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The Killing Fields of America. Bowe Berghdal - A Social Embarrassment

Updated on June 27, 2014

The many faces of Hate

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Hatred and betrayal:

This is a synopsis of how our society destroys innocent lives based on the radicals' flawed logic and their "immoral" "morality".

It fuels their false emboldened sense of their imaginary religious 'duty', that they are to prepossessed to enforce, for their own personal reasons.

Unfortunately it is the "radical minority" that seems to 'rule-the-roost' in our society these days.

We are a society that refuses to grow up. And as a result of this refusal, history is doomed to repeat itself over and over again.

Wallowing in ignorance is neither an acceptable excuse for this behavior by the minority who rule, nor for the palpable silence of the indifferent majority.

Both are equally blameworthy.


Picture it -

1965 in the middle of the Vietnam war era. A prolonged and unmitigated war that destroyed many lives in its wake.

A twenty two year old gentle, kind, and 'gay' young man who was a conscientious objector to the killings of other human beings without any valid reason.

He was drafted into the army to be sent to Vietnam to participate in those "murders of the innocents".

A radical 'sense-of-duty' was lacking in him as well. Fighting to defend the immorality of those who would kill the 'gay men' who served in those days, was a non starter in the motivation to serve at any level of this war.

When this young man refused to pick up a gun he was held captive by the military in a basement filled with coal.

His duty was to shovel coal into the furnace to maintain sufficient fuel to keep the commanders' headquarters, that existed above that basement, at a comfortable temperature.

After being seen by a military psychiatrist to evaluate his "mental status", the psychiatrist reported back to the commanders that the soldier was "gay", so he was to be discharged from the army.

To be locked in the basement to shovel coal was actually the only thing that saved the life of this soldier from being taken by the other enlisted men.

They could only verbally harass and threaten, which they did on a continual basis.

This soldier was not let out of that basement to sleep, or bathe (except for once a week), and his food was brought to him by the commanders who resided above him, lest he be attacked by the other men in this platoon.

This soldier was held prisoner in this basement, by the military, for 75 days before actually being discharged.

The rational was to "punish" him until 89 days passed so he could not be eligible for any military benefits after discharge, that would have been available for anyone who serves in the military in any capacity, for a minimum of 90 days.

The soldier's post traumatic stress disorder was caused by our own military and carried for life.

But It could have been worse. If he had not been locked in that basement for 75 days, he would surely have lost his life at the hands of those tormentors.


picture it -

2009 while the U.S. is engaged in another "Vietnam" type war that never should have been started in the first place.

A young eighteen year old man enlisted on his own to "serve" a country that still despises others simply for being who they are born to be.

The "reasons" for his enlisting are unknown, but also are irrelevant to the fate that befell him while trying to fulfill his misguided sense of loyalty to his country.

He would be sent to Afghanistan with a troop of other "healthy, red blooded, American men" who were taught by their government and their religions that to be "different" in society today was still grounds for murder, ostracism, banishment, and abandonment.

He was subsequently drugged by one, or more, of those radical "comrades in arms" and forced out of camp without any supplies.

After wandering aimlessly in a dazed state he was captured by the Taliban and held captive for the next five years.

To be sure, he never suspected that his greatest enemies were to be his very 'comrades-in-arms'; and that those "comrades" never expected him to survive his banishment.

Five years later:

Picture it -

2014. A U.S. President who saw, and seized, an opportunity to have an imprisoned soldier released from captivity in order to fulfill a government promise to all military soldiers - to never leave one soldier behind after a battle.

This President knew by past displayed behaviors of Congress that any prior knowledge of his intent would have been thwarted by his political enemies that would have led to this soldier being murdered by his captors.

This was certainly not the end of the punitive and vindictive punishment to be inflicted on this young man already beaten down by enduring five years of captivity filled with physical and emotional pain and suffering.

It was to be just the beginning of a new and greater round of attacks on him by his own country for malevolent reasons.

The U.S. political hate machine.

Instead of the "freedom" he should have been afforded after 5 years of captivity by the enemies abroad, this soldier is once again being held prisoner by a society of hatred and spite, and used as a pawn for political posturing.

The "radical" right has seized this opportunity to finish destroying this young man for their political gains.

He was certainly seen as low hanging fruit to be plucked from the political tree of hatred by those bent on furthering their own agendas before any other consideration.

He has been charged, tried, and found guilty of desertion, collusion with the enemy, conspiracy, etc...; and sentenced to contunious attacks by the media, the vindictive public haters, and the political fanatics; all without one shred of evidence.

Those "comrades-in-arms" that did this to him are exonerated and lauded as heros by the indifferent rush to judgment by the right wing fanatics who saw an easy target that they hope will destroy the ''Black man" in the "White" house.

Those "comrades-in-arms" are lying through their teeth to cover up what they did to their fellow soldier out of bias and hatred. And the government and political accusations machinery in Washington DC will defend them to the death, while they attempt to destroy the prisoner of war and hopefully the president in the process.

Destroying one insignificant soldier to destroy the president is sanctioned by his enemies as necessary collateral damage in their ongoing war on the white house and its current occupants.

What the Public Media and the Fanatical Right wing is doing to this young man is a barbaric, inexcusable tragedy, and a grossly perverse travesty of justice.

by: d.william 06/06/14

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      d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south


      Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment. This young man has not contacted his parents either. This makes one wonder if their belief system is counter to their son's.

      Since this young man studied ballet, one could assume (as the press is doing regarding his motives) many things from that fact. It also could be the reason that he has not contacted his family (because of their disapproval of his lifestyle) and the reasons his comrades did what the did to him to send him away from the base.

      We cannot judge the actions of others simply by virtue of them being tried by the press and being used as a political pawn by the right, against the left, (in this case) without knowing all the facts.

      This truly negates the justice system principle of being innocent until found guilty of some crime. So far he has not been charged with any crime, so people should just back off and mind their own business.

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      Sam Islam 3 years ago from Vancouver, WA

      Hit the nail right on the head. It pains me to see how poorly the media is treating a man who spent five years in nonsensical wartime imprisonment. Shame on them, indeed.

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      d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      tirelesstraveler: Thanks again for you kind words. I have a lot of catching up to do

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Without emotion writing isn't worth reading. Your emotion in this article was intense. Very glad you are feeling better and back with us.

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      d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading, tirelesstraveler, i will take your comments as a compliment however they were intended.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Your emotion comes through clearly.

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      d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      always exploring:

      Thank you so much for reading and your heartfelt comments. It IS truly sad what terrible harm, we as supposedly "civilized" people, do to others in the name of personal beliefs.

      I have been quite ill, but am improving slowly. I have not been visiting H.P. for several months, but hope to get re-involved with all the wonderful people i have had the honor to meet here.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I felt my heart fill with anger as i read about so many young gay men who were deemed unfit to serve their country. When are people ever going to learn the truth about being ' different? ' What person would choose this lifestyle when they are hated so badly? I am going to tweet this, hoping against all hope that it will open blind eye's Your writing is excellent and heartfelt. Happy to see you writing again on HP.