“The members of the Guard are Superman and in a way Superman is a member of the Guard.”
From Mother Jones.
“As part of their “Soldier of Steel” ad campaign, the National Guard went all-out in tying in their name and brand to the popularity and mythology of the Superman franchise. This included some commercials and theater spots that Snyder himself filmed with Guard members, essentially painting them as real-life superheroes.”
Superman Wants You
to Enlist in the National Guard
Stop this Nazi Empire; I want to Get Off.
Propaganda in the Cinema 101
Fake recruitment scenarios. Real war:
“More than 400,000 National Guard troops have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a congressional report.” (link)
The Iraq War, and arguably the Afghanistan invasion as well, were war crimes under international law, Crimes Against the Peace, the “supreme international crime.” These are codified in the UN Charter which the United States is a party to (and wrote), and ratified:
“All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.
All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”
It is an indisputable fact that the Bush Junta lied repeatedly to drum up support to invade Iraq. Deceptions concerning “weapons of mass destruction” were employed repeatedly to present a false self-defense argument to the Congress and to the public.
National Guard units were an instrumental part in committing this war crime against Iraq. Their participation in these massive war crimes makes them culpable and responsible for the atrocities that befell that nation at the orders of the US leaders. That is the glorious heroism that Zack Snyder is selling to children today: Crimes Against Humanity. We are good because we’re us. No further justification needed.
Casualties of the Iraq War
“The Lancet study’s figure of 654,965 excess deaths through the end of June 2006 is based on household survey data. The estimate is for all excess violent and nonviolent deaths. That also includes those due to increased lawlessness, degraded infrastructure, poorer healthcare, etc. 601,027 deaths (range of 426,369 to 793,663 using a 95% confidence interval) were estimated to be due to violence. 31% of those were attributed to the Coalition, 24% to others, 46% unknown. The causes of violent deaths were gunshot (56%), car bomb (13%), other explosion/ordnance (14%), airstrike (13%), accident (2%), unknown (2%). A copy of a death certificate was available for a high proportion of the reported deaths (92% of those households asked to produce one).
Opinion Research Business (ORB) poll
Opinion Research Business (ORB) poll conducted August 12–19, 2007, estimated 1,033,000 violent deaths due to the Iraq War. The range given was 946,000 to 1,120,000 deaths. A nationally representative sample of approximately 2,000 Iraqi adults answered whether any members of their household (living under their roof) were killed due to the Iraq War. 22% of the respondents had lost one or more household members. ORB reported that “48% died from a gunshot wound, 20% from the impact of a car bomb, 9% from aerial bombardment, 6% as a result of an accident and 6% from another blast/ordnance.”
Here’s a question for the so-called “Supermen.” When criminals get away with highly profitable crimes, what does that bode for the future?
Not in Snyder’s imperial recruitment propaganda…
“Reporting from Greenfield, Calif. — The story of the California Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion of the 184th Infantry Regiment is mostly in the record books now: 17 soldiers killed, more than 100 wounded…”
For global intimidation.
Sorry if reality doesn’t mesh with the bullshit they bulldoze at you.