One shudders to think of the terrible karma America is reaping
throughout the world as a result of its actions. "Karma" is
a sanskrit word which simply means "action," but it carries
with it the the implications of the Biblical phrase, "As you sow,
so shall you reap." In other words: the consequences of your
actions will come back to haunt you.
The "new" America is now a rogue nation, considered by
increasing numbers of people around the world to be one of the
greatest threats to world peace. It is gradually taking over the place
once held by the former Soviet Union as the world's greatest
"Evil Empire." It destroys lives all around the world,
destroys what people had built up, their homes, their institutions,
the infrastructure on which they depend. It kills the sons of mothers
whose grief shall know no end.
Said one Iraqi mother whose son was recently murdered by the
Americans: "Those soldiers have turned everything America
has ever stood for into one big lie." This is the
reaping of what America has sown, and it is the just result of
America's actions. Her 19 year old son, Zaydun Al-Samarrai, was
murdered by American soldiers on January 3, 2004. His only crime,
that the car he was driving in with his cousins broke down near an
American convoy. The soldiers tied them up and took them to one of the
gates of the Tharthar dam and pushed them into the churning water.
Zaydun could not swim. One cousin survived to tell the tale. What
America reaps is clearly stated in the mother's words:
"After days of search we found my son's jacket floating with
the stream, it shall remain with me as a memory and a symbol of the
injustice brought against him by soldiers of the United States of
America's army, who came to our country under the banners of human
rights and democracy only to send my son to his demise on his wedding
days...Yes, they killed him and they broke my heart, try to imagine
that dear sirs and ask your wives how hard it is for a mother to see
her fruit ripen only to be thrown by sinful hands and to be swept away
without any mercy or humanity."
These words are taken from a letter written by the mother to George
W. Bush and his gang, which was translated by another of Zaydun's
relatives. This relative writes further of the incident ."This was
done in the name of your country by soldiers of your national army.
This was not an accident or a mistake, this was deliberate action. I
do not know the exact details of the event or what Zaydun and his
cousin were accused of, that is all irrelevant because even a criminal
would not deserve such treatment." He goes on to say:
"Zaydun's cousin said that the soldiers were drunk and looked
tired, and that during their ride they even chatted and joked with
one of the soldiers who spoke a little Arabic. After he managed to
get out of the water he remained hidden because he could see that
the unit was searching for them using flashlights and he was scared
"The family met an American official to ask him for an
investigation, he yelled at them and started to lecture them about
the discipline of American GI's, in the end he promised them
nothing. Zaydun's body is yet to be found and the family is
Families broken by drunk soldiers sowing the seeds of karma, whose
fruits we shall all have to reap and eat. Here is a picture of Zaydun,
the Iraqi boy whose life
was snuffed out by the Americans, for no reason, perhaps just because
they were drunk and felt like killing someone. The question is: what
are these soldiers doing there in the first place?
Zaydun Ma'mun Fadhil Hassun Al-Samarrai, 1984 - 2004
The tears of this mother for her son's life join with the tears of
many thousands of other Iraqis, thousands of Afghanis, and the tears
of orphaned children whose families and parents are no more. Again, I
shudder to think of the karma of America for creating this river of
tears, the tears of Iraqi and Afghani mothers and fathers and
The American forces ravaging Iraq do not want the citizens at home
to know about the terrible karma they are creating for all of us to
reap. As the mother of Zaydun said, "Everything America has ever
stood for [is becoming] one big lie."
The ideal of a free press is another victim of the Iraq
war, killed as surely as Zaydun is dead.
Consider the case of Josť Couso, a TV cameraman, as
reported by James Hollander in Counterpunch.
Couso was filming from the Palestine Hotel during the fall of
Baghdad. His camera was aimed at a tank sitting on the Al-Jumuriya
bridge over the Tigris river. The Palestine Hotel was home to over 300
journalists who had moved there because of the presence of CNN, which
they thought would be protective. They assumed that the Americans
would not attack CNN. Couso had just filmed this tank shooting
deliberately at two journalistic offices, Abu-Dhabi TV, and Al-Jazeera, the Arab news
service. Then later, in the now third U.S. attack on the news media,
the tank points its cannon at the Palestine Hotel and fires, hitting
the 15th floor, and fatally wounding Couso and a Ukrainian reporter
for Reuters, Tara Protsyuk
Why did the siege of Baghdad involve destruction of world media?
Why were journalists the target of attacks? A media General tried to
lie and said they were responding to enemy fire, but there was no
enemy fire from these journalistic targets. Jon Sistiaga, Couso's
partner said of the incident: "I think they deliberately fired on
the journalists' hotel. First they take out Al-Jazeera, then Abu-Dhabi
a half hour later, and a half hour after that, why not, with the same
tank they shoot at the hotel housing the rest of the international
Later, Monica G. Prieto, from the Spanish newspaper El Mundo would
"The death of Josť Couso was a premeditated crime, an
attack on journalists to prevent us from telling the story of
something the US has tried to hide from the start of the war: the
slaughter of civilians."
"Couso told us 'you've got to stay, we have to be here to tell
people what's happening, we can't let there be a war without any
witnesses,'" said colleague Carlos HernŠndez.
A Spanish website was set
up in Cuoso's honor.
Indeed, the Iraq war has proved deadly for
many journalists. Reuters cameraman, Mazen Dana was shot
by American tanks while filming outside a prison in August of
2003. Dana was also a colleague of Taras Protsyuk who had been killed
by American fire at the Palestine Hotel.
"The videotape in his camera, retrieved after his death, showed
two American tanks heading toward him, The A.P. reported. Six shots
could be heard; the camera seemed to tilt and drop to the ground
after the first shot.
"We were all there, for at least half an hour," Stephan
Breitner of France 2 television told The A.P. "They knew we
were journalists. After they shot Mazen, they aimed their guns at
us. I don't think it was an accident. They are very tense. They are
Crazy like a fox perhaps. The American government learned the
lesson in Viet Nam that the citizenry cannot be allowed to see the
carnage which it creates. Seeing such butchery on TV once spoiled many a
dinner-time meal at that time, and that was not be allowed in the Iraq war,
and was not allowed. It is still not allowed. Americans have still not been
able to see the
suffering they have allowed their leaders to cause to the innocent
human beings whose lives have been snuffed out or ruined, both in
Afghanistan and in Iraq.
British "non-embedded" journalist Terry Lloyd was killed
by American tank fire in March of 2004. Henry Michaels, writing
of the incident, says "While it is not possible, without an
independent inquiry, to state with any certainty whether the killings
were intended or not, a number of circumstances point to the fact
that, at the very least, the Pentagon is anxious to prevent
journalists from operating outside its control." An
ITV spokesman spoke to the fact that Lloyd was working in a
non-embedded way: "People who were embedded were not able to file
any meaningful reports. The fact is in Gulf war one, the majority of
detailed and accurate reports was done from people on their own."
The U.S. Military does not want its citizens to know about the
terrible karma it is creating for them. The Bush regime creates the
karma and the American people must bear it. Such is the law of karma
at work in Iraq. After the 911 attacks many people were asking
"Why do they hate us so much?" Now, after the war in
Afghanistan and the war in Iraq we are beginning to learn. The United
States, by its terrorism against these countries, is creating the
seeds of future terrorism against itself.
If Americans were not blind to the atrocities in Afghanistan and
Iraq, and blind to the blood on their hands put there by George Bush
and his gang of greedy oil-soaked savages, they would instantly throw
the lot of them out of office and attempt to return to civilization.
Some see the blood on their hands and make bold gestures to wipe their
hands clean. On January 7th of this year Ken O'Keefe, an ex-US Marine
and Gulf War Veteran publicly burned
his passport in occupied Baghdad, an act symbolic of severing
himself totally from his connection to the government, an act he said
was an act "of defiance in condemnation of the illegal invasion
and ongoing occupation and mass murder of the Iraqi people by my birth
nation of the United States." These are no doubt the words of
someone who has at least some basic intuitive knowledge of the law of
karma. Was his act sufficient protection from that law?
burning his passport
"My personal act affirms once and for all the lawful and
undeniable completion of my renunciation of U.S. citizenship that
began on March 1,2001. I AM NOT A UNITED STATES CITIZEN! I am a
lawfully registered World citizen in accordance with the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) with ultimate allegiance to my
entire human family and to planet Earth." - Kenneth O'Keefe
Still, of course, the killing goes on. Today, January
10, British and American
troops killed 6 more Iraqis and wounded 11 when they shot into a crowd
that was throwing stones at soldiers. The soldiers claimed a couple of
grenades were thrown. The
hundreds of people had gathered to protest that the Americans had
broken their promises to provide jobs. They were clamoring for the
dignity of work. Had the Americans kept their
promises the law of karma would not have worked this way, the crowd
would not have gathered, and those 6 people would still be alive and
the 11 uninjured. The law of karma is ruthless: actions have consequences.
America murders innocent people around the globe and hatred of America
Once exalted among nations for its high ideals America now arouses scorn
and disgust, even in our allies. Our leaders can lie to us all they want,
but the world is not
fooled. Our actions speak louder than words.
Sometimes the law of karma works in mysterious ways. Consider the
case of Fernando Suarez del Solar an Escondido CA resident whose son
was killed by a cluster bomb in March. In December Fernando made a
pilgrimage to Iraq in honor of his son and to "gather more
truth." Somehow the father's sorrow was changed by the journey
into a burning desire to work for peace and to educate people about
Returning home he spoke to a "Coalition for Peace and
Justice." A coordinator of that coalition, Shelli Hallidy, said
"He has been to Iraq, he can give us info on what is really going
on in the country. We have created such a loss to the Iraqi people and
our own men and women. The devastation we have caused is unnecessary.
Fernando carries a message of peace and the loss of a parent."
She went on:
"One of the most poignant moments of the evening came when
Suarez del Solar told a story about those children. He showed a
picture of himself and several Iraqi youngsters. In the photo, Suarez
del Solar has tears in his eyes. He said the children were selling
bananas on the streets but when he tried to buy the bananas, they
refused his money. They gave him the bananas and all they asked for in
return was a copy of the photograph."
"These children lost their parents in a bomb in a residential
area that had no military," Suarez del Solar said. "Now they
live in the shell of a burned out building like rats."
More lives ruined by America. Young lives, and fragile, and for
what? What was the necessity of depriving these children of parents
and family and home?
Fernando Suarez del Solar brings his message back home
The tears of an Iraqi mother whose son was drowned by soldiers, the
tears of a California father whose son was killed by a cluster bomb,
these tears all meet in a vast river of tears created by the Bush
administration. Can these tears wash the blood from our hands? Like
Fernando, the Iraqi mother of Zaydun wants most for the suffering of
war itself to come to an end. She writes these words to George Bush,
asking for an investigation, which she calls "procedures."
"I know that anything you may do will not bring me back my boy, but I
wish that the procedures may put an end to the suffering of Iraqi
mothers, we are reaping misery every day from actions of American
soldiers with no regard to our human life, our dignity, and our
culture and values. Maybe the procedures will help me trust (again)
the validity of those banners and mottos that fly high in American
skies, those which we do not perceive in our country, but instead
find their opposites."
Are we not seeing before our very eyes the answer to that now
disingenuous 911 question "Why do they hate us so much?"
That question has tens of thousands of answers in shattered and ended
lives, if we will but open our eyes. James Hollander puts it simply, in
the article quoted above:
"Indeed, even many of us opposed to the war usually fail to
grasp the fullest dimension of its unseen, long-term sheer
criminality, for it goes far beyond the direct victims of bombing
raids and the ongoing counterinsurgency by US troops: they have lain
waste to a entire country, setting back for decades its
possibilities for development and progress, ravaging its health
system, shortening its life expectancy by impairing its general
health and well-being, inflicting deep, traumatic psychological
wounds and truncating the life possibilities of Iraqis for
generations: in a word, genocide."
Nothing can bring back the tens of thousands of innocent lives whom
we Americans have murdered. We cannot resurrect them. Nor can we foist off our
blame onto our proxies, currently the nearly-satanic Bush Regime. If
we really want a democracy we must take responsibility for their
actions which even now, by the law of karma, are reaping their
terrible rewards. If we do not want to take responsibility, then we
must accept the dictatorship our leaders are planning and putting into
place. In a dictatorship the leaders suffer the blame for their sins
by themselves. No one said life is easy, nor is democracy easy. Not even our founding
fathers said the republic would be secure from takeover or usurpation,
in fact they doubted it strongly.
There is a terrible vision
that I believe is imprinted into our very
genes after a hundred thousand years of human life on earth: it is the
sight of another's blood on one's hands. How many murderers, how many
soldiers throughout these millienia have had that sight and then
suddenly heard the grave voice of God in their souls, "Thou shalt
not kill?" Is that so difficult a commandment to follow? If not,
then why are we doing it again? Is there no end to this river of tears?
thread of thoughts at Rumor Mill News)