MILITARY JUSTICE v. MISBEHAVIOR BEFORE THE ENEMY
Recently, a friend of mine attempted to convince me that much of what we see in the news regarding (1) the World Trade Center attack, (2) the raison d’être for our invasion of IRAQ, (3) US military use of chemical weapons [depleted uranium] of mass destruction, (4) global profits from CIA production of opium in Afghanistan, (5) relentless drone strikes on civilian targets, etc., are mere speculation and “conspiracy theory” at best. Shall I say that he failed miserably in doing so? Why? Rather than to proffer evidence to the contrary, his primary argument was, “You were not there so you don’t know what happened!” On that point, he is correct. Yet, I do believe Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, James Yee, Susan Lindauer, Ted Gunderson, Tomas Young, and other dissidents who were there to provide first-hand testimony about US misbehavior before a contrived “enemy” and the entire world. Undoubtedly, there are countless other Americans like my friend who would rather justify the United States’ crimes against humanity vis-à-vis holding ourselves accountable for barbaric savagery and genocide in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, et al. In the context of the United States’ global crimes against humanity, is our citizenry obtuse or delusional as we bury our heads in the sand? Ergo, while Bowe Bergdahl faces charges of misbehavior before the enemy, will Pres. Obama, Pres. Bush, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, John Ashcroft, et al., ever be charged with high crimes and misdemeanors or is it “mere speculation” that the United States is guilty of war crimes? Explain.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”
[Revelation 21: 4 – 23]