reply to post by Sinny
Trust me, I am not defending my government one bit. I know my government has sent its sons and daughters off to fight for rich men to become richer. I
have no problem admitting how out of control our government is and I can not stand how blindly patriotic a lot of Americans are here. To gladly send
their children off to "fight for our freedom" ..
Having said that...
Why the hypocrisy? Your own governments are right along with The US government sending your troops in to fight within and occupy Afghanistan, Iraq,
etc. Your own governments are just as out of control, and the grip of the control freaks overshadow all of us.. Why are we americans singled out for
not putting a stop to our government. Everyone wants to see us take up arms and overthrow our overlords, but I don't see anyone else jumping up in
other countries to dismantle their corrupt government.
I do hope to see people everywhere stand up all across the world to TPTB.
As far as my friend from Iraq goes, I have truly questioned myself many times over this. I find myself torn. I am so thankful that he lives here (just
a mile or so from my home here in Oklahoma) and to see him and his wife and child living a successful, happy prosperous life.. He is very thankful as
well. He is the top salesman at the dealership he works at and has only been here a few years now. Him and his family were in serious danger for his
part in helping topple the regime, so the US brought him and his family here. His life was full of misery under Saddam, living under the shadow of
fear for any little thing could be prison, torture and death. Many of his friends and family would just disappear never to be seen again. One of his
best friends was drug out of his home because he had a few metal band posters (Metallica, Slayer etc.) hanging in his bedroom. He was taken to jail,
tortured and executed for being a "devil worshiper" ..
So yea, I dare you to tell my friend shame on you for helping take down a regime that he lived under constant fear of. Like I said, I have not been a
supporter of the military actions in Iraq, etc. However, seeing my friend here and safe having a very happy life really puts a smile on my face. A
little fact that he is happy to see since the regime ended, is the growing metal scene there. My friend and a lot of his friends there always dreamed
of being able to grow their hair out and playing in metal bands, which has happened. Something that would have guaranteed their death before. One of
these Iraqi bands who my friend knows very well was featured in a documentary, and even had their dream of meeting Metallica a few years ago.
I just find it a bit arrogant of you to tell him he should feel ashamed for helping him and his family find a better life.
Anyways, I do appreciate the input. I guess I really should try not to be so sensitive at the generalizations. I just grow weary of seeing so much
dislike for us Americans but I do understand the anger at our government. I just think that should be aimed at all of our governments everywhere. Were
all facing these tyrants.. And yes.. I will keep my guns!