The Power of Freedom: Iraq

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    From torture camps to black sites,
    Abu Ghraib by the thousands.
    Dark skies split with phosphorous lights,
    Melting open hands.

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    Uranium-tipped rain falls near mom;
    Her three-headed girl just born.*
    Another girl with six fingered palm,
    New heirloom bodies torn.

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    To the blind men cheering on…
    Good Lord, was that really me?
    God once blessed America,
    And she's turned her back on Thee.

    *Note: Fatima Ahmed was born with two heads attached and one head not attached.

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    Abu Ghraib
    Betrayal of human rights, fairness and Geneva Convention agreement of conduct of war.

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    Uranium-tipped … bodies torn.
    Thousands of tons of U.S. depleted uranium (DU) tipped missiles (dirty bombs) leave a legacy of cancer, leukemia, diabetes, heavy metal poisoning and record birth defects including limb, head, heart and nervous system for Iraqis to deal with. Following this discovery, women in Fallujah are told by city officials not to have children.

    Uranium is heavy and slices through armor handily which makes it highly desirable for the Department of Defense (DoD) to use.The relationship of DU to the growing health problems in Iraq is controversial due to: lack of study, misinformation from DoD, incomplete studies and new evidence coming to light and finally inflammatory, sensational reporting. You can decide. In any case something is going on. Following the invasions we have a large increase in the above medical conditions.

    More research is needed to determine all causes. In 1999, the Rand Corp. – hired by DoD after congress demanded studies to be done – dismissed the use of depleted uranium as dangerous. However, their study did not include combat use of the uranium where high pressure explosions turn this into a dust particle aerosol. The DoD began a program of misinformation by flooding different channels to confuse and put down the issue. A UN 2008 report from 2008 addresses a number of studies directly.

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    … blind men cheering on …
    Pentagon uses marketing/media techniques (and contractors) to falsify testimony in media and in front of Congress. All our conventional media outlets (network TV and newspapers/magazines) have been controlled as a result. "Embedding" the journalists gives false keyhole impressions of the war to Americans (and Congressional leaders) as to why we are there, what we are doing, what WMDs we have been using and the extent that the horrific, nightmare effects playing out now in Iraq are related.

    Interesting reading and viewing:
    mikedoylesnap.blogspot.com/2012/06/power-of-freedom-iraq....


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    --------ONE OTHER MESSAGE OF INTENT ----------

    My take on life is that people are generally good and want to be and do good, but are confused. I know this is the case often with me. This due to so much information that is manipulated by others. It is just so hard to know what is real. The above points were new to me until recently. I knew things were very bad and wrong in Iraq, that there was torture and loss of human rights, but the extent of our violations did not make their way to me. Some closure is needed. Those responsible need to be held accountable.

    My hope is that this will soften some people's hearts to take a look at some of the points above (I have a link to my site where there are some recommended documentaries and writings). Perhaps someone will spread the news in a way that they can best do and better than I have to make a real difference. I wish you well and peace.

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    1. Obxcrew [deleted] 23 months ago | reply

      America doesn't suck, its current government does. Big difference.

    2. ZephyrChaos 23 months ago | reply

      Not only is this art amazing but the points you chose to share...this is why I am happy to be getting out of the military we are forced to do things we know is bad but there is nothing we can do. I hope that one day we can change.

    3. Karf Oohlu 23 months ago | reply

      One of the best mocs I yet seen, awesome work

    4. legorevolution 23 months ago | reply

      Great work, and great message. No doubt it'll continue to be controversial. The truth always hurts. Thanks for sharing.

    5. FirstInfantry 23 months ago | reply

      While I don't agree with your message, I do enjoy the art itself. I really like how the different things are positioned so the whole build looks flat, like a poster.

    6. Pierre E Fieschi 23 months ago | reply

      Magnificent! Terrifying subject!

    7. Zsdvnm 22 months ago | reply

      This just goes to show that freedom really isn't free.

    8. !snap! 22 months ago | reply

      ... not with America's help at any rate.

    9. magnus_lauglo 22 months ago | reply

      Technical question - just how deep is this, in studs?

    10. ta||tim 22 months ago | reply

      not sure the current government is any worse (or better) than many previous ones

    11. M.R. Yoder 22 months ago | reply

      The current government has very little to do with the crimes outlined in this presentation. They have their own problems, though.

    12. Obxcrew [deleted] 22 months ago | reply

      True, I should've said our government for about the past century or so - not that it didn't have its problems at certain points before then.

    13. nate_decastro 22 months ago | reply

      Incredible technique and skill. I found the written portion very appropriate and moving.

    14. !snap! 22 months ago | reply


      Magnus,
      I built this on one gray base plate. I want to say they are about 32 studs square.

    15. JonHall18 19 months ago | reply

      I don't think I've ever seen a work of art made from LEGO that's as powerful and affecting as this. Absolutely superb work.

    16. arwen.romel.hanna1 4 months ago | reply

      I am Assyrian from Iraq... thanks U.S.A

    17. !snap! 4 months ago | reply

      The US is in a very sad and deplorable state. We are controlled by a few dynastic families – the Rockefellers, the Rothchilds, the Morgans, etc. War is a great way for such treacherous people to make money, but more importantly to exert and extend control. In this interview (www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP8ftWzFYI4), a former director at Fairchild Industries, speaks of plans within the military industrial complex to create a war in the middle east, using such characters as Sadam. This was in 1976. The goal is to perpetuate war to gain money and power. We are told we live in a democracy, but at best it is a corporatocracy. Most likely, it is a kleptocracy with above families raiding our Federal Reserve and controlling undeclared black projects within the military industrial complex.

    18. arwen.romel.hanna1 4 months ago | reply

      yes we know that but saddam,s time was very hard and we was wait any thing to save us

    19. !snap! 4 months ago | reply

      Oh, when you said "thanks, America" I thought you were being cynical. I can't imagine how hard things were / are and hope things are getting better for you.

      What bothers me is that Saddam was part of our plan. Our CIA was helpful in getting him in power. Under Reagan, the CIA aided Saddam in providing targets for use with chemical weapons against the populous to avoid Iran's mullahs winning the war. The CIA's involvement was instigating trouble through him to eventually have a way in to get into Iraq, for money and power. The energy companies, banks and military industrial complex overseen by the dynastic families are looking to fuel and perpetuate wars and turmoil for money and power.

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