Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Ex-marine returns home, speaks out against war, recruitment

War lays a heavy burden on our men and women who deploy to Iraq. The emotional, mental and physical strain are sometimes beyond our understanding. The Iraqi election is over, yet violence and death have increased. If President Bush is waiting for insurgents to drop their weapons and leave Iraq, then he is living in his own solipsistic world.

Have you noticed--The voices in the blogosphere who ranted about Bush's decision to invade Iraq are now quiet. Why are they quiet? Perhaps they believe that Iraq has developed into a Vietnam-- no glory, no victory-- just a botched job with horrific consequences. However, if democracy takes a stronghold, they will be back on track, furiously blogging, the swell of nationalism and self-righteousness steaming off their fingers; their justification for all the deaths on both sides coming to a glorious, self-satisfied conclusion. So have they now quietly put their passion of "Democracy in Iraq" in the back of their mind, for if they have, then they do an injustice to the memory of soldiers who continue to fight-- but continue to fight for what?

Have you noticed--The lashing of Americans' of "red" and "blue" states have settled... and yet, the war continues, but let me say this... it is no longer the war that U.S. forces fought for (actually, it never was... no WMD; then for Democracy)-- today, our troops are fighting insurgent forces... they are there as part of the peace-keeping mission-- however, the mission has failed and U.S. soldiers are dying.

Many of those who fought and have since returned home, arrived quietly, with no fanfare, no national recognition... just a tired soldier who longs for some semblance of return to normalcy. Bless them all. Below is a short story from a former Marine. Similar stories such as this are coming to the forefront. Heed the voices of reason.

By Denise Richardson

ONEONTA — A former Marine who served in Iraq and became a veteran for peace spent Wednesday warning students and parents about recruiting techniques and desensitization of military service.

"I was in a controlled environment for 12 years," Staff Sgt. Jimmy Massey, 33, said. He said unethical recruiting techniques and the shooting of civilians in Iraq have prompted him to speak out against the U.S. government.

...military service can be honorable, except that when the government is deceitful, it can be dangerous to democracy.

During his 12 years in the Marines, Massey recruited soldiers for three years. Marine recruiters use lies and intimidation to sign up recruits and meet quotas of two "bodies" in the winter and three in the summer, he said. Massey said he signed up 75 recruits.

Recruiters target teens from single-parent families, who are poor, at risk of dropping out of high school or getting into trouble with the law or looking for a way to attend college, Massey said. He said one question that counselors or parents could pose to help students reject a recruiter’s pitch is, "Is an education worth you dying?"

After the recruiting assignment, Massey said, he went to Iraq.

"I really thought Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction," Massey said. He said after doing some homework on Saddam and the Middle East, he recognized the government’s "weapons of mass deception."

Massey said he told a lieutenant in Iraq, "I honestly feel we’re committing genocide." Massey said he soon thereafter was referred to the psychiatric division and sent back to the United States. He was honorably discharged in December 2003.

"Every time I speak out, I heal a little bit of myself, and I regain a little bit of my soul," Massey said. "That’s why I do this."
The Daily Star Online


Blogger Robbie said...

This is a powerful post! Thanks for sharing it.

5:19 AM  
Blogger : JustaDog said...

There are anti-Bush people even in the military, so this post is no surprise or revelation. Just the usual whining.


9:20 AM  
Blogger Jude Nagurney Camwell said...

Thanks for this link.

You can see my own story on Jimmy Massey here:

Jimmy Massey- The Healing of One Man's Soul

I met him myself last week.

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