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War is a Racket

Discussion in 'Opinions, Beliefs, & Points of View' started by Bob26003, Nov 12, 2008.

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  1. Bob26003

    Bob26003 Well-Known Member

    War is a Racket

    Remembering The Victims of Those Who Profit From War:

    By Chycho

    November 11, 2008 "Chycho" - -Remembrance Day (Australia, Canada, United Kingdom), also known as Poppy Day (Malta and South Africa) and Armistice Day (France, New Zealand, and many other Commonwealth countries; and the original name of the day internationally) "is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is observed on 11 November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918.”

    How unfortunate that we have a need for such a day, especially since “War is a racket It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.” So stated Major General Smedley D. Butler, USMC, the most decorated Marine in US history.

    Today, and every day, we should remember why we have sent our children to die, and to kill. We should remember that war is meant to consolidate assets for the oligarchy. We should also remember that the majority of casualties of every War have been civilians. That not only soldiers, but countless innocents have been caught in the line of fire between warring corporations to increase the wealth of the privileged few.

    One of the best summations of war that I have ever found is given by Major General Butler in his book, WAR IS A RACKET:

    In the World War a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

    How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

    Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few – the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.

    And what is this bill?

    This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.

    The above book should be mandatory reading and part of every curriculum, in every school, in every country around the world.

    Today we should remember that the invasion and occupation of Iraq has resulted in over 1.2 million civilian deaths as well as creating over 4 million refugees. We should remember that our present wars are expanding beyond the boundaries of containment.

    We should also remember our recent history and the legacy of war, maybe then we can prevent it from repeating itself. The following websites contain images that will be a part of our history for future generations to come, after all what better way to remember history then with photos:

    - Hiroshima, the pictures they didn't want us to see and why

    - Photo journal of a German soldier on the Eastern Front

    - The Iraq War as a Trophy Photo

    - "War against Terrorism" in Afghanistan

    - A Vietnam Photo Essay

    - The War to End All Wars: World War I

    And with all wars there is genocide, so we must also remember the end result of war:

    - The Canadian Genocide of Aboriginal Peoples

    - Native American Genocide in the United States

    - Armenian Genocide

    - Rwandan Genocide

    - Genocide in progress: Darfur

    The above is just a sample of our deeds and why it is important to have a ‘Remembrance Day’. But today should not be just about our children that we have turned into killers, it should also be about the innocent civilian victims created due to our ignorance as to the true cause and cost of war. We have sacrificed millions so that we can remain apathetic.

    We should remember that war is neither about honor, duty, justice or peace. War is about money, greed, power, and death and destruction. It is about sacrificing our children to propagate fear.

    We should also remember that we have the power to stop Preemptive Wars of Aggression that are being waged in our name and with our children’s innocence and blood - after all, there are over 6.7 billion of us... for now.

  2. Bob26003

    Bob26003 Well-Known Member

    For What Did They Die?

    By Joseph L. Galloway

    November 11, 2008 - "McClatchy Newspapers" -- It is autumn, and the air is crisp and cool at night at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

    It gets very quiet at The Wall around midnight. The tourists have gone home, and are all tucked into bed.

    A homeless Vietnam veteran patrols the black granite panels. He tells us that he has cancer and is having a hard time getting any benefits from the Veterans Administration. He lives in a mission that houses those who have nowhere else to go, but the doors don't open until 11 p.m.

    He sees my interest in Panel 3-East, the third panel to the east of the apex of the memorial, and he asks if I was there at the Ia Drang Valley battles that contributed 305 of the names that are on that panel. I nod, and he grows animated. "Oh, I know these guys well. Or at least I know their names." He begins calling the roll to prove it: "Henry T. Herrick, John Geoghegan, Willie Godboldt, Travis Poss, Carl Palmer, Wilbur Curry, Thomas C. Metsker . . . ."

    Twenty, then 30 of the names trip off his lips. "I tell people about them when they ask."

    So do I.

    We slip a few bucks into his hand for something to eat and he wanders off into the night, heading for the mission and a cot where he can rest his head until 7 a.m., when he and the other homeless are shooed out to begin another day of waiting for something good, finally, to happen to them.

    I hope that he lives long enough to collect some benefits and get some medical help from the VA, although given the 6- 8-month backlog in processing veterans' claims, there's no guarantee that he will.

    I stand before Panel 3-East and slowly scan those names, remembering their stories, their hometowns, their wives and children, remembering, too, how and where they died and what it all means.

    Did they die so that a brother veteran can die waiting in line for a little help from the nation that sent them all off to war in the prime of their youth?

    Did they die so that four decades later, an American president and his cronies could start another needless war in a far-off land, a war that to date has dragged on almost as long as the one they fought in Southeast Asia?

    Did they die so that wounded veterans of that war could come home to a lot of "Welcome Home" greetings and a lot of "Support Our Troops" bumper stickers, but facing the same fight that America's veterans have always faced when they try to get treatment and benefits from our Army and our Veterans Administration?

    Did they die so that an administration full of draft dodgers and draft avoiders and almost bereft of anyone who ever wore a uniform or heard a shot fired in anger could prance around presenting themselves as wartime leaders?

    Did they die so that 10,000 craven politicians could stand on bandstands and make speeches full of empty praise for those who protect and defend this country and make empty promises of how they guarantee that our wounded, our new veterans, will be treated better than their fathers and grandfathers were when they came home from their wars?

    The men and women who wear the uniform today are, many of them, on their fourth or fifth combat tours in Afghanistan or Iraq. They and their families do all the suffering and sacrificing for the rest of us.

    Meanwhile over in the Pentagon, the bean counters run their computers and come up with the good news: The economic meltdown in America, the growing ranks of the unemployed, the complete lack of work or prospect of a decent future in the rural and urban backwaters of a great nation make for a boom in enlistments in our voluntary military.

    If you sign on the bottom line because you have no other alternative, no other way out of nowhereville, are you really a volunteer?

    The bands will play, and the old veterans will march proudly and the politicians will run their mouths this Veterans Day, just as they do every Veterans Day.

    And the 400,000 dead of World War II and the 40,000 dead of Korea and the 58,260 dead of Vietnam and the 4,500 dead of Iraq and Afghanistan will rest silent and uneasy under the modest white marble tombstones that a grateful nation has provided them free of charge.

    Across town, an old and ailing veteran of one of those wars will line up tonight for a cot in a mission and wonder whether he can live long enough to collect from the bureaucrats what we owe him.

    On Army posts around the nation, the battalions and brigades and divisions are either just coming home after a year or more at war while other battalions and brigades are just saying their goodbyes and heading back out on their third or fourth or fifth deployments.

    "Where have all the flowers gone?
    Gone for soldiers, every one.
    When will they ever learn?"

    © Copyright 2008, The McClatchy Washington Bureau
  3. HappyAZaClaM

    HappyAZaClaM Guest

    yep. it's twue it's twue. fascinating book that you mentioned there. more people need to read that
  4. JohnADreams

    JohnADreams Well-Known Member

    War racketeering should be considered treason but it seems that it's held up as a great example of capitalist enterprise. Unfortunately it's something that will only be solved when soldiers realise that they are nothing more than an expendable resource to their rich countrymen.
  5. Whitewolf

    Whitewolf Well-Known Member

    Actually I can't believe this article was Non-Pc enough to include the Armenian Genocide. War is terrible. The U.S. was warned by our founding fathers to stay out of entangling alliances and foreign affairs. People are controlled by money and fear and War feeds off both. No more wars! Only defensive actions are explicitly authorized by the constitution.
  6. Random

    Random Well-Known Member

    Everything is a racket. If you ever can't figure out why someone is doing something that seems to defy all humanity, it's got to be money. It's always money. It doesn't matter if it's $20,000 or $2. If you think nobody would bother with $2, think again.

    Remember this. When you watch the news, go into it with the foreknowledge that everything is about money (specifically, taking your money) and it will all make sense.
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