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Monday, 25 May 2015

25 May 2015. A Point to Ponder This Memorial Day… Honour the Heroes… Ridicule the Cowards… It’s Only Fair

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Honour the heroes this Memorial Day. Why are so many of them homeless? Why are so many of them poor? Why did do many of the Affluent Effluent dodge service and yet reap all the benefits? Yes, here’s a partial list of those loudmouth GOP Chickenhawk warpigs in the Hall of Shame:

  • Patrick Buchanan
  • Antonin Scalia
  • Ted Nugent
  • Willy Romney
  • Paul Ryan
  • Rand Paul
  • Richard Cheney
  • Ted Cruz
  • Marco Rubio
  • Rush Limbaugh
  • Rod Dreher

and many, many, many more. In fact, the more strident one is for war, the more probable it is that they never served. All sane combat vets of my acquaintance aren’t anxious to repeat the experience. In fact, most don’t talk about it, unlike the REMFs (Rear Echelon MotherFuckers), who’re prolix and dominate most veterans’ organisations.

Honour our war dead. Vote for Bernie…



Monday, 6 April 2015

Nazi Vandals Deface Memorial to Afgansy in Lvov

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On Sunday night in Lvov, unknown vandals desecrated the monument to the soldiers who fell in Afghanistan, sawing off a hand from the bronze soldier figure and damaging its knee. Members of the Lvov Oblast Society of Afghanistan Veterans (Soldier-Internationalists) filed a complaint with the police, which resulted in a criminal case under the UKU article “Theft”. Some think that the vandals could sell the removed parts as non-ferrous metal scrap. The monument to Lvov homies who died in Afghanistan went up in 1999. the funds to build it came from the Lvov branch of the Union of Afghan Veterans.

6 April 2015

Russkaya Vesna


Sunday, 4 January 2015

4 January 2014. Wounded Warrior Project? Read the Links and Make Up Your Own Mind…

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There are scads of ads on TV and radio touting the “Wounded Warrior Project”. I’d say, “Have a care and inform yourself before sending them any money”. The straight skinny is here. Don’t confuse this Free Market organisation with the Wounded Warrior Program and the Wounded Warrior Regiment… legit US Army and USMC outfits (and totally worthy of your support). My own experience is that the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) are on the up and square, too… they’re not perfect, but they’re better than the so-called “Wounded Warrior Project” is. Look at where the WWP money goes… a LOT goes for executive salaries. Fancy that. Tons of ordinary Joes join the service and end up maimed so that cowardly pigs like Rush Limbaugh, Richard Cheney, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Antonin Scalia, and Glenn Beck can live high… all of those named are members of the White Feather Brigade who didn’t serve… but scream for war and torture incessantly. I find that obscene and disgusting. I’ve got to walk away from this one, kids… it’s just too nasty. I’ve got to hurl to clear out my system. To think that those who didn’t serve, that they profit more than those who put their lives on the line… I know that there’s no justice in the world and that it can be very crank, indeed, but there are times when such is just “too much”. This is one such…

I’d tell you not to give to Wounded Warrior Project… that’s the bottom-line…


Tuesday, 29 May 2012

USA Remembers the Dead, Forgets About the Living

Our combat veterans… they deserve everything that we can give them… the warmongering contractors and pols deserve NOTHING… I think that I have PLENTY of company in that view. The vets paid in blood… the fat-cats suck our blood… I seem to notice a SLIGHT difference there. Those who suffer the pain and those who garner the gain aren’t the same… isn’t there something WRONG with that one?


In the USA, this Monday is Memorial Day, a holiday observed every year since the American Civil War to remember American soldiers who died in the line of duty. Today, however, US servicemen continue to suffer because of incompetence and disorder amongst the authorities. Of late, high-profile incidents demonstrated that the American leadership, whilst ever ready to use the memory of the dead for their own low purposes, tended to forget about the living. Recently, unprofessionalism and incompetence amongst the US Defence Department and other government agencies responsible for US soldiers led to many scandals. One report triggered a particularly wide-ranging outcry; it said that the US Army had been saving money for years on servicemen who suffered from psychiatric disorders. An inquiry revealed that military doctors intentionally refused to diagnose soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in order to avoid paying compensation and pensions. Information leaked to the press said that military medical brass urged doctors to ignore PTSD in order to “save taxpayer money”.

This money-saving policy led to a tragedy. A US Army soldier, Robert Bales, who was suffering from PTSD, killed 17 civilians in southern Afghanistan. The incident exacerbated American relations with Afghanistan, a key NATO ally in the struggle against global terrorism. Bales repeatedly complained of health problems caused by a head injury in Iraq. Nevertheless, the army dispatched him to Afghanistan, and, as it happens, he wasn’t the only victim of the money-saving programme. It turned out that doctors at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Bales’ duty station, had cancelled the psychiatric disorder diagnosis for 40 percent of servicemen originally so designated, contributing to the dispatch of mentally-ill people to conflict zones.

This arbitrariness affects American veterans as well. US veterans’ groups have expressed concern over an alarming percentage of suicides among servicemen who’ve returned from hot spots. In the opinion of war veterans and human rights campaigners, the main reason behind the increasing number of suicides is dereliction of duty on the part of federal employees. In most cases, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a federal institution created to support servicemen who return from conflict zones, is at the centre of disputes. According to veterans’ organisations, the VA has a sluggish bureaucracy; it doesn’t react to phone calls from police and relatives, and ignores its regular duties. Its employees refuse to hospitalise veterans suffering from psychiatric disorders. One of the most outrageous instances of that was the death of William Hamilton, a 26-year-old veteran of the Iraq War, who was suffering from regular hallucinations in the form of visits from a demonic woman and a man he killed during combat operations. Despite Hamilton’s deteriorating condition, VA officials doggedly refused to provide him with treatment. As a result, the man committed suicide by throwing himself under a train.

The US authorities haven’t got the slightest idea as to what all this could lead to. As public discontent continues to increase, the government tries to turn a blind eye on the problem. A recent incident, where war veteran Scott Olsen received a serious head injury during a police raid on an Occupy march in California, is equally unlikely to contribute to the myth that the government is taking good care of the people who risked their lives for the US government’s plans on foreign battlefields. A steady rise in public protests demonstrates that Americans are getting more and more reluctant to play the government’s unsavoury games.

28 May 2012

Vladimir Gladkov

Voice of Russia World Service


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