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ROBERT BALES: Does ‘America’ still exist?

Letter by Deborah Kinerk, Tacoma on May 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm | No Comments »
May 17, 2013 2:04 pm

Re: ”Afghans recall deadly night of horror,” (TNT, 5-17).

The unspeakable atrocities of March 11, 2012, make me ashamed to be an American. Actually, though, I’m not sure if America, as we have been taught to think of it, still exists. In its place? Global corporations that exploit labor and rape resources all over the world instead of hiring our own people and paying them decent wages. A media machine that pounds home, literally, thousands of ads every day into the head of every American, until we are drunk with the desire to consume without limits. And, a government-sponsored war machine that supports huge corporations’ devastating effects on other cultures by declaring our military operations a noble “fight against terrorism.”

I keep wondering how different the lives of Robert Bales and the Afghan families he terrorized would be today, if we had never gotten involved in the Middle East. And who are the original terrorists? As a taxpayer, I feel an accusing finger point back at me every time I hear war planes overhead.

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