An article in The Wichita Eagle (
Kansas), Sunday, tells about a Yellow
Ribbon Reintegration Program for local military personnel to prepare them for
deployment, soon, in Kuwait.
According to the article:
"During the Yellow Ribbon training, soldiers and their families attended sessions on addressing stress, financial planning and media relations.
Yellow Ribbon, which is mandatory before deployment, also provides a place for soldiers to sign up for Army Reserve benefits.
“The whole point of this program is to let (soldiers) know that you’re making a sacrifice but you have all these benefits here, even something as small as a storage space to store your car over deployment,” said 1st Lt. Sara Mathewson, one of the organizers of the Yellow Ribbon program.
“People come and they think they have these big, scary things they’re dealing with alone. (Yellow Ribbon) gets people to feel like they’re not alone. It gives them tools to deal with certain things, and makes them aware that other people have the same fears.”
What this article doesn't say is that their deployment is to fight and "sacrifice" for a feudal kingdom that has almost non of the freedoms that supposedly exist in this country. It also sheds light on the hypocrisy of US imperialism supporting dictatorships similar to those they condemn elsewhere. The troops may believe they are fighting for their own country's freedoms, but they are not fighting for the freedoms of the Kuwaitis because most of those people don't have many rights.
According to Human Rights Watch, Kuwait;
"Both free speech and political dissent are stifled in
Authorities have stripped Kuwaitis of their nationality, some of whom appear to
be targeted because they represented opposition voices. Kuwait has prosecuted
people for criticizing the government on social media sites like Facebook and
Twitter, and, under its telecommunications law, the government can deny
access to the Internet, block content, and revoke service providers’ licenses.
The government has yet to address the citizenship concerns of minority groups
such as the Bidun, who are stateless in Kuwait . Women are discriminated
against, and Kuwait
has no laws prohibiting domestic violence, sexual harassment, or marital
So why are people from
being asked to go defend Kuwait
and its tyrant leaders? During the occupation
of that country by Iraq, in 1990, the emir of Kuwait,
his family, and other government leaders fled to Saudi Arabia. At home many Kuwait
citizens took part in trying to run out the Iraqis. They fought for their
country. Many of the country's citizens, including women, took risks and made
sacrifices for their home land. Once the Kuwait Royal family got back into
power, they kept all rights and privileges for themselves. The women who sacrifices
for their country got NOTHING for all their efforts. No political rights were
granted anyone. The Royal Family simply took back all the power and money they
had and kept it all to themselves. They were cowards who had left the country
and hid out during the occupation. They Took no action to defend their land, which
was done by the common citizens and the US, but they got all the benefits
that came from winning that war.
It is an outright embarrassment that US (
Kansas) soldiers are sent to defend this hypocrite
regime. This regime serves US
imperialist foreign policy in its hegemony of that part of the Middle-east. That is the main reason that the US supports
such a government. Oil is the main reason the US imperialists have invested so
much, militarily, in that part of the world. We need to work hard to stop that