Davina Kotulski

Wars always have tragic consequences

Filed By Davina Kotulski | September 03, 2010 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Don't Ask Don't Tell, Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal, gays in the military

Wars always have tragic consequences. Over 4,400 American soldiers were killed during the 7 years of combat missions in Iraq. Thousands more were wounded. These men and women dedicated their lives to defend and serve our country which is self-sacrificing, even if I don't agree 100% with their choices or the choices of our former President to go to war in the first place.

You can be sure that among those soldiers who were injured or died in battle were LGBT Americans. Americans, who because of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy, sacrificed their personal freedom of expression to be a part of our nation's military.

Over 1,000 LGBT servicemembers expelled!

In the 20 months that Obama has been president over 1,000 LGBT servicemembers have been ousted from the ranks. Homosexuality continues to be seen as a conduct issue worthy of expulsion. Don't Ask Don't Tell is warfare on the self-esteem of LGBT soldiers. This is psychological warfare-forcing people to hide and lie who they are and who they love. This is a war on personal integrity and on the intergrity of our country. How can we boast of freedom and democracy, while denying LGBT American soldiers the right to say, as Lt. Daniel Choi did, "I am gay." What kind of freedom is that?

LGBT soldiers have been read their Miranda rights. "You have the right to remain silent (about your sexual orientation) everything you say (about loving someone of the same-sex) can and will be used against you."

When will LGBT people no longer be treated like criminals by our own country? When will we finally repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell? Over 70% of Americans support the repeal of DADT. What's taking so long?

I invite you to contact our leaders and ask them to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

United States Government
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Our leaders aren't leading, that's the problem. They've got their tails between their legs.

Not to mention this hundreds of thousands of Iraqis we slaughtered or killed by denying them resources they need to survive during the embargo.

I find the way people in this country over look the thousands upon thousands of deaths their military adventures cause to be racist, privileged and grotesque.

I was gonna mention the dead Iraqis (among others - Egyptian immigrants had been going to Iraq for years looking for work) too. Their lives are worth just as much as anyone else who died over there.

That's why I'd like them repeal DADT as quickly as possible. It'd provide some clarity about whether a lot of the pro-war rhetoric we hear from queers like Choi is really about DADT or really about the wars themselves. It can be confusing at times.

I recommend reading a book titled "Einstein on Peace".

Some of them are known. The most well-publicized case is Alan G. Rogers:

Ciara Durkin's life was also interesting. She committed suicide:

There is also this sad story about a soldier whose partner died while both were stationed in Iraq. He was lucky to get help and support from Australians there:

Forget Choi.

He wants to facilitate the US invasions and occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The real hero here is PFC Bradley Manning, accused of leaking material like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwVSt7csXdk It's a three part video and clear proof of the ongoing, relentless mass murder of civilians by the US military.

Manning is a hero of the GLBT and antiwar movements and the government promises to 'robustly' prosecute him. "On September 16-19, 2010, activist organizations and individuals will take to the streets to call on the United States government to drop the charges against Army Private First Class Bradley Manning. Manning, 22, has been held in isolation since May... ." Do what you can to help