Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Red Poodle, The Company Spokesman, Encourages Iraqi War Veteran to Return to the Genocide

So a Gulf War I veteran wrote to the Drum list recently about how disappointed he was that many Drummers did not support the genocide in Iraq. When the vet was further told to go fuck himself, Glenn Helkenn, the company spokesman, stepped in and provided just the kind of encouragement the little Nazi was looking for to feel good about returning to Iraq to commit more atrocities in the name of "doing good".

We told you these racist fuckers at the Teaching Drum were no friends of indigenous people anywhere. It should be noted that Glenn Helkenn is himself a former member of the US Special Forces. And we all know what that means. Now he has got even more blood on his hands. What a fucking creep.

To: teaching_drum@yahoogroups.com
From: "Glenn Helkenn"
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 19:24:19 -0500
Subject Re: [Teaching_Drum] Re: dropping out

Hey Steve,

I'm truly sorry to hear you've recieved such disrespectful emails from having shared on this topic. While my view of this war, and military service in general differ from yours, you nonetheless have my utmost personal respect. If you ever feel the desire to visit here at the TD again after you get back from your time in Iraq, I would very much like to meet you in person and hear more of your perspective as well as your personal experiences there.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How convenient that you chose not to post what else Helkenn shared. On Monday April 3rd he wrote:

"...I'm not going to bullshit you with sugar-coated words however, because I know (from personal experience) that when a man is making the decision
to go and participate in killing his fellow man, that is a time for
speaking the truth. I want to be straight with you, because I think you
deserve that much. I think all soldiers deserve that much. The
situation in Iraq is not one where you will be given the opportunity to
fight for my freedom (or anyone else's). In Iraq, you will be required
to kill people you do not know -- people you have no real understanding
of, or personal grievance against. People you cannot listen to or speak
with, because you do not understand their language. You will be killing
these people in their homes and on their home soil, not ours. Can you
point to a single person you know of who has been killed here in America
by an Iraqi? In Iraq you will be killing people who can list for you
the names of their own family members who have died in their own
homeland at the hands of Americans. Do you know what that will mean for
you? And yet, you will be required to kill and/or participate in
killing these people. You will be forced to do this (even if your heart
cries out against what you are doing, and most likely at some point, it
will) because you will be taking orders from other men (ultimately
politicians) with their own (political) agendas. If eventually your
heart grows sick of what you are doing and you refuse taking these
orders, you will be punished, then jailed and sent home in disgrace.

No matter how the war goes for you, when you return to the U.S.A, what
you have experienced in Iraq will put you at risk for a wide range of
physical health problems (gulf war syndrome stuff, likely caused by
exposure to depleted uranium munitions used by the U.S. military),
mental illnesses (caused by post-traumatic stress) and you will be more
likely to become an alcoholic, drug addict and/or domestic abuser (i.e.
one who abuses his wife & kids) or to become homeless. V.A. mental
health and addictions counseling services are being overwhelmed as we
speak by returning vets whose spirits are sick & suffering from that war.

If you go, you go for your own reasons -- and these reasons have nothing
to do with my freedom. I will not take part in helping to justify what
you are about to do. The freedom that I care about is my freedom to
walk the Old Ways -- to heed the call of my heart and walk the simple &
gentile path of my ancestors close to Mother Earth. That freedom is
found here, and the "fight" for it is here. If you want to be a part of
that, the struggle begins with you -- this is the real path of the
guardian/warrior -- and it is here, not over in Iraq.

I know what the U.S. government is fighting for over there, and it's
pretty simple really. There are no lofty ideals or complex conspiracies
-- it's about oil wealth. This war has nothing to do with freedom, and
everything to do with the fact that oil (which makes some people rich &
powerful beyond their most insane fantasies) is about to start running
out on a worldwide scale.

If you go, my prayers go with you. At the same time, I'm not going to
feed you any crap about what you are getting yourself into. Also, when
you get back, if you need some time to heal your spirit and explore who
you truly are in close contact with the natural world, then my circle &
I here at the Teaching Drum will be honored to serve you in that process.


P.S. If you get a chance, take a look at some of the following:

"On Killing : The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and
Society" by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

"War is a Racket : The Anti-War Classic by America's Most Decorated
General" by Brigadier General Smedley D. Butler

Iraq Veterans Against the War: http://www.ivaw.net/

Veterans Against the Iraq War: http://www.vaiw.org/vet/index.php"

There's nothing "creepier" than exploiting "genocide" to forward your personal agenda against the Teaching Drum Outdoor School.

4/12/2006 7:10 PM  
Anonymous kill Whitey Coalition said...

Helkenn let the fool off the hook with the "I respect you" cop out.

Pretty words you've sent us, but Red Poodle limp dicked it when it came time to drive the stake into the heart of the jackbooted vampire.

Helkenn gets no respect from us, that's for damn sure. He furthers the racist, cultural imperialist ends of the Teaching Drum and its "native" cult.

He's a creep and so is Tamarack. We consider it our duty (and our honor) here to warn everyone we can to stay away from that den of thieves.

End of story.

4/12/2006 10:13 PM  

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