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[ActionGreens] Armistice Day, 2013
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:53:55 -0500
(November 11, 2013) This morning on WBAI, Bob Hennelly advised
listeners to “thank the veterans” for serving the country and
What a crock!
Why only our veterans? If service in a country’s military
as such a wonderful thing, what about all those in other lands who
for their countries? Isn’t God on our side … only? What
God would be on our country, only? our city, only?
our white (or brown, or red) people, only? our
our family, only? Where do these petty nationalisms end? Why do
commentators and football coaches fall into them so easily? Yayyy,
The fact is in this day and age, no one fights for their country,
regardless. They fight for the interests of those in power (or
become one!), the capitalist class, who turn them into murderers
them to war on a pocketful of broken promises and lies.
So — contra Hennelly — thank people in the military who resist
orders to kill; thank them when they reject orders to
resources and oppress others. Thank those, in Marine Corps
Smedley Butler’s words, who refuse to be a hit man for
And, thank people when they refuse the call-up, dodge the draft,
Canada or Sweden, go to prison, turn the guns around (!) to
real values of America, the America that should be but
There’s a reason why today’s holiday used to be known as Armistice
the day the PEACE was signed to end World War 1. They changed it
“Veterans Day”, just as the Department of War was changed to
the Department of Defense — to condition mass-psychology into
war as natural and those who fight in it as what you do to become
“man”. To win, in military parlance, “the hearts and minds
of the peoplem” at home as well as abroad. To conquer us.
Should we help our returning veterans, who have been so
thrown onto the rubble heap and left with physical and mental
festering, and who have become homeless, jobless, suicides? Well,
must — not because they’re veterans but because they’re
beings, same as for every human being who is suffering those
Thank those who spurn the twistories, and celebrate what it means
human in an era of robots.
Forgive me if I turn off the radio to start my day thinking about
that, our great history of resistance, instead of the mealy
mouthed glorifications of the warrior offered this morning on
TESTIMONY FROM U.S. MARINE CORPS COMMANDER GEN.
“I spent thirty-three years and four months in active
service as a member of this country’s most agile military force,
Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second
to Major-General. And during that period I spent most of my time
high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for
bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.
“I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am
of it. Like all members of the military profession, I never had a
of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained
suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups.
typical of everyone in the military service.
“I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for the American
interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for
National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the
half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall
The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for
international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I
light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in
helped make Honduras ‘right’ for American fruit companies in 1903.
China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way
“During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would
a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given
Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket
three city districts. I operated on three continents.”