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“You Grow Up Wanting to be Luke Skywalker, Then Realize You’ve Become a Stormtrooper for the Empire”

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POWERFUL STORY: Read this shocking account of how U.S. Iraq War veterans had their 9/11 patriotism crushed & replaced with something far more alarming…

Someone asked:

How do you Americans as a people walk around head held high, knowing that every few months your country is committing a 9/11 size atrocity to other people. Imagine if the 9/11 terror attacks were happening in america every few months. Again and again, innocent people dying all around you. Your brothers and sisters. For no reason.

Daniel Crimmins from U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division answered:

“Many of us are unable. Many of us watched 9/11, and accepted the government and media’s definition of the attack as a act of war rather than a criminal action. A smaller portion, drifting along passively thought a major war was coming, that people we knew were going to fight and die. Some of us maybe worried about our younger brother being drafted, despite being in college. Now, it seems stupid, but in the 72 hours after 9/11, some Americans, maybe suffering from depression, certainly with a mind shaped by comic books and action movies, ate up the “us vs. them” good vs. evil rhetoric spouted by the cowboy in chief. After all, he was the president, and no matter how bright you might think yourself, you can still be swayed by passion and emotion, led to terrible decisions.

Some of us, therefore, left our dorm rooms, and walked down Main Street to the recruiter’s office. Some of us were genuinely surprised the office wasn’t full to bursting of young men eager to avenge their fallen countrymen. Some of us were genuinely surprised when we had to push the recruiter to stop trying to sell desk jobs and just let us join the damn Infantry.

Some of us got enlisted, then, and went down to Georgia, head high to mask the anxiety and fear they might have helped. Perhaps some number of Americans in this situation discovered that maybe it hadn’t been the best idea, but would be goddamned if they were going to admit it, and let everyone back home smuggly remark on how right they were.

So they persevere. They learn to work as a unit, to look past personality issues, to see each other as Soldiers rather than as a race, or economic status, or any of the other things people hate about each other.

They learn to kill.

Then some of these people, perhaps while sitting hungover in the platoon area in the Republic of Korea hear that we have invaded Iraq. They have “Big Scary Bombs”, and Saddam Hussein, the secular Arab dictator had somehow colluded with the devoutly religious OBL to attack the US. They hated our freedom, you see.

Then some of these young American men might transfer back to Georgia and be assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, and end up in Iraq in January of 2005. And maybe these kids, still drunk on Fox News and fantasies of glory and renown being enough to win their ex-girlfriends back, are excited to go to Iraq. Sure, we hadn’t found any WMDs yet, and we had Hussein in custody, but they were still somehow a threat and had to be dragged kicking and screaming into Jeffersonian democracy. Inside every dirka is a good American, yearning to be free.

So you fight. You kill. Watch friends die. Its usually quick, almost never quiet, but for the rest of your life, when you remember sitting at the bar with them, they’re blown open. You picture the nights you spent downtown at Scruffy Murphy’s, but instead of the stupid hookah shell necklace, your boy’s jaw is blown off, and his left eye is ruined, and he’s screaming.

You fight, you kill, you watch friends die, and you notice a distinct lack of change. You kick in doors and tell terrified women to sit on the floor while you and your friends ransack their home, tearing the place apart, because they might be hiding weapons. There is no reason to believe this house in particular is enemy, same for the next one, and the one after that, or the seven before; they just happened to be there, and maybe they had weapons. Probably not, they almost never did. There were a few times when we had deliberate raids based on solid intel and we’d turn up some stuff, but generally we were just tossing houses because we could.

Then maybe your FISTer forgets to carry the remainder, and drops a mess of mortars on the village your supposed to protect. Maybe the big Iraqi running at you screaming was just mentally ill. Of course, you won’t know this until after you’ve but seven rounds through his ribcage, and his wailing, ancient mother is cradling his body, spitting at you.

Maybe when you get back to the FOB, the Platoon Sergeant tells you you did the right thing; next time, it might be a suicide bomber. They tell you it was an honest mistake, it wasn’t your fault. They tell you to go get some chow, take a shower if the water works, and sleep it off. You did good work that day, apparently.

During chow, the TV is on AFN, and they are rebroadcasting some Fox News show, and you’re hearing about drone strikes, and all the great things we’re doing, and you can’t help but see that poor dumb assholes face, looking past his mother as he bleeds to death. He’s in pain, obviously, but he has the most perfectly confused look on his face. He doesn’t comprehend what’s happening. Little more hot sauce on your eggs doesn’t really help.

Then you realize you haven’t seen anything to support the idea that these poor fuckers are a threat to your home. You look around and you see all he contractors making six figure salaries to fix your shit, train Iraqis, maintain the ridiculous SUVs the KBR dicks ride around in. You consider the fact that every 25mm shell costs about forty bucks, and your company has been handing those fuckers out like shrapnel flavored parade candies. You think about all the fuel you’re going through, all the ammo and missiles and grenades. You think about every time you lose a vehicle, the Army buys a new one. Maybe you start to see a lot of people making a lot of money on huge amounts of human suffering.

Then you go on leave, and realize that Ayn Rand has no idea what the fuck she’s talking about. You realize that Fox News and Limbaugh and John McCain don’t respect you or your buddies. They don’t give a fuck if you get a parade or a box when you get home, you’re nothing to them but a prop.

Then you get out, and you hate the news. You hate the apathy, and you hate the murder being carried out in your name. You grew up wanting so bad to be Luke Skywalker, but you realize that you were basically a Stormtrooper, a faceless, nameless rifleman, carrying a spear for empire, and you start to accept the startlingly obvious truth that these are people like you.

Maybe your heart breaks a little every time some asshole brags about a “successful” drone strike.

Your statement is correct enough; if all of America was one dude, that dude would not give a shit about the little brown people we’re burning and crushing and choking to death. We aren’t all like that, but it makes me incredibly, profoundly sad to see what my country actually is.

Some of us care, and I think there are more every day.”

~ Daniel Crimmins

Reprinted with permission from Daniel. Source

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  • MyScienceCanBeatUpYourGod

    Well, consider: The army doesn’t give you lightsaber. It gives armor, a gun, and all the high-tech goodies you could hope for that are still vulnerable to terrorist attacks by factions with Ewok-level technology.

    • Kaptain Amerika

      Great name. : )

  • Javafutter

    This is an important article to recall when heading to the voting booth in 2016. Or when calling your Senator about Iran.

    • Jiri Klouda

      And who should I vote for, pray tell? GWB promised no wars and less military. Obama promised to end wars and less military and the next fuck is promising to end wars and less military… I mean… yeah. Sure.

      • DeathFromTheShadows

        GWB kept his promise until the US was attacked, And incase you are fully brainwashed, He didnt eve have veto power due to the majority democrat holding of Congress that held veto over HIM, he was a lame duck during the majority of the War on Terror while in office, but hey why let the truth bother you

        • Jiri Klouda

          Can you point to any one law related to War on Terror that GWB proposed and the congress vetoed? But yeah, why let the truth bother you, right?

          • DeathFromTheShadows

            you are arguing with yourself moron, the whole point is CONGRESS had the control and were in total agreement, as such Bush didn’t take the blame alone, the Democrats wanted it as well. Get your head out of your anus and start thinking for once in your life, YOU are the one ignoring the truth.
            With 441 posts only ONE person is following you… that alone bespeaks your abject and complete ignorance… Might I recommend Adult Literacy Classes?

          • Jiri Klouda

            Why people like you always turn nasty immediately during an argument? If you read my initial comment, you would see that I was saying that both sides are pro-war. And if they promise not to be pro-war this time before another election, it is hard to trust that.

            And if you want to get into numbers, who cares how many people follow you. I’ve got 2.22 upvotes per comment and you have 1.6. So clearly people in general appreciate what I am saying more than what you do 🙂

          • DeathFromTheShadows

            you are really sad, you have to actually go and do the math on the how many likes per comment? People LIKE Jokes, as well as like comments out of sympathy, not to mention you have to take into consideration who the like is from, your mother? In short all that means is you post what losers like to hear rather than stay current and on topic, and as for “getting nasty” I ONLY return what is given out, and there you go, you are crying like the little pussy you are because you cant take what you dish out. Man up for Christ’s sake. and your little “I love myself” smilies also tells us you are too damned immature to take part in these discussions you little pussy

          • dweav

            speaking of math you couldn’t add 2 & 2 and as for mothers I’m sure yours had intimate relations with a donkey to get an ass like you for spawn,

          • DeathFromTheShadows

            You really think that’s a valid comment ? Pathetic… it didn’t even rank up to middle school level.

          • DeathFromTheShadows

            “Why people like you always turn nasty immediately during an argument? ” why do ignorant asses like you blame Bush, for the war Congress gave him? You talk out your ass without facts, until you are backed against the wall and forced to use them

        • wylekat

          4 words from W make your argument invalid: “God told me to.”

  • john pogozelski


    • DeathFromTheShadows

      The Military Industrial Complex no longer exists you tool, Industry has fled the US due to the destructive forces of the liberal left.

      • dweav

        You’re an ignorant ass!

        • DeathFromTheShadows

          Speaking of ignorant, go put your helmet on, Killary is coming for her visit and we don’t want you banging your head when she gets there

        • wylekat

          Now now. It’s not nice to call the mentally incompetent names, no matter how much they drool, thrash and shout incoherently.

  • prometheus46

    I always wanted to be Boba Fett.

  • DeathFromTheShadows

    What a crock of bullcrap… First off you have a disgruntled liberal whining because his time in the service was too hard for him… Criminal action vs act of war? Its called MAGNITUDE, and identity. Again the illiterate left here never bothered to learn a damned thing about ISLAM. It is a borderless nation. It isnt define by a continent or a country it is an ideology of hatred . Pick up a quran and start reading it. Your time of ignorance is over, its time open your eyes and look at reality, We have been fighting them since the 1700’s and mankind in general has been fighting it since a sick and depraved individual invented it so he could rape children, and have sex with animals, and only use adult women for procreation and slaves. These are the hard core facts from their own holy book. So cut the crap, and face reality, Islam, aka the New World Order is out to destroy Humanity, and Liberalism is it’s left hand.
    The lies poised by Daniel Crimmins are just a call for the beheading and rape of your sons and daughters, YES they rape males too because it is allowed, called for and even demanded by their holy book the Quran. So Until you practice due diligence and investigate all the facts, you’ve failed.

    • Faith Breaux

      These views are an unfortunate result of common propaganda in our country. Muslims and the extremist are two separate groups. In the 1950s and ’60s, Afghanistan was partly a secular country where women were granted equal rights. It is critical to keep in mind American media is not presented to reflect the whole picture of reality; It is made for us to view political issues through a tailored lens that will benefit our government. To be fair, we must look at both sides at the same time. America has a long history of supporting fundamentalist groups in exchange for benefits. This puts peaceful groups in a position to be destroyed. Muslim communities were peaceful and democratic, until they were conquered by radical Islamic groups that were empowered by our government.


      Throughout the 1980s, the CIA, through the Pakistani government — more specifically Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) — supported and armed the mujahedin in Afghanistan in their fight against the Soviet Union, in what was dubbed Operation Cyclone. President Ronald Reagan famously met with the mujahedin in the Oval Office in 1983. “To watch the courageous Afghan freedom fighters battle modern arsenals with simple hand-held weapons is an inspiration to those who love freedom,” Reagan declared.

      Those “freedom fighters” are the forefathers of ISIS and al-Qaida. When the last Soviet troops were withdrawn in 1989, the mujahedin did not simply leave; a civil war of sorts followed, with various Islamist militant groups fighting for control in the power vacuum. The Taliban came out on top, and established a medieval theocratic regime to replace the former “godless” socialist government.

      There are extremists in every religion, but they tend to be few in number, weak and isolated. Salafism, in its modern militarized form, has its origins in the 1920s, and even before. For decades, this movement remained weak and isolated. Yet, in the 1970s and ’80s, Western capitalist governments, particularly the U.S., came up with a new Cold War strategy: supporting these fringe Islamic extremist groups as a bulwark against socialism.


      Furthermore, Afghanistan’s oldest political and humanitarian organisation, RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan), has been fighting for women’s rights since its formation in 1977. Our government only ignored them to continue on their agenda.

      “One might note that this is hardly the first time that the concerns of advocates of women’s rights in Afghanistan have been dismissed. Thus, in 1988 the UNDP senior adviser on women’s rights in Afghanistan warned that the “great advances” in women’s rights she had witnessed there were being imperilled by the “ascendant fundamentalism” of the U.S.-backed radical Islamists. Her report was submitted to the New York Times and Washington Post, but not published; and her account of how the U.S. “contributed handsomely to the suffering of Afghan women” remains unknown.”

      As for the Quran, we in the west misunderstand it by viewing it through our Christian perceptions of the Bible. It is critical to keep in mind that the Quran was written by one person, while the Bible is many books written by different people. Depending on the Bible, many situations of the Old Testament may correlate with the New Testament, where as in the Quran, it’s later writings supersedes the older teachings. This is why writings in the old Quran are peaceful and speaks about respecting women, but later when radical groups over took them, the writings were changed to fit the radicals’ agenda of a nature you have mentioned in your post.

  • holyreality

    Do you dare to say that America is not exceptional? That the freedom we rain upon the masses of brown people leaving destruction, suffering and death is somehow…..wrong?


    To all the veterans who survived the meat grinder otherwise known as the sandbox, I’m sorry you went over and served for my alleged freedom.

  • Kaptain Amerika

    The false flag event called 9/11 was the plan. And its aftermath is working perfectly.
    Endless fear. Endless war. Endless hate. Endless profits.

    Mission Accomplished! Big time.

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