Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 17:43:12 -0400

From: SLIPKNOT5676@aol.com

Subject: "SEMPER FI"

 

Here is a flash animation made by yours truely have vote for it and send it to friends and family... It's called "Semper Fi" and it's a tribute to the men and women that have given their lives for us...

 

John

 

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view.php?id=93545

 

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So where is the threat? Somebody had better give me some fucking answers to this question so there is at least something better than the half-assed justifications for the 100+ Americans that have been sent to their deaths in the Allah-forsaken desert of the Middle East. Where are the biological and chemical weapons that Saddam was going to use on his neighbors? Why is it that Jessica Lynch and the seven POWs recently found walking along the side of a road werenÕt killed?

 

Somebody please explain to me that 20 year-old El Monte High School graduate Jorge Gonzalez died for something meaningful. While he was deployed to fight BushÕs war JorgeÕs first son was born on March 3rd; 20 days later Jorge was killed in an ambush by IraqiÕs defending their homeland. A couple of days after learning of her son's death, Rosa, received a letter from him: ''If you can wait just a little,Ó he wrote, ÒI'll see you in the summer, God willing.'' So did God choose Jorge to die for his country? Jorge should have written ÒBush willingÓ since it was the commander-in-chief whose decision it was to wage an unjust war half-way around the world.

 

If this was a war to liberate the Iraqi people why didnÕt we say so to the UN when we were looking for its approval? If this was our reasoning why did we continue to fund a support Saddam all those other years when he was oppressing his people? Does it make anyone nervous that Bush and Rumsfeld keep directing threatening comments at Syria?

 

9/11 sent us into Afghanistan. What happened to the search for Osama bin Laden?

 

Weapons of mass destruction sent us into Iraq. What happened to those?

 

Victory in Iraq has sent BushÕs approval ratings into the clouds. What happened to common sense?

 

So when we march into Syria, North Korea, et al. which Rosemead High School graduate will be returning home to honors in a flag-covered casket? Sandra Mercado, Class of 2000? Johnny Lui, c/o 2000? Yesenia Contreras, c/o 2001? Nadean Serna, c/o 2003? Michelle Chang, c/o 2003?

 

Thank you, President Bush, for asking God to bless the United States; now, why donÕt you bless our troops -- our family, our friends, our students ‹ and bring them home.

 

Eb

 

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From: SLIPKNOT5676@aol.com 

Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 23:30:07 EDT

Subject: Re: Forgot to send you the link

 

 

Dear Mr.Burgess,       

I've always respected what you had to say and will continue to respect what you have to say... We all have the Freedom to do and say what we like.. But the reason we do have that right is because of the brave Men and Women that have Died and that will continue to die for our freedom... I am not pro-war and at the same time I'm not antiwar... Maybe I didn't get my point across in this animation... This was simply an animation to support the Americans that are fighting right now In Bagdad... I have a 20 year old cousin that is in the ARMY, he was sent to Bagdad... That takes guts... My brother in-law is in The USMC but Luckily he was not sent over there... I agree war is bad... I work in Century City...I drive past protester's everyday who are for the war and one's that are strongly against it... I have nothing against people Protesting against the war, just as I have nothing against the people that are for the war... Bottom line is there is nothing that anyone can say or do to stop this war or make it come to some type of peaceful ending... This war is in the hands of the United States Government... No one is holding you or anyone else who disagrees with this war in the United States... I will gladly link your website or anyone else's website who has any opinions about this war... I realized when I put this animation up for anyone to view that there were going be good and bad views of it... I'm glad the majority of the viewers were able to enjoy it and understand it for what it was.... I'm sorry if I offended you with my views, but they are mine. I'm proud to be an American... I'm Proud that there are men and women in Bagdad fighting so that you and I can continue to express our thought's and feelings in this great Country of ours... And to anyone that disagrees that this country is great... Last I checked there was no one holding anyone back from leaving.

 

John Regalado

 

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hey john,

your last line kills me. essentially what you just said was "america: love it or leave it." this, of course, contradicts the first amendment freedom of speech, something that was purposely put at the beginning of the bill of rights by the founding fathers to encourage citizens to speak out against the perceived mistakes of the u.s. government. i agree that the men and women of the u.s. military are brave in what they are doing, but remember that they are doing what the u.s. government are telling them to. when bush tells pfc. john doe to point his m-16 to the left and kill, he kills, no questions asked. the one thing that i was bothered by in your video was the fact that you placed bin laden and hussein together. there is no link between the two and i challenge you to show me credible evidence otherwise. there is none. be very clear that the u.s. is bombing iraq to send a message to the rest of the world that they better not fuck with us. we are not there to "liberate" the iraqi people. we supported saddam for many years while we knew he oppressed, gassed, and starved his people. so why are we going in now? the answer is oil, which leads to power. if your cousin is killed because bush, rumsfeld, et al. want to flex their muscles, are you going to accept this? are you going to stand next to his casket and still believe that, at 20 years old,  he was sacrificed for something good and just? john, i support our military people when they defend our country, but the operative word is "defend." iraq posed absolutely no threat to our country. we have not found any nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons. we have found no links to terrorism. there was no killing or torturing of american pow's. we decimated the iraqi army in three weeks. so what were we afraid of? this is why i exercise my freedom to speak out against the government. history has not been kind the atrocities perpetrated by the u.s. in our bid for power. all you need to do is remember the native american indians, african slaves, mexicans, chinese, cubans, haitians, filipinos, etc. to understand what it means when the united states shows up at someone's doorstep to "liberate" them.

peace, my brother,

eb

 

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Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 14:22:08 -0400

From: SLIPKNOT5676@aol.com 

To: zteecher@yahoo.com

Subject: Re: Forgot to send you the link

 

Once again you make strong points...And in ways I do agree with you...Like I said before I still believe that you misinterpreted the video...

Osama and Saddam on a magic carpet was used to entertain the thought that they were homosexual lovers...Osama was showing him the world, taking him wonder by wonder over sideways and under on a magic carpet ride... Just for pure amusement... If this isn't the case are you saying that I'm saying that Rumsfeld and Osama are in it together because I had them singing the chorus of "GUN HO! GUN HO!"... As far as my cousin is concerned when he signed the papers to be in the United States Army he knew that there was a possibility that he would have to fight for this country... along with Sandra Mercado,Class of 2000 Johnny Lui, c/o 2000 Yesenia Contreras, c/o 2001 Nadean Serna, c/o 2003 Michelle Chang, c/o 2003... None of the people you mentioned in a previous email were drafted or forced to go into the Armed Forces they had a choice and they made it... Of course if something were to happen to them I would be sad...I've known Johnny Lui Since Kindergarden...I grew up with him... I've known Sandra since 8th grade we were in plays together... But they made the choice to sign the papers, knowing there were going to have to do whatever our government says... You talk about us supporting Saddam while we knew what he did to his people... We also supported Al Qaeda... You can't tell me that you have forgotten 9/11... Oil may play a part in this war... But we still need to fight terrorism...

 

Respectfully,

John Regalado

 

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again, in our discussion of the war in iraq you bring up 9/11. i agree with the fight against terrorism but the troops in iraq are not fighting terrorism, they are tools for the united states to posture for a position of dominance in the middle east. it is this very attempt that will lead to more contempt for america in the middle east, thus leading to more hatred for america, thus leading to more terrorism against america and its interests around the world. again, john, your response still does not address the fact that american troops such as your cousin are not defending the united states, but simply acting as puppets for a regime that uses their unquestioning compliance to unseat a government we supported for years in the (successful) attempt to defeat iran in the 70s and 80s. with saddam's attempt to take kuwait and its oil in 1990 we had to step in and slap him down. if you can adequately explain why we decided that now was time to get rid of hussein, you will discover that it was not for liberation of oppressed people, or to extinguish the threat of weapons of mass destruction. if you can't figure it out i will explain it. i hope that you know me well enough to believe that i do not bother with conspiracy theories and wacky fringe beliefs, but focus on common sense, history, and as many facts as i can establish. i love america but i am also outraged when my country uses its influence and power to hurt and exploit others. this is not the first time and, sadly, because of our "victory" in iraq, will not be the last.

peace,

eb

 

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Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 18:49:50 -0400

From: SLIPKNOT5676@aol.com 

To: zteecher@yahoo.com

Subject: Re: a personal challenge

 

I really enjoyed that burgess...that was good...it gave me some insite...i seriously thought this whole time you were just being a tree hugging hippie...Good points...

John

 

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