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Friday, March 20, 2009

Life in Wonderland: The real question and the tragic answer.

I recently joined Common Dreams and found a post on the military build up on Guam. A lot of the comments regarding the article where asking why Japan would pay billions to move the marines to Guam.

This was my answer to that question.

Japan wants to decrease the presence of the U.S. military in Okinawa. There have been protest against the U.S. military by the locals. Why else would they pay to move another nation's military?

The real question is why, knowing this, is the government and people of Guam allowing it to happen? Truth is we have no choice. We live by their constitution, but can't even vote for president. Our congresswoman can't vote. We are pretty much at their mercy. And all of this is happening in today's world on supposedly U.S. soil. Our economy has become almost completely dependent on the military. Tourism will surely drop when all these marines and their dependents arrive and shortly we will be completely dependent on the military. And the families who've lived here for generations upon generations will become the minority and will be unable to compete for housing and jobs. We will be homeless in our own homeland. We will basically serve the military to survive. Our sons and daughters will join the military to provide for their families. This is what the people of Guam have to look forward to.

It's scary. I can admit that I am scared. I want to do something, anything. Emotionally I don't think I could handle it though. I'm amazed all the time at the activists. How do they remain so composed? I don't think I could do it.

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