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Why don't they love us?

And we wonder why people in the Middle East don’t appreciate what we are doing for them.

Mommy can I go out and kill someone tonight?

(RICHMOND, R.I.) - In January, a video surfaced showing American Marines urinating on the bodies of Afghans they had killed.

In February, American soldiers in Afghanistan "inadvertently” burned numerous copies of the Koran.

In March, an American soldier murdered 16 Afghan civilians – mostly children – in their own homes. (Witnesses say several soldiers were involved.) President Obama called this massacre “tragic and shocking” and promised "to hold fully accountable anyone responsible." The prosecution may seek the death penalty.

But Mr. Obama has expressed no shock over other massacres.

A video of one massacre is available on line ( Even a wounded reporter and those trying to save him were gleefully shot by American soldiers.

President Obama did not promise to hold those killers accountable, or even to investigate. On the contrary, he chose to punish a courageous young soldier suspected of blowing the whistle. Obama has held and abused PFC Bradley Manning since June 2010 even though he has not been convicted of anything. A trial is only now beginning. But nearly a year earlier, on April 21, 2011, the President of the United States announced his own decision that Manning was guilty. “He broke the law,” Obama announced.

Mr. Obama also refuses to investigate members of the previous administration for war crimes and torture. In fact Obama pressured and threatened Spain and Germany to make them drop their investigations into torture.

And we wonder why people in the Middle East don’t appreciate what we are doing for them.

Rod Driver studied engineering and mathematics at the University of Minnesota, receiving a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1960. He worked at Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque for six years before taking a teaching position at the University of Rhode Island for 30 years. Rod says he became a 'peacenik' in 1951 (thanks to a few weeks on Pariss Island). He became particularly active in opposition to U.S. wars in Indochina and U.S. involvement in overthrowing governments and supporting dictators in Latin America and Iran. As the Vietnam war was winding down Rod began paying attention to the abuse of Palestinians - enabled with U.S. weapons and dollars, which has never stopped. Rod is the founder and president of the non-profit Justice First Foundation.

In Rhode Island Rod was an elected delegate to the state constitutional convention of 1986, Then he was elected a state representative for 10 years. At this time he is not in office. You can write to Rod Driver at this address:

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Eileen Sadasiv March 16, 2012 6:34 am (Pacific time)

Thank you, Rod, for saying and contuning to say the needful truth. We are all indebted to you.

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