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FILMMAKERS NOTEBOOK

FILMMAKERS NOTEBOOK 130
"KILL EVERYBODY" - AMERICAN SOLDIER EXPOSES US POLICY IN IRAQ
 “I joined in ’03,” ‘cause I was broke, I needed money, but I was a young American kid, I wanted to fight in a war. I joined up. [A] month out of training I arrived in Baghdad, Iraq, January ’04. Saddam’s been captured. And I get there and the guys I’m serving with have been there for six months already; they were there in ’03. And I go, “Well, you know what, I think it’s come out that, you know, these people had nothing to do with 9/11, there was no Iraqi on those planes. We can see around here there’s no Al Qaida, there’s no terrorist syndicates in Baghdad, or Iraq. Saddam had stamped ‘em out.” And I asked my buddies, “Well, you know, we’re here to find ‘weapons of mass destruction’.” And they laughed at me. And I said, “Well, you know, we’re here to ‘help the people.’” And they laughed at me. And I said, “What’s our mission? What’s our goal?”…They’re like, “All we’re trying to do is make it home alive…” Anderson describes the escalation of violence against unarmed civilians: “In April, they told us, “In a crowded area, if one person shoots at you, kill everybody.” Anderson explains the rationale from the officers, “They [members of the crowd of people] are letting them [the person or persons firing at the U.S. military] attack you. They’re no longer innocent if they’re there at the time of the crime…” (9/11 conference, Chandler AZ Feb 23-25, 2007) 911TV.org /snowshoefilms post-production/ 9:46 (more)
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In trying to suppress the Yugoslavian resistance, the German General Keitel, supreme commander of the armed forces, issued this order in Sept. 1941:
“In order to nip disorders in the bud the sternest measures must be applied at the first sign of insurrection. It should also be taken into consideration that in the countries in question a human life is often valueless. In a reprisal for the life of a German soldier, the general rule should be capital punishment for 50-100 Communists. The manner of execution must have a frightening effect.”

Perhaps the American generals and the neo-cons and the new world order planners who direct them are copying the Nazi playbook. More likely, though, they are progressing along parallel lines because they’ve committed the same egregious war crimes; they can only compound their crimes until they “kill everybody” who resists them. The Yugoslavian partisans resisting German fascism were called “communists.” Today, U.S. fascism calls that same resistance in Iraq and Afghanistan “terrorist.” Gen. Keitel was hanged for this and other war crimes by the Nuremberg Tribunal on October 16, 1946. http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/resistance_movement_in_yugoslavi.htm

After 7 months in Iraq, Darrell Anderson, 22, decided that he wasn’t to risk going back to Iraq to kill or be killed. He fled to Canada, a deserter. While there, though, he felt he wasn’t doing enough to expose and stop the war and returned to U.S. and, possibly, a long prison sentence. Perhaps to undermine the legal case of other deserters in Canada, the U.S. military imprisoned Anderson only a few days, releasing him with a ‘less than honorable’ discharge. Given Anderson’s heroic determination to organize and help GI and other war resisters, the U.S. military may come to believe they’ve made a mistake.

 

 



 

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