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家庭主婦的憤怒和 Iraq for sale

我們這樣的小老百姓,安分守已又老老實實的繳稅,要的是安居樂業。中產階級領薪水的我們,可用驕傲來形容,我們不逃漏稅!國家政府有沒有很小心謹慎使用這些納稅人的錢?給我們好的教育政策和醫療制度?怎麼美國外債這麼高,布希還耍死命增加伊拉克的軍事預算,國會阻檔,竟扣人不愛國的帽子。原來無恥政客們的財路全和開戰扯上邊,就像現在又要開始動伊朗腦筋。這種不義之財,要怎樣的心才賺的心安?花得下手?


我只是氣,很氣。當我們女童軍募集童軍餅乾、旅行用清潔用品、自製慰問卡寄給遠在伊拉克的美軍;當我們收到感謝的回函,總再一次祈禱,希望這些年輕人都可以平安回家。我好生氣!當這些阿兵哥睡帳棚戰壕,背著重裝備出生入死時,有所謂的特約軍人,住五星級飯店,享受spa ,游泳,開休旅事車,〝政府買單〞,而且可以執行軍人的任務而不受軍法管治!這些電視新聞不是一語帶過,避重就輕,或是跟本隻字不提!


他知道我氣得睡不好,第二天給了我一封mail,如下:


Hon,

The main thing I learned from the movie was that the US governemtn is basically for sale, and the media are not doing their job. If people knew how much tax money was being moved away from schools, public programs, government research, the environment etc. and directed towards KBR, Blackwater, Halliburton, etc., they would be pretty upset. So long as the media ignore all this, the private businesses and their helpers in washington can continue to just help themselves. That's why war is such good business for the government - its the easiest and fastest way to get rich, and anyone who objects is easy to paint as un-American.
 
It's critical for these war profiteers that the laws never catch up to them. That survive becuase they get full protection from the US Army and the government. There's no way to investigate any claims against these companies. They can break the law as they like. They are run by ex-military generals and former high-ranking federal govt. officials. Their deep, long-term relationships extend everywhere: across the pentagon, through the whole congress and certainly at the white house.
 
The reason the Army has become so corrupt is because refusing to join into the criminal activity can seriously damage your career. Any Army general who will retire in 2 or 3 years has a choice of helping arrange big contracts for these companies and getting a high-paying job when he retires. Or he can work to expose the fraud and waste of tax dollars, and be punished by the white house and his corrupt superiors. If they dare to speak their conscience, they risk losing everything - this has happened to many generals who dared to speak out.
 
Many Americans who love private business and hate all government and taxes will defend these private armies. They say it's good for the economy, and just the natural free market at work. They will claim that these private companies do a better job than the Army because their jobs can go to their competitors if they don't. But this is not the situation as the movie shows. Almost all the contracts  are awarded without any bidding at all. And they actually do a terrible job - even to the point of putting our troops at risk. The US Govt. is actually encouraging and protecting monopolies, which is very bad for capitalism.
 
Blackwater is currently suing families who had sons and daughters lost in Iraq, to divert attention away from their illegal actions. They want to confuse the public and blame the families - try and make it seem as if the employees are to blame for getting killed. Read this article from last month to see what happens when ordinary citizens - not anyone in congress - try to expose what these companies are up to. http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/53460/.
 
It's sad that in America, the legal system doesn't work anymore becuase of greed in the government and in the military. All efforts to investigate wrongdoing are controlled by the same politicians who keep these companies wealthy and growing.
 
You know, you and I are lucky that we can still rent movies like this and learn about the real situation; think about mainland China, where even attempting to access the truth on government corruption will put you in jail. As long as news like this is kept quiet, congressmen can continue on like they have, keeping these companies safe from being investigated. Like usual, the news channels and newspapers will keep everything quiet, and nobody in general society will know enough to question their congressmen and senators. And when it comes time to raise money for re-election, KBR, Haliburton, CACI etc. will donate huge sums of money as bribes, and the repay these politicians for keeping them above the law.

親愛的老公,我己經決定我們家女兒將來絕不許跟政治家族人士或大財團這類權貴後代交往,以免丟臉或罪延後代。像這種利用自已既有的權力,大大強行掠奪任何人家園和財產的人,都是不仁不義之徒,即使穿金戴銀也粉飾不了醜惡的真面目。

 

 

 

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