The United States government has lied on a massive scale regarding conflicts initiated in the name of so-called terror, a prominent political activist tells Press TV.
In the background to this, the suicide rate in the US military rose again last year, with 349 personnel taking their own lives in 2012, exceeding the number of battle deaths in Afghanistan in the same year.
Press TV has conducted an interview with James Fetzer with Veterans Today, from Madison, to further discuss the issue. The following is a rough transcription of the interview.
That’s mind-boggling figures that we’re looking at, one veteran is killed every 80 minutes in the United States. What do you attribute this to?
I think a lot of American forces are figuring out that our engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan were based upon lies and deceptions by the American government.
For example, this raid on the compound in Pakistan during which Osama bin Laden was allegedly killed was completely ridiculous. He actually died around the 15th of December, 2001.
The local obituaries - David Ray Griffin has published a book about it, “Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive?” Even Fox News reported his death with a month or so of his actually dying. Now we have a film called Zero Dark Thirty that’s winning awards and yet it’s based upon a complete fabrication.
I think Americans are raised to be idealistic and to believe in their government. But when they discover their government has been lying to them on a massive scale, causing them to risk their life and limb and indeed many of them are dying, asking them to slaughter innocent women and children, that’s something that does not go down well with young idealistic Americans. I believe that’s the principle explanation for the astonishing suicide rate.
Do you think that a lot of these veterans once going into the military, they really believed in what the government was saying and really believed that they were going to defend or protect democracy; but once getting either to Iraq or Afghanistan or wherever, since the United States is all over the world, that they saw a different reality and it’s very difficult for them now just to come to terms with this reality?
I think that’s exactly why 9/11 was an enormous fabrication. Not even the twin towers, which were alleged to have collapsed, actually collapsed. They blew apart in every direction from the top down. All the floors remained stationary when it was over. There was no massive pile of debris.
While we’ve been told about Saddam Hussein, is equally a fabrication. He was actually killed on the 7th of April, 2003, only about three weeks into the war when Chris Wachter, a B-1 bomber pilot took them out with two JDAM bombs in a restaurant on the outskirts of Baghdad.
He was lionized. The pilot was lionized. When he returned to his base, on CNN, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross honored by the Reverend Robert Schiller at The Crystal Cathedral on May 25, 2003.
While arranging for the “Mission Accomplished” celebration on the USS Lincoln, someone figured out that Presidents Reagan, Carter and Ford has signed prohibitions against the assassination of foreign leaders.
So, if they’d gone forward with it as it had been originally planned, then George W. Bush would have been grossly embarrassed by having violated his predecessors’ executive orders.
I’m afraid that this is catching up with the American military and too many of our armed forces are figuring out that these wars are based on lies, deceit and deception.
Mr. Fetzer, what does this do overall to the American psyche as it seems that more and more people are finding out that what they thought was a fight for democracy is definitely not that? What does it do overall to the American psyche?
Well, it’s very depressing. What we need to do is to live closer to our own ideals. I’m sorry to say that with the passing of the Patriot Act, many of our civil rights were gutted that was further compounded by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012.
We still have Guantanamo open. Americans who are paying attention, who aren’t brainwashed by the mass media which repeats practically everything the government tells it are figuring out that this country has fallen way, way short of its ideals.
I only hope that we can recover sufficiently to regain our sense of self and our role in the world which should be an inspiration to every other nation instead of a calamitous example of a nation that’s lost its way.