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Are We ‘Good Germans'?


By Ed Ciaccio


09/01/07 "ICH" -- - A shirt I recently bought from Old American Century ( ) has the figure of Uncle Sam, steely-eyed, fists on hips, and under it, the following text:


“If you had told me a few years ago that we would have secret prisons through out the former Soviet republics, tortured our enemies, and used chemical weapons on civilians, I’d have thought you were crazy. But I also didn’t think you’d let Bush steal another election.”


Regardless of whether you choose to believe that both the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Elections were stolen (and there is ample evidence; see, for example and ), there are many other disturbing facts about our nation which no longer need to rest on faith to be “believed” because they are now part of the historical record.


Among them are the following:














*If you consider the one million Iraqis who died as a result of the 1991-2003 sanctions and the one million who have died since the 2003 invasion, the word genocide comes to mind.  If you consider the four million Iraqi refugees resulting from our invasion and occupation, and the resulting sectarian violence causing the creation of unprecedented sectarian enclaves in Iraq, the term ethnic cleansing comes to mind.


As Americans, supposedly believing in the rule of law, supposedly believing in fairness and compassion, what do we do now that we know these facts? 


Do we deny them because they clash with our view of America as the “greatest country in the world”?


Do we shrug and say, “Well, every country has its dark side”? 


Do we throw up our hands and complain that we can’t do much because Cheney and Bush have so much power and, besides, they’ll be out of office soon?


Or do we simply turn the page and see what else is on TV?


The “Good Germans” who did nothing had similar reactions while Hitler destroyed Europe and murdered 6 million Jews, and 5 million Poles, Russians, Communists, homosexuals and other “non-Aryans” in his death camps.  They denied, or accepted and approved, or said they didn’t know, or (justifiably for many) feared punishment or death in Hitler’s dictatorship.


But we don’t live in a dictatorship.


And we DO know what has been done in our name.


So who are we?  What have we become? 


Right now there are three massive U.S. aircraft carrier task forces in the Persian Gulf, and B-1 and B-2 bombers and many fighters on airfields in countries surrounding Iran.  They are there waiting for Bush, with Cheney’s urging, to give the signal to repeat “shock and awe’, this time on the Iranian people.


Right now another propaganda campaign, similar to that which preceded our 2003 Iraq invasion, is beginning, but this time charging Iran with unproven “evils” against our troops in Iraq. Again it is accepted without challenge by our compliant, corporate mainstream media with its many links to the so-called “defense” industry.  Meanwhile, that same media distracts us with “coverage” of Larry Craig’s men’s room saga, or the death of Princess Di ten years later, or John Edwards’ haircuts, or Britney, or Lindsay, or Paris, or…


And right now, Iranian forces are accused, with little, if any, solid evidence, of helping kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Meanwhile, ignored by our media, U.S. special forces and CIA operatives are in Iran selecting targets for our planes, drones, and cruise missiles and supporting anti-Iranian government groups there.  In effect, we have been waging war on Iran from inside Iran for almost two years already  ( and ). 


And now Bush wants our always-accommodating Congress, Democrats and Republicans, to declare a part of Iran’s military as “terrorists.”  This will enable him to attack Iran without Congressional authorization.


These are also facts.


So what will you do about this?


Will you be a “Good German”?

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