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Brutal Bullies
Wednesday, 21 February 2007 09:12
by Paul J. Balles

Living through five or six major wars has hardened me to what I thought were the extremes of inhuman cruelty and brutality.



Two things made those extremes almost bearable: the brutality always revealed - at least according to the media coverage - the viciousness of the enemy. It was therefore quite understandable when our "brave men and women" pulverized the enemy.

Films of Japanese torturing captive Americans somehow justified holding over 7000 Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II; and only a small percentage of Americans found the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki unreasonably vengeful at best, at worst, depraved .

The North Koreans were portrayed in the media as barbaric beasts with their captives, quite unlike their southern counterpoints - our allies during the Korean War. No one ever felt the need to explain how the South Koreans were a civilized breed while the North Koreans were absolute savages, at least according to the official line.

In Vietnam, our warriors justifiably (or so the media made us believe) dropped napalm on the North Vietnamese who had the gall to hide in villages and tunnels to ravage our invaders. At least it was accepted practice until some rogue photojournalist filmed a young girl screaming down a Vietnamese road in flames.

One of our lieutenants also got caught commanding his troops to open fire on an entire village of civilians - women and children. We had obviously - to some - gone too far. If those few torturous incidents hadn't been filmed, we might have carried on and won the war in Vietnam (or so the thinking goes) with our napalm and wanton village massacres.

Then, when the Iraqi troops ran (literally) fleeing Kuwait in 1991, our airmen annihilated them on the road north, bombing their retreat to melted glass (as one Lockheed acquaintance put it). That feast for hungry slaughterers received little attention. The bombers and strafers felt no guilt after Saddam's troops had blown up Kuwait's oil wells.

The nagging memory of unrevenged defeat somehow allowed members of the clergy to ignore the devastating inhuman cost to children in Iraq during 10 years of sanctions. Only a few humanitarians among academics spoke out. Congress completely ignored it. The public didn't care. Why should they? Our leaders spoke of everything but the brutality of our enforcers.

We have now reached a stage where our extreme horrors of brutality and cruelty have exceeded our past records. We no longer have the rationale of moral righteousness of the earlier wars.

There were no excuses for Abu-Ghraib, but our interest in that inhuman travesty dried up and blew away. We have little concern about our violations of human rights in Guantanamo. We care less about ill-treatment of Arabs and Arab Americans in the USA.

But the most extremes - the real horrors - of this war come with the most primitive killer mentality developed in our youth. I've now seen a half dozen documentary films and read eyewitness accounts that reveal troops or pilots gloating over the massacres of civilians who just happened to be available targets.

Dr June Scorza Terpstra, a "Social Justice" teacher, writes of our "killers" she's had in her classrooms: "These students proudly proclaimed that they terrorized and killed defenceless Iraqis. They intimated that their Arab victims are nothing more to them than collateral damage."

US Marines who had done tours in Iraq told Dr Terpstra that they had "sacrificed" by "serving" in Iraq so that she could enjoy the freedom to teach in the USA.

Dr Terpstra rebuffed the rationalization, saying that the "sacrifice" had nothing to do with any self-justifying line about making the world a safer place to live in. "They sacrificed their lives, limbs and sanity for money, some education and the thrills of the violence for which they are socially bred."
No conscience or empathy for others - these are the qualities of the brutal bully. They also happen to be the defining qualities of the sociopath.

The sickness goes back further than the current war, according to Dr Terpstra: "Sacrificing for the 'bling and booty' in Iraq or Afghanistan, The Philippines, Grenada, Central America, Mexico, Somalia, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan or any of the other numerous wars and invasions spanning US history as an entity and beginning with their foundational practice of killing the Indians and stealing their land."

Dr Terpstra concluded her reference to students who enjoyed the thrills of pillaging, rape and murder by adding, appropriately: "These military and mercenary terrorist-students are trained in terrorist training camps all under the USA, funded by American taxpayers."

Without doubt, the US has not only become the world's major power, it has become the world's sickest, most inhumane terrorist state. Brutal bullies.

It's the brutal bullying behaviour that brings the USA so close to Israel. Answering the question "what makes a bully?" led Dr Sam Samenow to explain: "Children who systematically bully others usually have a group of children they bully regularly while other bullies randomly target a variety of students."

A perfect fit for Israel's systematic bullying of the Palestinians and for the USA randomly targeting a variety of victims. The variety of America's victims doesn't include Israel. Why not? Israel destroyed an American naval vessel, killing US servicemen. The attack by North Vietnamese on a US destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin was enough provocation for war. Why didn't the US bully pick on the Israel bully?

Israel had the chutzpah to develop at least 200 nuclear weapons. The American bully hasn't castigated the Middle Eastern bully for that or for Israel's failure to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Yet the brutal American takes pride in bullying Iran for wanting to develop nuclear power as a source of energy, despite Iran's membership as a nuclear non-proliferation state.

We've seen what the victims of bullying can and will do. They resist in whatever way they can. They learn to make bombs and they become suicide bombers when they can't stand the bullies any longer.

Like the advice given to schools for the treatment of bullies, the rest of the world needs to adopt a zero tolerance policy for bullying. The countries of Asia and Africa and Europe and South America need to say STOP and mean it.

Italy, it seems, has the right idea. They've arrested and charged 26 Americans for kidnapping an Italian Muslim cleric and taking him to Egypt on a rendition programme during which he was tortured. Let's hope that the Italians stick by their anti-bullying guns, and that others follow suit.
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Michael Heidkamp said:

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Patrol Officer
I teach a program to young adults interested in law enforcement. I understand that there are 2 sides to every coin.

But I have been shown several of the assignments that Dr. Terpstra has given her students. I have read the critiques she has written on their papers. Dr. Terpstra doesn't believe in Al Qaeda or foreign terrorists. Dr. Terpstra believes that all the evil is here in her own backyard.

To that I say, if you don't like it here then get the hell out of my country.

Dr. Terpstra teaches propaganda to her students. She has no factual basis for what she says. She spouts off a political agenda trying, as she says, to deprogram her students from the radical teachings that we have all been brainwashed with. Dr. Terpstra is no better than the people she protests. If she were a good teacher she would teach both sides of the coin and let the adults in her college courses make up their own minds without the biases she shoves down their throats. She sickens me with the anti-American balderdash that spews forth from her blogs, her teachings, and the blind mass of conspiracy theorists that she leads like sheep.

God bless the USA for allowing it's Bill of Rights, it's Constitution, and it's Government for continuing to allow us the freedom to say whatever the hell we want. But I think if you are going to lead in a classroom, put fancy letters before or after your name (Dr.), and really want to make a difference in this country, then you have a social responsibility to teach the truth based upon the available facts. If you want to lead a revolution, then do it on your time and your dime, not in the classrooms of our colleges where we pay our money to learn, not hear your messed up agendas.


 
February 19, 2010
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Dr. T student said:

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in response to patrol man
Mr. Patrol Officer,
As a student of Dr. T, I can tell you first hand that she in no ways shoves anything down our throats. Dr. T encourages us to read and investigate, and then come to our own conclusions. There is no propaganda or any sort of false truths that she teaches us! In fact she teaches us the truth, we learn why we have wars, why people live in poverty, and we learn to educate ourselves and not be herded like sheep. If you really believed there were two sides to every coin then you wouldn't make comments like "get out of my country." If you weren't so brainwaished you would realize that Al queda is a made up term that the U.S. invented, and the "war on terrorism" is a war on a tactic. "How can you have a war on a tactic? It doesn't make any sense." -Ron Paul
Dr. T, in facts enlightens her students and expands our minds, she teaches us to educate ourselves and get information from places that don't have any political agendas such as the media.
I highly advise that you sign up for Dr. T's class and educate yourself.
 
February 23, 2010
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DrT said:

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Clarification
It is clear that the police officer who comments here is feeling threatened by what he has heard about my classes. That is understandable given the level of his investment in the state economically and psychologically. I thank my student who has commented here and would add that she reflects the feedback and evaluations of the majority of my students. To clarify my position on groups such as "Al-Queada" I would offer the history of the USA/CIA support with money and training to help the mujahadeen in Afghanistan during the 1970-80s. According to Chalmers Johnson and many others it was the CIA who named Bin Laden's group "The base" or Al-Quaeda" (http://hnn.us/articles/1491.html). Bin Laden calls the group he supports The World Islamic Front. From the evidence, which used to be the way scientists and criminologists assess crimes, I would agree that the World Islamic front sent Pakistani,Saudi and Kuwaiti boys to attack the USA in 2001 in retaliation for the invasion and occupation of Palestine, years of bombing and acts of destruction against Iraq, and military bases and the globalization politics in Saudi Arabia.
 
February 23, 2010 | url
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Michael Heidkamp said:

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The World Islamic Front is the organization that issued the World Islamic Front Statement of 23 February 1998, "Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders", listing the actions of Americans, that they claim conflict with "Allah's order", and stating that the Front's "ruling to kill the Americans and their allies—civilians and military—is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it."

According to the "Tareekh Osama [Osama's History], a document found on a computer during a police raid on the Benevolence International Foundation in Sarajevo, the "best brothers" of the World Islamic Front can advance to the inner circle of al Qaeda if they are found worthy in the test camp and meet all of the following requirements:

* An open-ended commitment
* Listens and is obedient
* Good manners
* Referred from a "trusted side"
* Obeys statutes and instructions of al-Qaeda
* Pledges the following:

The pledge of God and his covenant is upon me, to listen and obey the superiors, who are doing this work, in energy, early-rising, difficulty, and easiness, and for his superiority upon us, so that the word of God will be the highest, and His religion victorious.

But there is no correlation between al Qaeda and the World Islamic Front. Al Qaeda was made up by the US to justify their actions abroad. Please tell that to any of the families who lost loved ones as a result of our made up organization's actions. Who also referred to themselves as al Qaeda in their video taped execution of an American Reporter.

Since we can't have a war on a tactic, I guess we should stop fighting the war on poverty as well. We should continue to let jobs be automated and others not be able to earn income to support themselves. We should do away with the Salvation Army so the homeless and poverty stricken just suffer in the rags of clothes they already wear, and never have the hope of a warmer coat or shoes. Since we can't have a war on a tactic, let's stop fighting world starvation. I guess we should stop the soup kitchens and tell the farmers to stop over producing grain as we won't be sending it to Haiti or Somalia or India. Since we can't fight a tactic, I guess we can close all the schools because ignorance is a tactic to keep the low on the ground and raise the others above their station. But it's a tactic, so we can't fight it. Listen to how easily your theory is destroyed by simply looking past the agenda it was designed for. Following the insipid words of an idiot who also spews forth more agenda than fact in his publications. Do you want to know why statistics are bull shit? Because, and even Dr. T has said this in her commentary, the numbers and "facts" can be colored to declare whatever the agenda of the writer wants them to be. Ron Paul's writings are exactly that! An agenda.

I end this by saying again, if you went to eat somewhere and didn't care for the menu you would most likely leave. It's logical to do so. You are not going to get what you want out of the place so find a place that caters to your palate. Likewise, if my country irritates you so much, if we are a conspiracy of bullies, go somewhere else. Leave.

You know why people don't leave the United States of America? Do you know why people strive to leave their own country and come here? Because if Dr. T lived elsewhere, and wrote how she does about the government she lived under in any other country in the world, she could be put to death for treason. It happens all the time. But here in the USA we have the very first rule of our government, the very first law our forefathers decided to put into place, was a right to speak your peace without fear of punishment. Again, you should enjoy that liberty on your dime, not mine. As I choose to not listen to the political bullshit, I will not pay a tuition fee to listen to statements I know to be false. I will not be part of something I don't believe in.

God bless the USA. May the blood of my brothers and sisters that has spilled wash away the ignorance and insipidness of such statements that followed my original post.
 
March 02, 2010
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