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  • ... and I tried hard to be proud of my service

  • but all I could feel was shame.

  • Racism could no longer mask the reality

  • of the occupation.

  • These were people. These were human beings.

  • I've since been plagued by guilt anytime I see an elderly man

  • like the one who couldn't walk

  • who we rolled onto a stretcher

  • and told the Iraqi police to take him away.

  • I feel guilt anytime I see a mother with her children

  • like the one who cried hysterically

  • and screamed that we were worse than Saddam

  • as we forced her from her home.

  • I feel guilt anytime I see a young girl

  • like the one I grabbed by the arm and dragged into the street.

  • We were told we were fighting terrorists.

  • The real terrorist was me,

  • and the real terrorism was this occupation.

  • Racism within the military has long been an important tool

  • to justify the destruction and occupation of another country.

  • It has long been used to justify the killing,

  • subjugation and torture of another people.

  • Racism is a vital weapon employed by this government.

  • It is a more important weapon than a rifle, a tank,

  • a bomber or a battleship.

  • It is more destructive than an artillery shell,

  • or a bunker buster, or a tomahawk missile.

  • While all those weapons are created

  • and owned by this government,

  • they are harmless without people willing to use them.

  • Those who send us to war

  • do not have to pull a trigger or lob a mortar round.

  • They do not have to fight the war;

  • they merely have to sell the war.

  • They need a public who's willing to send their soldiers

  • into harm's way.

  • They need soldiers who are willing to kill and be killed

  • without question.

  • They can spend millions on a single bomb

  • but that bomb only becomes a weapon

  • when the ranks in the military are willing

  • to follow orders to use it.

  • They can send every last soldier

  • anywhere on Earth

  • but there will only be a war

  • if soldiers are willing to fight.

  • And the ruling class -

  • the billionaires who profit from human suffering,

  • care only about expanding their wealth,

  • controlling the world economy -

  • understand that their power lies only in their ability

  • to convince us that war, oppression and exploitation

  • is in our interest.

  • They understand that their wealth is dependent

  • on their ability to convince the working class to die

  • to control the market of another country.

  • And convincing us to kill and die

  • is based on their ability to make us think

  • that we are somehow superior.

  • Soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen -

  • have nothing to gain from this occupation.

  • The vast majority of people living in the U.S.

  • have nothing to gain from this occupation.

  • In fact, not only do we have nothing to gain,

  • but we suffer more because of it.

  • We lose limbs, endure trauma,

  • and give our lives.

  • Our families have to watch flag-draped coffins

  • lowered into the earth.

  • Millions in this country without health care,

  • jobs, or access to education

  • must watch this government squander

  • over 450 million dollars a day

  • on this occupation.

  • [applause]

  • Poor and working people in this country

  • are sent to kill poor and working people in another country

  • to make the rich richer.

  • Without racism, soldiers would realize

  • that they have more in common with the Iraqi people

  • than they do with the billionaires

  • who send us to war.

  • [applause and cheering]

  • I threw families onto the street in Iraq

  • only to come home and find families

  • thrown onto the street in this country.

  • in this tragic and unnecessary foreclosure crisis.

  • We need to wake up and realize

  • that our real enemies are not in some distant land.

  • They're not people whose names we don't know.

  • and cultures we don't understand.

  • The enemy is people we know very well

  • and people we can identify.

  • The enemy is a system that wages war when it is profitable.

  • The enemy is the CEOs who lay us off from our jobs when it is profitable.

  • It's the insurance companies who deny us health care

  • when it is profitable.

  • It's the banks who take away our homes when it is profitable.

  • Our enemy is not 5000 miles away.

  • They are right here at home.

  • If we organize and fight with our sisters and brothers

  • we can stop this war, we can stop this government,

  • and we can create a better world.

  • [applause and cheers]

... and I tried hard to be proud of my service

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