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Not merely because we grieve for the loss of our brave, but because so much of that grief was created outside of the interests of our national security and personal liberties.

Everyone who writes a blank check payable up to the cost of their lives to Our Government is the Epitome of human greatness and part of the very foundation upon which civilization rests. They do so not merely because they want the pitifully inept benefits our government wagers against their lives, but because they want to DO something and BE more to PRESERVE or even CREATE better lives for people they don't know, might never meet, and who will likely never thank them.
They do this because they know that order must be preserved for humanity to flourish.

They are heroes.

But this is a sad day when we look at all the lost and realize that not every battle, theater, or war they were sent to die in was just or even necessary. When we look at the facts, the reality and can see so very easily, if we choose not to be ignorant, that in too many cases our heroes were sent to die not in the service of the people of this nation, but for the profit of a few elite individuals and corporations.

This isn't a fucking 'theory'. It's a fact.

We OWE them the truth. We OWE those brave souls, each and every one, the absolute and sacrosanct GUARANTEE that their lives are NOT being thrown away so that a CEO can get a bigger bonus and buy a bigger yacht, or so that companies can get exclusive 'no bid' contracts to 'service' the war zone for more taxpayer dollars. NO! And FUCK NO! They deserve better than to get blown to pieces so that all the corporations that made RECORD profits from getting wars started can continue to thrive.

This Memorial day, don't think only of how they sacrificed, how they died, or how they fought.... think of how we can stop them from being fed into wars that have NOTHING to do with our 'freedoms' and everything to do with Greed.

That is the VERY least we owe those who sign their lives away in the hopes it will be for protecting the People of the United States of America.

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  •  It's a fact. (3+ / 0-)
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    Mr Robert, Mayfly, penguins4peace
    "If any question why we died, Tell them, because our fathers lied." - Rudyard Kipling, 1918

    Help me to be the best Wavy Gravy I can muster

    by BOHICA on Mon May 27, 2013 at 10:53:01 AM PDT

  •  War Is A Racket by Major General Smedley D. Butler (1+ / 0-)
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    I've got two copies--one published by World Classics Books (2010) and one published by Parchment Books /Aziloth Books (2011).

    The 2010 publication cover unfortunately depicts Uncle Sam as a zombie--which seems to me a turnoff for the people I'd wish to reach with the content.

    The 2011 publication includes besides Maj.Gen. Smedley's book/pamphlet, Mark Twain's "War Prayer" and a lengthy sermon circa 1521 by Desiderius Erasmus.  These additions just clutter up Butler's straight-forward remarks.  Twain is great as always, of course, but his piece is sarcasm, and Butler's is plain facts from his own experience and his own anger/sorrow/outrage.  

    Butler is the most highly decorated US Marine ever. A vet of our expansionist/corporate military support activities in Latin America and in WW I, he was approached after he retired by plutocrats plotting a coup against FDR because Smedley was respected and trusted by career military officers and by veterans.

    Thanks, NGUinBuffalo for needed diary.

    Fiscal conservative: a Republican ready to spend $5 to save a dime--especially if that dime is helping a non-donor.

    by Mayfly on Mon May 27, 2013 at 01:01:37 PM PDT

  •  The militarists who foster wars in this country (1+ / 0-)
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    had a comeuppance in the Vietnamese War. The old men who direct young men to die through the draft were confounded when the young men refused to lay down their lives.

    These young men refused to sacrifice themselves to the militarists who pushed them into wars that had little to do with our national defense or security. This country, that at its base was a rejection of another country's interference with our lives, refused to give that same right of refusal  to other countries. That refusal, notably in Korea and Vietnam, cost thousands if young American lives.

    No fools, young Americans burned their draft cards and refused to fight the wars of old men. Their clear statement was that you can't draft us, you will have to rely on a volunteer army to fight your wars.

    Their point was made: the draft was ended. Unless or until there is a truly righteous war (wars with China or North Korea do not qualify) militarists and war profiteers will have to curb the dogs of war.

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