Hasan’s] Muslim beliefs.

The manager of the complex, John Thompson, said the other soldier, John Van de Walker, allegedly keyed Hasan’s car and also removed and tore up a bumper sticker that read “Allah is Love.”

Thompson said Van de Walker had been in Iraq and was upset to learn that Hasan was Muslim.

A report filed with Killeen police on Aug. 16 indicates that Hasan’s vehicle, a 2006 Honda Civic, had been scratched by an unknown object, causing an estimated $1,000 worth of damage. The report indicates that Van de Walker, 30, was arrested on Oct. 21 and charged with criminal mischief. The matter has been referred for prosecution, according to the report….

In an interview with The Washington Post, Hasan’s aunt, Noel Hasan of Falls Church, Va., said he had been harassed about being a Muslim in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and he wanted to get out of the Army. She said he had sought a discharge for several years, and even offered to repay the cost of his medical training.

Um, yeah, so let’s not pretend that all of Hasan’s colleagues at Fort Hood were fucking angels and that Hasan acted in a God-damned vacuum.

The U.S. military is chock full o’ “Christo”fascists who believe that it’s their duty to slaughter Muslims for what they call “Christianity,” and my money is on the probability that that is the toxic environment that Hasan found himself in — especially in George W. Bush’s Texas, for fuck’s sake.

It was the members of the U.S. military (including their “leaders,” of course) who brought us the Abu Ghraib House of Horrors, remember, so let’s not dismiss the likelihood that Hasan took more anti-Muslim abuse than just the keying of his car by a Muslim-hating colleague who surely considers himself to be a great fucking Christian. (Hey, key a Muslim’s car for Jeeeeezus!)

We have lessons to learn from the Fort Hood massacre, but we’re Americans, so of course we won’t learn those lessons, but we’ll continue to act like assholes, only ensuring that even more such “senseless” tragedies occur in the future. (We love that word, “senseless.” It absolves us of all guilt, gives us the illusion that our actions and/or inaction never contribute to any tragic outcome.)

The lesson that we should learn, but that we won’t learn, from the Fort Hood massacre is this: The U.S. military should not be about waging an external or internal war between Christianity and Islam.

The U.S. military is paid for by the American taxpayers, which means that it is illegal for the U.S. military, by action or inaction, to endorse any one religion over any other religion, and the U.S. military is to be used for the defense of the nation, not for coverting Muslims to “Christianity” by dropping bombs on them — despite Ann Cunter’s September 2001 proclamation that “We should invade [Middle Eastern] countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.” (Because Jesus Christ was all about killing people for their own good!)

Lest you think that I’m an “Islamofascist” for refusing to believe that Hasan is just Satan incarnate and that everyone else at Fort Hood is a fucking angel who couldn’t possibly have contributed to yesterday’s events, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I think of the Abrahamic religions (Islam, Judaism and Christianity) as Gangs for God, since the members of these rival gangs like to kill each other so much.

I reject all three of the Gangs for God — Judaism, Islam and Christianity — and when all of humankind wakes up and sees our unity instead of seeing false divisions based upon bullshit belief systems, the bloodbaths will finally fucking stop. (Most of them, anyway.)

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