Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What if Roger Clemens Lied?

Roger Clemens seems to have made some enemies in high places.  The case against him does not look very good.  Whether he lied to congress or not, I do not really care however.  As far as I can see, if he did lie to congress, then he just lied to liars.  The people he allegedly lied to, lie for a living.

There is a difference between the lies Roger Clemens may have told, and the lies that we know that our government told.  If Roger Clemens lied, nobody died as a result of it.  Our government's lies result in the death of hundreds of thousands of people. 

Our government's justification for war with Iraq was a lie.  The original reason to go to war with Iraq was Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, and was an imminent threat to the U.S.  Shortly after the invasion, when it became obvious to most people that Iraq did not have WMD's, the reason for war changed.  The people who lied and are responsible for so much death and destruction do not face any consequences. 

What about the story of Pat Tillman?  The government fabricated a lie about the death of Pat Tillman in order to recruit more people to join and fight their wars.  What are the consequences for the liars in the case of Pat Tillman? 

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident resulted in an escalation of the war in Vietnam, the death of over 1 million Vietnamese and over 58,000 American soldiers.  Yet it was a fabrication.  A National Security Agency report in 2005 had the following to say about the Gulf of Tonkin Incident:
     [I]t is not simply that there is a different story as to what happened; it is that no attack happened that   
     night. [...] In truth, Hanoi's navy was engaged in nothing that night but the salvage of two of the boats
     damaged on August 2. (1)

I hope that young people, the people that may be the soldiers in the future, learn that they do not have to die, they do not have to kill for the lies of our rulers. 

(1)  P. 177

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