And Then We Will Die
By Angie Riedel
" -- - It is time to get past the 'death and violence is the
answer' mentality. We can not afford to let it continue.
The US government now confronts every minor inconvenience with
brutality and force. With lies. With tricks. With deceit. With
unrivaled hypocrisy. It speaks a scripted and rehearsed dialog
of illogic and insults. It changes the meanings of words and
uses those words as weapons to crush, to silence and oppress, to
steal what it wants. This government no longer shows respect for
anyone but itself and feels no compulsion to listen or
cooperate, to show respect for others, or to care at all about
right and wrong, truth or lies, justice or injustice.
It seems that this government can't take a single step without
stepping on others, without breaking the very laws it exists to
uphold, without negating every principle we stand for.
At what point will this criminality cease?
It is no surprise that we are seeing our own citizens being
brutalized and arrested for imaginary political crimes before
any crimes are committed; and when there is no possibility that
they will be committed. For this government there is no longer
any concept of innocence until guilt is proven in a court of
law. A court of law un-tampered with, a court uncontrolled by
compromised loyalists, a court left free to honor its commitment
to see justice done. There is no longer any concept of requiring
proof of any crime at all.
For this government there is no need for any crime to actually
be committed before it engages in illegal, unjustifiable
surveillance, the planting of its spies in the affairs of
private citizens, the laying of blatantly unsupported charges,
all with the obvious aim of depriving innocent people of their
freedom and their rights with unlawful, disingenuous arrests.
Every power this government begged us for, insisting with
feigned hysterics that such unprecedented powers over others
were necessary to protect the public has been fully and
thoroughly misused and abused, used against the very people it
claimed the desire to protect. There is no respect for the rule
of law instead of the rule of men. There is only the obvious
problem this government has with the millions of its own
citizens that disagree with its vision of death to all who would
stop them from their brutal, murderous desire to take control of
This cannot go on. Not just because of the travesty of justice.
Not just because of the suffering and destruction of hope,
health, happiness, prosperity and safety these unjustifiable
policies spawn. Not just because of the denial of rights and
peace and freedom. But because of the risk of irreversible
damage to our very humanity, to our ability to recognize
justice, to our desire for and understanding of what the very
idea of freedom means. Most of all because of a risk that is too
horrible to gamble with, our ability to value life itself.
Because this government has no respect for compassion or justice
we have lost the ability to value compassion and justice or
understand their necessity. We have lost our comprehension of
the need to treat others as we ourselves would demand to be
treated. We are even losing the ability to see ourselves, each
other, and others as worthy of common decency and deserving of
basic God given rights, including the right to life itself.
We have crossed a line that can never be crossed with any
justification, a line that leaves it up to a small group of
selfish small-minded men to decide who among us deserves justice
and who does not. Is it any surprise that those men have decided
that no one deserves justice except themselves?
We must ask this government, what are you so afraid of? Because
taking with you, everywhere you go, the largest assortment and
biggest, most powerful most deadly weapons and contingents of
armed men does not mean that you are powerful, it means that you
are afraid. It means that everywhere you go, you go in fear. You
are too afraid to go about in this world as we all do, with open
hands and goodwill, and show up unarmed and with nothing to
hide. It seems you have everything to hide.
Why then should we trust you? Why should anyone trust you when
you demand the right to lie and keep secrets and use unjust,
overwhelming force to get your way?
What gives you the right to impose your personal will on this
world? What gives you the right to impose anything on anyone in
this country? Who are you exactly that you imagine yourselves to
be above the law not just of this land but the laws of common
human decency and common sense? What do you tell yourselves
entitles you to behave so badly? Because whatever you are
telling yourselves is also a lie. There is no such entitlement.
The use of violence to force your will and your ways on our
people, on people everywhere, is invalid and it is wrong.
This government understands and perceives full well that its
notions of total domination and total control both here at home
and abroad are unwelcome. It knows full well that domination is
not acceptable or warranted. We do not need to be controlled nor
does this world need to be controlled, at least not by this
government. It is this government that needs to be controlled as
it apparently lacks any interest and has no intention of
exercising the slightest control over itself.
There is an evil game being played that we must no longer
tolerate. A verbal game of trading places with right and wrong,
innocence and guilt, honesty and deceit. Authority wraps itself
in the flag, it wraps itself in a cover of holy righteousness,
it wraps itself in a wrapper that has words like nobility,
bravery, honor and democracy on it, and in its thinly veiled
deceit it wreaks havoc, death and destruction all the while
proclaiming itself to be our savior, our highest good, our
necessary evil. It is none of those things.
The game being played in Georgia is the same game being played
in Minneapolis. The self-defined good guys show up and take
sides without asking any questions whatsoever. Who is right and
who is wrong, who is guilty and who is innocent is already
determined. No effort is made to discern the truth. No interest
exists in hearing all sides. No respect is shown for the
marginalized, for the brutalized, for the wronged. It proclaims,
we are the good ones and they are the bad ones, and then it
moves in with overwhelming force. Abroad it uses military force,
at home it uses militarized police. The people are automatically
bad, and they are automatically good, and even questioning this
bizarre system is a crime. But it is not a crime, it is a
necessity. It is our duty.
Instead of the seething and rage, hatred, insults and threats
that now come in endless rivers from this government against its
perceived enemies, why can't it act like it should? Why can't it
take the time to engage in honest discussion? To get the facts?
To consider all sides? Why can't it extend invitations to come
and talk, to find common ground, to construct bridges to
friendship and cooperation? Why can't it value all of the most
obvious ways to establish trust, peace and mutual prosperity?
Why can't it host an open and public dialog so that all may
listen in and those involved and concerned may be allowed to
participate and speak for themselves, explaining things from
their own perspectives, giving their own reasons, telling us
themselves who they are and what they see? Only such an
impartial, honorable and open, fair style of discourse can
achieve justice and understanding? How else can justice be
Why do we never hear the other sides stories? How can this
government be threatened by allowing the other side to speak for
itself? If truly those other sides, Iran, Russia, our own
peaceful demonstrators, are dangerous and evil, that would all
be self-evident. But their prevention of any such truth coming
out, their adamant demands and insistence that force must be
used, and used immediately and overwhelmingly is beyond
questionable. It is deeply disturbing. It does not engender
trust. It engenders distrust and for good reason. No genuine
attempts are made to do the right thing or to go about things
the right way, the decent way, the honorable way, the fair way.
And why? Because all of those things stand directly in the way
of this government getting its way.
When all that is right and decent and honorable and just is an
enemy to government, then what they desire to achieve cannot be
right or decent or honorable or just. And if that is the case
then why are they doing it? What are they there for? Are they
there, taking our money and using it at will, to do what they
know is not right, not decent, not honorable and not just? They
Can they please tell us then, why? And more to the point, just
what are they trying to accomplish? Who's idea is this really?
And why do they act completely opposite to who they say they are
and what they say they are doing? What is this blanket of deceit
and how dare they use these tactics? Why do they relentlessly
desire war and violence, oppression, control and killing? Where
is any sign of conscience? Of compassion? Of simple respect for
Does this government shed a tear when its own soldiers come home
in coffins? Does it show any care for those who come home
wounded, broken and deserving of support? Does this government
show any concern or grieving for the deaths of innocent people
abroad? Does it not disregard such deaths and sweep them aside
with insulting terms like collateral damage? This government
seems to see the deaths and disempowerment of others as a tool.
A tool it uses more than any other to achieve its aims.
Then we must ask them, what are your aims? Why all the killing?
Why all the lies? Why the twisting of words and meanings? Why do
you cover yourself in a coat of righteousness specifically to
cover the truth of your unrighteousness? Who are you and what
are you doing? And why?
We are long past a time where brutality and killing are an
answer. Brutality and killing are not an answer. They are
criminal acts. We know this at the personal level and it is no
different at all for those equal beings who call themselves our
government. Killing is wrong. War is pointless, destructive and
wrong. It solves nothing. It enables unconscionable acts of
murder of innocents, of thefts of lands and treasure. War
provides the stage for arrogant, greedy power to play act its
role of righteous savior, to use its unrighteous overwhelming
force, and to destroy what others have worked so hard to build.
One must ask, why would they desire this in the first place? Why
do they desire this at all?
Who benefits? It is not you and I. It is them. Down to the
personal level of unprecedented riches, power and wealth, of
getting away with dishonesty and crime, of giving themselves
unprecedented unnecessary invalid powers over life and death,
over justice and injustice. It turns them into imperial kings
and robber barons, thugs dressed in fine clothing who tell lies
to TV cameras to cover the truth of what they are doing and why.
They are killing us all, slowly but surely, because they have no
respect whatsoever for life. Not here and not abroad. How are
they different from serial killers? They are liars. And this
must stop. This is not the way to anything but our guaranteed
demise. Who believes we need this?
These are the methods and beliefs of madmen. Ideas of having the
right to control and oppress, to kill and to commit crimes all
in the name of bizarre, insane notions that do not apply to
anyone but themselves. They turn the whole planet into a world
of pawns they can use to play their games of death and
destruction and control. These are not honorable men with
honorable goals. They are usurpers, tyrants, hypocrites and they
have no respect for life, human or otherwise, or for the
environment we are all dependent on for our survival. These are
men who are trying with all of their might to provoke this whole
world into its final world war, carnage and destruction unlike
anything seen before. This is their aim. This is their goal. Not
because it is good for us, but because it serves their selfish,
hypocritical, patently insane beliefs of self superiority and
being God's chosen.
If these men are God's chosen it would not be due to worthiness
or for His praise. They would be singled out and punished for
acting much more in the service of the dark side, the side of
death and dishonesty, of the negation and disrespect for free
will. These are not Godly men. They're not heroes or leaders or
workers for justice and freedom. What they really are cannot be
stated because it is inexplicable. What is known is the results
of their actions, and those results are death and destruction.
Those results come to us on their lying lips, lies they must
tell to trick us into going along, into believing they are good
and those others are always bad. It is time to see it and face
it, and to stop it.
Who is it that is such a threat to peace in this world? Who is
the relentless aggressor? Is it Russia? Long despised and feared
by those in power, the claims are communism or inhumanity, or
any other words that would paint another nation as evil beings
who threaten us all. Is it Iran? A religious country of ordinary
human beings who do not possess anything remotely similar to the
military power, might and aggression of our own government? What
lies it takes to turn passive non-aggressors into something for
this country to fear and loathe. What gigantic, inexcusable
What country has galloped the globe time and again, bringing its
overwhelming military force to kill native populations?
Populations who pose no threat to anyone. Where innocents are
slaughtered with overpowering violence, military might, and
depraved indifference to human life and the environment. What
country has never ceased its invasions and attacks since World
War 2? Russia? China? Iran? Viet Nam? Argentina? The Falkland
Islands? Canada? Saudi Arabia? Iraq?
Only one nation has never ceased inflicting war and carnage
around the world. Only one nation's unbridled, insatiable
aggression has been responsible for the nonstop murders of
millions of innocent people. The United States. Its Siamese-twin
Israel is right behind having engaged in decades of calculated,
overt genocide of Palestinians.
Because these policies of aggression and violence are wrong,
because they cannot be justified, then the question must be
asked and we have every right to the answer. Why? What makes
them so special that they may act in ways that threaten all
peace, all stability, all prosperity and all freedom in the
world? What makes them so special that they may deny justice and
life to any and all they choose? Is there really such a thing as
anyone so special? Only in their own imaginations. Only in the
imaginations of those who support them. Only in the misguided
beliefs of those who assist them. But in reality, in this very
real world of real people living real lives, in real terror and
real suffering, there is no such thing as anyone so special.
There is no proof that any such specialness exists. It does not
No man is our master. No man shall be crowned king of this
world. No man is anything more than our human equal, no more
deserving of life and needs and free will than we are. Many men,
petty tyrants, thieves and thugs, elected men, religious men,
statesmen of all creeds and colors exist and live in the wrong
belief that it is their place to dominate and control others. To
determine what shall be and what shall not be for all. They
always impose their will with force, with killing, with torture.
It is the only way to enslave a population and it is the only
way the worst of them can hope to enslave the world.
We have watched as this government devolved into a den of
thieves and liars, of instigators and deceivers, of unequaled
propagandists and cheaters. We have extended them our unearned
trust and they have used it against us, and against the world to
achieve their own convoluted aims. We have been harmed. Others
have been harmed. Harm that can have no recompense, there is no
making up for what has been taken. Loved ones are irreplaceable.
Innocent children are not replaceable. Lost blood lines,
ancestral homes, prosperity, justice, peace, these can not be
Everywhere this government goes it leaves in its wake death,
poverty and injustice, destruction and military bases, not for
anyone's protection or benefit, but to ensure it can keep its
stranglehold on the conquered, disempowered, violently
Today they are still hell bent on attacking Iran, a country that
is no threat to us at all. They are instigating violence, daring
and begging Russia to react to the injustice and lies and
aggression that they themselves arranged, armed and are
responsible for. They are painting Russia as the aggressor when
it is not the aggressor. But Russia's patience is being tapped
and will eventually be drained. Anyone can see that. We need no
experts to explain the particulars. We need only to understand
what it feels like to be lied about and threatened, to be
attacked by criminals and thugs, to understand that at some
point anyone would stand up for themselves and fight back.
What we are seeing is the organized, preconceived plan to
instigate World War 3. This is the desired goal of our
government. Israel is its minion, deeply woven into the fabric
of deceit, tampering and instigation. These two self-glorified
special interests only want what they want at any price to
others, at any cost to us, at all costs to those they want to
see dead and destroyed for all time.
They are madmen who should be behind bars, locked in padded
cells and given injections of anti-psychotic drugs and
sedatives. They should be watched 24 hours a day and kept in
locked rooms for their own safety as well as the safety of this
world. For if these men and their obvious aims of destruction
are not stopped, if they are not confronted, exposed and brought
to the light of day, if they are not prevented from continuing
their insane goals of death to the whole world, they will
without any doubt succeed.
Shall we really stand idly by, claiming concern for our jobs or
egotistical need for prestige, afraid of the erroneous criticism
of deceived and misguided peers, as the world is raped and
killed? What is worth the price? If anything needs to go, is it
the world? Or shouldn't it really be them? Is it too late for us
to remember what really matters in this world? Is it beyond the
time when life was held precious and sacred? Are we all too
happy to just get it over with and let them take us all to hell
so that this endless carnage and pollution and destruction and
violation of all that is good and decent and pure will finally
cease? Or can common sense prevail? Can right and wrong be
refreshed in our minds and in our souls and can we simply,
calmly, step up and lead them away from the controls, away from
the one second in time, on that one day that is unavoidably
coming, when that final line is crossed? When that final insult,
that final lie, that final spread of nuclear warheads is aimed
and launched at millions of innocent people, that will
immediately result in the mutually assured destruction of the
If we cannot stand up to illegitimate mortal leaders and take
away this power over our lives that no man should ever have,
then perhaps we have not yet evolved enough to recognize that
life matters and that justice matters and that respect matters
and that we all deserve to live in un-violated peace and
freedom. And if that is true, then we won't have long to wait.
Because these are the most dangerous men in the world and if
there is no one willing to stop them we will all witness the
consequences. And then we will die.
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