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It is genocide. Maybe not the way the news has reported it ( in other countries, but it is genocide nonetheless.
genocide - the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.
"After the Americans destroyed our village and killed many of us, we also lost our houses and have nothing to eat. However, we would have endured these miseries and even accepted them, if the Americans had not sentenced us all to death. When I saw my deformed grandson, I realized that my hopes of the future have vanished for good, different from the hopelessness of the Russian barbarism, even though at that time I lost my older son Shafiqullah. This time, however, I know we are part of the invisible genocide brought on us by America, a silence death from which I know we will not escape." (Jooma Khan of Laghman province, March 2003)
"I realized this slow, yet certain death, when I saw blood in my urine and developed severe pain in my kidneys along with breathing problems I never had before. Many of my family members started to complain from confusion and the pregnant women miscarried their babies while others gave birth to disabled infants" (Akbar Khan from Paktika province, February 2003)
The above exerpts are from
The Silent Genocide from America
Mohammed Daud Miraki, MA, MA, PhD
Yet, how many people do you know suffer from the same problems here in the US? How many people here suffer with no medical help? No insurance? No money? We are supposed to be the richest, most advanced country in the world, yet people die here every day of the most preventable disease - POVERTY.
"we would have endured these miseries and even accepted them"
How much have we learned to accept? The loss of privacy, the lack of security and protection from "terrorists" -yet the worst terrorism we find is from our own government. We are what to do, when and how to do everything, and if we can't we are somehwo to blame. No matter how much money we make it is still not enough because our homes are foreclosed upon due to shady corporations or "eminent domain".
Minimum wage is a joke - tell me who the hell can live on that? Even if you make a decent wage 1/2 is taken in taxes. And of course you cannot apply for services through any agency because they use your gross wage not your net income - which are 2 completely different amounts.
You buy into long or short term disability in case you get hurt, but when you need it, you are denied - due to a technicality. How many people actually get disability or compensation with their first application? Even if they do, it's not enough to live on. Again you can;t get social services because you have an income.
B ut it is crunch time for the politicians and they will promise anything you want to hear - provided you support their campaign. Not one of them will promise medical insurance for everyone, or put an end to this freaking war that we should not be in anyway. Not one will promise a livable wage. But they will take anything they can get their hands on - and like spoiled children, they will take without asking.
Yes, I am angry. I am angry that we have allowed this to happen. I am angry THEY think they can get away with stealing and crushing the dreams of the american public, leaving us with nothing but a poverty stricken generation of disabled people with no where to turn. I am angry that anyone who dares to confront the powers that be, or tries to make a difference, is silenced.
I was watching the news the other day. The people in New Orleans were trying to enter the town meeting. The discussion which was supposed to be open to the public as about the demolition of low income housing. When the public tried to enter the meeting they were disbursed with chemical spray. Others already inside, were removed when they tried to object to the proceedings.
The next time your rights are violated, what will you do?