Black People : U.S. Army Facing Huge Desertion Problem in Iraq War...

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  1. Aqil

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    The images of bombed villages and desperate people, of dogs eating corpses thrown into a mass grave, and the most constant of all is the image of a young Iraqi girl, no more than eight or nine, all but one of her arms severely burned and blistered and the sound of her screams.

    Last January these memories became too much for one U.S. veteran of the war in Iraq. When he was informed that his unit was set to return, he applied to be considered a conscientious objector. The Army refused and instead charged him with desertion. His case - which carries a penalty of up to seven years imprisonment - has now started before a military judge at Fort Stewart in Georgia. "If I have to go to prison because I don't want to kill anybody, so be it," said Sergeant Kevin Benderman.

    The case of Benderman and that of others like him has focused attention on the thousands of U.S. troops who have gone AWOL (Absent Without Leave) since the start of President Bush's “war on terror.” Recent figures released by the Pentagon suggest that 5133 troops remain missing from duty. Of these, 2376 are sought by the Army, 1410 by the Navy, 1297 by the Marines, and 50 by the Air Force. Some have been missing for decades.

    But campaigners say the true figure of those who have gone Awol could be much, much higher. Staff who run a volunteer hotline to help desperate soldiers and new recruits looking to get out or else having discovered at basic training that military life is not for them, say the number of calls has increased by 50% since 9/11. Last year alone, the GI Rights Hotline received more than 30,000 calls. At the moment the hotline is receiving up to 3,000 calls a month, and the volunteers say that by the time a soldier or new recruit dials the helpline he or she has almost always decided to get out by one means or another. "People are calling us because there is a real problem," said Robert Dove, a Quaker who works in the Boston office of the American Friends Service Committee, one of several volunteer groups that have operated the hotline since 1995. "We do not profess to be lawyers or therapists but we do provide both types of support."

    The people calling the hotline range from veterans such as Sergeant Benderman to new recruits such as Jeremiah Adler, an idealistic 18-year-old from Portland, OR, who signed to join the Army in the belief he could help change its culture. Within days of arriving for his basic training at Fort Benning, GA, he realized he had made a mistake, and believed the Army wanted to do nothing more than turn him into a "ruthless, cold-blooded killer." Adler begged to be sent home to his family and even pretended to be gay in order to be discharged. Eventually he and another recruit fled in the night and then rang the hotline, which advised him to turn himself in to avoid court-martial. He will now receive an "other than honorable discharge."

    Jeremy Hinzman, 26, a reservist who served in Afghanistan, decided to go AWOL after his unit was ordered to Iraq. He took his wife and child and fled to Canada, where he hoped he would be welcomed like the 50,000 or so young Americans who sought refuge to avoid the Vietnam war. In March, he was refused refugee status by the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board. Pvt. Hinzman, who is appealing the decision, told the hearing: "We were told that we would be going to Iraq to jack up some terrorists. We were told it was a new kind of war, that these were evil people and they had to be dealt with...We were told to consider all Arabs as potential terrorists...to foster an attitude of hatred that gets your blood boiling."

    Campaigners say that new recruits who decide they want to leave the military are the most vulnerable to pressure to force them to stay. Some are told they will go to jail, others are told they will never get a job if they receive a "less than honourable discharge". They also face intense peer pressure and abuse - both as they try to get out and after they manage to do so. Facing a drop in recruits in the past three months, the tactics adopted by U.S. military recruiters have drawn widespread criticism by campaigners.

    Methods used include illegally covering up recruits' criminal and medical records, threatening one prospect with imprisonment for failing to meet an appointment and provided another with laxatives to help him lose weight and pass a military physical. The Pentagon halted all recruiting last Friday for a day of re-training.

    One of the biggest hurdles for those who want to leave is obtaining the correct information. Usually the advice to those on the run is to turn themselves in. After 30 days of being AWOL, a soldier is considered to be a deserter and an arrest warrant is issued. At that point a soldier can be returned to his/her unit, court-martialed or given jail time or - and this is more often than not the outcome for new recruits - given a non-judicial punishment and a less-than-honorable discharge. Volunteers say that usually the military is more inclined to let go those who have received the least training and are the least specialized.

    The Pentagon says it does not keep records of how many try to desert each year. A spokeswoman, Lieutenant Colonel Ellen Krenke, said the tally had declined since 9/11 from 8396 to the current total of 5133. She said she could not say whether this was the result of more AWOL soldiers giving themselves up or whether few were going AWOL.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/review/article_full_story.asp?service_ID=8206
     
  2. Aqil

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    The truth is visible...over 1600 soldiers died for nothing...15,000 crippled or maimed for life...and these figures continue to rise...all for the sake of oil...:censored:
     
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    not even for oil.
    for the sake of a few jews ego.

    but the rednecks still support Bush.
     
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    Rednecks and right-wingers who care more about the fetus than our soldiers and millions of Iraqis already born.
     
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    I love being a Soulja, but this Soulja is saying never again. The war on terror is scenseless. Several claims have been made, but the fact remains their is no reason for it. The govenment has offered me as much as $50,000 dollars to rejoin my answer is still a humble no.

    Why would anyone recruit people to go and be killed. I have survived a few wars, but this is the one that will claim the lives on many if they dont open our eyes to the true meaning of this war. The true meaning is and has always been oil. Just as the vietnam war was about the drug opium.

    The dollar is loosing its value in the world market and thats something they should look at.

    The U.S has become the worlds oppressor focing their views and putting their hands in all kinds of mixed up deals.

    Its time that they answer for creating A.I.D.S along with their counterparts.

    In conclusion I leave you with this quote by El-Hajj

    "I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation."

    :spinstar: Soulja :spinstar:
     
  6. Sun Ship

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    Remember Brother Aqil, it may be for nothing to us…But this devilish oligarchy of neo-Satanist European occultist who rule the world and speak secret things in dark rooms need these blood sacrifices… It’s part of their Teutonic legacy and their murderous genetic memory. It’s like when Hitler’s SS was being tried for war crimes, it was decided that the mythological and almost religious side of Nazism was not get to much attention so these murderers wouldn’t look like religious zealots, so their was very little mention of the Thule society. The Thule society was a secret Germanic order founded in 1918 by Rudolf von Sebottendorff, which promoted the occult and mystical foundations of Aryan rule; you very seldom here about its existence.

    As it was said about one mythological biblical character, “ he was a murderer from the beginning”.

    I really think they really believe, …for something to live and prosper, something must be sacrificed and destroyed.
     
  7. Aqil

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    Word Bro. Sun Ship...their philosophy is, "If you want peace, prepare for war."
     
  8. Sekhemu

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    BINGO.

    You hit it right on the nail brotha Sun Ship. All modern wars and assassinations are nothing more than ritual sacrifices. They are done on specific, days, hours, minutes, longitudes/latitudes(grids) to facilitate the maximum amount of power(ectoplasmic) extracted from the blood of the fallen victims.

    The Thule Society and the Order of the Black Sun, are the legacy of Nazi germany, but guess where they went after WWll?, right here in the USA, under the auspices of project paper clip, the other half went to Russia.
     
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