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Memorial Day - Let's do War By the Numbers...

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.

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SteveMT's picture

GW: Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

And some historic quotes inspired by the supreme patriotic sacrifice made by so many:

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
- James Bryce

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
- George Washington

I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
- James A. Baldwin

My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
- John F. Kennedy

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.
- Mark Twain

A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
- George William Curtis

Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the Armed Services make to defend our way of life.
- Robin Hayes
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-05-27/memorial-day-visual...

Thank you Steve

Great quotes!

Shared one on Twitter:

@LibertyPoet
"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." - Mark Twain #quotes #tcot #MemorialDay

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SteveMT's picture

Yup. That Mark Twain quote is my favorite also.

There is a big difference between supporting your country and supporting your government.

This coffee is to you my friend

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LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

War has had a make over, it is now "sexy".

In New Zealand we have ANZAC, a day where people gather at war memorials all across the country at dawn, to remember those that were slaughtered on the beaches and in the trenches of Gallipoli, a massive military failure in which 1000s died horrid agonising, unnecessary deaths.
The theme of every service is "least we forget".
Now however, ANZAC has taken a sinister slant, and every man or woman who puts on a uniform is suddenly elevated to Hero status, it is a great thing to die for your country, defending freedom.
Yeah right!

Thanks Jill

I had no idea you live in beautiful New Zealand.
Greetings from Toronto Canada.

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15