Memorial Day - Let's do War By the Numbers...Submitted by legalizeliberty on Sun, 05/26/2013 - 15:18
by Judy Morris
Memorial Day should be the saddest day of the year for Americans and a day of profound reflection. The parades, honoring the war dead/wounded and cheering US wars is what Memorial Day is all about but does anybody ever stop to pause and ask "Why did they die or survive to come home with debilitating injuries?". It's frequently been said that young men die for old men's wars. While young folks who voluntarily enlist in the military are indeed smitten with the belief that they are actually serving their country and that military service is the highest form of patriotism, the real tragedy is that they have been duped by a government and military industrial complex that does not value their life or humanity. Soldiers are merely pawns on the geopolitical chessboard as wars are endlessly waged for resource control, defense contractor profits and the never ending game to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
Liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, Americans are addicted to the fantasy that war is noble, that murder is moral and that righteous people kill in the name of their flag. Defending the homeland is the chronic battle cry. Last I checked, America hadn’t been invaded by a foreign power since the War of 1812. Yet, America has been involved in non-stop murderous wars for well over a century. Evergreen State College documented US wars and foreign interventions since 1890. It's a shocking documentation of the raw aggressiveness of American foreign policy and the waging of criminal wars against nations who did absolutely nothing to America nor threatened America in any way.