Guest Post – and all images – by Anthony Freda.
Why are so many of our brave veterans killing themselves?
Is it because they are being forced to endure multiple, consecutive tours of combat, sometimes up to ten?
Is it because they are being prescribed dangerous psychotropic drugs that Increase the odds of them committing suicide, to ‘treat’ the psychological problems they are suffering from?
Is it because the realization that they are not fighting to spread freedom and democracy, but are being put in harm’s way to further a much darker agenda is a thought that is too painful to contemplate?
Is it because they woke up to the cold, hard fact that the government with the power to send them to die has lied to them about the pretexts for nearly every war in our history?
Is it because they now know the controlled media that they were taught to trust as a watchdog against corrupt government and corporations has actually worked to promote the lies designed to manipulate and cynically exploit their sense of duty and patriotism?
I don’t have the answers to these questions, but I do know that nothing will change till the criminals who lie us into wars are investigated and prosecuted. Are we supposed to believe that the same media and actors who lied us into Iraq and more have, in a moment of conscience, decided to never lie to the world again? If we are that naive, then we deserve the government we get.
A soldier lays it out elegantly here, illustrated with some of my images:
“The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.”