Dear America, You’re The Baddies
Americans don’t like being occupied by their own military. How do you think everyone else feels about it? This is just armored chickens coming home to roost. They’ve been shitting bullets on the rest of the world for decades.
It’s galling to hear people complain that Portland looks like Afghanistan, as if that isn’t real places with real humans in it. As if it’s somehow OK to export oppression all over the globe, but terrible if it returns to sender. Have you considered that no place should look like this? That America’s war machine is terrible wherever it goes?
So you do not like being occupied by the American military. Go further. Consider that no one likes being occupied by the American military. Have you found that these thugs are brutally, structurally racist? Have you considered they they might be murderously so against the brown people they occupy?
This is just the Golden Rule — occupy onto Ramadi as you would onto Portland. Don’t fucking occupy people. Nobody wants your jackbooted thugs around.
The Simple Fact
The simple fact is that large groups of men with guns and zero accountability are not nice to have in your neighborhood. Any neighborhood. If you accept that brown families are also human beings, what makes you think they like foreign jack-booted thugs any more than you do?
Americans abducted off the streets of Portland at least get returned. People abducted in Kabul get passed around black sites, tortured, and end up in Guantanamo Bay for life. Your stormtroopers just fire tear gas in Oregon. In Iraq they shoot to kill.
Even liberal Democrats proudly participate in this colonial murder tour as a resume builder. Hence you get this horror of a quote from erstwhile Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg:
I did not carry an assault weapon around a foreign country so I could come home and see them used to massacre my countrymen.
Why were you carrying an assault weapon around anywhere? Did you ever stop to think of this?
Your troops are thugs, commanded by the corrupt, supported by the ignorant. I throw up when I hear Americans say…