posted on Oct, 2 2011 @ 05:40 AM
Just to clarify a few misconceptions here. There will be Active-Duty Soldiers and Veterans represented at the occupation of Wall Street and other
places as well. This is not unusual, there are always vets in the crowd, always. That movement will intensify. Vets and soldiers coming together to
protect demonstrators certainly gives the situation another dynamic.There are many instances throughout History where soldiers, wearing their
uniforms, have participated in political events. Many Senior Officers make it a habit to show up at right-wing pro-war rallies to show their support
in uniform and nothing is said. On the other hand, Officers and enlisted men and women who condemn these endless imperialist wars are more often than
not prosecuted for their efforts. As a Viet Nam Vet I have often worn parts of my uniform at demos over the years. As of late I've been wearing the
BDU Jacket of a Deserter who gave it to me when he booked from the Army after refusing another deadly deployment. We just happened to have been in the
same unit 40 years apart, so the the insignia is correct down to the last thread except for my Americal Division Patch. The following is a quote from
a speech I gave in Ansbach Germany in 2009 which speaks, in part, to this issue:
"My name is Darnell Stephen Summers,
I'm a Viet Nam Veteran and believe me, I know what I'm talking about. I'm a member of the Stop The WAR Brigade and the Viet Nam Veterans Against
The War(AI). I've been active in the anti-war movement for over 40 years.
Since my arrival in Ansbach earlier this week people have told me that I'm being watched. The authorities are listening to my every word and waiting
for an opportunity to arrest me if I insult Public Officials or high ranking US Military Personnel.
They are even worried about my attire, what I'll be wearing. Over the years it has been customary for veterans in the US and abroad, myself included,
to wear some form of military attire at anti-war demonstrations. That allowed veterans to be immediately identified as such and it also sent a clear
message to the world that resistance inside the US War machine is a reality and growing. Recently I have been wearing articles of clothing from
so-called deserters at demonstrations such as this. That hasn't set too well with your bosses. The authorities want to put a stop to that at any
This military installation here in Katterbach has a long, bloody and violent history. A history that no one can or should be proud of. I don't know
what your commanders have told you, but judging by how most of you are behaving, I doubt that you really know the truth about anything concerning this
base. If you did, considerably more of you would be up in arms about being so cruelly deceived.
On March 21, 1937, the Base here in Katterbach was activated and became the home of the "Condor Legion". A Condor by the way, is a vulture, which
feeds on carrion. A brief history of this installation can be found on an Army website which, incidentally, glosses over the crimes that have been
committed and many important historical facts. This Installation is literally swimming in blood. It is an abomination. It is an affront to common
decency and civilization.
On April 27th 1937, Elements of the Condor Legion, having been earlier transferred to Spain, attacked the Basque "Capitol of Hearts", Guernica. As a
result "Carpet Bombing" became a standard military term. Pablo Picasso would later paint his most famous work "Guernica" which depicted the
suffering and immense loss of life as a result of that attack, an attack planned and carried out by Spanish fascists and German Nazis. These were some
of the same scum that our Fathers, Brothers, Grandfathers & Uncles fought against during WWII. Just to put this all in perspective, I'm 61 years old,
I was born in 1947, 10 years after that attack, and I served in Viet Nam which was not so long ago. Some of you who are perhaps listening will never
live to see 61 let alone 31. Your lives will be sacrificed for nothing.
After all these years have passed your corrupt-ass government still hasn't learned anything. They are now worse than the Nazis who were defeated and
they are dragging you along in tow.It's clear, however, that some of you may know what's going on, now, at this time. The carnage that has been
perpetrated reaches far beyond the boundaries of Germany. The suffering was and is international. No one knows exactly how many people have lost their
lives because of the existence of this base. Bombs have rained down on innocent victims over a 72 year period. These bombs were carried to their
targets by all sorts of aircraft including the German JU 52 and the modem American attack and transport helicopters maintained right here at this
base............Two things are certain: Some of you will die in an unjust War, but on the other hand, some will resist and we will do all that's in
our power to protect those who have the courage and will to Just Say NO."