Martin Luther King Jr. cried out that all these, what he called “atrocity wars and covert violence on three continents are all meant to maintain unjust predatory investments. Veterans and families of American soldiers who lost their lives in poor countries they were illegally ordered to invade!Let’s follow in King’s footsteps and condemn these wars for Wall Street investors that are still ongoing after 63 years.
Veterans of all wars!
Instead of parading, let’s call for prosecution of all crimes against humanity, present and past that are what Congressman Ron Paul calls undeclared illegal, unconstitutional and therefore criminal wars from war in Korea up to those of today. Prof. Noam Chomsky of MIT, has said for years, that, “America must prosecute its own war criminals.” [See“If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged.” Noam Chomsky, 1990. ]
The veteran writing this article says, veterans should leading a public demand for prosecution of the crimes we veterans were illegally ordered to participate in.
There is now an educational website featuring pertinent laws and a color coded country-by-country crimes against humanity in the name of all Americans, under false pretext of defending the United States, its citizens, democracy and freedom. There is a growing list of truly patriotic Americans promoting publicly the call for prosecution of the each crime of illegal and immoral war without accusations in prejudgement.
When any crime is prosecuted, indictments of those suspected of being responsible usually follow. Let us focus only on calling for the prosecution of each illegal and deadly military campaign (war), and let the chips fall where they may! When a theft is discovered, when someone is found murdered, these crimes are prosecuted before any charges are filed against anyone.
Let us prosecute American crimes in other countries before all humanity comes to hold all Americans responsible for some ten million losing their lives violently in their own beloved homelands after the end of WW II.
Veterans and all Americans who need further explanation, please read on. Those who are convinced to call for prosecution of US wars, please stop reading here and think what your own way and time would like to do in order help promote the call for prosecution of what until now has been thought to be above prosecution.
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To Parading Veterans Who Followed Illegal Orders to Invade and Kill Innocent People:
Remember! Millions of Americans, who were trained to kill, wound up falling in love with the charming people they were sent overseas to kill. Unfortunately, a lot who had the experience of getting to know the poor children of designated enemies or suspected enemies, are still proudly marching on Veterans Day.
It has been more than six decades since America fought a defensive war.
Americans have permitted our now permanent-war military establishment and the Military Industrial Financial Complex to turn all national holidays into celebrations hailing all U.S. wars, past and present. Americans don’t need to follow what conglomerate commercial war supporting TV announcers report as wonderful.
Read Albert Einstein, Helen Keller, Eugene Debs, General Smedley Butler, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Howard Zinn, and the voices of today’s dissenters who are wise to the homicide for lies and money that has be going down for the last sixty-five years.
Albert Einstein thought soldiers through their ignorance, are victims of war. Einstein wrote:
“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once”.
“Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.”
Einstein founded an international campaign for universal conscientious objection. Let’s follow Albert Einstein the greatest mind of past century.
And an ever increasing percentage of these veterans of undeclared wars in Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Panama, Grenada, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq now realize they were lied to in order to gain their participation in crimes against humanity.
Can anyone imagine how veterans, who are ashamed of having being taken in by lies to willingly go and cause loss of life in nations that never attacked the United States, feel on Veterans Day?
– especially those of us who actually have memories of firing into the bodies of our brothers and sisters overseas in warfare programed within a nefarious and inhumanely false foreign policy?
No! Only those of us who feel anguish for the dead and maimed civilians, the “enemy’ soldiers defending their country from our invasion more than and our own misled buddies can imagine such feelings of misery and betrayal.
For us, many of whom are members of anti-war and anti U.S. foreign policy lies organizations like Veterans For Peace, Veteran’s Day is a bitter experience of listening to patriotic speeches of politicians, anchors and commentators, who have never seen combat, waxing on about ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms, aiming their words at the young and impressionable, eager to prove themselves and follow in our footsteps in faraway exotic lands, unaware of the continuing treasonous deception.
Veterans experience a hell of emotions different than those expressed in speeches of praise for veterans of all America’s wars, without regard to the justness of any of these wars. How ’bout the veteran who killed an Iraqi, maybe a child, in what Obama rightly called a “dumb war” – a veteran who has seen dead Afghani civilians after an air-strike. Vets don’t need a day! Already have Memorial Day. Vets want a War Victims Day!
How can any knowledgeable veteran march in parades that in reality are like an ‘Honor Warriors of Immoral and Illegal Wars Day’, ‘Honor the Pentagon Day’, ‘Honor the CIA Led Assassins day’, ‘Honor Lying Presidents Day,’ ‘Honor War Mongering Media Day’ ‘Honor Clergy Who Blessed War Day?
Post World War II veterans were veterans of what exactly? Veterans of blind service to those who invest in and promote wars for profit? Of an undeclared war on a poor country? Turn Veterans Day into ‘Veterans Mourn Those They Killed Day!’ This should be the attitude of peace activists on Veterans Day.
Antiwar groups allow themselves be intimidated by traditions that are now long used to support foreign policies of war for investment returns in the non-white populated former colonies of the white “Colonial Powers” that have been plundered into poverty. Read Noam Chomsky’s The Year 501 – the Conquest Continues.
Enough! Away with our hypocrisy and shaming ourselves in embarrassment, unable to confront ignorance, fear and manipulation by media for the amoral and homicide prone bankers “who own the government as you and I know” said FDR in confidence in 1932.
Veteran! Denounce your veteranship if you know you ‘served’ killing innocent people in a dishonorable, illegal, undeclared war. Be determined to know, to learn, how you were duped, tricked, hyped into “service’ in dishonorable wars costing the lives of millions of innocent human beings.
Speaking out against the glorifying of war intention of Pentagon-fed corporate media programing on Veterans Day and for prosecution of such deceitful war propaganda, should come easy for veterans who have had the courage to brave death in the confusion of unjustified imperialist wars.
Politically awakened veterans must teach our pro-war fellow veterans some history, not to mention morality, ethics, humanity and true patriotism. Not the patriotism of scheming bankers and their Military Industrial Complex, their media and their secret CIA, but defense of the nation from war profiteers patriotism.
No! No Veterans Day for me. Instead, a day for veterans to mourn participation in killing, maiming and damage done invading the lands and lives of others and call for these crimes to be prosecuted.
Let knowledgeable, compassion motivated veterans turn the tables on the war industry and recreate Veterans Dan into ‘Veterans Mourn Killing Day’ or ‘Prosecute Illegal War Day.’
On Veterans Day, remember the informed and strong willed who cried “Hell no, I won’t go!” Be conscious of our own ‘Damn, I shouldn’t have gone!’ regret. Those that refused to go, refused to murder poor people and shame America for all posterity.
Cannot every citizen of antiwar persuasion have the courage to honor Americans who fled to Canada, rather than those who dishonored themselves and became veterans of crimes against humanity?
Neither a Memorial Day nor any Veterans Day did those, who died on a battlefield or inside someone’s home in ‘urban war far’ ever live to see. Prosecute each criminal order that sent them to their deaths while killing under false pretense disinformation!.
Veterans who are educated to the ways of the world see an official Victims of War Day or War Victims Day coming in a future peaceful and intelligent world. Such a day would of course would have to include the warriors of all sides as well as their victims.
A day for veterans, include those that followed criminal orders. Forget it! Better a ‘VETERANS MOURN KILLING DAY!’
Come on, Americans, especially fellow veterans! It’s normal to mourn any death isn’t it? We can have a day to mourn violent death instead of praising those who brought it overseas in our name.
Even better than mourning or parading mistakenly is speaking out and demanding laws be enforced and US wars be prosecuted.
Those who are veterans of the horrific loss of life that was the Korean ‘police action’ against communism can in their maturity look at the reality of now non-communist Russia and two dozen other former communist nations; at Communist China and Communist Vietnam which are economically allied and interwoven within the fabric of the consumer culture of the U.S. – do they not wonder at the sacrifice of millions of lives in Korea for a truce, and three times that Vietnam for a defeat? – some millions of people that could be alive today.
Those fallen veteran buddies, like six bunkmates buried in North Korea, who never made it to parade or watch on either of these great holidays for armed forces recruitment, and who would be pissed if someone tried to ‘honor’ their being tricked into dying trying to kill Koreans in Korea.
Before they died, they knew they had been suckered. All six did not want to kill Koreans, even go to Korea, which they knew nothing about. Nothing about our dictatorship in the South’s massacre of tens of thousands of men, women and even their children during the years before the Koreans of their northern government swept the South, welcomed by many, the southern government conscripts deserting or refusing to fight.
My six buddies would understand why today there is a unrelentingly severe military dictatorship in the northern part of Korea, knowing what we did in both northern Korea and southern Korea, flattening almost every city, town and village from the air, threatening to drop the Atomic bomb on Koreans still fighting us, more than million of them dying north of the line dividing the Korea nation, and all this happening after Korea had already been unified in six quick weeks.
Would that my six bunk-mates could know of Communist, now capitalist, China today and the nearly peaceful dissolution of the Soviet Union. Know it was not necessary for them and two and a half million Koreans to die for a political Cold War confrontation with a USSR that would cease to exist anyway.
For them and others to have died fighting millions of so called communists in small countries that were former Japanese or French colonies is sad. That my buddies and many millions of good people could be alive today but for successful lies spread in media. Were they alive, I would tell them of how Korea was divided by the U.S. and how, after the First World War, President Wilson officially recognized the Japanese claim that Korea was Japanese territory by the right of conquest.
Seems that when capitalism succeeded to block the humanistic reforms of socialism, it begat communist revolution and when capitalism restructured colonial slavery to neocolonialism it begat terrorism – all of which, capitalism included, will not exist eternally in their present forms. Veterans, who have seen the human face of the ‘enemy’ know best about the phony pretentions of war.
To: VETERANS OF ILLEGAL WAR IN VIETNAM
To Veterans of what Martin Luther King Jr. called an atrocity war in Vietnam meant to maintain unjust predatory investments.
Veterans who returned to the States (Many with limbs missing),and read about the Vietnam War having been a ‘mistake’, went to a library and looked up the war in the Encyclopedia Britannica, and found Truman went against Roosevelt’s promise and brought the French Army back into U.S. ships to re-conquer its colony, which fascist Vichy France had turned over to the occupying Japanese army; read how Truman used billions of U.S. taxpayer funds to back the French for eight years until the French were defeated by Ho Chi Minh’s nationalist forces; read how Eisenhower admitted Ho Chi Minh would have easily won an all Vietnam election that Ike blocked. Does he feel like anything but a dummy? All this Martin Luther King Jr. said in his world shaking sermon Beyond Vietnam – a Time to Break Silence .
Does Veterans Day remind New School U. President Bob Kerrey how he sometimes feels when he looks into the eyes of his children and remembers the nineteen Vietnamese girls and one infant who never grew up but instead were gunned down by the Navy Seal unit Kerrey commanded?
Veteran airmen who once mercilessly carpet bombed the plains of Laos and other compatriots who decades later did the same over the jungles and rice paddies of Cambodia – don’t all have the same queasiness about what they did regardless of Veterans Day orations proclaiming them honors?
How did ‘prisoner of war hero’ John McCain feel on Veterans Day as he reflected back on the men, women and children casualties far below his aircraft during his twenty-three bombing runs over Hanoi? Is he really at peace with his God?
To VETERANS OF INVASIONS DOMINICA REPUBLIC, PANAMA, GRENADA:
Veterans who participated in the bloody blitz of Panama, – or in the slaughtering intervention on the side of the army of the Dominican Republic fighting against those who successfully rebelled and were about to re-instainstall their overthrown elected president – or in the conquering of the tiny island of Grenada – many surely have conflicting thoughts about the fairness of each lives-taking belligerency.
To VETERANS TOLD TO AVENGE THE 9/11 ATTACK:
Wars of killing anyone designated a suspected insurgent against our occupation of his country – labeling him or her a terrorist just like we used to label a targeted person communist.
Michael Moore, “If you were going over next door every day kicking the neighbor’s pit bull and one day the dog came over and bit you, you wouldn’t say, “Why did that dog bite me?”
We did our ‘service’ in helping put the equivalent of thousands of 9/11s on the heads of people in poor countries that never attacked the U.S. None of these poor countries ever got back at us until 2001.
Many veterans of ‘The War on Terror’ are well aware from the Internet that it was President Jimmy Carter, upon the advice of advisor Zbigniew Bzrezinski, who first supported Islamic fundamentalist hill tribe terror against the women educating socialist government in Kabul in 1979 in order to frighten the Soviet Union into entering its armed forces into Afghanistan. How did veterans of U.S. terror and torture techniques feel on Veterans Day?
Many back from Iraq and Afghanistan might feel heroic, but many others feel like they were had. Had by the conglomerate media cartel, which masked the lies of their President and his gang and justified the wars by slanting the news and mongering fear.
To VETERANS OF WW II:
Don’t parade with veterans of shameful undeclared, illegal, unconstitutional criminal wars on poor nations who never did harm or threatened America. You risked your lives defending an America ultimately attacked by Hitler and Japan.
And never forget that all major American corporations led by Rockefeller, DuPont and Henry Ford invested heavily and made fortunes in Nazi Germany while knowing full well Hitler’s oft proclaimed intentions. These were crimes against peace never prosecuted at the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals and the council for defense said so.
Any veteran or citizen, who had read all the above and still wants to parade, or watch a parade on Veterans Day, cannot be really patriotic and does not agree with black poet Langston Hughes’ solemn masterpiece “Let America Be America Again.” http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15609
Respecting humanity must mean making today’s and yesterday’s wars unacceptable and inoperable by prosecuting them to the full extent of the law. Rev. Dr. King Jr. prosecuted America’s racist crimes as Gandhi prosecuted British imperialist crimes in the street and in the public conciseness until they became prosecuted formally in the courts of the criminals.
Sermon Beyond Vietnam — A Time to Break Silence
King Condemned US Wars International Awareness Campaign
Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now
FDR Letter to Colonel House, 1932
“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson — and I am not wholly excepting the Administration of W. W. The country is going through a repetition of Jackson’s fight with the Bank of the United States — only on a far bigger and broader basis.” [Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Wikiquote