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Mike Prysner: Our real enemies

January 21, 2010

Mike Prysner, war veteran.  Video and transcript of speech made in 2009.

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Transcript via with substantial corrections and additions by myself.

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I tried hard to be proud of my service

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but all I could feel was shame

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The racism can no longer master the reality of the occupation

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these were people these are human beings

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I’ve since been plagued by guilt anytime i see

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an elderly man like the one who couldn’t walk

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who we rolled onto a stretcher and told the Iraqi Police to take him away

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I feel guilt anytime I see a mother with her children like the one who cried hysterically

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and screamed that we are worst than Saddam, as we forced her from her home.

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I feel guilt anytime I see a young girl, like the one I grabbed by the arm, and dragged into the street.

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We are told we are fighting terrorists;

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the real terrorist was me and the real terrorism is this occupation.

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Racism within the military has long been an important tool

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to justify the destruction and occupation of another country.

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It’s long been used to justify the killing, subjugation and torture of another people.

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Racism is a vital weapon employed by this government.

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It’s a more important weapon than a rifle, a tank, a bomber or a battleship.

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It’s more destructive than an artillery shell or a bunker buster, or a Tomahawk Missile.

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While all those weapons are created and owned by this government,

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they are harmless without people willing to use them.

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Those who send us to war do not have to pull a trigger, or lob a mortar round.

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They do not have to fight the war, they merely have to sell the war.

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They need a public who is willing to send their soldiers in the harms way.

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They need soldiers who are willing to kill and be killed without question.

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They can spend millions on a single bomb, but that bomb only becomes a weapon,

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when the ranks of the military are willing to follow orders to use it.

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They can send every last soldier anywhere on earth,

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but there’ll only be a war, if soldiers are willing to fight.

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And the ruling class, the billionaires who profit from human suffering

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care only about expending their wealth controlling the world economy.

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Understand that their power lies only in their ability

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to convince us that war, oppression and exploitation is in our interest.

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They understand that their wealth is dependent on their ability

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to convince the working class to die to control the market of another country.

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And, convincing us to kill and die is based on their ability

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to make us think that we are somehow superior.

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Soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen,

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have nothing to gain from this occupation.

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The vast majority of people living in the U.S. have nothing to gain from this occupation.

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In fact, not only do we have nothing to gain,

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but we suffer more because of it.

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We lose limbs, endure trauma and give our lives

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Our families have to watch flag draped coffins lowered into the earth.

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Millions in this country without health care, jobs or access to education,

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just watch this government squander over $ 450 million a day on this occupation.

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Poor and working people in this country are sent to kill poor and working people in other country

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to make the rich richer.

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Without racism soldiers would realize that we have more in common with the Iraqi people than we do with billionaires that send us to war.

I threw families onto the street in Iraq, only to come home and find families thrown onto the street in this country in this tragic, tragic, unnecessary foreclosure crisis.

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We need to wake up and realize

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that our real enemies are not in some distant land

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They’re not people whose names we don’t know

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and cultures we don’t understand

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The enemy is people we know very well and people we can identify

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The enemy is a system that wages war when it’s profitable

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the enemy is the CEOs who lay us off our jobs when it’s profitable,

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It’s the Insurance Companies who deny us Health care when it’s profitable,

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It’s the Banks who take away our homes when it’s profitable.

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Our enemies are not five thousands miles away

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they are right here at home

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but if we organize and fight with our sisters and brothers

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we can stop this war we can stop this government and we can create a better world

More on YouTube from Mike Prysner on racism and other standard operational procedures of war the American way.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2010 07:54

    I saw that last year and it made tears well up in my eyes.

  2. June 1, 2010 17:41

    This is a wonderful video. Thanks for sharing and taking the time to do a transcript. I actually did a Memorial Day post on it using quotes to outline the case against our wars.

    See here:

  3. June 1, 2010 17:58

    Thanks, I’m glad you found it useful. I can’t take all the credit for the transcript as the bare bones were already available.

  4. Xenu permalink
    September 3, 2011 18:18

    He spent 1 month as a radar operator, then supposedly worked the next 11 months as an intelligence analyst. He was only in Iraq for 12 months. This video is greatly exaggerated and the music and photos, some of which are irrelevant, are used to over-dramatize. This guy is a real narcissist.

    He was only an intelligence analyst and radar operator, nothing more. See his records here:

    How could he possibly know anything about the huge claims he is making? The truth is, he is a staunch anti-war type. He has ONE goal which is obvious here….ANTI-WAR NO MATTER WHAT

    This douche made a hate-filled speech against Jews at Birmingham University. This event was hosted by “Friends of Palestine Society”.

    He has already started trying to drum up support to run for political office in the “Party for Socialism and Liberation”:

    He has started a organization called “March Forward” which is a radical anti-war, socialist organization. Here is a photo of Prysner trying to push a Socialism workshop on people:

    Here is Prysner giving another speech where he calls the United States the largest terrorist organization in the world:

    This guy is a fraud and his only goal is to push his socialist and anti-war ideas (no matter what) with his radical organization.

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