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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
Fallujah is a message to all who continue to naively believe that the American occupiers can impose a government of their choosing on Iraq. The invasion will be resisted with the most brutal and savage kind of violence; the same kind of brutal and savage violence that was evidenced by thousands of rockets, missiles, bullets, tank shells, depleted uraniun, and other measures that have characterized the American invasion until now. Violence will breed more violence.
In the eyes of this author, it is hard to argue with the logic of the arguments presented by the Iraqi people that, in many ways, the "Americans deserved this". It is also a testament to the impossibility of imposing American visions in Iraq. It is a recognized international human right for the colonized to respond to colonial imposition through any measures of their choosing, including "armed struggle". Thus, the Fallujah lynchings are justified by the countless murders and abuses of the colonial occupiers. It does not have to make rational sense to us, in the West, who are horrified by the "savagery" of the Fallujah residents. It only matters that the Fallujah people are so angry about the American presence in Iraq that they will lynch Americans wherever they see them. That is really the issue at hand, for if it is true that the Iraqi people are so angry at Americans, than the war for "minds and hearts" is over, and the occupation an utter failure.
The U.S. public today is comparable to the cowardly Germans of 1945, the only difference is that we will probably never have a General Eisenhower force us into our concentration camps (Guantanamo?) to witness and accept the horror that we unleashed on the world and on ourselves.
Here's Gonzalez channeling Chomsky and Zinn on US foreign policy and the "verifiable pseudo-fascist, pseudo-Christian quack" John Ashcroft, who is one of the evangelical Christians Gonzalez detests.
And look where his article hailing the post-Madrid Spanish vote was published -- in the Guardian, weekly newspaper of the Australian Communist Party.
Moonbattery this is, but it's not isolated moonbattery. Noam Chomsky says the same sort of thing, and is revered on campuses across America. How long before the IndyMedia crowd or Michael Moore spring to the defense of Gonzalez' courage?
Rene Gonzalez M.A. identifies himself as a doctoral candidate in comparative politics at UMass. Think any of the poli sci faculty before now have challenged him on the premises of his Marxist talking points? Have his loathsome views proven a handicap in his academic career thus far? Is it possible to make it through the doctoral program at the flagship public university in Massachusetts by simply regurgitating the Socialist Worker chapter and verse?
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Those of you who have been awaiting Dale Price's expected fisking cannonade on this front need wait no further.
Dale isn't far off on the dorkdom factor: Turn down your speakers and check out the Ghouls 'n' Ghosts video game website maintained by one Rene L Gonzalez Berrios.
When Gonzalez hasn't been dismissing the bravery and sacrifice of American servicemen and pounding out anti-US screeds for Communist weeklies, he's been playing video games in which he pretends to be a knight chasing ghouls.
When Pat Tillman was chasing the Taliban across Afghanistan, this kid was chasing pixies across his computer monitor.
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In response to the barrage of criticism, Gonzalez reportedly has been sending out a less-than-apologetic form e-mail:
I did learn one lesson, though: there is freedom of speech in this country, but
not much toleration for its expression. Freedom of speech exists only for those
that parrot the "party line". For those that even peep a dissent, only scorn is
I hope this letter clears up the misconceptions that have arisen. My criticism
was not for Patrick Tillman (who may have been the most honorable man alive) or
his family, or even soldiers serving the United States today. It is to the
society back home, which seems to be unable to distinguish between honorable
American interventions and honorable American soldiers, and soldiers who served
in dishonorable interventions and, therefore, dishonored themselves. And, for
the reasons outlined above, I cannot support troops that have dishonored
themselves by serving in a dishonorable war, and much less consider them heroes.
Back to your Sorcerers and Insect Goblins, Comrade.