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Our real enemies are not those living in a distant land whose names or cultures we don't understand...Our enemies are not several hundred thousand miles away. They are right here in front of us.

Mike Prysner, Iraq Veterans Against War

Full transcript

I tried hard to be proud of my service

but all I could feel is shame

The racism you can longer mask the reality of the occupation

These were people, these were human beings

I've since been plauged by guilt every time I see

an eldery man like the one that couldn't walk

who we rolled onto a stretcher and we told the Iraq's Police to take away

I feel guilt every time I see a mother with her children like the one who cried hysterically

and screaming that we are 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 are told we are fighting terrorists;

the real terrorist was me and the real terrorism is in this occupation.

Racism within the military has long been an important tool

to justify the destruction and occupation of another country.

It's long been used to justify the killing, subjugation and torture of another people.

Racism is a vital weapon employed by this government.

It's a more important weapon than a rifle, a tank, a bomber or a battleship.

It's 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 lab a mortal round.

They don't have to fight the war, they merely have to sell the war.

They need a public who is willing to send their soldiers in 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 of the military are willing to follow orders to use it.

They can send every last soldier anywhere on earth,

but there'll 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, and bear trauma and give our lives

Our families have to watch flag draped coffins rolling into the earth.

Millions in this country without health care, jobs or access to education,

just watch over this government squander $ 450 million a day in this occupation.

Poor and working people in this country are sent to kill poor and working people in other country

and make the rich richer

without racism we realize that we have more in common with the Iraqi people than we have with billionaires that send us to war

We need to wake up and realize

that our real enemy is not the ones living in a distant land

the 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 real enemy is a system that wages war when it's profitable

the enemy is the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it's profitable,

the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it's profitable,

the Banks who take away our homes when it's profitable.

Our enemies are not five thousands miles away

they are right here at home

but 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

Video by ThePhaedrus83. Submitted by Gerhart Robert Franke Hancock. Transcript by dotSUB.

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