Am I the only one slightly bothered by all these yellow ribbons stuck on cars that say “Support Our Troops”? I don’t know a single person in this country who doesn’t support our troops. These are our sons, daughters, cousins, uncles, etc. and of course we support them. So in one sense it is like getting a bumper sticker that says “I Breathe Air”. Yes, I know you do, so do I.
But I do understand that for some people a gesture of support to their loved ones overseas is important. They want us to remember that there are people over there, far from their families, in harm’s way. That doesn’t bother me at all and I understand completely.
What bothers me is that we put these people in harm’s way because we were lied to. We were told that Iraq represented a clear and present danger to the United States. That was not true. Now we are told that Saddam was a bad man and that we have a mission to spread “liberty”. This is another lie. There are lots of bad men in power and we have historically befriended them if we thought it was in our interest. Hence the famous photo of Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein. This is not a war about bad men, it’s a war about controlling the world’s oil supply. We have our sons, daughters, cousins, uncles, etc. dying far from home so we can have cheap gas for our SUVs. That is immoral.
The disconnect here is that the United States military is being used as an economic tactic. We are killing others and getting our relatives killed to serve the interests of the oil industry, the auto industry and the military-industrial complex. That is not something that should be commemorated with little yellow ribbons. It is a deep betrayal of the American people by a bunch of ultra-rich neocons. The fact that 50% of the people of this country are too stupid to realize this is a major disappointment to the moral and fair-minded people of the world who are completely appalled by these lies and tactics.
So as you drive around in a car with 100 times more power than you need, with 100 times more room than you need for you and your briefcase, sucking down fuel at an enormous and wasteful rate, think about the child whose Dad is not coming home to keep your gas cheap. Then think a little bit about the irony of your stupid yellow ribbon.
Our troops should not be the tool of an immoral oligarchy.