Hundreds of thousands travel freely among us, some even live as our neighbors, teach in our schools, borrow from our banks. They are war criminals, they have murdered, raped, run narcotics, been involved in arms and sex trafficking and are, in some cases, honored as heroes.
Who are these individuals, those brutalized by war, those who murder children, who wipe out villages, who arm and aid ISIS or run heroin out of Afghanistan? Who are those who have strafed the beaches of Gaza, gunning down running children or driven bulldozers over huddling families? Let us take a quick look.
Today the US is considering blacklisting the Iranian Republican Guards who have been fighting ISIS for years. This is Trump of course, infamous fraudster whose endless coffers have silenced dozens, even hundreds of sex assault victims. He is the “decider.”
When I served in Vietnam as a Marine, I expected to be blacklisted from travel after returning. Units I served with were accused of murdering civilians and some of those I served with abused civilians though when I was present, I physically intervened on more than one occasion. As a low ranking non-commissioned officer, I couldn’t be everywhere and the orders to kill civilians came from the top, from Annapolis grads who stressed body counts and not asking embarrassing questions. Thus, I was surprised when I was never questioned, never put under prohibition, never asked to account for my actions where millions of innocents had been slaughtered.
I see not just the same thing today, I see so much worse. There is no question that the US is involved in, as with Vietnam, pushing brutal dictatorships on freedom loving people around the world. We did it in Afghanistan, we did it in Iraq, we tried it in Syria and by my own accounts we are still aiding ISIS, still trying to subject millions to brutal slavery.
We are doing it in nation after nation, perhaps in every nation.
How many Americans are involved? It used to be only military. Now contractors are involved, tens of thousands, up to 400,000, some American paid, some paid by Saudis or big corporations. They operate everywhere, stealing oil and minerals, running human slaves, overseeing the world’s drug trafficking, all fully partnered with governments, able to move at will across any border, running private airlines, running torture prisons, concentrations camps, leaving behind endless mass graves of their victims and no questions asked.
Then there are the insidious tech companies, something we will get into later, who set a new standard of evil.
Long ago, America turned a blind eye to those who choose to fight for Israel. The big lie, that Israel had been attack by Arabs in 1967, sent so many to train and fight, not knowing the whole thing a farce, fiction and propaganda.
Decades later, Americans train in Israel, they come back like Jonathan Pollard, one of thousands, to spy on America, to continue to serve their “foreign princes,” as long prohibited by the constitution. While in Israel, they ethnically cleanse, they man sniper towers, they bulldoze homes or, less well known, they train ISIS, supply them with intelligence and even command their units in the field.
When they return to the US, their crimes are honored, never punished and their clear violation of US law forgiven, never questioned even if, as is suspected to be the case, they continue to serve a foreign master while enjoying American citizenship.
For others, the “contractors,” American trained military serve around the world for a series of criminals and despots, engaged in unspeakable brutality for fat paychecks. Worst of all is Erik Prinz, now candidate for US Senate in Wyoming, whose Blackwater Group in its various guises has been the worse of the worst.
Each nation has their mercenaries, their war criminals, those who recruited ISIS fighters from 80 nations, who gave them travel papers, who supplied their modern American weapons, who protected them and their businesses.
ISIS partnered with a dozen governments, Turkey, Jordan, Ukraine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Romania, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan Georgia, India, Britain, Germany, Poland and others.
The American planes that supplied air cover for ISIS, where are those pilots? The Israeli and Turkish pilots as well? Who flew the helicopters that moved ISIS from place to place? Who sold them the Raytheon missiles? How were they delivered?
When ISIS stole entire factories and billion in antiquities, who marketed it all, who profited, who ran the London auction houses?
Who sent 12,000 oil trucks, more than half formerly licenses for American roads, to Iraq and Syria to move oil for ISIS? Did anyone ever suspect that ISIS was also Exxon, BP, Haliburton or Bechtel? We did.
Let’s talk about the Kurds who guarded the ISIS oil trucks as they loaded and drove through the capitol of Erbil and through Kurdish held Duhoc right into Turkey? Everyone involved is a terrorist, why are none of them blacklisted?
Americans who served in Afghanistan all saw the drug traffic there, watched the poppy fields planted, the fertilizer and irrigation projects by USAID that addicted and killed millions around the world. Where did the money go?
When the Panama Papers was published, why were records of the drug money included, money that included dozens of top US officials along with the few listed in Pakistan?
There are darker secrets, trade in nuclear material, in secret German submarines, looted economies, phony banks, real stories a hundred times worse than internet rumors, all true, all easily proven.
How about the spying going on, not just the monoliths of Google and Facebook, the real Mossad and CIA, a thousand times worse. What they do on a daily basis would make Orwell choke on his understatement.
When can we blacklist them, loot their stolen riches, return the freedoms taken, restore human rights, human privacy and freedom of thought?
Why don’t we begin in earnest? Blacklisting is hardly enough.
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”