The conclusion of the Iraq war afforded us the opportunity to reflect upon our actions. Ragging patriotism, spurred by 9/11, was replaced by regret. We were to the Iraqi’s, what they were to us: terrorists. However, this reality was hidden from us. This illegal war, which infringed on Iraq’s right as a sovereign nation, was not the reality represented in American media. Rather, we were imbued with the patriotic narrative that this was a righteous crusade to bring to justice those determined to “destroy our way of life”.
The good name of America was tainted by the Bush administration and its readiness to exploit the support of its citizens and kill hundreds of thousands of people to further their own agenda. Our patriotism was well constructed through meticulously crafted slogans and images that radiated from our television sets, urging us to “guard the American borders”, slogans abounded, evoking patriot...
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...tionable, but illegal under the Smith-Mundt act of 1948, which prescribes the use of propaganda as illegal in American media, ensuring that this administration must be accountable for its wilful misleading of the United States of America.
Pat Tillman, and the American people were victims of the American Government and the United States Army Service’s desire to bolster support for a ludicrous war to empower men whose self-interest, hubris and desire to maintain hegemony prompted them to exploit, deceive and ultimately mislead us. Such injustice is a crime to our values, a crime to our forefathers and most profoundly a crime against the American people. Such a grand crime is only befitting of the full punishment of the law. This court is obligated to serve justice on behalf of the American people and must not fail the American people in the same way our leaders did.
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