Fighting House to House

George A. Yesthal

I hear this expression all the time. “We were fighting house to house”, in Fallujah, Tehran, Baghdad…wherever.

What this really means is that soldiers were illegally breaking into civilian homes and assaulting or killing the indigenous population. Oh, I’m sure people were shooting back at them. I would too, if the roles were reversed.

There wouldn’t be any “fighting house to house” if we would keep our noses in our own “houses”.

Yep, I agree with fighting for your home and loved ones. And I’m sure there were plenty of our soldiers in dire threat of death in all these confrontations. But they wouldn’t happen if the soldiers weren’t there and being forced into situations they don’t want any part in to begin with.

Even I am taken in by tales of conquering insurmountable odds and the incredible level of personal sacrifice that people in a war scenario are subjected to and benefit from. And there is no doubt in my mind how incredible bonds of brotherhood develop and I can see why those bonds are so deeply valued. But we must teach ourselves to understand that, the valor and derring-do are the personal investment of the soldiers and NOT the powerful elite that ARE the military/industrial complex. The elite are the criminals who have the blood of millions of innocents on their hands. People like the Kochs, Bushes, Cheneys, Soros’, Rothschilds, Rockerfellers and DuPonts, et al.

Now, I understand that there are many soldiers who defend the U.S.‘s position in the Middle East, but that’s what soldiers do. In their defense, they are, for the most part, doing what they think is right. So the individual soldier is pretty much faultless. But the government spends billions to indoctrinate each and every soldier that they eventually put into the field, so it’s not surprising that they are very functional and deadly indeed.


It is however, significant to note that most of the recruits that wash out are those free-thinking individuals that resist the mental indoctrination of obeying orders unquestioned. Even in those soldiers that make the grade, the ones with the intellect to evaluate their actions while in service, are killing themselves in obscenely record numbers when released from service, or before, because of the atrocities they are being ordered to commit in the field. The soldiers who defend their actions are the stronger among them, who have completely absorbed the “My country, right or wrong”, ideological indoctrination and these individuals are coming home to flesh out our police forces. Another point to consider is that many of these individuals were of a bully mentality to begin with and so…the perfect soldier.

It is my opinion that this is why we are seeing police brutality climb to epidemic proportions. It is nothing for someone who has been ankle deep in blood (innocent or otherwise) on a regular basis, to haul off and crack a few dissident skulls.

The irony is that the poor souls who come back effected by the traumas forced upon them are being judged mentally incompetent and denied even the right to own a firearm for home protection. This is the level of exacting deliberation and control our government is exercising over the very veteran ex-soldiers that they have created. Upon a soldier’s release from service, a psychological screening is mandatory and they are either cast onto the refuse heap or stamped “READY” for law enforcement.

In an unprecedented show of careless hubris, the government has taken soldiers warm meals, their right to be and celebrate their Christian beliefs, and now they have even cut veteran pensions (while congress receives yet another automatic raise). The level of homelessness is triple that among veterans that it is in the civilian population, and that is something which our government should not only be ashamed of, but should be working tirelessly to reconcile.

So next time you hear some source extol the heroism of “fighting house to house”, consider how you’d feel if one of those houses was yours. It very well may soon be.

Fighting House to House

George Yesthal

Brodheadsville, United States

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