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Broken soldiers.

"See all that dark stuff?" asked Lt. Col. Robert Carroll, an Army field surgeon, displaying a digital photograph of the inside of a wounded soldier's head to a Washington Post reporter. "That's dead brain. That ain't gonna regenerate. And that's not uncommon. That's really not uncommon. We do craniotomies on average, lately, of one a day."

A craniotomy Craniotomy Definition

Surgical removal of part of the skull to expose the brain.

A craniotomy is the most commonly performed surgery for brain tumor removal.
 involves removing a large part of the skull in order to treat a severely traumatized brain. U.S. Army field doctors in Baghdad "are reeling from a stream of young soldiers with wounds so devastating dev·as·tate  
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.

2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark.
 that they probably would have been fatal in any previous war," reported the Post. Many of those wounds are inflicted by remote-controlled improvised explosive devices Noun 1. improvised explosive device - an explosive device that is improvised

explosive device - device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy
 (IEDs) designed to nullify nul·li·fy  
tr.v. nul·li·fied, nul·li·fy·ing, nul·li·fies
1. To make null; invalidate.

2. To counteract the force or effectiveness of.
 the effects of Kevlar body armor Noun 1. body armor - armor that protects the wearer's whole body
body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour

armet - a medieval helmet with a visor and a neck guard
: IEDs hurl loads of shrapnel shrapnel

Originally, a type of projectile invented by the British artillery officer Henry Shrapnel (1761–1842), containing small spherical bullets and an explosive charge to scatter the shot and fragments of the shell casing.
 and dirt upward into the faces of our men, leaving them blind, brain damaged, or both.

Of those troops suffering brain trauma, nearly half will never recover consciousness. Yet they are kept alive and sent home in the belief that "loved ones loved ones nplseres mpl queridos

loved ones nplproches mpl et amis chers

loved ones love npl
 will find value in holding the soldier's hand before confronting the decision to remove life support." Those who recover will be "functional," their athletic bodies performing mundane tasks with great difficulty. "I'm actually glad I'm here and not at home, tending to all the social issues with all these broken soldiers," comments Carroll.

War--even when justly fought--is a singular plague that claims the courageous and spares the craven. As James Madison said, it is among the most dreadful enemies of public liberty, "because it comprises and develops the germ of every other."

Marx, by way of contrast, embraced war as a means of building the total state. Writing in 1851, Marx told his disciples: "You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."

Appropriately, Marx's words resonate with those of his modern disciples, the Trotskyite "neoconservatives" who perceive the Iraq war Iraq War: see under Persian Gulf Wars.
Iraq War
 or Second Persian Gulf War

Brief conflict in 2003 between Iraq and a combined force of troops largely from the U.S. and Great Britain; and a subsequent U.S.
 as the first of several intended to "liberate" the Mid die East--and then to unite the world under a single global "rule set."

Insists neocon ne·o·con  
n. Informal
A neoconservative: "The neocons and hard-liners have long felt that no Soviet leader could be trusted" New York Times.
 theorist Michael Ledeen Michael Arthur Ledeen (b. Los Angeles, California, August 1, 1941) is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a contributing editor to National Review. , "we are the one truly revolutionary country in the world, as we have been for more than 200 years. Creative destruction is our middle name." A Trotskyite socialist who also expresses admiration for Mussolini (a largely disavowed disciple of Marx), Ledeen candidly extols "total war" against the Muslim world The term Muslim world (or Islamic world) has several meanings. In a cultural sense it refers to the worldwide community of Muslims, adherents of Islam. This community numbers about 1.5-2 billion people, about one-fourth of the world.  as a revolutionary strategy: "I mean the kind of warfare that not only destroys the enemy's military forces, but also brings the enemy society to an extremely personal point of decision, so that they are willing to accept a reversal of the cultural trends that spawned the war in the first place.... A total war strategy does not have to include the intentional targeting of civilians, but the sparing of civilian lives cannot be its first priority.... The purpose of total war is to permanently force your will onto another people or group."

American troops in Iraq, who arrived believing themselves to be liberators, are being taught the tenets of total warfare. "Whether [an opponent] is somebody who is trying to defend their city ... or somebody who's just out to kill an American, both of those will find the full force of the United States Marine Corps United States Marine Corps (USMC)

Separate military service within the U.S. Department of the Navy (see U.S. Navy), charged with providing marine troops for seizure and defense of advanced bases and with conducting operations on land and in the air in connection with
 and the coalition brought down on them," warned Army Brigadier General Mark Kimmett, the U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad. Lt. Col. Brennan Byrne, a Marine commander in Fallujah, offered a similar prospect to that city's inhabitants
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: "What is coming is the destruction of anti-coalition forces in Fallujah. They have two choices: Submit or die."

"Submit or die" would actually be a better title for The Pentagon's New Map, the new book by key Defense Department "futurist" Thomas P.M. Barnett. "Whether we realize it or not, we are all--right now--standing present at the creation of a new international security order," writes Barnett--an order in which "we the people needs to become we the planet." Dividing the world between the "functioning core" of nations plugged into the UN-defined global matrix and the "non-integrating gap"--those yet to be assimilated--Barnett calls for a series of military campaigns aimed at "eliminating the Gap altogether."

Lenin and his Soviet successors offered an earlier version of that map, dividing the world between a Communist-dominated "zone of peace" and a non Communist "zone of war." Communist efforts to "eliminate the gap" filled millions of graves and shattered scores of societies. The same would be true of Barnett's proposed war against the "forces of disconnectedness."

How many "broken soldiers" must our nation endure in order for global "connectedness" to prevail? How many will return sightless, crippled, or lobotomized as a result of military battles fought in the "gap" with people whose sole offense is to resist assimilation? How many Americans will be rendered barely "functional" as they fight to expand the "functioning core"? And how many will return sound of limb, but not of mind, subtly programmed to look upon fellow Americans as potential threats to the new global order?
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Title Annotation:The Last Word
Author:Grigg, William Norman
Publication:The New American
Date:May 17, 2004
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