There Are No War Heroes. There Are Only War Victims.
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There Are No War Heroes. There Are Only War Victims.
Yesterday President Donald Trump tweeted, “My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somolia. They are truly all HEROES.” Three hours later he tweeted it again, this time with the correct spelling of Somalia.
A few days earlier, at the climax of his phony, insipid feud with the Philadelphia Eagles, Donald Trump lectured Americans that they must always stand for the national anthem.
“We stand to honor our military and to honor our country, and to remember the fallen heroes who never made it back home,” the reality TV president bloviated. “We stand to show our love for our fellow citizens and our magnificent Constitution. We stand to pay tribute to the incredible Americans who came before us and the heroic sacrifices they made.”
In both of these statements, President Trump was lying.
The US special operations soldier who was killed in Somalia (one of the “seven countries in five years” famously named in General Wesley Clark’s revelation of the US war machine’s plans for world domination) and the four others who were injured are not heroes. The US servicemen and women who have fought and died in America’s nonstop acts of military expansionism and wars of aggression are not heroes. They are victims. They are victims of a sociopathic power establishment which does not care about them, and never has.
If what I just wrote bothered you, it is because you have been conditioned to oppose such ideas by generations of war propaganda. If you believe that US soldiers are heroes, it means that you believe that they are fighting and dying for a noble cause; for your freedom, for democracy, for the good and the just. It turns the deaths of the fallen into a tragic but noble sacrifice in your eyes, which keeps you from realizing that they have actually been dying for the profit margins of war plutocrats, land and resource assets, and the neoconservative agenda to secure control of the planet.
I’m a child of the 60s. There has been war for most of my lifetime. My generation took to the streets. We thought we really did something when Nixon got on that plane. Hahahahaha!
TPTB learned a lot from the events back then. They haven’t become any less vicious, greedy, or cruel. They’ve just figured out how to get away with it. They just don’t call a war a war anymore. They call war things like fighting, strife, strike, battle, conflict, police action, hostilities, but not war. In fact...
War by definition is a situation wherein two or more countries, states or parties within a country fight against each other over a period of time. In other words, it’s an open and armed hostility exemplified by active military operations, severe aggression and usually high mortality. By that definition, Vietnam was indeed a war. However, since the United States Congress never declared war against Vietnam, it was actually a conflict. . So the Afghanistan (against al-Qaeda) or Iraq likewise is not a war but just a conflict.
Since we aren’t starting ‘wars’ but simply fighting in ‘conflicts’ our military can pretend they’re the stereotypical ‘good guys’ in white hats (irony alert) looking out for ‘innocent civilians’ in the areas where they coincidentally just happen to be dropping bombs and shooting bullets. This maintains the fiction that the US is not at WAR so we can’t be a nation of WAR CRIMINALS. We’ve prosecuted and executed leaders of other countries for doing exactly what we’re doing ourselves. But they were ‘bad guys’. We’re good guys. We only kill people because we’re doing what’s best for them. People are better off being blown to pieces if they’re too stupid not to do as we say, have different political or religious beliefs, or think that they have the right to decide their own future. Silly rabbits.
That’s exactly the case in this instance. The US has no business in Somalia. Or Syria. Or Libya. Or Iraq. Those people are simply (and unfortunately) parked on stuff we want. Oil, rare earths, natural gas, the route for a pipeline. And no city of civilians, no wedding parties, no family gatherings are going to keep our troops from securing all those goodies that make our 1% so fat and sassy. And we’re willing to go in and kill every last man, woman, and child if they don’t peacefully agree to give us OUR stuff. It’s for their own good, don’t you see? /s
Pretty soon push is finally going to come to shove and the American people are going to have to make a choice. Do we want to keep creating victims? Do we want to put an end to these hostile invasions? Do we really want to continue to watch our kids and grandkids die so some rich guy can rent out New York City’s famous Rainbow Room for something like this...
Aerosmith and 50 Cent headline a $10 million bar mitzvah
I repeat, the time is coming where we’re going to have to stand up to these people. I know that it will be ugly, but that’s because we've been quiet for far too long. After running Nixon out of office we were so full of ourselves that we believed our own bullshit. “NEVER AGAIN” only happens if the people stay watchful, don’t get fat and lazy, and they pay close and careful attention to who we allow to run this country. We didn’t. We thought what we had done would last. We didn’t teach our kids that if they didn’t pay attention and take action, every thing that we gained would disappear in a heartbeat. So they didn’t teach their kids. Now we have to start over. We have no choice.
Oh yeah, just a bit more about that doting daddy...
Two years after the lavish event, Brooks was served with a 71-page federal indictment featuring charges of insider trading, tax evasion and raiding his company’s coffers for personal gain—including for the $10 million he used to pay for his daughter’s lavish bat mitzvah
As for our future...