by jay janson
In his 1967 sermon “Beyond Vietnam – a Time to Break Silence” at Riverside Church in New York, King cried out “Look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the country. This is a role our nation has taken, … refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that comes from the immense profits of overseas investments. This is not just.”And King bitterly condemned US Wars and covert violence in Vietnam and elsewhere around the world, all “meant to maintain these unjust predatory investments.” Little wonder that within the year, King was lying in a pool of his own blood from a gunshot wound to the head.
Earlier, at Arlington National Cemetery Obama, spoke highly of pilots, surely not meaning to insult our the memory of King and our intelligence as well, but we recall Nuremberg Chief Prosecutor Gen. Telford Tailor having told CBS that he would have be proud to prosecute the US airmen shot down while bombing Hanoi.
Obama, in his pathetically confused speech filled with platitudes and nonsensical reference to glory [American fighting in defenseless poor little countries?] and our holding sacred memorabilia from the childhood of those who died in Vietnam, also noted surprisingly as he praised draftees who did their duty, “You came home and were sometimes denigrated when you should have been celebrated. It was a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened.” **
And “to make sure it won’t happen again,” Obama had veterans in the audience stand and promise to welcome home veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan or wherever.
Martin Luther King had explained US soldiers were dying while committing horrific crimes against our Vietnamese allies who had fought with America against their Japanese and fascist Vichy French brutal occupiers and were forced after the war to lose lives defeating a French Colonial Empire army brought back and financially supported by the US for eight years.
(President Franklin Roosevelt, had he not died or not been poisoned, would have never have ordered such a war, for he had promised freedom for all the colonies of European empires and the US.)
A day before the holiday weekend, the National Office of the Veterans For Peace sent message to all Americans in agreement with Martin Luther King’s exposing of the disinformation and lies of corporate media praising US wars as good.
The statement on the VFP web site ends with the following paragraph in bold print:
“I will never forget how stunned I was when Gen. Telford Taylor, a chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials after World War Two, told me that he strongly supported the idea of trying the U.S. pilots captured in North Vietnam as war criminals — and that he would be proud to lead in their prosecution.” Robert Richter, an Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, and political director for CBS News from 1965 to 1968 in Bomber Pilot McCain: War Heroism or War Crimes? Institute for Public Accuracy, October 15, 2008