Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pissing Contest

My stalwart friend and ally, Woody Konopelli, of Walled-in Pond, Worldwide Hippies and a few other blogs since he's a prolific old cuss, has been ruminating on that story about US soldiers peeing all over a bunch of dead bodies.  I forget which country they were doing this peeing in since we've got soldiers killing folks overtly or covertly in 150 countries and are involved in seven known combat situations.  I lose track of where we're colonizing, ripping off resources and generally enriching the Military Industrial Complex (although I still see Dick Cheney at the top of that food chain).

Anyway, Woody has been bent out of shape about the naive outrage splattered around Facebook.  I personally try to avoid all that Facebook shit because I have enough trouble in my life without inviting stupid people to shoot off their mouths in my living room - which is exactly what we do when we get involved in most of those political threads on Facebook.  I'm glad Woody gets off on that shit, though, because even though he sputters invective like a crusty, old prospector sitting outside the General Store in a some generic but classic Western - Woody's more like Dead-Eye Dick than Stinky Pete.  More to the point, because Woody pays attention to the entire swirling shit storm that constitutes public discourse over current events and politics, I don't have to.  I just have to pay attention to Woody.

Here is one to the vlog entries he regularly does for Worldwide Hippies:



My favorite part is at the end:
What you should be upset about is that the guys doing the pissing were there doing the KILLING in the first place, and they were doing it in YOUR and OUR names. Still, after 10 years.
How can citizens demand extraordinary compassion of our soldiers when we do not extend it to our own citizens?
We are not a “civilized” nation, and will NEVER be, as long as the State encourages taking private profit from the immiseration (the imprisonment, illness, injury, disability or death) of its citizens.
When we cannot or will not take proper care of our own, will not protect the most vulnerable from the predations of profit in their darkest and weakest hours, where do we get the chutzpah to complain when OUR soldiers behave inhumanely to their adversaries corpses?
They did no more to those corpses than our own gummint does to the weakest of us, pissing on us when we’re down… (Full Text: WWH 1.19.12)

10 comments:

Jennifer said...

Bravo! Woody.

Unfortunately, Facebook is not made for this kind of depth of thinking. It's too easy to post a statement that somebody else wrote and put your name on it as if you thought of it, as if it sums up all you ever thought of it. Actually these pre-fab facebook ideas that everybody posts probably DO encompass all most of those people ever thought about them.

Jerry Critter said...

Woody is absolutely right. The real crime is the KILLING. The pissing is incidental and would not have happened without the killing in the first place.

Makropoulos said...

The whole pissing story pissed me off; I like Woody's perspective. Good to be back visiting your blog, and happy to hear about the new beau! Hope it keeps going well for you!

dissed said...

Well said.

ellen abbott said...

It's our national heritage, our national character is war. We have been at war, involved in war, for almost every year of our existence.

PENolan said...

I'm glad his perspective works as well for y'all as it does for me. I feel privileged to have my own personal little graduate seminar with him a couple of times a week.

Mauigirl said...

I agree - no need to pay attention to everything else, just read Woody. I love his opinions, he says it like it is.

Mr. Charleston said...

I can already picture one of those little decals you see on the rear windows of pick-up trucks... piss on Afghanistan. The root of the problem is that we are all basically just as corrupt with selfish greed as those we vilify. It is, after all, a universe of kill or be killed on every level of which we know, Relative or Quantum, and as far as we know the Hokey Poky is what it's all about.

PENolan said...

Speaking as a preschool teacher, I can safely say that the Hokey Pokey has always been what it's all about. But then little kids don't know about kill or be killed. That's just more random shit grown ups impose on reality. Too bad there's so many dang grown ups.

Mauigirl! I'm glad to see you.

Cali said...

I'm not sure any politician, bankster, or anyone involved with the entire military industrial complex EVER went to preschool. If they did they must have spent all of their time either in time outs or the nap area because they never learned any of the basics of sharing, empathy or knowing when enough is enough.

As for the peeing thing, if only that were the worst thing that happened in war. My knee-jerk reaction was disgust, but after a moment of reflection I realized that peeing on the enemy is one of the least offensive things that could have happened. Woody has it exactly right.

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