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       I stand in front of the MY LAI MASSACRE MEMORIAL in Viet Nam, April 5, 2016.

In case you didn't know, that U.S. soldiers would commit acts of casual terror against helpless civilians was a disturbing

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 discovery for many Americans. That they would be responsible for the annihilation of whole villages was incomprehensible.

       The men who served in Vietnam were no different from those who remained at home. But they found themselves in a situation for which they had not been prepared, an environment of fear & uncertainty where restraint could mean death & the distinction between enemy & civilian could lose its reality, an environment of atrocity with its own logic of crime and punishment. 'I gave them a good boy,' despaired the mother of Paul Meadlo, one of those accused of participating in the My Lai massacre, 'and they made him a murderer'". A war policy of atrocity, terror, slaughter, and massacres existed, just as with the beginnings of the USA with Europeans forcing the assimilation or elimination of the original indigenous peoples.

       A great number of veterans (like myself) witnessed atrocities rather than participating in them. We were complicit nevertheless. A terrible plight – for life! But it was worse for those on the ground who directly participated in or witnessed murders of villagers. This is a major contributor to PTSD. Often soldiers who complained or lodged accusations toward their superiors for commission of atrocities were isolated or punished, so the larger context of the war of atrocities, and US policy in general, remained unchallenged. No US court ever entertained adjudging the legality of air strikes in populated areas as in violation of the rules of engagement, and examining the legality of counting bodies of dead civilians as part of enemy body counts.

      

Throughout the war, including at My Lai, where many officers had knowledge of the massacre or were eyewitnesses to it, the higher command levels remained virtually exempt from accountability and legal scrutiny.

Thus, the historical policy of genocide with impunity continued ac
cording to pattern, precisely the unwritten policy upon which the United States of America was founded, and has been maintained all along. Ex-combat correspondent Jay Roberts reported that "It was standard operating procedure to eliminate the enemy's shelter and his food supply."

       Charlie Company, a unit of the US Army’s Americal Division's 11th Infantry Brigade, arrived in the hamlet of My Lai in the northern part of South Vietnam on the morning of March 16, 1968. They were on a “search and destroy” mission to root out 48th Viet Cong Battalion thought to be in the area.

       They met no resis
tance; there were no Viet C
ong soldiers at My Lai. Not one bullet was fired at the US oldiers. Nonetheless, their commander, Lt William Calley ordered the slaughter of the civilians, 504 when finished. People were rounded up into ditches and machine-gunned. They lay five feet deep in the ditches; any survivors trying to escape were immediately shot. When Calley spotted a baby crawling away from a ditch, he grabbed her, threw her back into the ditch, and opened fire. Some of the dead were mutilated by having "C Company" carved into their chests; some were disemboweled. One GI would later say, "You didn’t have to look for people to kill, they were just there. I cut their throats, cut off their hands, cut out their tongues, scalped them. I did it.
A lot of people were doing it and I just followed. I just lost all sense of direction." 


There were many My Lais in Vietnam. But virtually none were photographed as this one was by army photographer Ronald Haeberle. May 16, 1968, exactly 2 months after the My Lai Massacre, details of My Lai massacre were published in France, but never picked up in the U.S. press. Not until November 12, 1969, did Seymour Hersh first reveal in the US press the March 16, 1968 My Lai Massacre (known as "Pinkville").


                                                                               US military personnel are on the ground in virtually every country - at least 75% of them. .....

SEE "A Shadow War in 150 Countries" By Nick Turse;http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175945/

As the structure of what’s always called “security” is built out ever further into our world and our lives, that world only seems to become less secure. Odder yet, that “more” is rarely a focus of media coverage, though its reality is glaringly obvious. The details may get coverage but the larger reality -- the thing being created in Washington -- seems of remarkably little interest.
America’s Special Operations forces are a striking example of this phenomenon. The commando is, by now, a national culture hero, the guy who stands between Hell and us. But what special ops forces really do all over the planet, doesn’t seem of any particular interest to Americans in general or the mainstream media in particular. 
Nick Turse, in particular, done the kind of reporting on and assessment of special forces operations that should be the coin of the realm, but couldn’t be rarer in our world. Just how many countries special forces operatives have set foot in from 2011-2014: 150 on a planet with only 196 nations.

A small number of U.S. military personnel are on the ground inside Yemen as part of the effort to root out al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, the Pentagon said Friday.
CNN.COM|BY BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT

                                   


 The Dynamic Influence of Past Patterns on the Present


http://www.biography.com/people/sigmund-freud-9302400Cultural historians, philosophers, psychologists, essayists, and scientists caution us to seriously understand the past and its pervasive patterns. Sigmund Freud declared that in psychic life, nothing of what has been formed in the past ever disappears. Everything that has occurred is preserved in one way or another and, in fact, reappears under either favorable or unfavorable circumstances.

“The past never leaves us and the future is already here”. [Lewis Mumford].

“Wherever Western man went slavery, land robbery, lawlessness, culture-wrecking, and the outright extermination of both wild beasts and tame men went with him’. [Lewis Mumford].

“The West has ravaged the world for five hundred years, under the flag of master-slave theory which in our finest hour of hypocrisy was called ‘the white man’s burden’....
   What sets the west apart is its persistence to stop at nothing”. [Hans Koning].

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. [George Santayana].

“Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future”. [George Orwell].

Rupert Sheldrake, biochemist, cell biologist and philosopher, describes a theory similar to psychologist Carl Jung’s collective unconsciousness, or concept of a group mind, a kind of inherited COLLECTIVE memory.

Sheldrake suggests the process by which the past becomes present occurs within what he calls “morphic fields”. A morphic unit is any
form or organization such as atom, cell, social group, pattern of behavior, or even a galaxy and they possess morphic fields that organize its characteristic structure and pattern of activity. They in turn are shaped and stabilized by “morphic resonance” which incorporate influence of PREVIOUS structures of activity that transmit causal influences through both space and time. The memory within the morphic fields is CUMULATIVE within which the past thus becomes present.



Impunity

When impunity dominates history, justice as a permanent value in the history of humans ceases to exist. This psychopathology produces a
sickness in the soul—of the individual, as well as of a nation—where nothing is real. Everything becomes pretend, the lies told over and over
in many different forms throughout time.

Impunity produces severe disturbances within the individual and collective psyche, manifesting in psycyopathological behaviors of huge magnitude, such as wars. Think of a spoiled child who has never been taught boundaries or been held to account for harmful behavior. Collective as well as individual narcissism can lead to extreme antisocial conduct. Security is experienced through individuality, and rigid adherence to individual and national economic privatization, but not social justice. Identification is achieved through possessions.

The acquisitive habit settles into the inner life, pre-empting an authentic inquisitive and social mind. A social compact is destroyed in deference to privatization, creating anomie. Life is commodified. Disparity between the Haves and Have-Nots becomes extreme; today this is called neo-liberal economics. History is negated, successfully concealing past traumas such as unspeakable genocides and wars about lies.

How many US citizens know of the crimes our country systematically commits throughout the world,
crimes that are constant, remorseless, and fully documented?


Really, how many?  It is of no interest. Without historical context, there is little capacity to critique the veracity of contemporary policies and rhetoric.  Our delusion of exceptionalism, if it is believed, means the US just couldn’t be involved in patterns of criminal interventions. Our origins just couldn’t be built on dispossession and genocide. This is not the American way. But the fact is that this is the American way. We simply don’t know about it and don’t want to know about it. Impunity has erased memory.


"We are not worth more. They are not worth less".


"I have had to feel, intensely, the pain of letting go of my addiction to the myth and the comfort that is associated with believing in "America" and its Way Of Life. In the process of letting go, I have chosen to walk, difficult though it is, on a different path, striving to free myself from imperialistic assumptions and thinking. This enables me to evolve as an authentic human being experiencing the new joys that accompany awareness of my sacred interconnectedness with all life. We are not worth more, they are not worth less."

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