Last night, James Corden made an announcement at the beginning of his Late Late Show broadcast on the subject of the cholera epidemic in Yemen:
Today, Veterans Day 2017, is nothing like Veterans Day 1977, forty years ago when I observed my first Veterans Day after getting out of the military.
“The people in charge can always justify doing terrible things in the name of the greater good. A slaughter here, a little torture there. It becomes moral to do things that would be immoral if an ordinary individual did ’em.” - Joe Hill, The Fireman
To me, murder is murder. There should be no diplomatic immunity, executive privilege, or collateral damage when it comes to killing human beings. Some may say that war is different but that's a lie because all war is a lie. The wars conducted this century under presidents Bush, Obama and Trump are based on nothing but lies.
Considering present day circumstances, how are people affected when they read the below excerpt from the DPRK’s Foreign Minister’s cable to the United Nations Security Council dated 13 January 1951.
Could it be? Are the people in charge of this country that crazy? Would they really risk a nuclear war based on lies?
Heh. You bet your ass they are and would.
History is Written by the Victors
... the microbes will have the last word
... the microbes will have the last word
Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.
Napoleon once said, "What is history, but a fable agreed upon?”
(paraphrasing ~François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694–1778), "Jeannot et Colin”)
People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.
James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
The obscurest epoch is today.
Robert Louis Stevenson, Across the Plains
When does a war become an occupation?
Before Occupy Wall Street, this was the plan to try to bring an end to the utter abomination that is the United States Empire war in and occupation of Afghanistan.
Years ago I wrote an essay titled, "I just wrote a check for U.S. Imperialism and War". It was around April 15th of a year during the Neverending War Period, of which we currently reside, when I had to write a check to cover the federal taxes owed the previous year.
Reporter: "President Trump, are you going to kill every man, woman and child in North Korea?"
Trump: "We'll see."
Trapped. That's how I feel now when I read what's happening in the foreign policy/geopolitical world. Trapped. I feel like screaming out to anyone, "hey, can't you see!!"
But there's no one who will listen except the die hard anti-imperialists who truly understand what has happened and what is happening. They're all trapped also.
How long since its birth has America been at war?
Look at this timeline created in 2011. The statistics are even worse if the 7 years we've been at war since 2011 are added in, but this is certainly close enough for government work.
So, I'm watching the Antifa and numerous other groups that have decided to challenge the small groups of Nazis who infest our national discourse. It's really great that these folks have decided to attack the ONE group who everyone in the world pretty much agrees are slime.
However, let's be frank, They're doing it WRONG.
America troop deployments rarely get any attention, and that's twice as true for Africa.
So when U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) confirmed that it had sent troops to Libya to back one of the three competing governments, no one cared.
Alright. Admit it.
The USA is "significantly challenged" around the globe by rogue countries that have the GDP of either Maryland or Montana.
Russia? That's gotta be at least North Carolina.
North Korea? Rhode Island? We have 3 Naval Battle Groups circling the Peninsula. You tell me, has that ever happened before? China nervous? You betcha.
Most of the left, not to mention the right, are falling again for the false narratives, lies and propaganda coming from our government, the Trump regime, and the oligarchy owned and controlled media regarding the supposed ceasefire in Syria, agreements with Russia and Trump's decisions and actions in "fighting terrorism".
No wonder the antiwar movement is almost dead during a period of unprecedented war.
"20 people are newly displaced every minute of the day"
Is it about oil? Is it about gas? Is it about pipelines? Is it about a central bank? Is it about power? Is it about greed? Is it about regime change? Is it about country balkanization? Is it about Iran? Is it about Russia? Is it about Israel?
Is it about fighting terrorism?
Bernie Sanders, Nina Turner, the Justice Democrats and the People's Summit democratic party cadre, the so called "progressive insurgency" of the democratic party, have made it clear that U.S. imperialism and the accompanying wars, regime changes, country balkanizations, and millions of deaths and brutal evictions are not high on their list of "issues".
Numerous news outlets are now reporting that President Trump has authorized Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to send 4,000 more American soldiers to Afghanistan, admitting that many of these will serve in direct combat roles.